Årdal has a lot to offer the active familiy. Bring your familiy for a holiday you all will enjoy!
1) Outdoor swimming pool
The tradition for outdoor pools in Årdal has existed since the 60s, and the pools are still very popular amongst both the locals and visitors. The pool area consists of three pools - on for small children, one for kids who have just learned to swim and one big pool with international standard (25 meters long) with warmed up water and waterslides. The local sports club runs a retail by the pool where they sell ice cream, hot dogs, mineal water, coffee and waffels. You`ve basically got everything you need for the perfect day by the pool with your familiy. The outdoor swimmingpool in Øvre Årdal is situated only 200 meters from the centre of town. You also find an outdoor pool in the centre of Årdalstangen - just behind the city Hall.
2) Bumble Bee Safari
Utladalen Naturhus is situated in the beautiful Utladalen landscape protection area in Øvre Årdal. It is on the border of The Jotunheimen Nationalpark. Here you will find that the terrain is very accessible, allthough very dramatic, and both children and grown ups love to tumble around looking for tadpoles in the little stream nearby or visiting the summercafè or the exhibiton at Utladalen Naturhus. If you book the trip in advance by calling +47 959 92 135, the children can join in on a bumble bee safari - which is very educational. There are many different speices of bumble bees in this area, and the children will learn why the bumble bees and other insects are so important in nature.
3) Idyllic Avdalen Farm
Hiking in the valley of Utladalen is an experience for both children and adults. The valley is very luxuriant and dramatic, and offer powerfull waterfalls and impressive nature. If you hike from Hjelle to the mountainfarm Avdalen Gard, you can stay the night in beautiful surroundings or you can just visit their summercafè to enjoy waffels, icecream or coffee. The hike up to Avdalen Gard takes about 1,5 - 2 hours. The first part goes along the river on a gravel road, and the second part follows a narrow path up to the farm. Here you can say hello to sheep grassing - so please remember to close all the gates. You also get to see a flock of chickens - who make sure that you get fresh eggs for breakfast. More information here.
4) The Tire Jungle at Tangen skule (school)
The Tire Jungle at Tangen skule is a popular activity park for children in Årdal, and it will be a very good choice for a visitor to go there too. The park is open for everyone. Bring something to eat and drink and just relax while your children have a blast.
The Tire Jungle is situated close to the school Tangen skule in Årdalstangen. You find it by following the river Hæreidselva upwards.