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Lærdal

The fjord village in the heart of the Sognefjord

Lærdalsøyri in Sogn, Fjord Norway .
Photo: Vegard Aasen
Lærdalsøyri in Sogn, Fjord Norway .
Photo: Vegard Aasen

Experience Vindhellavegen, an incredible road full of history. 

Vindhellavegen is a part of The king's road on Filefjell Mountain. The historical hiking route guides you through some of the most beautiful landscapes in Norway, and takes you past a wide variety of historical and cultural sites.

Kongeveien in Lærdal .
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Kongeveien in Lærdal .
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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.

Lærdalsøyri in Indre Sogn, Fjord Norway .
Photo: Vegard Aasen
Lærdalsøyri in Indre Sogn, Fjord Norway .
Photo: Vegard Aasen

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.

Borgund stavkirke, Lærdal .
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Borgund stavkirke, Lærdal .
Photo: m_dickson / Foap / Visitnorway.com

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.

Farm in Lærdal .
Photo: Falkeblikk
Farm in Lærdal .
Photo: Falkeblikk

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.

Jumping atlantic salmon .
Photo: Yngve Ask / Visitnorway.com
Jumping atlantic salmon .
Photo: Yngve Ask / Visitnorway.com

That was just a sample of what you can experience in Lærdal!

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Local shop in Lærdal, Fjord Norway .
Photo: Vegard Aasen
Local shop in Lærdal, Fjord Norway .
Photo: Vegard Aasen

Things to do in Lærdal

Go fjord fishing or experience art in beautiful surroundings. Explore some of the highlights below.

Where to stay in Lærdal

From comfy hotels to idyllic farms. Find your home away from home in Lærdal.

Food and drink

Enjoy delicious pastries and home made food in one of the cosy bakeries or restaurants in Lærdal.

Getting there and around

Find in-depth travel information on Sognefjord's official website.

Top attractions in Laerdal
Sogn Art Centre is situated in Lærdal Cultural Centre at Lærdalsøyri, together with The Norwegian Wild Salmon Centre and the Salmon Café. Read more
Sogn Kunstsenter, Lærdal
In beautiful Gamle Lærdalsøyri you will find Lærdal tele- and postmuseum. The small, well-run museum has a summer opening and free entrance. Read more
Tele- and Postalmuseum, Lærdal
At Blaaflat, we are concerned with good quality and taste. Therefore, our fruit ripens on the trees to get all the sun it needs to become sweet and… Read more
Blaaflat Farm shop fruits and berries, Lærdal
An area of shallow water at the head of the Lærdals fjord, at the mouth of river Lærdalselva. This is one of the better places for waterbirds in the… Read more
Birdwatching Lærdalsøyri delta
Wild and beautiful in Sogn - Lærdalselvi is often called "The queen among salmon rivers". Read more
Fishing Information - Lærdal
Margaretastova at Filefjell Mountain is a museum with exhibition dedicated to the history of mountain lodges dating back to the Middle ages. Guided… Read more
Margaretastova at Filefjell mountain
Lærdal centre - Hedler - Mjølkeflate - Stødno - Øyabrua - Lærdal Centre Start from the centre of Lærdal, proceed across the bridge in the direction of… Read more
Walks around Lærdal centre
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      By car

      From Bergen to Lærdal you follow E16. Travel time is approximately 4,5 hours. 

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      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.

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