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Panorama picture from Hol Municipality in Norway




THE AURLANDSDALEN VALLEY

On our way to Bergen, just a few kilometres from Aurland is Mountain Norway in a nut shell. From the majestic mountains in the east - which give you the feeling of being on top of the world - to the deep, renowned fjords, Iying just the right distance apart. Visit the Aurlandsdalen valley, or take a train ride along the Flom railway line, which many look upon as the most beautiful train journey in the world. The famous Nærøy fjord is just nearby, and is so narrow that you feel you can stretch out your arms and touch the mountains on either side.

If you want to see the best of Norwegian nature close at hand, be sure you allow good time for this. Stop a while and see what´s in store in the way of scenery. Don´t just drive past interesting things to see without stopping. There are opportunities before your very eyes - and there are more than you will get time for during a short holiday. Go hiking in the hills and mountains.

Follow marked trails or choose your own route. If you wander along quietly, you may get close to the wildlife in the mountains - grouse crouching in the heather and scrub, almost invisible. River trout darting for cover along the stone river bed. Take a tent with you and enjoy the mountain wilds. Or seek shelter for the night with other mountain ramblers in a cabin or a hotel.

A trip on a bike is a bit quicker and more exciting in a different way. And if you really want to see a lot of nature, how about doing it from the back of a horse? Canoeing on the many lakes is a wonderful experience, with only the sound of water dripping from the oars breaking the silence. Or perhaps a trip on a raft down the gushing torrents and waterfalls sounds more tempting?