Best of Aurland

Top itineraries and travel advice in and around Aurland
The cozy fjord village of Aurland sees fewer tourists than neighboring Flåm, making it a relaxed base for a slew of activities. Cruise through the fjords from Aurlandsfjord to UNESCO-listed Nærøyfjord or take an aquatic safari aboard a RIB (rigid inflatable boat) past villages, waterfalls, and impressive scenery as you listen to stories from your guide and keep watch for seals, porpoises, and eagles. If you want to get higher, the Stegastein Viewpoint awaits, protruding 98 feet (30 m) out from the mountainside and more than 2,000 feet (610 m) above the fjord.

Get an insider perspective on a kimkim hike with a local or a visit to Undredal, the village that inspired the animators of Disney’s Frozen. One of Norway’s best hikes passes through the Aurland Valley, a region known as Norway’s Grand Canyon, and ends in Aurland, and you can hike the final section as a day outing. Previous travelers have also enjoyed exploring Gudvangen and visiting its Viking village after taking a fjord cruise through Nærøyfjord.
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Top Experiences in the Fjord Region

Many visitors plan an entire trip to Norway for its famed Fjord Region, which offers various experiences, such as fjord cruises, kayaking excursions, hikes, biking trails, scenic lookouts, historic train routes, wildlife viewing, waterfalls, glaciers, and national parks. You can explore charming wharf villages, peruse museums like the Glacier Museum, or find old wooden stave churches.

Hike up to these views overlooking Lake Ringedalsvatnet and stay overnight.
Map of Nordic Adventure for Outdoor Lovers - 5 Days
Nordic Adventure for Outdoor Lovers - 5 Days

This epic jaunt through Western Norway encompasses a slew of outdoor activities — like hiking, biking, and camping — for travelers who want to experience as much summer fun as they can fit in five days. After a night in Bergen, you'll drive through some of Norway's most spectacular scenery as you make your way to Trolltunga, Aurland, Myrdal, and Flåm. Squeeze in a speedboat ride through a UNESCO-protected fjord before heading to the airport for your flight home.

One of many small villages on the Sognefjord.
Map of Norway Slow Travel: Oslo, Aurland & Bergen - 7 Days
Norway Slow Travel: Oslo, Aurland & Bergen - 7 Days

This relaxing weeklong journey starts in the capital city of Oslo before heading west, via the steepest train in Norway (Flåm Railway). From here, embrace the slow-paced local culture of Aurland while staying two nights at a secluded and upscale lodge that serves organic cuisine. Take part in some light hiking and paddling and then cruise the Sognefjord by ferry, finishing the adventure in scenic Bergen — Norway's UNESCO-listed second largest city surrounded by seven mountains.

The pretty port city of Ålesund shines at dusk.
Map of Western Norway Fjord Road Trip - 8 Days
Western Norway Fjord Road Trip - 8 Days

Get ready to hit the open road on this self-drive adventure down Norway's stunning west coast. Starting in Bergen, you'll hike, bike, and take one of the world's steepest train rides through the country's villages, mountains, and fjords. Top off your well-rounded trip in charming Ålesund, a fairytale city renowned for its Art Nouveau architecture.

Spend two nights in a peaceful lodge near the Aurlandsfjord
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Hiking in Geilo, Aurland & Bergen - 8 Days

This 8-day trip is the perfect mix of hiking and relaxation in three of the most beautiful areas of Southern Norway. Your first stop is in the mountain town of Geilo, situated between two national parks. From here, ride one of the steepest trains in the world to get to Aurland—your base for checking out the area's trails before ferrying to Bergen by way of Norway's longest and deepest fjord. Finish the adventure at a waterfront hotel that boasts a plethora of paths to choose from.

Ferry through the Sognefjord to reach the city of Bergen.
Map of Norway's Cities, Mountains & Fjords - 5 Days
Norway's Cities, Mountains & Fjords - 5 Days

This Nordic adventure covers several key highlights in a short amount of time, starting in Europe's fastest growing capital. Next, hike in Norway's mountainous interior before taking the scenic Flåm Railway towards the western coast. Finish with a ferry ride through Norway's longest and deepest fjord (Sognefjord) to get to Bergen—a colorful waterfront city surrounded by seven mountains.

Sognefjord, nicknamed "King of the Fjords".
Map of Norway Epic Family Tour: Oslo, Fjords & Bergen - 7 Days
Norway Epic Family Tour: Oslo, Fjords & Bergen - 7 Days

This week-long family-friendly itinerary combines popular summer destinations and activities for a true Norwegian adventure. Start off in Oslo, where you can experience the capital's cool culture before taking a train to the mountain village of Geilo. From here, hop on a scenic steam train to Aurland, where a speedboat whisks you towards Skjerdal for hiking, goats, and spectacular fjord views. Sail through the magnificent Sognefjord to finish the trip in the picturesque port of Bergen, where you can explore its UNESCO-listed waterfront and take day trips into the surrounding fjords.

