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Hiking in Aurlandsdalen

Hiking in the
Aurlandsdalen Valley

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Discover the Grand Canyon of Norway

Lush nature, fantastic fjord views and roaring rivers that are perfect for outdoor activities – the Aurlandsdalen Valley is called Norway’s Grand Canyon for a reason.

The Aurlandsdalen Valley and Nærøyfjorden, located at the end of the Sognefjord, are two classic hiking areas with plenty of other outdoor adventures within easy reach. A few ideas that can be combined with hiking are to go kayaking on the fjord, cycle from 1,222 to 0 metres above sea level and join a RIB safari or fjord cruise. It is all there in one destination, making sure that you do not need to spend time on transfers.

The Nationalpark of Jostedalsbreen is just a few hours away. Here you can enjoy hiking excursions, try a glacier walk on the Nigardsbreen Glacier or explore the glacier lake by kayak.

Take the train from Bergen to Flåm and continue by bus or taxi to Østerbø Mountain Lodge. The route from Østerbø to Vassbygdi is a popular 20 kilometre walk with an altitude difference of 750 metres. The hike through the valley takes around six hours.

Season

The hiking season lasts from June to September.

About the Sognefjord area

The Sognefjord is not only Norways longest and deepest fjord, it is also enriched with gorgeous national parks and breathtaking glaciers. The areas surrounding Sognefjord are among Norway’s most popular walking and hiking areas with marked hiking trails from every single village. There are hikes and adventures for every age and ambition.

Read more about hiking in the Sognefjord area.

Other hiking offers near the Aurlandsdalen valley

Experience the Nigardsbreen glacier with a professional guide

Whether you want to take the family on a leisurely blue ice walk, join a course in ice and rock climbing, or go on a longer and more demanding glacier hike, the experienced Nigardsbreen glacier guides at Jostedalen Breførarlag offer a wide range of daily hikes from May to September. The easily accessible Nigardsbreen is an arm of mainland Europe’s largest glacier Jostadalsbreen and can be enjoyed by adults and children down to the age of six.

Bring warm clothes and good shoes – all safety equipment are provided.

Price from NOK 200 per person.

Guided hike to Keipen in Balestrand

Join a tough but rewarding hike to Keipen, with a spectacular view over the Sognefjord, the mountains and the fjord village Balestrand.

The 12-14 kilometre long hike has an altitude of 1,500 metres and takes 7-9 hours to complete. It is physically demanding, however you will be guided to the top of the fjord by an experienced mountain guide. To ensure everyone gets a great experience, a maximum of 8 people are allowed per guide. The tour is available on Wednesdays and Saturdays from 27 July to 27 August.

Price from NOK 750 per person. Please wear suitable hiking boots and warm clothes, including a hat and gloves. Bring something to drink for a one day hike.

Locate your hike

Use the map below to find out where the Aurlandsdalen Valley and the promoted hike are located.

Hikes near the Aurlandsdalen Valley
The well-known and historic Aurlandsdalen Valley, was once one of the main routes between the eastern and western parts of Norway. The area known as… Read more
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    Getting here and around

    • Aurlandsdalen hiking train

      By train

      Take the Bergen Railway from Oslo or Bergen and get off at Finse station. You can book tickets at nsb.no (the Norwegian State Railways).

    • Aurlandsdalen hiking bus

      By bus

      Go by bus from Bergen or other Norwegian towns. You can search for departures at kringom.no or get more information by calling 177 in Norway.

    • Aurlandsdalen hiking Round trip

      Round trip

      Book the Norway in a nutshell® tour with FjordTours, one way or as a round trip with train, bus and fjord cruise travel.

    Safety in the mountains

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    Norway is an incredible place to explore, with untamed mythical landscapes, mountains, valleys, and fjords. Before you enter the outdoors, get familiar with the nine simple rules of the Norwegian mountain code to help you stay safe.

    1. Plan your trip and inform others about the route you have selected.
    2. Adapt the planned routes according to ability and conditions.
    3. Pay attention to the weather and the avalanche warnings.
    4. Be prepared for bad weather and frost, even on short trips.
    5. Bring the necessary equipment so you can help yourself and others.
    6. Choose safe routes. Recognize avalanche terrain and unsafe ice.
    7. Use a map and a compass. Always know where you are.
    8. Don’t be ashamed to turn around.
    9. Conserve your energy and seek shelter if necessary.

    Read the mountain code with supplementary comments.

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