KEEP YOUR EYES OPEN DURING YOUR CRUISE HOLIDAY IN GUDVANGEN AND YOU'RE LIKELY TO SPOT A GOAT OR TWO - AND PERHAPS EVEN A TROLL!
The tiny hamlet of Gudvangen (population 100 people, 1,400 goats, and an undetermined number of trolls) lies at the head of the Nærøyfjord, which has carved its way deep into the mountainous terrain, leaving the precipitous rock walls and overhanging cliffs that are characteristic of the scenic majesty of the fjords. Here waterfalls line steep mountainsides and farms lie scattered about green valleys. Mining for white anorthositic rock has left a subterranean labyrinth of magical caves – imaginatively recycled for the benefit of visitors. Natural rock walls are creatively lit in varying hues that throw intriguing shadows to stimulate the imagination, all set to the music of Edvard Grieg.
Discover the charming fjordian village of Undredal. Its small stave church, dating back to 1147, features the original interior and artwork. The town is famed for its traditional goat cheese, be sure to include a stop at the Visitors Centre to learn about the time-honored production methods and to enjoy a taste.
With a soundtrack from Edvard Grieg, explore the underground cave-labyrinth of nooks and great halls, criss-crossed with running water and small lakes, creatively lit for a magical experience.
One of the most exciting rail journeys in Scandinavia, this amazing feat of engineering spans 12 miles, features 20 tunnels and rises to a height of 2,845 feet. The trip take 40 minutes (slightly longer on the descent) and provides truly breathtaking views.
Gudvangen, Norway At a glance