LAKE TYIN, THE VALLEY OF LAERDAL AND ITS MEDIEVAL CHURCH
Sightseen, Less than 1 hour walking, 50
In a nutshell
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A spectacular tour between the Aurland fjord and the Lærdal valley, where picturesque villages, breathtaking landscapes and a famous wooden church are waiting for us. Places where time seems to stand still are ready to give us endless emotions.
- Flåm, the Aurland fjord, city of Aurland
- Lærdal valley and river
- Sjurhaug waterfall
- Borgund wooden church
- Tyinkrysset and lake Tyin, lunch at a restaurant
- Valley of Moa
- Villages of Øvre Årdal, Årdalstangen and Lærdalsøyri
- We begin our tour from Flåm, a small idyllic village located at the tip of the Aurland fjord, a ramification of the majestic Sognefjord. After a brief coach trip along the banks of the fjord, we will cross the town of Aurland and enter the world's longest road tunnel (the 24.51-km Lærdal tunnel).
- On exiting the tunnel, we find the Lærdal valley opening out before our eyes, initially flat and fertile, as we skirt the river of the same name. We will take a short photo break at the Sjurhaug waterfall, from which there is a view of the jetties used by those who practice competitive fishing. They are located around the lagoon fed by the waterfall, where the salmon sometimes try to overcome the rapids.
- We will then come to Borgund, where we will visit the old wooden church (Borgund Stavkirke), one of Norway's best preserved and most characteristic Medieval wooden churches. Constructed around 1150, the church is dedicated to Saint Andrew the Apostle. The roof is decorated with Celtic crosses and dragons' heads which are meant to protect the building from evil spirits.
- We continue on our trip, passing through Tyinkrysset and heading on towards the Tyin lake, which is situated 1082 metres above sea level. After the visit, we stop for lunch at one of the region's charming restaurants. Before setting off again, we will take a photo break and enjoy the view of the lake and surrounding mountains.
- Having reached the highest point above sea level, at 1117 metres, we begin our descent through the Moa valley down a series of hairpin bends. Our coach will take us past the villages of Øvre Årdal and Årdalstangen, known for their production of roughly 20,000 tons of aluminium per year.
- A little further on we will stop at Lærdalsøyri which, with buildings dating back 160 years, represents the typical village of the Norwegian fjord and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Lærdalsøyri is not a museum. On the contrary, it is a bustling, living village with shops, galleries and cafés, where we will have time to take a walk and seek out the interesting sights.
- We will then return to Flåm, crossing the valley of Lærdal and the tunnel of the same name.
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- Places on this excursion are limited. We recommend booking early.