Aurland, Norway

Introduction to Aurland, Norway

Located on the south side of the Sognefjorden, Aurland is a stunning example of the natural beauty found within the incredible Norwegian Fjords.

Located on the south side of the stunning Sognefjorden, Aurland is surrounded by incredible landscapes and beautiful glass-like waters. A haven of peace, tranquillity and amazing sights, Aurland is the perfect place to relax and appreciate the natural beauty of the Norwegian Fjords.

The Aurland municipality is home to a number of small, charming villages including Bakka, Undredal, Gudvangen and Aurlandsvangen – the administrative centre, so there are plenty of places to visit and sample the lifestyle of those lucky enough to live in this beautiful part of the world. Boasting rich and varied flora, awe-inspiring mountain ranges and one of the driest, warmest climates in Norway, Aurland is a pleasure to explore, all year round. 

Located close to the Naeroyfjord – An UNESCO World Heritage site and one of the most beautiful fjords in the world - Aurland is perfectly placed for trips into the astonishing fjordland. The fjord can be explored on boat trips and kayaking tours and the sights and sounds of the fjord are incredible and not to be missed.

See All Aurland, Norway Cruises

Departs:
Cruise only prices from: Interior: | Ocean View: | Balcony: | Suite: | Single:
For more information, or to book, call us on 0800 0355 130 562-546-4800

Filter your excursions by:

NORWAY IN A NUTSHELL

Must do tour
  • Journey on the world famous Flåm Railway
  • Have your camera ready for the amazing views
  • Stop at Tvinde Waterfall with its rejuvenating water
  • See the spectacular views from Stalheim Hotel

 

Train Tour
Price£125.00 - £135.00
Duration7 - 7.5 hrs
LimitationLimited capacity - pre booking recommended
Walking level 1 - minimal or no walkingMinimal or no walking
Snack includedSnack included
Refreshments includedRefreshments included

Enjoy a ride on the Flåm Railway which is just one of the many highlights of your tour.

A short coach ride takes you to Flåm, meaning ‘large expanse of land between high mountains’, where you board the train to Myrdal. The track you will follow is an engineering wonder, ascending to 867 metres within just 50 minutes. It has a gradient of 1 in 18 over a distance of 20 kilometres. The world famous railway was built between 1920 and 1940 and was in fact opened by German troops, who had a large military camp in Flåm.

Wind your way up through several tunnels, over bridges and past thundering waterfalls. Narrow paths twist up the mountainsides, used by only the deftest goats, as beautiful vistas of the valley unfold below. At Myrdal, change trains and head to Voss. The landscape changes as you approach the town of Voss – set amidst one of western Norway’s best agricultural areas. Here you will leave the train and walk to a local hotel for lunch.

Following lunch, join a coach outside the hotel and proceed past lovely farms, orchards, lakes and rivers before a short stop at Tvinde Waterfall. Proceed to Stalheim Hotel, spectacularly perched upon a cliff 550 metres high, overlooking waterfalls and the valley below. After refreshments at the hotel, begin an exhilarating descent of Stalheim’s Kleivene – Europe’s steepest road with a gradient of 1 in 5. There are magnificent views at each of the 13 hairpin bends, which our able driver will negotiate (it is not always possible to take the road with hairpin bends however, so a different route may be taken). Once again on the valley floor, you follow the Nærøy River back to Aurland.

TOUR NOTES: This tour involves some walking – to reach the station in Flåm and the hotels at Voss and Stalheim which both require inclined ground to be negotiated, and optional walking at Tvinde. There is a high step to board the train at both stations so the tour is not recommended for wheelchair guests, due to the boarding of the train, and the changing from platform to platform. The seats on the train will be reserved for you, but the whole group will not usually sit together, rather in smaller groups. For the scenic Flåm journey, we would politely ask that guests refrain from standing to take photographs, as this blocks the view for other passengers. A commentary may be given for part of the journey, however please note that it is difficult to hear if the carriage windows are open – an onboard display will also be available. A warm jumper or jacket is advisable, as you will be travelling to a height. Please note this tour includes a journey with hairpin bends and tunnels, therefore it may not be suitable for guests who suffer from vertigo or claustrophobia. The tour may operate in reverse - starting with the coach journey and returning by train.

DESCRIPTION CORRECT FOR 2013 NORWAY CRUISES.
 

Is this tour right for you?

