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Under water world exhibition national Norwegian wild salmon centre in Lærdal. People exploring huge wall projections.

National Norwegian Wild Salmon Centre in Lærdal

We have brought the Lærdal river into the centre and you get to experience the salmon in their true element - yes, you can almost touch them. Enjoy this rich media exhibition and get a deeper understanding of the Atlantic wild salmon.

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Close up of girl with brown hair looking through a window under water level at a live salmon swimming.

The life cycle of the salmon

Inside the exhibition, you can follow the salmon through its upbringing in the river, its migration out into the ocean, back into the fjord, and up its tributary until it meets the waterfall it cannot pass. What does the salmon encounter on its way? What has the salmon meant to us? What do we know about the state of the salmon's environment? How do humans affect the salmon's life before and now? What does the future look like?

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Best time to go


Opening hours:

15. June – 31 August 11-18

15. May – 14. June & 1. Sept – 15 Sept 11-16

From NOK 140,-

A visit is an experience for the whole family – young and old.

Young boy looking at wild salmon media exhibition in Lærdal projected onto tables & walls.

The exhibition area

We use film, sound, large projections, and images. For those who want more information, we have interactive screens. There are quizzes and challenges for young and old. You can do it all in 20 minutes or spend the whole day.

We talk about:

  • The salmon's wonderful life.
  • The relationship between salmon and humans.
  • The conflicts of interest related to salmon and their habitats.
  • The salmon's ability to adapt and survive and how we manage it.
  • The future - what does the future look like for salmon in light of climate change and human consumption of nature?

You get a deeper understanding of the salmon and its life within a larger framework. We want to open new perspectives as a basis for reflection, create a desire to know more, interest and enthusiasm to preserve the wild salmon and its habitats, and not least give the guest a good experience.

Birds view of national Norwegian wild salmon centre and village in Lærdal in lush summer landscape. Blue sky and river.

The Lærdal river

The large salmon and nature make the Lærdal river an attractive salmon river. Lærdal and the Sognefjorden have long, and strong traditions linked to salmon.

Atlantic wild salmon is a symbol associated with Norway, due to the clean water it’s living in, the active fishing in the rivers and fjords, and the sustainable salmon farming. Almost one-third of all the Atlantic salmon in the world are in Norwegian rivers.

The wild salmon’s development and future, all depend on how we preserve its natural habitat and the diversity of species in the same habitat in a sustainable way.

Getting there

Address: Øyraplassen 14, 6887 Lærdal

Parking: Public parking at the center and at Lærdalsøyri

Practical information

Wheelchair accessibility: Good.

Eating places: Laksen cafe and bakery.

Toilets: Yes.

Shop: Small shop connected to the art centre.

Guiding: Self-instructional exhibitions - guiding on request.

Other: Art center with local and national art in the same building.

The Lærdal area

A short distance from the old village of Lærdal with 160 protected wooden houses, distinctive buildings, shops, and restaurants. Campsite with outdoor fitness park for young and old, sauna (Auga) at the outlet of Lærdalselva.

View over the Lærdal river and the fjord. Day trip cabin and hiking trails nearby. In autumn, you can walk along the old Royal road and see the salmon spawning.

20 minutes drive to Borgund stave church and the Borgund center, 'Vindhellaveien' and 'Sverrestien' (Sverre trail).

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