The Nærøyfjord and Aurlandsfjord are located in the southern part of the county of Sogn og Fjordane, in the middle of Fjord Norway. Aurland, Flåm and Gudvangen are small towns situated by the two fjords.
Top things to do and see
- Fjord cruises/fjord safaris
- The Flåm Railway
- Aurland Mountain Road and Stegastein View Point
- Cycle Rallarvegen (the Navvies' Road)
What to do and see
Fjord cruises on the Aurlandsfjord and Nærøyfjord
The Aurlandsfjord and Nærøyfjord are the wildest and most spectacular branches of the Sognefjord. Go a fjord cruise and see snow-covered mountain peaks, waterfalls and idyllic farms clinging to the mountainsides.
Join one of several organised cruises/round trips with for example:
A cruise on the Nærøyfjord is included on the popular Norway in a nutshell® round trip.
Boat trips are particularly thrilling in winter, when the mountains are covered in snow and the waterfalls freeze to ice. There is a daily boat service between Flåm and Gudvangen during the winter, and you can combine a boat tour with the Flåm Railway.
Fjord safaris on the Aurlandsfjord and Nærøyfjord
An exciting, insightful and aesthetic experience in secure and comfortable RIB boats with Flåm Guide Service will give you the opportunity to experience the beautiful Norwegian fjord landscape and its rich wildlife at close range.
At Aurlandsvegen Mountain Road, 650 metres above sea level, you will find the breathtaking viewpoint Stegastein. Situated 6 kilometres from the centre of Aurland, you have a fantastic view of the Aurlandsfjord and the surrounding mountains. Can be combined with a walk to the Prest Mountain.
Walking along the fjords
Den Kongelige Postveg/Kongevegen (The Royal Post Road) is a beautiful path between Bleiklindi and Styvi, along the shores of the Nærøyfjord.
Beitelen and Rimstigen and are steep and heavy walks with fantastic views over the Nærøyfjord and Aurlandsfjord.
Kayaking on the Nærøyfjord and Aurlandsfjord
The feeling of the silent glide on the fjord in untouched nature is fantastic. In a kayak, you will also easily find hidden places that are great starting points for walks along the fjords, in the surrounding valleys or on the mountains. There are several possibilities for guided kayaking trips.
Otternes Bygdetun (museum)
With 27 different buildings dating back to the 1600s and a fabulous view towards Flåm and the Aurlandsfjord, Otternes Bygdetun is a cultural treasure and a "living museum".
The village of Undredal and Undredal Stave Church
The village by the Aurlandsfjord is renowned for its long tradition in the making of goat's cheese, both white and brown. Undredal has 80 inhabitants, 500 goats and the smallest stave church in Scandinavia.
The Viking Village in Gudvangen
Walk the streets and alleys between reconstructed workshops, smell the fireplaces and tar covered walls in Gudvangen.
The Magic White Caves of Gudvangen
Inside the white mountain of Anorthosit, the Magic White Caves of Gudvangen welcomes you with colours and darkness, silence and music, magic ponds, Grieg, Trolls and Vikings.
What to do and see in the Nærøyfjord and Aurlandsfjord area
The Flåm Railway
Enjoy a ride with the Flåm Railway (Flåmsbana), one of the world's steepest railway lines, which takes you past cascading waterfalls and in and out of snow-capped mountains.
Walking the Aurlandsdalen Valley
It is wild and breathtaking, rich in plant and animal life, cultural treasures, history and geological features. The Aurlandsdalen Valley is known as Norway's Grand Canyon.
Cycling Rallarvegen (the Navvies' Road) and the Flåm Valley
One of the most popular and most scenic bicycle rides in Norway. Following Rallarvegen, you cycle from the vast mountain plateau of Hardangervidda right down to Flåm and the Aurlandsfjord, or Voss.
Stalheimskleiva is the name of the 1.5-kilometre long stretch of road that winds its way up the mountainside from the end of the Nærøydalen Valley to the top at Stalheim. On its way to the top, the road winds its way up 13 sharp hairpin bends.
The Norwegian Wild Salmon Centre
Visitors are given an insight into the life history of the Atlantic salmon and the traditions of salmon fishing. You can also observe wild salmon and sea trout in the currents. The Norwegian Wild Salmon Centre is located in Lærdal.
