Aurland valley trek

June is a nice month for discovering wild flowers, but it can be too early for hiking in the mountains because of snow cover. However, the lower part of Aurlandsdalen valley is not at high altitude, and June is a fine month to hike there. The number of tourists is still low compared to July and August. The hike is wonderful for photographers and there are new motifs showing up around every corner. For those who love dramatic scenery this is the right place. Noteworthy is also the fact that people have lived until recently at the farm at Sinjarheim. A few cows and sheep were enough to keep the residents alive and probably also happy. Sinjarheim is at an altitude of 600 meters with only a narrow footpath from sea level and a 5 km walk to reach it.

I used my 14 mm Samyang lens for all photos, and it proved to be the correct choice of lens. Even if the valley is narrow there is the need to get a wide view of the landscape. The hike down the valley from Østerbø tourist lodge (18 km) is recommended but be aware that you need hiking boots and you should be in a reasonably good physical condition.

This "jettegryte" is formed by sand and gravel grinding the rock through many years.

This “jettegryte” is formed by sand and gravel grinding the rock through many years.

Humans get small in this mighty landscape near Bridlebrui.

Humans get small in this mighty landscape near Bridlebrui.

Its hard not to get wet on the path near Sinjarheim.

Its hard not to get wet on the path near Sinjarheim.

Water is coming down from everywhere.

Water is coming down from everywhere.

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