TOUR NOTES: This tour involves some walking – to reach the station in Flåm and the hotels at Voss and Stalheim which both require inclined ground to be negotiated, and optional walking at Tvinde. There is a high step to board the train at both stations so the tour is not recommended for wheelchair guests, due to the boarding of the train, and the changing from platform to platform. The seats on the train will be reserved for you, but the whole group will not usually sit together, rather in smaller groups. For the scenic Flåm journey, we would politely ask that guests refrain from standing to take photographs, as this blocks the view for other passengers. A commentary may be given for part of the journey, however please note that it is difficult to hear if the carriage windows are open – an onboard display will also be available. A warm jumper or jacket is advisable, as you will be travelling to a height. Please note this tour includes a journey with hairpin bends and tunnels, therefore it may not be suitable for guests who suffer from vertigo or claustrophobia. The tour may operate in reverse - starting with the coach journey and returning by train.


A TASTE OF NORWAY

  • The Stegastein Viewpoint will afford you stunning vistas of fjords and mountains
  • Take a unique drive through the world’s longest road tunnel!
  • Spend time at the Norwegian Wild Salmon Centre and enjoy a tasting
Price£60.00 - £70.00
Duration3.5 hrs
LimitationLimited capacity
Walking level 2 - moderate walkingModerate walking

Sample what Norway has to offer – spectacular landscapes and views, fresh local salmon and an amazing record breaking tunnel!

Shortly after leaving Aurland, you enter the Lærdal Tunnel - a 24.5 kilometre (over 15 mile) long tunnel which is the longest road tunnel in the world. Construction started in 1995 and although it was extremely costly to build, unlike most tunnels in Norway it is not subject to tolls. It opened in 2000 and is divided into four sections, separated by three large mountain caves at six kilometre intervals. While the main tunnel has white lights, the caves have blue lighting with yellow lights at the fringes to give an impression of sunlight and are meant to break the routine, providing a refreshing view and allowing drivers to take a short rest. The drive through the tunnel takes approximately 20 minutes.

At the other end of the tunnel you are in the municipality of Lærdal and a few minutes later at the fjord and the tiny town centre. Here there is a treat in store for you – a visit to the Norwegian Wild Salmon Centre. After watching a 20 minute, award winning, film about the life of the Atlantic salmon, seen from a salmon’s point of view, the exhibitions will inform you about the management of wild salmon in Norway, as well as traditions regarding salmon fishing. You will gain an insight from a local historian into how English lords came to fish for salmon in the Lærdal River and started sports fishing as it is known in Norway. Your visit is completed with a tasting of locally caught and smoked salmon, with flat bread and locally produced berry juice.

Heading back towards Aurland, instead of the tunnel the mountain road, also called the Snow Road, will be taken. It is open from June to mid October and the highest point is 1,306 metres above sea level. The scenery is fantastic. If the Snow Road is closed the return journey will also be via the tunnel and include a scenic viewpoint.

The best views of the fjords and valleys are from the mountains, and the view at Stegastein Viewpoint is spectacular! Just off the Aurlandsvegen mountain road, you can walk out onto the Stegastein Lookout – which is in essence a large sky bridge. Walking out to the end of the 3.3 metre wide pier will give the feeling that you are floating above the fjord, as the end of the lookout has a large slanted glass wall. The structure is made of laminated wood and steel – so it is very safe. Have a look over the glass wall and you will see that you are 650 metres above the fjord and 30 metres away from the mountain side! After admiring the King of Fjords - the Sognefjord - from above, you descend to fjord level once again, passing farms and lush, sloping farmland as you return to your ship.

TOUR NOTES: This tour involves a moderate amount of walking and some steps. The Norwegian Wild Salmon Centre and Stegastein Lookout are both wheelchair accessible. The tour is therefore possible for guests with limited mobility or wheelchair users, however all participants must be able to board the coach unaided. A warm jumper or jacket is advisable, as you will be travelling at height. Please note this tour includes a journey with hairpin bends and tunnels, therefore it may not be suitable for guests who suffer from vertigo or claustrophobia.

DESCRIPTION CORRECT FOR 2013 NORWAY CRUISES.

Is this tour right for you?

TOUR NOTES: This tour involves a moderate amount of walking and some steps. The Norwegian Wild Salmon Centre and Stegastein Lookout are both wheelchair accessible. The tour is therefore possible for guests with limited mobility or wheelchair users, however all participants must be able to board the coach unaided. A warm jumper or jacket is advisable, as you will be travelling at height. Please note this tour includes a journey with hairpin bends and tunnels, therefore it may not be suitable for guests who suffer from vertigo or claustrophobia.


