Aurland is a small village situated in a clean natural, environment and boasts dramatic landscape and rich culture.
Aurland is a good starting point for experiencing Flåm, Undredal, Gudvangen and the Nærøyfjord. Enjoy the clean, natural environment and experience the incredible natural landscape this little village has to offer.
Aurland is situated by the Aurlandsfjord and the Nærøyfjord which is listed on UNESCO´s World Heritage List. The fjord landscape is beautiful no matter the season and Aurland is an easily accessible destination all year.
Aurlandsvangen is the administrative centre of Aurland municipality in the county of Sogn og Fjordane. It is situated on the Aurlandsfjord and the Nærøyfjord, and it can be reached easily when travelling on the Norway in a nutshell® tour or the Sognefjord in a nutshell tour. Other villages in the area include Flåm, Undredal and Gudvangen.
The earliest inhabitants in Aurland lived by hunting and fishing until they gradually started farming around 2,000 years ago. Agriculture is still important thanks to the rich valley floors and abundant mountain pastures.
Tourism came to Aurland as early as the mid 19th century, in the form of sport fishing and hunting. Most of the tourists during this period were English. Later, tourists came to enjoy the sheer, natural beauty of the area.
Hiking in the Aurlandsdalen valley is highly recommended. About 30,000 hikers enjoy this well- known hiking trail each year. Along the route you get beautiful views of mountain peaks, glaciers and lakes. The valley is rich in both history and culture.
Vangen church, completed in 1202, was built by an ancient family who lived in Aurland during the Viking Age. The church is built in the early Gothic style and is influenced by English architecture.
The Stegastein viewpoint was constructed in 2006 and has spectacular views of the surrounding fjords and valleys.