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  1. Norwegian salmon centre in Lærdal: The salmon centre is located approximately 1 hours drive from Gudvangen and can offer information and experiences with the Norwegian Atlantic salmon. You get information about the history of salmon, its life cycle and what historical impact the salmon has had on people throughout history. Courses in fly fishing and binding, information films, cultural and natural science exhibits are also available. For more information go to www.norsk-villakssenter.no
  2. The Lærdal tunnel: The Lærdal tunnel is located ca. 30 minutes drive from Gudvangen is the world’s longest road tunnel, with a length of 24509 meters. The tunnel is a part of the E16, which is the main road between Oslo and Bergen. The tunnel opened on the 27th of November 2000. Inside the tunnel there are three big halls that are lit up so that the drivers don’t fall asleep in the long tunnel, and watch out, there are automatic traffic controls in the tunnel, in both directions so don’t speed! For more info see wikipedia
  3. Aurlandsvegen: If you don’t want to drive through the long Lærdal tunnel, as an alternative you can drive over the mountain. This is a scenic route and approx 6km from Aurland you get to a view point called Stegastein. Here there is a platform which is 33 meters long and 4,2 meters wide located 640 meters over the spectacular Aurland Fjord offering you an breathtaking view. This construction won first prize in a national architectural contest and is well worth a visit. More about aurlandsvegen: www.turistveg.no
  4. In Lærdal, ca 60 minutes drive from Gudvangen, you find Borgund stave church. This is the best preserved church from the Middle Ages, in Norway. The church was built between 1150 and 1200 ad. Read more about Borgund stave church here
  5. Aurland shoe factory: Aurland shoe factory is the only factory still producing the traditional Aurland shoe. This shoe was first produced in the middle of the 17th century with inspiration provided from America and the Native American moccasin. In its peak production period in the 1950s and 60s the factory produced up to 40 000 pair of shoes annually. Today ca 3 000 to 4 000 pairs are produced each year. The factory is located ca 25 minutes drive from Gudvangen. Read more about the shoe at www.aurlandskoen.no
  6. The Flåm Railway: The Flåm Railway is an amazing train ride between Myrdal and Flåm. The Flåm Railway was planned to be built by the government in 1908, however the construction was not completed before 1941 during the 2nd world war. The magnificent railway route is an incredible masterpiece of the engineering art, with a height difference of 863,6 meters on a 20km railway stretch. In 2005 the Flåm Railway was the 5th most visited tourist attraction in Norway, with 408900 paying passengers. Read more about the Flåm Railway at www.flaamsbana.no
  7. The Flåm Railway museum. The Flåm Raiway museum is located in Flåm, ca 15 minutes drive from Gudvangen. It is located in the old station building 100 meters from today’s rail way station. In this museum you can learn about the history of the Flåm Railway, the technological development, the everyday life in Flåm and about Norwegian railways in general. Read more at www.flamsbana-museet.no
  8. Undredal: Undredal is a small valley ca 15 minutes drive from Gudvangen. Up until 1988 you could only get to Undredal by ferry, but now there is a good road connection. In Undredal you can visit the smallest stave church in Norway, and the famous Undredal Stølysteri where local cheese is produced. Every second year the people in Undredal have their own festival to celebrate the good cheese. The name of the festival is Geitostfestivalen (the goat cheese festival). Read more about Undredal at www.undredal.no, www.undredalsost.no and www.visitundredal.no
  9. Tourist ferries between Gudvangen and Flåm: In the summer season both Fjord1 and Sognefjorden cruise offer scheduled departures between Gudvangen and Flåm. This is an opportunity to experience the incredible Nærøyfjord which is one of two fjords in Norway in the UNESCO world heritage list. Information and schedules can be found at www.sognefjordencruise.com and www.fjord1.no
  10. During the ferry trip between Gudvangen and Flåm there are many things to experience. Ca 6 kilometers form Gudvangen is a small place called Bakka. In this place there is a small church and a few farms with the mountain Bakkanosi in the background. On the other side of the fjord you can see Holmo where Viking graves have been found. Further out the in fjord we arrive at Styvi. Here in Styvi you will find the smallest working post office in Norway, with only 2 clients. The postal number is 5748 STYVI. In Styvi, you will also find a farm museum well worth visiting. More information about the museum you can find at www.sognefjord.no. Further out the fjord you find several small places like Dyrdal, Stigen Farm and Undredal.
  11. Gudvangen:
    • Viking valley, a Viking town is currently under construction in Gudvangen.
    • “Festung Norwegen”, traces of the original military defence system built by the Germans during World War Two
    • Annual Viking market, Viking festival one weekend in July every year
    • Walking paths along the fjord and up the river
    • Kielsfossen, one of the most beautiful waterfalls in Norway
    • Close to Voss mountain village
    • Nærøydesign
    • Fjord fishing (not guided)
    • Salmon fishing
    • Kayak rental Nordic Ventures
    • The old post road. See Heritage Adventures for information about guided tours
    • Rimstigen, climb the mountain and experience the Nærøyfjord from above
    • Magic White Caves of Gudvangen, an experience inside the mountain
  12. Hiking in the mountains: Gudvangen is a good starting point for several mountain hikes, and in some places you can get all the way to the mountain edge and see straight down the fjord from an altitude of approximately 1000 meters. From Bakka (6km from Gudvangen) there is a path going up in the steep mountain called Rimstigen. This path is very steep and with normal speed you use ca 3, 5 hours to the top. At the top there is an amazing view down to the fjord below. If you wish to get to the top using an easier route, you can drive to Jordalen and walk from the rear side of the mountain. This is a longer track, but it is not as challenging as the Rimstigen. Use a map for more information.
  13. Stalheim: from Stalheim (ca 15 min from Gudvangen) there are more opportunities for mountain hiking. Use map for more information.
  14. Jordalen: Jordalen is a small mountain village ca 8km from Gudvangen. You take a right turn from the E16 and drive up a steep road with the mountain Jordalsnuten on your right hand side. Jordalsnuten is one of the most beautiful mountains in Norway; many a famous painter has found inspiration in this mountain. The most famous painting of this mountain is painted by the artist JC Dahl and it is called “From Stalheim”. This mountain is also mentioned in several essays written by the famous Norwegian writer Per Sivle, the most known essay is called “Only a dog”. Jordalen is a good place for fishing mountain trout in the river. Fishing permits can be bought in the first farm you get to in Jordalen.
  15. Stalheimskleivene: this is one of the most famous tourist attractions in this area. It is located approximately 15 kilometers from Gudvangen.
  16. Stalheim: At the top of the Stalheimskleivene you find a place called Stalheim. In Stalheim there is a hotel, where you can walk out on a balcony and experience a magnificent view of the Nærøydal, with the Jordalsnuten mountain to your left. In Stalheim there is also a museum called Stalheim Folkemuseum. This museum gives you a perspective on how people have lived and survived in this area the last 300 years.
  17. Voss extremsports: Ca 40 minutes from Gudvangen there is the small town of Voss. Voss is one of the best places in Norway to experience extreme sports. Every June there is a extreme sports festival which is well known internationally. The name of the festival is the extreme sports week (extremsportsveko) and extreme sports enthusiasts from all over the world gather during this week to participate in their sport. For more information about extreme sports in Voss visit www.vossrafting.com, www.ekstremsportveko.com and www.ekstremutvikling.no