FJORD KAYAKING

  • The Nærøyfjord is on UNESCO’s World Heritage list and is ideal for kayaking
  • Experience the height of the mighty mountains from below
  • Enjoy a barbeque lunch beside the fjord

 

Activity Tour
Price£90.00 - £100.00
Duration5 - 6 hrs
LimitationVery limited capacity
Walking level 1 - minimal or no walkingMinimal or no walking
Snack includedSnack included

This is a unique opportunity for a closer encounter with the Sognefjord. The Nærøyfjord is a spectacular fjord arm – part of the mighty Sognefjord – so narrow you will almost feel able to touch the mountains on either side. The fjord is sheltered by these mountains and is therefore perfect for kayaking.

Meet your professional guide for a safety briefing before setting out for a kayaking adventure in sublime surroundings. A grilled lunch will be served on the shores of the fjord during a break from the water.

TOUR NOTES: You will have a short drive of approximately 10 minutes to reach Gudvangen – the departure point for your kayaking. Life jackets, wetsuits (in cool weather), paddle jackets and shoes will be provided – as will waterproof camera bags. It would be best to wear a swimming costume under your clothes, and bring a towel. You will spend approximately two and a half hours on the water, so guests need to be fairly active to participate.

DESCRIPTION CORRECT FOR 2013 NORWAY CRUISES.
 

Is this tour right for you?

TOUR NOTES: You will have a short drive of approximately 10 minutes to reach Gudvangen – the departure point for your kayaking. Life jackets, wetsuits (in cool weather), paddle jackets and shoes will be provided – as will waterproof camera bags. It would be best to wear a swimming costume under your clothes, and bring a towel. You will spend approximately two and a half hours on the water, so guests need to be fairly active to participate.


FLAM RAILWAY & CYCLING

• Combine a ride on the Flåm Railway with an exhilarating cycle ride

What a lovely way to spend your time – a journey on the renowned Flåm Railway, followed by a scenic cycle ride back down the valley.

Activity Tour
Price£100.00 - £110.00
Duration3.5 - 4 hrs
LimitationVery limited capacity

• Combine a ride on the Flåm Railway with an exhilarating cycle ride

What a lovely way to spend your time – a journey on the renowned Flåm Railway, followed by a scenic cycle ride back down the valley.

After a short minibus ride and walk you will meet your guide and board the train which will take you up the Flåm Railway. Ascending to 867 metres within just 50 minutes the railway has a gradient of 1 in 18 over a distance of 20 kilometres. You will travel the length of the Flåmsbana Railway to Myrdal, remain on the same train and make your way back down the line to Berekvam Station, where you will disembark and collect your mountain bike for the return journey. Starting at 343 metres above sea level, follow a track for approximately 11 kilometres, more or less downhill all the way! The narrow track winds beside the river for most of the way, with great views of the valley and many waterfalls, and there will be many photo opportunities.

TOUR NOTES: You will spend approximately two hours on your bike, so participants need to be fairly active. The seats on the train will be reserved for you, but the whole group will not usually sit together, rather in smaller groups. For the scenic Flåm journey, we would politely ask that guests refrain from standing to take photographs, as this blocks the view for other passengers. A commentary may be given for part of the journey, however please note that it is difficult to hear if the carriage windows are open – an onboard display will also be available. Cycle helmets, reflective vests and rain jackets (if required) will be provided. A warm jumper or jacket is also advisable, as you will be travelling at height and you may wish to bring a bottle of water with you. 

DESCRIPTION CORRECT FOR 2013 NORWAY CRUISES
 

Is this tour right for you?

TOUR NOTES: You will spend approximately two hours on your bike, so participants need to be fairly active. The seats on the train will be reserved for you, but the whole group will not usually sit together, rather in smaller groups. For the scenic Flåm journey, we would politely ask that guests refrain from standing to take photographs, as this blocks the view for other passengers. A commentary may be given for part of the journey, however please note that it is difficult to hear if the carriage windows are open – an onboard display will also be available. Cycle helmets, reflective vests and rain jackets (if required) will be provided. A warm jumper or jacket is also advisable, as you will be travelling at height and you may wish to bring a bottle of water with you. 