Borgund Stave Church in Lærdal
Built around 1180 and dedicated to the Apostle Andrew. Borgund Stave Church is exceptionally well-preserved and is one of the most distinctive stave churches in Norway.
Historical Trails in Lærdal
The many Historic Trails in Lærdal are splendid hiking trails and national tourist attractions in their own right.
Where to stay
Mountains and the fjord surround Fretheim, a hotel in Flåm with a history that dates back to 1870.
Flåmsbrygga Hotel and Ægir Microbrewery
Serving a variety of beers made on site along with meals made from local organic producers. Flåmsbrygga Hotel and Ægir Microbrewery are located in Flåm.
Stalheim Hotel has a spectacular location at the top of the Stalheimskleiva, overlooking the Nærøydalen Valley.
- Length: Both the fjords are approximately 17 kilometres long
- Depth: Varies between 10 and 500 metres
- The Nærøyfjord is part of the UNESCO World Heritage site The West Norwegian Fjords. This World Heritage site includes two separate areas: The Geirangerfjord area and the Nærøyfjord area. Together they make up an area of 1,227 square kilometres, of which 107 square kilometres is covered by sea.
- The name Nærøyfjord originates from the norse god 'Njord', the god of the seafarer and the sea
- The Nærøyfjord is only 250 metres wide at the narrowest, and more than one kilometre at the widest
- Both fjords are branches of the the Sognefjord
Getting to the Nærøyfjord and Aurlandsfjord
The Nærøyfjord lies approximately 350 kilometres northwest of Oslo.
- By car:
The drive from Oslo to the Nærøyfjord takes approximately five and a half hours. Follow the E18 from Oslo to Sandvika. From Sandvika you follow the E16 to all the way to Gudvangen, passing through Hønefoss, Fagernes, Vang and Borgund.
- By bus:
Daily departures to Gudvangen (approximately seven hours). For timetables and booking, please contact Nor-Way Bussekspress.
- By train:
Take the Bergen Railway from Oslo to Myrdal. Then change to the Flåm Railway that will take you down to Flåm. Total travel time six hours. For timetables and booking, please contact the Norwegian State Railways (NSB) and the Flåm Railway. From Flåm you can either take a boat or the bus to Gudvangen.
- By plane:
Direct flights between Oslo and Sogndal with Widerøe. Flight time approximately 50 minutes. From Sogndal you can take Nor-Way Bussekspress to Gudvangen (approximately two hours).
The Nærøyfjord lies approximately 150 kilometres north of Bergen.
- By car:
The drive from Bergen to the Nærøyfjord takes approximately two hours and twenty minutes. Follow E16 and continue to Voss and Stalheim. From Stalheim you can drive the steep and spectacular hairpin bends of Stalheimskleiva. The road down from Stalheim Hotel has 13 steep bends before you get down to Gudvangen and the Nærøyfjord.
- By bus:
Daily departures Gudvangen (approximately two and a half hours). For timetables and booking, please contact Nor-Way Bussekspress.
- By train:
Take the Bergen Railway from Bergen to Myrdal. Then change to the Flåm Railway that will take you down to Flåm. Total travel time a little under three hours.
- By plane:
Direct flights with Widerøe between Bergen and Sogndal. Flight time approximately 40 minutes. From Sogndal you can take Nor-way Bussekspress to Gudvangen (approximately two hours).
- By boat:
From 1 May to 30 September express boats run daily from Bergen all the way to Flåm. These boats connect with ferries to Gudvangen, Kaupanger and Lærdal and transfer passengers out in the middle of the fjord. For timetables and booking, please contact Fjord1.
The Nærøyfjord lies approximately 530 kilometres southwest of Trondheim.
- By car:
The drive from Trondheim takes approximately seven hours. From Trondheim follow the E6 southwards some kilometres past Otta. Then follow rv. 257 to Randsverk, and continue on rv. 51 to Fagernes, via Beitostølen. From Fagernes you follow the E16 all the way to Gudvangen, passing through Vang and Borgund.
For more information about the Nærøyfjord and the Aurlandsfjord, please visit the following sites: