Lærdaløyri

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Old houses on Lærdalsøyri in the evening. An "ør/øyr" is the flat land where a river flows into the sea. Most of these places have been centers of human activities for hundreds or even thousands of years, and many still have picturesque and interesting houses and narrow streets. Lærdalsøyri is no exception; some of the old houses are protected by law. Lærdalsøyri is situated near the inner end of our longest and deepest fjord, Sognefjorden. This is the next longest fjord in the world, 203 km long and 1308 meters deep. (Scoresby Sound on Greenland is a true fjord 350 km long, but its inner end is rather inhospitable.)
(2007-08-09)

Lærdaløyri

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From the old Lærdalsøyri – in the morning.
(2007-08-10)

Lærdaløyri

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Hide-and-seek – the sun doesn't go down, it hides. In summer the shadow appears on the north side of Lærdalsøyri and moves very slowly to the south side. You can easily walk ahead of the shadow – and have a beer, a cup of coffee, or whatever on the way – till you reach the rock wall; continuing isn't advisable.
(2007-08-09)

This is the inner end of Lærdals-fjorden, a branch of Sogne-fjorden. To the left a ferry is arriving and to the right is the mouth of the Lærdal river. Did I tell you that this river has been famous for its salmon fishing. In Lærdalsøyri you'll also find the "Norwegian Wild Salmon Center" where you can learn everything about the wild salmon.

coat of arms

The Lærdal coat of arms shows two dragon heads from the Borgund stave church Borgund stave church Borgund stave church

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