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Aurlandsdalen Valley from Østerbø to Vassbygdi

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This classic Norweigan walk from Osterbo follows a trail cuts into a steep mountainside along the Nesbovatnet Lake with breathtaking views of the valley, gorges and waterfalls.
Distance 15.3 km
6:30 h
269 m
1,008 m
871 m
84 m

The wild Aurlandsdalen Valley is often referred to as the “Grand Canyon of Norway” due to its jaw-droppingly beautiful landscapes of untouched nature, fjords,  roaring rivers and paths cut into the steep mountainside. Your walk today is one of the classic hikes of fjord Norway from Østerbø to Vassbygdi.


Check your information pack and accommodation list  for your transport details 


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Update: August 02, 2019
Highest point
871 m
Lowest point
84 m
Best time of year

Safety information

This walk follows a river valley and a narrow path carved into the side of the cliff. The path is undulating and can be rocky underfoot. There are some sections with handrails. There are also a few small rivers to cross with stepping stones, the larger rivers are crossed using sturdy wooden footbridges. The path can sometimes be narrow and close to the edge, so this walk is not suitable for people who suffer from vertigo.

Tips and hints

Nearest food and drink in Flam, please take plenty of food and water with you as there is nowhere to stop en-route. There is a Coop supermarket in Flam to pick up a packed lunch, as well as a few restaurants and food vans. 


If you would prefer not to walk today you can take an optional sightseeing cruise on the Naeroyfjord which we can book in advance for you. This is a one-way cruise from Flam to Gudvangen with a shuttle bus from Gudvangen back to Flam.


Østerbø (826 m)
60.828331, 7.505890
60°49'42.0"N 7°30'21.2"E
32V 418758 6744591



Turn-by-turn directions

Check your information pack and accommodation list  for your transport details 

IMPORTANT: Please check the times in advance at  or ask your hotel in Flam to look at this for you.

0.00km - START at the Bus stop at Osterbo. Follow sign for ‘Vassbygdi’ and make your way across the parking place.

0.02 km - Just before the entrance to the ‘Turisthytte’ (tourist huts). TURN RIGHT onto narrow gravel path, following sign for Aurlandsdalen.

0.20 km - Come to a green gate, walk around it and continue STRAIGHT AHEAD following path as it ascends gently.

 0.30 km - Ignore grassy path on left signposted for Langedalen. Stay on stone path and continue to follow it STRAIGHT AHEAD.

0.40 km - Come to a small wooden bridge with a gate with a signpost for ‘Lukk Grinda’ and cross it. Immediately after, TURN LEFT following the path and small sign for ‘Aurlandsdalen’ then shortly after a sign for ‘Vassbygdi’. You will also start to see the red ‘T’ signs painted on rocks. On this trail, you will also see red marks painted on trees which mark the way.

0.80 km - Ignore faint grassy path on right. Continue on narrow dirt track BEARING LEFT. Shortly after, cross a small river.

1.10 km - You will see a small sign depicting a hiker and the distance left on the trail (18km at this point). These signs can be found regularly throughout the walk letting you know how much further till the end of the trail. They are placed approximately so the distances may not match up exactly with the distances given here. Continue STRAIGHT AHEAD following path.

1.40 km - You will come to some cabins on your left, continue to follow path STRAIGHT AHEAD as it ascends.

2.10 km - Come to gate and a 17km marker. Continue through gate and follow path STRAIGHT AHEAD.

2.70 km - Come to ‘Nesbo’ on right, a collection of cabins. The river is on your left. Continue on path STRAIGHT AHEAD.

3.20 km - Come to ‘Tirtesva’ on right (a large cairn with a sign on it). Here the path forks, ignore path on right signposted ‘Vassbugdi over Bjonstigen’ as it is often closed and prone to rockfall. Continue STRAIGHT AHEAD following sign for ‘Vassbygdi langs elva’

4.20 km - Come to 15km marker, continue on path STRAIGHT AHEAD. Take care here as the path becomes quite narrow as it hugs the cliff side.

5.00 km - Come to a short aided section of the path (signposted Holmaberget), use the hand rails and take care as the path is narrow here and close to the edge. Continue STRAIGHT AHEAD following the path.

6.10 km - Ignore faint grassy path ascending on right and signposted ‘Veg til Holmen’. Continue STRAIGHT AHEAD and come shortly after to ‘Heimrebo’ 800m above sea level.

A few meters later, BEAR RIGHT continuing on path signposted for Vassbygdi and descending.

7.30 km - Come to an old footbridge on your left, BEAR RIGHT and continue to follow path and red ‘T’ markers.

7.60 km - Come to open space and a clearing in path. Follow path as it BEARS RIGHT around large boulder.

8.10 km - Come to a sign for ‘Bjonnstig Slitti’, ignore faint grassy path on right. Continue STRAIGHT AHEAD following red signs/markers. This part can be boggy!

8.50 km - Arrive at a large cairn signposted for ‘Vetlahh Vette’ and a fork. BEAR RIGHT on path and continue on path as it descends. Shortly after this you will come across the 10km marker.

10.10 km - Ignore path on left descending which leads down to a spot by the river (take this detour if you would like to stop here for a break). Continue STRAIGHT AHEAD on narrow gravel road.

11.30 km - Come to a fork in the path and signposts. Follow sign for Vassbygdi and BEAR RIGHT on path. Ignore path veering left signposted for Stonndalen.

12.00 km - Arrive at a wooden footbridge, and signpost for Veiverdalselvi (the name of the river you are about to cross). Cross the bridge carefully and continue STRAIGHT AHEAD on path.

13.80 km - Arrive at ‘Almen’ (300m above sea level). There are some picturesque old huts and cabins here. Continue STRAIGHT AHEAD following path.

14.20 km - Come to sign for ‘Flathedlao’. Continue STRAIGHT AHEAD following path.

14.40 km - Come to 2km marker and sign for ‘Raudskreao’, continue to follow path STRAIGHT AHEAD as it meanders and descends.

14.70 km - You are now on a wide dirt track with farms on your right. Continue STRAIGHT AHEAD.

15.00 km - Ignore bridge on left veering left and signposted for ‘Stonndalen’. Continue STRAIGHT AHEAD on gravel road which will soon turn into asphalt.

15.30 km - END POINT: Vassbygdi service station. The bus stop for the bus back to Flam is on your left as well as a service station with benches, toilets and shops. 


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60.828331, 7.505890
60°49'42.0"N 7°30'21.2"E
32V 418758 6744591
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15.3 km
6:30 h
269 m
1,008 m
Highest point
871 m
Lowest point
84 m


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