Sail through the narrow Nærøyfjord on your last day
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Explore the Hardangerfjord & Sognefjord - 9 Days

This slow road trip—concentrating on Norway's two longest fjords—gives travelers the opportunity to become part of local life. Starting in Bergen, you'll explore the city before renting a car and heading to the Hardanger region for hiking and mountain biking. Then make your way to Aurland and explore two spectacular arms of the Sognefjord before circling back to Bergen for one more night on the town.

A view of the Aurland fjord in Norway
Map of Best of Norway: Bergen, Balestrand, Aurland, & Oslo - 8 Days
Best of Norway: Bergen, Balestrand, Aurland, & Oslo - 8 Days

After arriving, you can explore the cobblestoned wharf city of Bergen, hike to the top of Mount Fløyen for views over the city, and enjoy a fjord cruise to Balestrand. You'll then take a ferry, with fjord views, to Flåm where you'll spend two nights in a Riverside Farm Lodge in the Norwegian countryside before enjoying a Nærøyfjord cruise. You'll then take the steep and scenic Flåm Railway to Oslo, with a stop in Myrdal, and spend your final two nights in Oslo.

A stunning fjord view near Aurland
Map of Norwegian Nature & Culture: Oslo, Bergen & Western Fjords & Mountains - 14 Days
Norwegian Nature & Culture: Oslo, Bergen & Western Fjords & Mountains - 14 Days

Experience Scandinavian culture and dramatic landscapes at a slower pace on this two-week adventure. You'll start in Norway's charming capital, known for its architecture, museums, trendy restaurants, and cafés. Next, head into the fjords to see some of the most beautiful scenery in the country from above in the mountains and and below on the sea, with hikes, boat tours, and more. You'll end on the colorful and historic wharves of Bergen.

Take a challenging hike to Preikestolen, or Pulpit Rock, above the Lysefjord
Map of Ultimate Fjord Road Trip: Lysefjord, Bergen, Voss, Aurland, & More - 10 Days
Ultimate Fjord Road Trip: Lysefjord, Bergen, Voss, Aurland, & More - 10 Days

Stop dreaming of the fjords and experience them for yourself with this 10-day road trip. Start by surveying them from above on the famous Pulpit Rock hike, then explore from the seafaring city of Bergen. Attempt some of the mountaintop hikes surrounding the town of Voss before you cruise or kayak through the narrow Nærøyfjord, cycle down the scenic path of the Flåm Railway, and visit one of the world's oldest stave churches before you end your trip in Oslo.

Trolltunga's rewarding vantage point over Lake Ringedalsvatnet
Map of Norway Hiking & Kayaking Adventure - 7 Days
Norway Hiking & Kayaking Adventure - 7 Days

Get to the heart of Norway's spectacular scenery via trail and watercraft with this outdoorsy 7-day itinerary. Tour Bergen and catch a boat to the beautiful Hardangerfjord. Hike to the Trolltunga overlook, with views of Lake Ringedalsvatnet, and kayak in a section of Norway's longest and deepest fjord. Finally, jump on the Flåm Railway and make your way to Oslo for a taste of the fastest-growing capital in Europe.

Explore the Aurlandsfjord (a branch of the Sognefjord) before ferrying to Bergen
Map of Norway's Cities, Mountains & Fjords - 6 Days
Norway's Cities, Mountains & Fjords - 6 Days

This fast-paced adventure covers several Nordic highlights in less than a week. Start off in Europe's fastest-growing capital and hit the ground running as you explore hip neighborhoods and cafés. Next, take a train to the mountain village of Geilo, near two national parks, before continuing to the Sognefjord. End the adventure in Bergen—a UNESCO-listed seaside city surrounded by seven mountains.

Spend a few days exploring the Aurland Valley
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Hiking & Relaxing in Western Norway - 12 Days

Active types who like to move at a meaningful pace will love this 12-day trip that explores beautiful trails across Western Norway. Traveling from Oslo to Bergen, you'll make multi-day stops in Geilo, Aurland, and Solstrand to hike in the presence of lush valleys, dramatic fjords, and glaciers while staying in peaceful accommodations—many that offer spas and wellness activities. In addition to hiking, you can join biking and fly-fishing excursions and/or visit local boutiques and art galleries for unique souvenirs.

