Gudvangen – or Gudvangr means: The field of the gods by the water and the small village has approximately 120 inhabitants.
With its dramatic and spectacular scenery, Gudvangen has been a magnet for tourists for more than a century. Already at the end of the 19th century cruise ships from Europe began calling at Gudvangen, and hundreds of local farmers were involved in transporting tourists in horse-drawn transport from the fjord via the steep Stallheimskleiva road to the Stalheim Hotel.
Kaiser Wilhelm of Germany came to Gudvangen several times in his private yacht and, like the other cruise tourists, made the trip to Stalheim. The Nærøyelva river has also been of great importance to tourism because of its stocks of big salmon.
Gudvangen is situated in the inner Nærøyfjord, which has been included on UNESCO´s World Heritage List since 2005. The National Geographic magazine rated the Nærøy valley a total of 87 points and as the world's No. 1 natural heritage site, along aside with the Geirangerfjord.
Gudvangen is a popular tourist destination and an ideal place to start a tour in the Sognefjord area. It is the point of departure for ferries to all the famous tourist destinations in Sogn.