FLAM RAILWAY & VATNAHALSEN HOTEL

• Enjoy a ride on the scenic Flåm Railway
• Have your camera ready at Kjosfossen Waterfall
• Stop at Vatnahalsen Hotel for refreshments

Combine a journey on the renowned Flåm Railway, with refreshments at the rustic Vatnahalsen Hotel.

Train Tour
Price£80.00 - £90.00
Duration4.5 - 5 hrs
LimitationLimited capacity
Walking level 1 - minimal or no walkingMinimal or no walking
Refreshments includedRefreshments included

• Enjoy a ride on the scenic Flåm Railway
• Have your camera ready at Kjosfossen Waterfall
• Stop at Vatnahalsen Hotel for refreshments

Combine a journey on the renowned Flåm Railway, with refreshments at the rustic Vatnahalsen Hotel.

A short coach journey takes you to Flåm, meaning ‘large expanse of land between high mountains’, where you board a train on the Flåm Railway. The railway is only 9 miles long, but the track you will follow is an engineering wonder, ascending to 867 metres within just 50 minutes. It has a gradient of 1 in 18, and crosses back and forth across rivers and through 20 tunnels. The world famous railway was built between 1920 and 1940 and was in fact opened by German troops, who had a large military camp in Flåm.

Wind your way up through several tunnels, over bridges and past thundering waterfalls. Narrow paths twist up the mountainsides, used by only the deftest goats, and beautiful vistas of the valley unfold below. On the way the train makes a stop at the lovely Kjosfossen waterfall, where you may leave the train for a few minutes to take some photos.

Vatnahalsen Hotel is the next to last station on this magnificent railway journey, and it is where you leave the train. You can admire the beautiful views of the mountains as well as Lake Reinungavatnet, which flows into the majestic Kjosfossen waterfall. Here you have tea or coffee and a waffle before returning on the railway.

TOUR NOTES: This tour involves some walking – to reach the station in Flåm and the hotel at Vatnahalsen. There is a high step to board the train and steps to enter the hotel for refreshments. It is not suitable for wheelchair guests, due to the boarding of the train. A warm jumper or jacket is advisable, as you will be travelling at height. Please ensure all belongings are taken with you from the train. It should be noted that this tour features part of the same rail journey as featured in Tour B.

DESCRIPTION CORRECT FOR 2013 CRUISES
 

Is this tour right for you?

TOUR NOTES: This tour involves some walking – to reach the station in Flåm and the hotel at Vatnahalsen. There is a high step to board the train and steps to enter the hotel for refreshments. It is not suitable for wheelchair guests, due to the boarding of the train. A warm jumper or jacket is advisable, as you will be travelling at height. Please ensure all belongings are taken with you from the train. It should be noted that this tour features part of the same rail journey as featured in Tour B.


FLAM RIB ADVENTURE

  • A unique opportunity for a RIB adventure on Aurland Fjord
  • Enjoy an exhilarating ride into the Nærøyfjord
Activity Tour Boat Tour
Price£70.00 - £80.00
Duration1.75 Hours
LimitationLimited Capacity

Enjoy the scenery of the Aurland Fjord aboard this exhilarating RIB tour.

Just a short walk from the tender pier, reach your RIB (Rigid Inflatable Boat). After a safety briefing your professional guide will take you on an unforgettable expedition into the lovely fjord landscape. You will be sitting safely holding on to a strap and travel at speeds of up to 50 knots. The RIB will make short stops to look for wildlife, get a better view of the landscapes you pass and to learn about the natural and cultural history of the area.

The route taken will depend on the day’s weather, but will usually include a small part of the Nærøyfjord - on UNESCO’s World Heritage List. Start on the Aurland Fjord, past Beitelen - a mountain which divides the Sognefjord in two branches, and enter the Nærøyfjord. At the waterfall Sagfossen (your turning point), weather permitting there is a beautiful view along part of the dramatic Nærøyfjord.

After a great mixture of fresh air and adrenaline, you will return to the pier.

TOUR NOTES: This tour is ONLY suitable for people who are very fit and healthy, as it is an adventure tour and involves waves. There will be a height difference from the pier down into the RIB. You will have approximately one and a half hours on the water. Minimum age for participation is 12 years – children must be accompanied by an adult. Floatation suits will be provided – life jackets are not necessary. Come dressed in warm, practical clothing. An insurance waiver must be signed before participation.

