STALHEIM AND UNDREDAL
Sightseen, Passepartour, Less than 1 hour walking, 52
In a nutshell STALHEIM AND UNDREDAL
Good to know
- Gudvangen and Nærøyfjord
- Nærøy valley and river
- Village of Stalheim and Stalheim Hotel photo break
- Stalheimskleiva Road and Undredal village
- We leave from the picturesque village of Flåm, at the tip of the Aurlandsfjord, and head for the other side of the mountain and the Viking village of Gudvangen, which is located at the tip of the Nærøyfjord. This fjord, roughly 17 km in length, is part of the larger Sognefjord and is considered to be the most spectacular branch of this fjord. The Nærøyfjord is also the world's narrowest fjord. At one point it measures only 250 m and is surrounded by 1800 m high mountains that loom over its tranquil waters. In 2005 it was made a UNESCO World Heritage Site along with Geirangerfjord, together with which it was also elected by National Geographic as the world's most significant natural heritage site.
- After taking a photo break, we will continue along the Nærøy valley, following the salmon-rich river of the same name, and pushing on to Stalheim on the side of the mountain. Between 1647 and 1909, the village of Stalheim was a resting place for travellers taking the Royal Postal Road between Copenhagen, Christiania (Oslo) and Bergen. In 1780, a road for horses and carriages was constructed and Stalheim became the resting place for postmen who would rest and change their horses after climbing the valley. From Stalheim we can enjoy a breathtaking view of the Næroy valley and the surrounding mountain range. We will stop at the Stalheim Hotel to take a photo break.
- On our way back to the ship, at Flåm, we will take the Stalheimskleiva, the country's steepest road, which was built in 1849. Roughly 1.5 km in length, the road boasts 13 spectacular, steep hairpin bends and is flanked by wonderful waterfalls on each side.
- Before returning to Flåm, we will visit the splendid village of Undredal, renowned for its long tradition of producing goats cheese, both fresh and mature. Undredal has a population of 80 and boasts Scandinavia's smallest wooden church.
Good to know
- Places on this excursion are limited. We recommend booking early.
- In the event of adverse weather conditions the Stalheimskleiva road may be closed. In this case the tunnel road will be used in both directions.