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The Aurlandsdalen Valley is one of the most popular hiking trails in Norway. Photo: 2013-05-08 09:51
Take a break at Stegastein viewpoint towering 650 metres over the Aurlandsfjord, Norway Photo: R. M. Sørensen/Flåm Utvikling
Photo: Terje Rakke/Nordic Life/Fjord Norway
Photo: Øyvind Heen/Fjords.com
Almen Farm beautifully situated beneath a towering rock overhang. Photo: Øyvind Heen/fjords.com
Explore wild and breathtaking scenery with its roaring waterfalls. Photo: Øyvind Heen/fjords.com
Go on Norway's major and most spectacular train ride and admire steep mountainsides and deep valleys. Photo: Morten Rakke
Find a popular Sinjarheim farm in the Aurlandsdalen Valley. Photo: Øyvind Heen/fjords.com
Photo: Øyvind Heen/fjords.com
Find great hiking opportunities along the Nærøyfjord. Photo: Terje Rakke/Nordic Life/Fjord Norway
The village of Undredal lies between high mountains beside the Aurlandsfjord. Photo: Øyvind Heen/Fjords.com

The Aurlandsdalen Valley and the Nærøyfjord

Enjoy some of the most spectacular scenery found in Norway around the Aurlandsdalen Valley and the narrow Nærøyfjord.

From some of the flattest landscape one can find in Fjord Norway to some of the narrowest and steepest - the Aurlandsdalen Valley can take anyone’s breath away with its lush nature, roaring rivers winding their way through the landscape with fantastic views over fjord and mountain.

In this short movie, you will see some of the highlights you can encounter when hiking down the Aurlandsdalen canyon or alongside the UNESCO-listed Nærøyfjord, which are both parts of Europe’s longest, and the world’s deepest fjord, the Sognefjord. 

Aurlandsdalen and Nærøyfjorden are not only great for hiking, but many outdoor adventures can be found here within short proximity, all located near the end of the Sognefjord. Bike down Rallarvegen, from 1222 metres straight down to sea level, or go kayaking on the fjord, join a RIB safari, a fjord cruise and plenty of other adventures to choose from. No need to spend hours on transfers when you can have it all in one destination.

The Aurlandsdalen Valley

The well-known Aurlandsdalen Valley, is rife with history as it used to be one of the main routes between the eastern and western parts of Norway. The area known as Norway's Grand Canyon, is wild and breathtaking, rich in plant and animal life, cultural treasures, history and geological features.You can hike through the valley and stay overnight in the mountain lodges along the way, or come by bus or private car for shorter trips.

Each section is also suitable as a single day tour.

Finse - Geiteryggshytta - 5 hours - from July -18 kilometres
Exiting the station, you cross the railway and continue along the western side of Jomfrunut and over the bridge over the river Finseåni. A short detour to St. Pål (named by Lord Garvagh) is a must. Enjoy the spectacular views over Gausta, Hardangerjøkulen and parts of Jotunheimen. The route continues towards Bakkaheleren. On the way you pass an old pit used for hunting. Continue along the south bank of the river to Geiterygghytta - Mountain lodge.

Geiterygghytta - Stemmerdalen - 3 hours -10,2 kilometres
Follow the path up from the construction road north of the lodge and ascend the west side of Sundellerskarvet. Here the path forks off to Kongshelleren and the valley of Iungsdalen. The path to Steinbergdalhytta continues northwards and crosses the valley Rausdalen. Here, west of Bolhovd, is the starting point of another climb to Breibakka where one can enjoy magnificent views over Stemmerdalen Valley. The path descends diagonally along the mountainside to Steinbergdalen Valley. (The mountain lodge here is closed).

Stemmerdalen Valley - Østerbø - 4 hours -10 kilometres
Rejoin the path up the slope north of the lodge and continue the ascent. Enjoy the fine view over Stemmerdalen Valley. The path joins an old route near the Grøna-dam. Continue across the bridge over the river Grøna, up past Grønestølen and down to Østerbø Fjellstove and Østerbø Turisthytte.

Østerbø - Vassbygdi - 6 hours -20 kilometres
The most famous section of the valley. Pass the old cemetery and cross the Langdøla bridge; continue past Viki to the once notorious Nesbøgalden (where historically a ramshackle system of vertical and horizontal ladders was fastened to cracks in the rock). Nowadays a wide pathway has been carved into the cliff face along Lake Nesbøvatnet, making the journey for more comfortable. The path continues past picturesque Nesbø to a fork in the path at Tirtesva. The orginal route has been restored, and it provides much better views than the path alongside the river. The steep descent from Bjønnstigvarden has handrails and steps installed to make it easier to walk. The walk continues past Svartatjødn. It is recommend to visit the cave "Vetlahelvete" slightly west of the path. Descend once again to the river, and walk to the bridge across the river Veiverdalselvi. From here you ascend back up the mountain to Sinjarheim farm (now fully restored after having been closed since 1921). Along the way you pass the tiny Almen farm situated beneath a towering overhanging rock. Continue along the river to Belle in Vassbygdi. 

At the start of the season, the snow will decide how high on the mountain it is possible to start. Go to ut.no for more information about the snow conditions.

Getting to the Aurlandsdalen Valley

Take the Bergen Railway to Finse station, or bus to Geiterygghytta.

There are connections several times a day for both bus and rail. For information about buses please go to ruteinfo.net, or call 177 when in Norway.

For more information about the Sognefjord area go to sognefjord.no.

Last updated:  22 May 2013
Discover wild and breathtaking nature of Aurlandsdalen Valley, Norway - Photo: Shepperd
Discover wild and breathtaking nature of Aurlandsdalen Valley, Norway
 - Photo: Sverre Hjørnevik/Fjord Norge AS/Fjord Norway
 - Photo: Sverre Hjørnevik/Fjord Norge AS/Fjord Norway
Famous Sinjarheim Farm is situated at the edge of a cliff - Photo: Øyvind Heen/fjords.com
Famous Sinjarheim Farm is situated at the edge of a cliff
 - Photo: Rolf M. Sørensen
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Go hiking in the Aurlandsdalen Valley, Norway - Photo: Sverre Hjørnevik/Fjord Norge AS/Fjord

The Aurlandsdalen Valley and the Nærøyfjord

Enjoy some of the most spectacular scenery found in Norway around the Aurlandsdalen Valley and the narrow Nærøyfjord.

The Aurlandsdalen Valley and the Nærøyfjord

Source: Visitnorway

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