The UNESCO-listed Geirangerfjord where you'll spend three nights
Map of Summer Road Trip: Mountains & Fjords - 14 Days
Summer Road Trip: Mountains & Fjords - 14 Days

Steer a relaxing two-week course through Norway's spectacular landscapes from Jotunheimen National Park to the depths of Sognefjord, the country's deepest fjord. You'll enjoy the freedom of setting your own pace when visiting museums and UNESCO World Heritage Sites, not to mention plenty of opportunities to get out in nature and explore.

The UNESCO-listed Geirangerfjord where you'll spend three nights
Map of Summer Road Trip: Mountains & Fjords - 12 Days
Summer Road Trip: Mountains & Fjords - 12 Days

Steer a relaxing 12-day course through the highs and lows of Norway's spectacular landscapes from Jotunheimen National Park to the depths of Sognefjord, the country's deepest fjord. You'll enjoy the freedom of setting your own pace when visiting museums and UNESCO World Heritage Sites, not to mention plenty of opportunities to get out in nature and explore the wonders around you. Buckle up and pack your camera—this is going to be one gorgeous drive!

Spend a few nights relaxing in the fjords between Oslo and Bergen
Map of Oslo, Bergen & Alta Winter Tour - 12 Days
Oslo, Bergen & Alta Winter Tour - 12 Days

This 12-day itinerary is ideal for travelers who prefer to skip the peak-season crowds. The adventure kicks off in Norway's up-and-coming capital where you'll explore Oslo's best neighborhoods on your own and with a local guide. From here, travel by train, ferry, and bus to get to Bergen with a peaceful two-night stay in Aurland along the way. After exploring Bergen's museums, Christmas markets,  and nearby fjords, you'll fly above the Arctic Circle to sled with huskies and hunt for the Northern Lights.

Goats outnumber residents in the village of Undredal.
Map of Norwegian City, Mountain & Fjord Adventure - 8 Days
Norwegian City, Mountain & Fjord Adventure - 8 Days

This itinerary hits Norway's key summer spots and activities using various means of transportation for a true Nordic experience. Start off in Oslo where you'll tour the capital before taking a train to the mountain village of Geilo. From there, take another train ride—one of the most scenic in the world—to Aurland, a speedboat to Skjerdal for spectacular fjord views, and a ferry towards Bergen to finish the trip in Norway's second largest city.

Scenery on the banks of the UNESCO-listed Nærøyfjord
Map of Multi-Fjord Adventure in Norway - 7 Days
Multi-Fjord Adventure in Norway - 7 Days

This week-long adventure checks off several fjords and two cities using a variety of travel modes. Start with a day in Bergen on the Sognefjord before driving to the heart of the Hardangerfjord. Enjoy free time for kayaking and hiking to waterfalls, and then ferry through the Nærøyfjord to Aurlandsfjord. Finish the trip with a scenic train ride to Europe's fastest growing capital for cultural sites and sophisticated dining options.

A branch of the Sognefjord in early autumn
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Classic Autumn Fjord Adventure - 7 Days

This classic and incredibly scenic itinerary checks off several key Norwegian highlights in the span of a week after the summer crowds have left. Start off in Europe's fastest growing capital with a day in Oslo. From here, travel via the Flåm Railway, one of the steepest trains in the world, and stay a night in Aurland before taking a cruise through the UNESCO-listed Nærøyfjord. You'll then travel to Bergen and spend a few days exploring this colorful wharf city surrounded by seven mountains before returning to Oslo for one more night on the town.

Lofoten Islands from Hoven Mountain
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Fjords and Islands Adventure: Oslo, Aurland, Bergen, Vesterålen, Lofoten, & More - 14 Days

Take in some of Norway's most impressive natural landscapes on this two-week adventure through the country's western fjords and northern islands. You'll start with a city tour of Oslo before you venture out into nature, riding the steep and scenic Flåm Railway. Dip back into city life in Bergen, then head to the wild Vesterålen and Lofoten islands to kayak, hike, whale-watch, and more.

Sail through the Geirangerfjord on the Hurtigruten
Map of Discover Norway's Cities and Fjords - 14 Days
Discover Norway's Cities and Fjords - 14 Days

This zealous (yet relaxing) and unbelievably scenic 14-day itinerary checks off Norway's three biggest cities traveling by train, ferry, and fjord cruise for a true Scandinavian adventure. Start off in Norway's buzzing capital with its new waterfront promenade before you take one of the steepest trains in the world to the village of Flåm. You'll ferry through the longest fjord in Norway and explore Bergen on your own and with a local guide. From here, board the Hurtigruten—a mighty coastal steamer—stopping in the Art Nouveau city of Ålesund for a night. Back on the Hurtigruten, you'll sail to Trondheim by way of the Geirangerfjord and then return to Oslo by train for one last night on the town.

