Thursday Doors in Undredal, Norway

Hello followers of Thursday Doors! Today, I am finishing up with the photos from the hike, my hubby took from the goat farm from Flam, up the mountain to Undredal. Believe it or not Undredal is a popular tourist attraction because of its location along the Aurlandsfjorden, which is a branch of the massive Sognefjorden, in Norway’s fjord country. The day started out pouring rain and as the day went on, more and more tourists dropped out of the 3 mile hike in the pouring rain, leaving only my husband, a fellow Russian tourist, the guide, and some goats to finally reach their destination! I think it was totally worth it!  By the time they had reached Undredal, it was just drizzling! The village of Undredal, has a population 100 folks and 500 goats! Undredal is famous for its brown cheese , geitost (we learned all about that in a previous post) which is still made in the traditional way. There are eight farms here that produce 24,000 lbs of cheese each year. Goat sausage is made here too! Let’s get to the Doors of Undredal village, but first we have to get there! Aw, the beautiful scenery!

Walking from Farm to Undredal, Norway
Undredal River Flowing into Fjord

Prior to 1988, Undredal was only accessible by boat, but since then a road connection has been made by constructing two lengthy tunnels. The Gudvanga Tunnel leads to the village of Gudvanga and the Flenja Tunnel goes to Flåm, where we have been. There is a brief road (2300 ft) between the tunnels that has access to the North. So, as it looks, this small group of hikers are really in a remote, remote area. We are getting closer to some doors, I think!

Undredal Fjord View

Here’s a few with a great view all around!

Undredal, Norway

It surprised me how big some of the houses were!

Undredal, Norway

Mostly they are clustered together for warmth, ha ha!

Undredal, Norway
Undredal, Norway

This is my favorite door in Undredal! It has a door within a door too and is used to store a boat or two, right on the water……….

Undredal, Norway

This is the general/all purpose store…….the only store to be found………..

Undredal, Norway

And my favorite house was the red one with a red-orange door!

Undredal, Norway

This building sits on the original foundation of an older building……..

Undredal, Norway

and this is an original!

Undredal, Norway

Some doors had fancy entrances…………

Undredal, Norway

This door is one you must look for……..

Undredal, Norway

and this one you can’t miss……..

Undredal, Norway

The rack above the door sets this home apart from the others………….

Undredal, Norway

And this home has a very nice little garden right outside her door…………The folks in Norway are very, very, very tidy!

Undredal, Norway

This door had a chicken foot trim to it……….

Undredal, Norway

And last, but not least, is the smallest stave church in Northern Europe! Who would have thunk? During the Middle Ages, when immense stone cathedrals were constructed in many parts of Europe, in Norway, a similar technique was used for buildings made of wood. The Vikings first used the stave technique many years before! Since Norway is home to soooooooo many rural churches, their services are held usually once a month or every six weeks. This church was opened for the hikers ( probably as a reward for walking up there) and they got to go inside!  It was an honor!  We have been wanting to the see the inside of one! More of that in my next post! See you there!

Undredal, Norway, Smallest Stave Church in Scandinavia

I hope you have been following us along all through Norway! It is a fabulous country! Follow our new leader, Dan, to see doors from all over the world, or add your doors too, look HERE!

10 Comments Add yours

  1. Dan Antion says:

    These are lovely doors, and the area is so beautiful. I love how you brought us into town. The scenery was amazing and I enjoyed learning a little about the area. These may be the most remote doors I’ve seen on Thursday Doors, but they are great examples. I like the food within a door and the general store. I do like the church, a look inside would be wonderful. Thanks for sharing these!

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  2. Jo Shafer says:

    I like the cluster of little houses. I think my favorite is yours, too — the dark red one with an orange. But can you imagine an old-fashioned Norwegian Christmas in one of those large old-fashioned houses? The warmth, aromas, lanterns, hospitality!

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    1. Oh I would Love Love Love to spend Christmas here with my family! Maybe next year!

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  3. marianallen says:

    Oh, I love that house on the stone foundation! Lots of choice here, but that one is my hands-down favorite!

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    1. I know the older anything is, the more I like it!

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  4. Absolutely my sort of place…all that mountain beauty! I’ve had that cheese before but not for many, many years. 🙂

    janet

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    1. It is only allowed to be be made and sold in certain places in Norway because it is not pasteurized in any way, shape or form! Awesome living on the grid!

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  5. Beautiful photos, I especially like the smaller homes.

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