Aurland is a picturesque region defined by fjords, mountains and glaciers. The traditional village of Aurlandsvangen is set on the banks of Sognefjorden and is a great base for exploring this corner of Norway. Hike along scenic trails, drive the famous Aurlandsfjellet National Tourist Route and day trip to nearby towns and villages like Bakka, Flåm, Undredal and Gudvangen.
Things to do in Aurlandsvangen
Aurland is one of Norway’s top hiking destinations, with trails for every age, interest and fitness level. Trails wind through the Aurlandsdalen Valley and take you to remote mountain lodges, hidden caves and high-altitude farms. In summer, you’ll see sheep grazing in the emerald-green pastures. The family-friendly hike to Prest takes you 1,478 metres above sea level and takes around three hours.
The historic hamlet of Otternes is perched on a clifftop overlooking the fjord and is dotted with ancient buildings, some dating back to the 17th century. Enjoy a guided tour of the hamlet, then head to the café for homemade ice cream and baked goods.
Aurlandsfjellet is a designated National Tourist Route and one of the most scenic drives in Europe. It meanders for 45 kilometres through the mountains and features hairpin bends and spectacular views. The Stegastein lookout is a highlight and commands breathtaking views over the fjord and surrounding mountains.
Vangen Church is located in the heart of Aurlandsvangen and features a simple Gothic façade built from white stone. It’s one of Norway’s most beautiful medieval churches and is set in a grassy graveyard dotted with tombstones.
Getting around Aurlandsvangen
Aurlandsvangen is compact and easy to get around on foot. The town is a 2.5-hour drive from Bergen and 4.5 hours from Oslo. The Laerdal Tunnel is one of the longest road tunnels in the world, connecting Aurland with Oslo and Bergen. Aurlandsfjellet is open between June and October.