DESCRIPTION CORRECT FOR 2013 NORWAY CRUISES
 

Is this tour right for you?

TOUR NOTES: This tour is ONLY suitable for people who are very fit and healthy, as it is an adventure tour and involves waves. There will be a height difference from the pier down into the RIB. You will have approximately one and a half hours on the water. Minimum age for participation is 12 years – children must be accompanied by an adult. Floatation suits will be provided – life jackets are not necessary. Come dressed in warm, practical clothing. An insurance waiver must be signed before participation.
 


GEILO & THE FLAM RAILWAY

  • Travel on the world famous Flåm Railway
  • Journey by rail across the Hardangervidda Mountain Plateau
  • Admire the amazing Hardangerjøkulen Glacier
  • Have your camera ready for the stunning views

 

Train Tour
Price£140.00 - £150.00
Duration7.5 - 8 hrs
LimitationLimited capacity - pre booking recommended
Walking level 1 - minimal or no walkingMinimal or no walking
Snack includedSnack included

Enjoy a ride on the Flåm Railway, and part of the Oslo to Bergen rail route, as you glimpse some of the natural landscapes for which Norway is known.

A short coach ride takes you to Flåm, meaning ‘large expanse of land between high mountains’, where you board the train to Myrdal. The track you will follow is an engineering wonder, ascending to 867 metres within just 50 minutes. It has a gradient of 1 in 18 over a distance of 20 kilometres. The world famous railway was built between 1920 and 1940 and was in fact opened by German troops, who had a large military camp in Flåm.

Wind your way up through several tunnels, over bridges and past thundering waterfalls. Narrow paths twist up the mountainsides, used by only the deftest goats, as beautiful vistas of the valley unfold below. At Myrdal, change trains and head to Geilo. Travel across the vast, barren Hardangervidda mountain plateau - you will have a good view of the Hardangerjøkulen Glacier – weather permitting. Arriving in Geilo you will leave the train and walk to a local hotel for a buffet lunch.

Refreshed, join a coach outside the hotel and travel to Hol with its characteristic red church. Continue through majestic, mountainous scenery, passing lakes and rivers. Reach the highest point on this road, 1,158 metres above fjord level, before descending the ‘Goat’s Back Mountain’ from where you will have breathtaking views of the Aurlandsfjord and its surrounding mountains. Proceeding through several tunnels you return back to Aurland.

TOUR NOTES: This tour involves little walking – there is a five to ten minute walk from the train station to the hotel, over a steep incline. We would, however, like to point out that there is a high step to board the train. The tour is not suitable for wheelchair users, due to the boarding of the train, and the changing from platform to platform. A warm jumper or jacket is advisable, as you will be travelling at height. The tour may operate in reverse – starting by coach, and returning by train. There are no afternoon refreshments included, so you may wish to bring a bottle of water.

DESCRIPTION CORRECT FOR 2013 NORWAY CRUISES.
 

Is this tour right for you?

TOUR NOTES: This tour involves little walking – there is a five to ten minute walk from the train station to the hotel, over a steep incline. We would, however, like to point out that there is a high step to board the train. The tour is not suitable for wheelchair users, due to the boarding of the train, and the changing from platform to platform. A warm jumper or jacket is advisable, as you will be travelling at height. The tour may operate in reverse – starting by coach, and returning by train. There are no afternoon refreshments included, so you may wish to bring a bottle of water.


HOLO FARM

  • Enjoy a welcome at the 250 year old Holo Farm
  • Learn about the way of life and local products
  • Taste a selection of the region’s specialities

 

Price£100.00 +
DurationApprox. 3.5 hrs
LimitationVery limited capacity
Walking level 1 - minimal or no walkingMinimal or no walking
Refreshments includedRefreshments included

Holo Farm is a traditional mountain sheep farm 470 metres above sea level. It is situated high up in the middle of the Flåm valley overlooking the fantastic fjord and mountain landscape of Fjord Norway.  

Your tour starts with a drive up the Flåm valley, parallel with the famous Flåm Railway, and you will have a short stop at Flåm village to visit the church which dates from 1667. See the Brekke and Rjoande waterfalls on your way up to the farm.

