Hotel Aurlandsfjord in the heart of Aurland offers a hiking package, which includes two nights in one of the recently renovated rooms of your choice, breakfast and 3-course dinner on both days, as well as a self-made lunch to take with you on the hike – and some refreshments after it. If you would prefer to stay in Flåm, there is also a hiking package available at the historical Fretheim Hotel.
If you’re staying in Flåm or Aurland, it’s easy to hop on the bus after breakfast. The bus will take you all the way up to Østerbø, where you can start your walk down the valley. Once you reach Vassbygdi in the afternoon, you can catch the bus back to your accommodation. If you prefer to take your time and make the most of the nature, there is also an early evening bus service.
The walk from Østerbø to Vassbygdi is around 20 kilometres and you should allow 6–8 hours for the journey. The trail is easy to find and is marked with red T signs. Even though most of the trail is downhill, the Aurlandsdalen hike is regarded as demanding as the trail is long and rocky – so you need to be experienced and in good physical shape. To relieve your knees from stress, we would advise you to use hiking poles. You can also hike in the opposite direction.
The beginning of the season is at the end of May or beginning of June and can last until October. If you decide to hike in the early part of the season, you may encounter rockfalls and the remnants of landslides. The trail may also be challenging due to melting snow and a high water level. Always check the conditions before heading out on an adventure. Be prepared for changing conditions, as the weather can be unpredictable.