Destinations

Destination guides to the villages in the Flåm and Aurlandsfjord area, including Flam, Aurland, Gudvangen, Undredal and more – all written by a local.

  • two girls taking a selfie in front of a small green rental vehicle, with a beautiful norwegian fjord in the background
    Destinations,  Flåm,  Practical Information

    Is there car rental in Flåm?

    Have you ever wondered about car rental options in Flåm? I frequently receive this question and have decided to address it in this blog post. Unfortunately, Flåm does not have car rental services available. Despite this, there are plenty of alternative transportation options to explore this stunning destination. Stay tuned to discover the best ways to get around and make the most of your visit to Flåm! Is there car rental in Flåm, Aurland or any surrounding villages? The short answer is that no, there is no car rental agencies in any of the fjord villages I’ve covered on this blog (Flåm, Aurland, Undredal, Gudvangen). These are very small villages,…

  • njardarheimr viking village, gudvangen, norway
    Gudvangen,  Things to do

    Things to do in Gudvangen, Norway [A Local’s Guide]

    Gudvangen is one of the the four villages along the Aurlandsfjord and the Nærøyfjord, and a popular tourist destination. The village only has around 100 inhabitants, yet there are several great things to do in Gudvangen. Having grown up in the area, I love visiting Gudvangen to explore the viking village of Njardarheimr, or as the starting point of a fjord cruise through Nærøyfjorden. Located just a 20-minute drive (or bus ride) from Flåm, Gudvangen is a popular village to visit, and a natural stopping place on the way to Bergen. Whether you are travelling to Flåm by car or bus, if you are coming from Bergen, Gudvangen will be…

  • kårdal, bottom of flåm zipline in flåm valley
    Destinations,  Flåm,  Outdoor Activities,  Things to do

    A Local’s Guide to the Flam Zipline, Norway

    Flam is, without a doubt, one of western Norway’s most beautiful villages. Situated on the innermost banks of the Aurlandsfjord, Flam is amongst the country’s most visited tourist destinations – and I grew up watching all these tourists arrive. The Flamsbana train that runs from Myrdal to Flam and back is the leading tourist attraction in Norway, but there’s a new activity on the block; Flam Zipline! The entire valley between Flam and Myrdal, also called the Flam Valley, is 18 kilometres long and is blessed with steep mountains, cascading waterfalls, and streaming rivers. The ever-changing landscapes in the Flåm Valley offer a magnificent mix of colours, green pastures, cultural…

  • view of aurlandsfjord
    Aurland,  Destinations,  Main Attractions,  Things to do

    Stegastein Viewpoint [A Local’s Guide]

    I grew up in Aurland and am often asked questions about the most popular tourist attraction/sight here – The Stegastein Viewpoint. I live so close to it that you can actually see my house from the viewpoint! So, it’s about time I write a post sharing all the information I have, so you have an in-depth guide to this crowd-pleaser of an attraction in Norway. The Stegastein Viewpoint (or Stegastein Lookout or Stegastein Viewing Platform as some call it) is a part of the Norwegian Scenic Routes – Aurlandsfjellet (one of the 18 most beautiful road stretches in Norway). These routes combine nature with architecture and design in the most…

  • flam, norway on a summer day, cruise ship on the fjord
    Destinations,  Flåm,  Things to do

    Things to do in Flam, Norway [A Local’s Guide]

    Flåm (or Flam, for those of you who do not have Å on your keyboard) is a small village in Western Norway located at the innermost arm of the Aurlandsfjord. Every year, millions of tourists visit the fjords and look for things to do in Flam to experience the dramatic landscapes the village offers. Flam is probably the most visited fjord destination in Norway, and as I have grown up in the area – this was a guide I needed to write! The village is also a crucial point of the popular ‘Norway in a Nutshell’ tour. Are you visiting Norway and looking for places to visit and things to…

  • A fjordsafari boat driving fast across the fjord, with tall mountains and blue skies in the background
    Aurland,  Destinations,  Things to do

    16 Things to do in Aurland, Norway [A Local’s Guide]

    As the largest village along the Aurlandsfjord, there are lots of great things to do in Aurland, Norway! This is the village where I grew up, and I know it like the back of my hand. So trust me, this is the best guide to activities in Aurland you can find. The village is located around 10 minutes from Flåm (or 20 minutes if you are travelling by ferry on the fjord), and should definitely be included when you visit the Aurlandsfjord region! People tend to stay in Aurland as an alternative to Flåm, and especially when the hotels in Flåm are fully booked. However, there are many reasons you…

  • fjord in norway with blue sky and clouds
    Destinations,  Flåm,  Outdoor Activities,  Things to do

    Hikes in Flam You Cannot Miss [Flåm, Norway]

    One of the most popular things to do when visiting Flåm and the fjords is to go hiking. I grew up hiking in the area, and so I thought I would share the best hikes in Flam, Norway with you all. These hiking trails are suitable for a variety of fitness levels, and so I know you will find your perfect Flåm hike for your trip. Lastly, I cover some popular hikes near Flåm, as I know a lot of people stay with their base in Flåm, but want to travel out of the village for some of their trip. Hiking in Flam is a popular activity for tourists and…

  • Aurland,  Destinations,  Outdoor Activities,  Things to do

    Hikes in Aurland – Questions Answered!

    I’m back with another round of questions to answer! I recently got some questions via email that I thought would be helpful to everyone, and decided to answer them here. These questions all relate to the Aurland hikes I mention in this post. In the past I have answered questions about the Norway in a Nutshell tour in a similar manner here. First I have pasted the questions I received, and then I proceed to answer them one by one below! As always, feel free to leave a comment if something is left unanswered! Questions about the hikes in Aurland Hello, And thank you so much for your blog.  It…

  • Accommodation & Dining,  Aurland,  Destinations

    Vangsgaarden Hotel Review, Aurland

    Tucked away in stunning Aurland (my hometown!), at the hilt of the Sognefjord – (the longest fjord in the world, in case you were wondering) – you’ll find an absolute treasure: Vangsgaarden! It’s not just any hotel; it’s the one that I, your trusty Norwegian travel blogger, have the joy of calling my childhood haunt. I know, right? Who gets to say they grew up in a place like this! Every nook and cranny, every garden path, every delectable dish served here, I’ve had the pleasure of experiencing. Not just because I grew up running around the gardens, but also because I worked in the bar and reception from I…

  • red hotel building with blue skies above, vatnahalsen hotell is in white writing on the building
    Accommodation & Dining,  Destinations,  Flåm

    Vatnahalsen Hotel Review [Vatnahalsen Høyfjellshotell, Flåm]

    Vatnahalsen Hotel is a mountain lodge style hotel, located along the Flåm Railway line between Flåm and Myrdal in western Norway. In Norwegian, the hotel’s name is actually Vatnahalsen Høyfjellshotell (all though many just call it Vatnahalsen Hotell for short). The word høyfjellshotell literally translates to “high mountain hotel”, and indicates that it is a mountain lodge. Having grown up in the Flåm area, I have visited Vatnahalsen many times, and stayed there a few. Therefore, I thought it was time to write a review, to help you decide on whether this is the hotel for you or not! Vatnahalsen is especially popular by people hiking in the mountains, skiing…