In fact, the 100 km-long route was once the busiest mountain pass between Eastern and Western Norway. The route contributed to the development of the Lærdal valley and Lærdalsøyri, a village that dates back to the Middle Ages that was once the biggest marketplace outside Bergen as a result of its strategic location on the route.
Today, the quaint wooden houses in the village of Gamle Lærdalsøyri are home to shops that sell antiques and interior design, and places that serve locally sourced food. It also has two cosy wooden hotels: the historic Lindstrøm Hotel and the lovely old Sanden Pensjonat.
The Borgund Stave Church is located 28 kilometers outside the town center. Borgund is a national treasure, and the best preserved stave church in Norway. The impressive building dates back to 1180 is often used as a model when other stave churches are to be restored.
The visitor center includes exciting exhibitions and a café serving local food.
Grab a basket of delicious cherries or sweet, crunchy carrots! Lærdal offers lots of fresh goodies.
Its unique microclimate makes Lærdal one of the country's leading producers of fruit, berries, and vegetables.
The Norwegian Wild Salmon Centre is situated on the bank of the Lærdalselva river.
In the salmon observatory, you can get an up-close view of Atlantic salmon and learn more about salmon fishing traditions.
That was just a sample of what you can experience in Lærdal!
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Enjoy delicious pastries and home made food in one of the cosy bakeries or restaurants in Lærdal.
From Bergen to Lærdal you follow E16. Travel time is approximately 4,5 hours.
From Oslo to Lærdal you follow Rv7. Travel time is approximately 4 hours.
From Oslo you can travel by train to Myrdal, and then further to Flåm with Flåmsbana. There are several daily bus departures from Flåm to Lærdal.
From Bergen there are daily boats to Sogndal all year round. From Sogndal you can take the local bus to Lærdal.
Comfortable express buses run daily all year round to Lærdal from Oslo, Bergen, Trondheim and Lillehammer.
You can travel by plane from Bergen and Oslo to Sogndal Airport, which is the nearest airport.