A reindeer in Tromsø
Map of Norway Winter Adventure: Bergen, Geilo, Oslo, Aurland, Tromsø, & Alta - 14 Days
Norway Winter Adventure: Bergen, Geilo, Oslo, Aurland, Tromsø, & Alta - 14 Days

In Bergen, you can enjoy a local tour of this cobble-stoned wharf city before taking a scenic train journey to Geilo where you will have a day of skiing. The railway will then take you to Aurland, where you'll have a cruise on Nærøyfjord and then depart to Oslo for two nights on the Flåm Railway before flying to Tromsø. Here, you will chase the northern lights in a sled pulled by reindeers and enjoy an authentic wilderness hunting experience—and you'll then make your way to Alta—where you will discover rock art and stay overnight in the Igloo Hotel.

Ålesund on the west coast is a gateway to many fjords
Discover Norway's Cities & Fjords - 9 Days

This summer itinerary encompasses a mix of fun travel modes for the ultimate Nordic adventure. It begins in Oslo, where you'll explore the fastest-growing capital in Europe on your own and with a local guide. Then take a scenic train west to hike with views of the Aurlandsfjord—a spectacular branch of the Sognefjord. From here, cruise to Bergen and Ålesund where you'll have quality time in each city—and surrounding fjords—before looping back to Oslo for one more night on the town.

One of many trails in the mountainous area near Geilo
Map of Ultimate Summer Hiking Adventure in Norway - 20 Days
Ultimate Summer Hiking Adventure in Norway - 20 Days

This 20-day Nordic journey is ideal for outdoor enthusiasts who want to maximize their time in the country's stunning mountains and fjords. Start off with an authentic cabin-to-cabin trek in a wilderness area halfway between Norway's two largest cities: Oslo and Bergen. You'll stay in Norway's great hiking lodges with fellow trekkers, ending each day in a different staffed abode that serves dinner and breakfast. The latter hiking portion of this trip takes place in the Lusterfjord where you'll stay in a charming guesthouse with access to 30 hiking trails in the area. It's not all about hiking, though: you'll get urban culture, restaurants, and nightlife in the two aforementioned cities to round out this awesome adventure.

End your multi-day trek at the base of the Aurlandsfjord
Map of Nordic Self-Guided Trek & Island Tour - 11 Days
Nordic Self-Guided Trek & Island Tour - 11 Days

This active adventure kicks off in Oslo where you'll explore Norway's capital on your own and with a guide, followed by a train ride to the starting point for a multi-day trek. Once you reach the Aurland Valley (by foot), you'll ferry to Bergen's lively wharf surrounded by fjords and mountains. Finish with additional boat transfers to a lesser-known—and bike-friendly—archipelago, known for authentic island culture.

Frogner Park in Oslo, Norway
Map of Discover Norway by Train and Boat: Oslo, Bergen, Aurland, and Trondheim - 12 Days
Discover Norway by Train and Boat: Oslo, Bergen, Aurland, and Trondheim - 12 Days

Check off Norway's three biggest cities while traveling by train, ferry, and fjordcruise on this 12-day adventure. Start off in the country's buzzing capital followed by several days in Bergen on the west coast, surrounded by seven mountains. From here, board the Hurtigruten—a mighty coastal steamer—stopping in the Art Nouveau city of Ålesund before sailing to Trondheim by way of the Geirangerfjord. Circle back to Oslo by train for one more night on the town.

Hike to Trolltunga while staying in Odda
Map of Hiking in Southern Norway - 16 Days
Hiking in Southern Norway - 16 Days

This epic journey loops around a key section of Norway hitting up some of the best hikes in the country. Equipped with a sturdy rental car, make your way to several peaks, fjords, waterfalls, and national parks, with stops in scenic villages, farms, and UNESCO-listed monuments. Start and end the trip in seaside Bergen with time to enjoy the city's vibrant culture—and, of course, hiking trails in the surrounding hills.

Take a local trail with views of the Aurlandsfjord
Map of Family Hiking in Oslo, Bergen & the Sognefjord - 7 Days
Family Hiking in Oslo, Bergen & the Sognefjord - 7 Days

This fast-paced itinerary covers three popular destinations with plenty of local twists for a unique family adventure. Start in Oslo where you'll have a few days to explore the capital's forests and rivers. Then head west to catch trails and views around the Sognefjord as you travel by train, ferry, and rental car. Finish with a fjord cruise to Bergen and pick between many hikes within its seven surrounding mountains.

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