Holo Farm dates back to 1752 and consists today of one farm with several buildings used by the farmers Lill and Per Dale and their sheep. There is an old smoke house, for smoking different kinds of lamb meat, sausages and salmon, and a brew house where Per brews three to five kinds of different ‘Farmers beer’. You will have an introduction to the practice of brewing the different kinds of beer and also learn how lamb meat is smoked in the traditional way, in the smoke house. Lill and Per will also tell you about the way of life on a mountain farm, including living there all year round and what it was like many years ago. There will be a short presentation with old and new photos of the farm.

You will taste the farm’s food specialities - all authentic ingredients from the farm and prepared here. The tasting is likely to include cured and smoked meat, white and brown goats cheese from Undredal, smoked salmon, traditional flatbread and homemade lefse (Norwegian pancakes). You will also taste a selection of the beers, and tea and coffee will be served before saying your goodbyes and heading back to your awaiting ship.

TOUR NOTES: The drive up to the farm takes approximately 30 minutes. You will travel in a minibus – the road is quite steep with some hairpin bends, so may not be suitable for guests who suffer from vertigo. Walking shoes and warm clothes are recommended. Walking at the farm will be over uneven and rough ground. The taster menu will vary depending on the availability through the season.

DESCRIPTION CORRECT FOR 2013 NORWAY CRUISES.
 

Is this tour right for you?

TOUR NOTES: The drive up to the farm takes approximately 30 minutes. You will travel in a minibus – the road is quite steep with some hairpin bends, so may not be suitable for guests who suffer from vertigo. Walking shoes and warm clothes are recommended. Walking at the farm will be over uneven and rough ground. The taster menu will vary depending on the availability through the season.


NÆRØYFJORD CRUISE

• The Nærøyfjord is a UNESCO World Heritage Site
• Enjoy a cruise along the fjord with its stunning scenery
• See the spectacular views from Stalheim Hotel

The Nærøyfjord has been rated by National Geographic as the world’s number one natural heritage site and today you will have a cruise from the Sognefjord to the Nærøyfjord.

Boat Tour
Price£70.00 - £80.00
DurationApprox. 4 hrs
LimitationLimited capacity
Walking level 1 - minimal or no walkingMinimal or no walking
Refreshments includedRefreshments included

• The Nærøyfjord is a UNESCO World Heritage Site
• Enjoy a cruise along the fjord with its stunning scenery
• See the spectacular views from Stalheim Hotel

The Nærøyfjord has been rated by National Geographic as the world’s number one natural heritage site and today you will have a cruise from the Sognefjord to the Nærøyfjord.

The Nærøyfjord is 18 kilometres long and only 500 metres wide at its narrowest point. The passage through the Fjord is one of the most dramatic in Europe, and you will experience the unique setting, with snow-topped mountains, waterfalls and idyllic farms clinging to the mountainsides.

Arriving in Gudvangen, meaning ‘field of the gods’, join your coach and follow the River Nærøy. Ahead you will see the road winding its way up the mountainside, with waterfalls plunging on both sides from peaks above – to the left Stalheimsfossen, to the right Sivlefoss. Stalheim Hotel is spectacularly perched upon a cliff 550 metres high, overlooking waterfalls and the valley below; here you will enjoy refreshments.

The return takes you down Norway’s steepest road, with 13 hairpin bends leading to the valley floor (it is not always possible to take the road with hairpin bends however, so a different route may be taken).

TOUR NOTES: This tour involves some walking, including a steep, gravel covered slope at Stalheim and a short walk and steps to enter the boat. The hotel’s toilets are not accessible by wheelchair. Please note this tour includes a journey with hairpin bends and tunnels, therefore it may not be suitable for guests who suffer from vertigo or claustrophobia. It should be noted that your ship may cruise part of the Nærøyfjord – this tour will give you a different perspective from a smaller boat, and also includes refreshments. The tour may operate in reverse, with the outbound journey by coach, and return by boat.

DESCRIPTION CORRECT FOR 2013 NORWAY CRUISES.
 

Is this tour right for you?

TOUR NOTES: This tour involves some walking, including a steep, gravel covered slope at Stalheim and a short walk and steps to enter the boat. The hotel’s toilets are not accessible by wheelchair. Please note this tour includes a journey with hairpin bends and tunnels, therefore it may not be suitable for guests who suffer from vertigo or claustrophobia. It should be noted that your ship may cruise part of the Nærøyfjord – this tour will give you a different perspective from a smaller boat, and also includes refreshments. The tour may operate in reverse, with the outbound journey by coach, and return by boat.


