The trail through the beautiful Aurlandsdalen (Aurland Valley), is considered one of Norway’s truly classic hiking routes. This popular hike between the small settlements of Østerbø and Vassbygdi traces the Aurland river as it descends through the valley, providing stunning views the whole way.
You’ll come across mountain farms, waterfalls and plenty of opportunities to soak up the Norwegian nature. It makes for a perfect day trip from Flåm where you can enjoy a post-hike beer and feast at the Ægir brewpub.
By starting in Østerbø the trail is downhill, making for a much easier hike and constant views down the valley. If steep climbs don’t worry you it’s certainly possible to start hiking from Vassbygdi and follow the suggested route in reverse. You could also choose to only hike as far as Sinjarheim to experience the valley without investing a whole day.
There are a range of accommodation options in Aurland and Flåm for all budgets. The historic Fretheim Hotel offers luxurious comfort for those looking to pamper themselves after a long hike.
If you prefer an early start, or are walking up the valley, you can stay at Aurlandsdalen Turisthytte which offers rooms and camping as well as meals and snacks.
Tips, hints and links
- Aurlandsdalen Turisthytte in Østerbø sells meals and snacks, as well as providing accommodation.
- There is small store at the bus stop in Vassbygdi
- Water is available from streams along the trail
The trail begins from the Aurlandsdalen Turisthytte.
Aurlandsdalen is an easy day trip from Flåm, just take the local bus in the morning to the cabin. Check the timetable and stop locations on Entur. Grab a cup of coffee before hitting the trail or even better, travel up the night before and stay at the cabin for an authentic Norwegian cabin experience.
The same bus runs back to Flåm from in front of the store in Vassbygdi at the end of the trail. The buses are not very frequent so it’s a good idea to look up the times beforehand. Check the timetable and stop locations on Entur. You can also catch the bus from here back to the cabin at the trailhead if need be.
From June to September there is an increase in local buses serving the area. Outside of this time it can be difficult to get around with public transport.
If you’re interested in a multi-day adventure, this trail forms the third and final day of the fantastic 57 kilometer journey from Finse to Vassbygdi.