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5 reasons why you will absolutely love Lærdal in Norway

5 reasons why you will absolutely love Lærdal in Norway


There are some places in the world that you know will stay with you forever. Norway is, for me, one such place. When I was 11 years old I went on a skiing holiday with school. We flew from Newcastle to Bergen in Norway and then travelled by coach to Voss. Years afterwards I could still remember the spectacular scenery and so when my husband had the opportunity to work in Norway for 12 weeks I was very happy. Unfortunately I was only able to go for 9 days due to work commitments but wow did I have an amazing time – so much so that I can say hand on heart that I could have stayed. Possibly forever. 

He was working in Laerdal a few hours drive from Bergen. If you have not heard of Laredal and had not thought of including it in your Norwegian itinerary read my post to find out why you must. I have 5 reasons why you will love visiting Laerdal Norway.



Beautiful Norway

Beautiful Norway

Norway is consistently placed in the top places to live in the world. I find it an amazing country – not just for the spectacular scenery (more of that later) but it is a country that seems to actually look after its people. It is expensive there is no denying it (I flew over with rather more food in my suitcase than clothes) but the state provides education, looks after its old, its sick, pays for funerals, provides excellent maternity rights, respects gay rights (same-sex marriage became legal in Norway in January 2009). While I am sure there will be Norwegians who will tell me its not utopia (or maybe they won’t) Norway comes consistently top as the happiest nation on earth.

Planning a drive up the Northumberland Coast in the UK

My trip to Laerdal – visiting Laerdal in Norway

I flew from Heathrow to Bergen and caught a coach to visit my husband who was living in Laerdal. It took 4 hours from Bergen by bus (I first caught a transfer into Bergen from the airport then waited 3 hours for the coach!) and it was a spectacular drive!

My husband’s home for 12 weeks!


His home in Laerdal

Laerdal itself is situated at the end of the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Sognefjorden.

Map of Laerdal

the fjord

To get to Laerdal from Bergen (about 206 km) we drove via Voss and then through the famous Laerdal tunnel – a 24.5 km tunnel which connects Laerdal and Aurland. It is something I can tell you to go through a tunnel that long – scary in some ways too. There are three large caves at 6 km intervals in the tunnel for drivers to have a break or to help alleviate feelings of claustrophobia. The tunnel itself is lit with white lights but the caves have blue lights with yellow lights at the fringes. This is to give the impression of sunrise.

Photo courtesy of Sue Locker

Laerdal Tunnel

(This is the entrance to another tunnel but it gives you an idea!)

Laerdal Tunnel 002

There are no emergency exits in this tunnel but there are safety precautions in place. I will admit that I did not particularly enjoy going through the tunnel – I did it 4 times – but if you want to get to Laerdal I think this is the only route that doesn’t involve a boat or an aircraft! (or a rather mountainous climb!)


Laerdal is beautiful

Photo courtesy of Sue Locker

mountain view

In Laerdal there is the Borgund stave church which is the best preserved stave church in Norway.

A Norwegian adventure Gudvangen to Flåm

Photographs courtesy of Sue Locker



door to the Church

Gamle Laerdalsoyri

The Gamle Laerdalsoyri village which has more than 150 wooden houses which date back to the 18th and 19th century. a few months after our stay we were devastated to hear that a fire had broken out in the village and a number of the houses were destroyed. I took a lot of pictures…it really is so photogenic. I will let the many photographs speak for themselves!

Laerdal Norway is this the most beautiful







Laredal Laerdal

Laerdal Laerdal

Visiting Laerdal in Norway

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LaerdalAfter I left it snowed! How beautiful!!


snow in Laerdal - visiting Laerdal in Norway

winter in Laerdal

So that is Laerdal isn’t it so beautiful! I had to keep the photographs full-size as the place is just amazing. Sadly the year after we were in Laerdal a fire broke out in January 2014 and 30 buildings were destroyed. 90 people received hospital treatment but luckily no one died.

I hope you will consider visiting Laerdal in Norway after reading my post!

You may be interested in my others posts about Norway

Gudvangen to Flam. The Nærøyfjord and the Flam Railway

Voss and Bergen

Also consider visiting Denmark too!

Visiting Copenhagen

Visiting Aarhus

Travelling to Malmo in Sweden from Denmark

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  1. December 7, 2016 / 6:44 pm

    No Norway is definitely not utopia and not everything is actually perfect here but we can agree that it’s an absolutely stunning country with gorgeous sceneries everywhere you look! And then there’s the snow of course – isn’t it so magical? 🙂
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    • December 7, 2016 / 8:50 pm

      It is such a beautiful country that after my first visit aged 11 I never forgot it. I was so excited to get the chance to return and we loved it. my husband had 3 months there the lucky thing! I was just happy to get 10 days to enjoy! It is just so expensive it makes us think twice about returning…however I am sure we will get to Tromso one day!

  2. December 7, 2016 / 8:23 pm

    Ah, everything is just amazing! I’m obsessed with Norway and have spent a good deal of time trying to figure out how we could move there. One day! I am certain it will happen one day. My grandfather was from Bergen, hence the obsessions. Beautiful photos. Some parts are similar to New Zealand, except colder…
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    • December 7, 2016 / 8:53 pm

      It is a country that does that to you – I loved visiting. New Zealand is on our bucket-list! Hope you get to Norway one day!

  3. December 8, 2016 / 2:20 am

    I have heard so many good things about Norway. As a matter of fact, we met a Hungarian gentleman who have lived in Norway since his twenties (he was visiting family in Hungary). He told us a lot of great things about Norway, no violence, police do not carry guns, fresh fish every day and more. It is a place I will like to visit. #wanderfulwednesday
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    • December 8, 2016 / 10:15 am

      I really love it and have enjoyed visiting. I definitely could spend longer there – maybe a housesit or something!

  4. December 8, 2016 / 12:25 pm

    Absolutely stunning! I feel the same way about trips staying with you forever! I still remember my first trip to Germany as if it was yesterday and remember it being absolutely stunning and now I live here, since the last 4 years, 13 years later, it still has that same feeling! Norway is definitely at the top of my list! #WanderfulWednesday
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    • December 8, 2016 / 7:30 pm

      Thank you Lolo yes Norway is one such place for me – i love it! I would love to spend some time living there!

    • December 8, 2016 / 7:27 pm

      It sure is! Its a fabulous place to visit.

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Traveller, teacher, train lover, and milkshake connoisseur.Now living and working in my 7th country and experiencing life in Queensland, Australia.

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