SCENIC DRIVE TO OSTERBO

  • Enjoy scenic views along the Aurland Valley
  • Savour refreshments at a mountain lodge

 

Price£40.00 - £50.00
Duration2.5 - 3 hrs
LimitationLimited capacity
Walking level 1 - minimal or no walkingMinimal or no walking
Refreshments includedRefreshments included

Make the most of the fjordland mountain scenery on this lovely drive through valleys and up to Østerbø mountain lodge for delightful refreshments.

Aurland is a small yet thriving village, situated beside a branch of the lovely Sognefjord and with a 13th century Gothic style church in the centre. From here you journey inland along the salmon River Aurland, past Vassbygda Lake. At Vassbygda there is a hydroelectric plant, the generators of which are cleverly hidden inside the mountain.

Ascending the Låvisdal Valley via several bends, and partly through tunnels, you can enjoy the beautiful view of the villages of Vassbygda and Aurland. Continuing further upwards, you eventually arrive in the spectacular Aurland Valley, rich in flora and fauna. Travel as far as Østerbø where refreshments are served in the small mountain lodge - once a farm but uninhabited since the 1920’s. During winter, the farm was completely isolated, cut off from the rest of the world for many months.

TOUR NOTES: Only a little walking is required during this tour, therefore it is considered suitable for guests with limited mobility. There are four or five steps to enter the lodge. Please dress in layers as it can be cooler in the mountains than beside the fjord. Refreshments will be tea or coffee and waffles. Please note this tour includes a journey with tunnels, therefore it may not be suitable for guests who suffer from claustrophobia.

DESCRIPTION CORRECT FOR 2013 NORWAY CRUISES

Is this tour right for you?

TOUR NOTES: Only a little walking is required during this tour, therefore it is considered suitable for guests with limited mobility. There are four or five steps to enter the lodge. Please dress in layers as it can be cooler in the mountains than beside the fjord. Refreshments will be tea or coffee and waffles. Please note this tour includes a journey with tunnels, therefore it may not be suitable for guests who suffer from claustrophobia.


VISTAS - OTTERNES FARM

  • Explore a fully operational Norwegian farm museum
  • High up on the mountain top – enjoy the majestic views
Price£40.00 - £50.00
Duration1.5 - 2 hours
LimitationLimited capacity
Walking level 2 - moderate walkingModerate walking
Refreshments includedRefreshments included
  • Explore a fully operational Norwegian farm museum
  • High up on the mountain top – enjoy the majestic views

Surrounded by mighty mountains, midway between Aurland and Flåm you will find Otternes. One of the farms at Otternes has found traces of settlement from the year 300 AD. The grave Fronnes, which is situated across the fjord, indicates that people also lived here in pre Christian times.

The farm consists of 27 houses in a cluster with an impressive view of the fjord. All houses have their own function and origin at the farmyard. The buildings are mostly log houses and preserved as they were in the 18th century. In addition, the old cultural landscape with wells, stairs and stone structures is still intact.

Today Otternes is a centre for old handicraft techniques and traditional Norwegian cuisine. Throughout the summer different activities are arranged, such as spinning, weaving and colouring of thread, baking and brewing. This cultural treasure emerges as a vivid museum where animals once again have moved in.

You will have a guided tour of the farm houses and a taste of Otternes’ delicious “lapper”, thick pancakes, along with coffee or tea.

Tour Notes: There is approximately one hour of walking involved, some of it uphill and on gravel roads. There are 10 to 15 steps to negotiate and some of the farmyard houses have tall thresholds and the ground can be uneven. We do not recommend this tour to guests with wheelchairs or those with limited mobility.

THIS TOUR WILL OPERATE FOR THE VISTAS CULTURE & GEOGRAPHY THEMED CRUISE L1303 ONLY

Is this tour right for you?

Tour Notes: There is approximately one hour of walking involved, some of it uphill and on gravel roads. There are 10 to 15 steps to negotiate and some of the farmyard houses have tall thresholds and the ground can be uneven. We do not recommend this tour to guests with wheelchairs or those with limited mobility.


0800 0355 130

You can call us 7 days a week,
we'd love to hear from you.

Calls are charged at local rate

Our opening hours

Mon-Fri: 08:00 - 20:00 Sat: 09:00 - 17:00 Sun: 10:00 - 16:00

0800 0355 130
Telephone Icon
Call us 7 days a week, we'd love to hear from you

Your recently viewed cruises

X Close
River Cruises