1. The beautiful Aurlandsdalen valley and a little luxury at 29|2 Aurland
The beautiful Aurlandsdalen valley is one of the old routes between Eastern and Western Norway. The walk through the Aurlandsdalen valley starts at Finse and takes several days, but you can also just walk the last leg from Østerbø to Vassbygdi (approx. 20 km) if you prefer.
And that’s exactly what we recommend, as this leg is well known for its beautiful landscape and the cultural history en route.
First you check in at the family-run farm hotel 29|2 Aurland. The farm has been popular among anglers from Norway and further afield for generations. Modern design meets old craftsmanship in perfect harmony: five of the rooms are in one of Aurland’s oldest houses dating from the 1700s, which has been lovingly restored. However, we recommend booking a junior suite in the ‘goat barn’. The restaurant serves food from its own kitchen garden and local producers.
The following morning, you take a taxi to Østerbø fjellstove. The walk to Vassbygdi takes approx. 6 hours, so it’s a good idea to get an early start. You will experience magnificent mountains, lush vegetation, wild rivers and interesting history, and you don’t have far to walk between the attractions. There is an old cemetery at Østerbø, where people from the highest situated farms were buried. You will also pass Nesbø, an old mountain farm from the 1600s. You should make sure to take a detour to the rock formation ‘Vetlehelvete’ just a few minutes from the path. The old mountain farm Sinjarheim, approx. two hours from Vassbygdi, is another highlight. The farm is well maintained and is a great place to stop for a snack.
Your hosts at the hotel can pick you up by arrangement in Vassbygdi, or you can take a taxi. Remember to check the weather forecast before you set off. Certain places can be hazardous in poor weather by October. If you don’t get the chance to do the walk, there are plenty of other things to do in the area. The staff at the hotel will help you to organise a perfect romantic stay.