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Three hikers on a path next to a lake in Aurlandsdalen in summer.
Three people walking under a cliff next to a lake in the Aurlands valley.
A woman and two men walking across a wooden bridge over a waterfall.
Three people standing inside a giant's kettle
A man and a woman walking next to a old wooden house with a tall wall beneath.
Hikers standing on a rock by a cairn marvelling a the scenery of Aurlandsdalen valley.
Transport to the Aurlandsdalen Valley

Bus to Aurlandsdalen

The bus to the Aurlandsdalen Valley is a flexible and practical transport offer to make use of if you want to hike the well-known, beautiful Aurlandsdalen. It operates on the route between Flåm, via Aurland, Vassbygdi, Stondalen and Østerbø. The schedule is adjusted to the average time that is needed to walk the valley, so you do not need to stress that you will miss your transportation back to your hotel.

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Where to stay

Hotel Aurlandsfjord in the heart of Aurland offers a Hike Package, which includes 2 nights in one of the recently renovated rooms of your choice, breakfast and 3-course dinner on both days as well as self-made lunch to take with you on the hike and some refreshments after it. Should you prefer to stay in Flåm, there is also a Hike Package available in the historical Fretheim Hotel.

Two people walking beneath an old house on tall foundations in the Aurlands valley

Plan your day

If you stay in Flåm or Aurland, it is 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 enjoy the nature to the fullest, there is also an early evening bus available

Three hikers walking on a path next to a lake in Aurlandsdalen Valley

About the hike

The walk from Østerbø to Vassbygdi is about 20 kilometres long and you should count approximately 6-8 hours for it. The path is easy to find and marked with the red T signs. Even though most of the trail is downhill, the Aurlandsdalen hike is described as demanding due to length and rocky path, so it is recommended for those with experience and good physical form. To relieve the stress on your knees, it is advisable to take hiking poles with you. It is also possible to hike the opposite way.

Three people standing by a cairn looking out over the Aurlandsdalen valley

Hiking season

The beginning of the season is at the end of May or beginning of June and it can last up to October. If you decide to hike in the early season, you can encounter rockfalls and remnants of landslides on the way. In addition to that, the path might be challenging due to melting snow and high water level. Always check the conditions before you decide to head out for the adventure. Be prepared for changing conditions, as the weather can be unpredictable.

Timetable

Timetable: Bus Aurlandsdalen Valley 2021.pdf

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