Attractions

Top Choice Church in Sognefjord

Borgund Stave Church

Some 30km southeast of Lærdalsøyri along the E16, this 12th-century stave church was raised beside one of the major trade routes between eastern and western Norway. Dedicated to St Andrew, it's one of the best known…
Top Choice Scenic Road in Aurland

Aurlandsfjellet

This 45km road is one of Norway's most fabulous, climbing from sea level to the desolate, boulder-strewn high plateau that separates Aurland and Lærdalsøyri (Lærdal). Even if you don't opt for the whole route, drive…
Top Choice Church in Urnes

Urnes Stave Church

If you only have time on your itinerary to visit one stave church, the one at Urnes has to figure at the top of the list (along with Borgund). Dating from the 12th century, it's Norway's oldest place of worship and …
Top Choice Viewpoint in Aurland

Stegastein

Projecting out high above the fjord at an altitude of 630m, this marvel of modern engineering is one of Norway's great viewing points. Clad in pine and balancing on worryingly slender steel legs, it seems to roll do…
Museum in Balestrand

Norwegian Museum of Travel & Tourism

A museum examining the history of tourism might not immediately sound like the biggest must-see, but bear with us: the story of how people travelled around the fjords, and how the landscape and culture has been chan…
Wildlife Reserve in Lærdal

Norwegian Wild Salmon Centre

The River Lærdalselvi is one of the top spots for wild salmon fishing in Norway. Salmon fishing has been part of the culture here since time immemorial, but English aristocrats were the first to spot the area's tour…
Church in Skjolden

Dale Kyrkje

Spectacular wooden stave churches get all the attention around here, but this little gem of a medieval parish church built of stone shouldn’t be overlooked. Constructed around 1250, it's mainly Gothic in style with …
Historic Site in Aurland

Otternes

This restored hamlet perches high above the fjord, between Flåm and Aurland. The 27 scattered buildings, the oldest dating from the early 17th century, were lived in until the 1990s. It's largely the initiative of o…
Church in Vik

Hopperstad Stave Church

On the southern outskirts of the village stands this splendid stave church, Built in 1130, and Norway’s second oldest, it escaped demolition by a whisker in the late 19th century. It's thought that the church consis…
Church in Balestrand

Church of St Olav

Often known locally as 'the English Church', this charming wooden chapel was built in 1897 in the style of a traditional stave church. It gets its nickname from the lady who built it: English expat Margaret Green, w…