Frequently asked questions
The Touristinformation in Årdal will happily answer your questions.
Contact them by phone +47 941 59 699
1) Where can I find information about the bus schedules in and out of Årdal?
Answer: You find all the different bus schedules in the county of Sogn og Fjordane at www.kringom.no. Here you also find a travel planner to help you plan your trip. Fill in you travel information, and the different bus schedules and ferry schedules will come up. Please note that it is a good idea to buy tickets for the express busses online and in advance. The bus fills up quite suddenly during the summer season. Ticket information you find here.
We have also selected the most important bus schedules for you to know about in Årdal here: http://www.en.vettisriket.no/transportation/
2) How can I get from Øvre Årdal to Turtagrø?
Answer: This is a seasonal bus with a bus schedule going from 4th of July – 17th of August every year. The departure from Hjelle in Utladalen is in the morning. You see the schedule here and at www.kringom.no.
3) Where is the nearest camping site in Årdal?
Answer: The nearest camping site in Årdal is situated in the valley of Utladalen. Utladalen Camping offer full service to caravans and motorhomes. This is the only dump station for spill water from caravans in our nearby area. More information here: www.utla.no
4) Is there bike rental in Årdal?
Answer: Yes, you can rent bikes at Svalheim Gard/Utladalen camping in the valley of Utladalen. The bikes are mountain bikes with 6 gears.
2 hours: NOK 150
Whole day: NOK 250
More information: www.utla.no
5) How far is the hike to the waterfall Vettisfossen? Can I go by bike?
Answer: The hike to the Vettisfossen waterfall takes approximately 1,5-2 hours from the parking at Hjelle. The distance is: 5 km. You can ride a bike all the way to Vetti Gard, but from there you follow a narrow mountain path to the waterfall. Level: easy/moderate.
6) Is the old road from Sletterust to Heirsnosi/Tusenmeteren open for traffic?
Answer: Yes, but on your own risk. There has been some rockslides crossing over the road the last winter, and on days with heavy weather you have to be on alert. It is not difficult to get a cross the rockslide affected parts of the road on foot or with a bike, but it is important to inform you that you do this on your own risk. We recommend that you hike to Heirsnosi/Tusenmeteren from Øvre Årdal in stead, following the old road from the Sitla Hotel & Apartments to the top.
7) Can you recommend any hikes?
Answer: check out www.vettisriket.no for different hikes and experiences in Årdal. You can also download this small pdf that includes a map and gives you eight selected hikes to do in Årdal: https://static1.squarespace.com/static/5716236007eaa02bdb31889e/t/5773869820099ec7b1d0ef39/1467188909823/8+hikes+in+Ardal.pdf
8) Where can I get something to eat in Årdal?
Øvre (Upper) Årdal:
Tya Bakeri | Kafè at Årdalsenteret (local food)
Mama Mia (restaurant)
MIX at Veekiosken (fast food)
Sommarkafeen i Utladalen Naturhus (waffels, ice cream and coffee)
Sommarkafeen på Avdal Gard
Sommarkafeen på Vetti Gard
Strondi kafe & restaurant på Klingenberg Hotel
Sommarkafeen ved Indre Ofredal «Ne`fø sjøen» i Ofredalen
9) Can we rent kayaks in Årdal?
Answer: You can go on guided kayaktrips with experienced guides from Bulder & Brak Adventures. Book the trip the day before.
3 hour guided kayak trip: from NOK 790
For families in a tandem kayak: NOK 1350 for one adult with one child.
More information here: www.bulderogbrak.no
10) We want to go on a guided climbing trip in Hurrungane in Jotunheimen. Where can we find guides?
For guided hikes in Årdal, contact Bulder & Brak Adventures (www.bulderogbrak.no).