Best Western Lægreid Hotell -Attractions
The start of a wonderful experience
Sogndal is the best starting point for visiting attractions along the Sognefjord. You can reach all this within a one hour drive.
The Heiberg Collections – Sogn Folk Museum is an activity museum for the whole family. Here you can find out how people used to live in Sogn in the old days, visiting old homes and buildings. In the open air museum you can see how farms were run in the 1800s, as well as some of the old breeds of animals. The museum has its own activity trail, where the whole family can test their knowledge of history and nature.
Large exhibition and cafeteria in the main building.
Kaupanger Stave Church was built around 1190 and is the largest of the stave churches iTn Sogn. Large parts of the interior are from the 12th and 17th centuries and there are richly painted decorations of vines, drapery and even 17th century musical notation. The stave church is still in use as the parish church, but is open for visitors in the summer.
(About 1.9 metres high) Dating from around 1100, it bears the inscription: "Olafr Konungr skaut milli steina dessa". It probably refers to St. Olav the Holy, and the legend tells us that the place where his arrow fell, was to be the site of the new church. The stone stands beside the present day Stedje Church, just a few minutes walk from the hotel.
Would you like to find out why the ice is blue, see how the fjords were formed or perform your own experiment with thousand year old glacier ice? See Ivo Caprino’s amazing panoramic film of the Jostedal Glacier. The Glacier Museum in Fjærland is really worth the trip.
The Book Town at Mundal in Fjærland started in 1995 and has at any one time about 150,000 books for sale in about ten shops of widely differing sizes and origins, including ferry waiting room, barn, bank, cold storage plant and post office. The Book Town is based on recycling – not just secondhand books but also available premises, which gives it its original appearance.
Urnes Stave Church was built in the early 12th century and is Norway’s oldest stave church. Parts of an even older church were used to build it. The north portal and carvings are especially significant. Urnes Stave Church is one of Norway’s most important cultural heritage sites and is included in UNESCO’s World Heritage List, along with Bryggen in Bergen and Bergstaden in Røros.
See also http://www.unesco.org/whc/sites/58.htm
The Flåm Railway offers many things: a wild and beautiful mountain landscape with snow covered peaks, fertile farmland and historical traditions right back to pagan times. This unbelievable stretch of railway is unique; no other railway in the world on normal tracks is steeper. The 20 kilometre ride along the Flåm Railway takes you through one of the most beautiful mountain and fjord landscapes in western Norway, while the track itself bears witness to the ingenuity of Norwegian engineering.
See the big salmon at the Norwegian Wild Salmon Centre! The centre lies alongside the Lærdal River - one of Norway’s best known salmon rivers. As well as seeing the live salmon in the river, you can learn the life story of the Atlantic salmon and some of the traditions of salmon fishing from the exhibition and films. Salmon observatory - exhibitions of nature and history - films in several languages about the Atlantic salmon - fly tying workshop - café - souvenir shop
Fotograf: C H - Visitnorway.com