Get close to the cultural history
The tour through Aurlandsdalen valley not only provides great nature experiences. You also get a good dose of cultural history along the way. The valley was not only a transport route, but also a lively valley where people have lived since at least medieval times with up to 10 farms and homesteads.
At Nesbøvatnet lake, at the beginning of the trip, you walk past Nesbøgalgen. Before the path was cut out in the early 20th century, one had to manoeuvre past on steps attached to cracks in the rock. Nesbø farm was first registered in 1664. Later it was divided into two farms and in the middle of the 19th century 15 people lived here. There has been no permanent settlement here since the beginning of the 20th century.
You see Sinjarheim long before you get there. The yard, which is built on several meter-high foundations, has been inhabited since long before the Black Death. Here they ran their own household with cows and sheep, and had 3-4 pens they moved the animals between in the summer. Butter and skins were commodities, and reindeer hunting was an important part of lifesaving. The farm was inhabited until 1922, when the family moved to Vassbygdi, to among other things get an easier school road for the children.
Not far from Sinjarheim you pass Almen farm, where you see an old half-timbered cottage built under a large stone slab. The stone protected the house from rockfall from the steep mountain sides behind it.