The Gaular region of western Norway has a varied landscape. Many waterfalls, rapids, lakes and wide rivers flow through the district. Along the waterways, you find villages, farms and hilly terrain. Nowhere else in Norway can you find so many waterfalls in a limited area - and so easily accessible. The most famous waterfalls here are Likholefossen, Eikjelandsfossen, Osfossen, Vallestadfossen and Laukelandsfossen.
The excursion takes you to Bygstad, a village located along the inner reaches of Dalsfjorden, known as the "Viking Fjord" in part because the Viking chief Atle Jarl had his headquarters here. We also visit the countryside around Bygstad.
We first visit Hestad Chapel, a beautiful wooden church located in a charming landscape. The chapel has a history dating back to the Middle Ages. Before the road on the south side of the lake was opened in 1884, the lake was the main transportation route through the Gaula River Valley. The chapel was built on a small peninsula near the middle of the lake, making it the perfect location to reach at all times of year. In the summer, people went by boat to the chapel, and in winter they sledded across the lake. The old chapel was demolished in 1805 and a new one was constructed on the same site.
Next we visit Åmot country villa, where you experience authentic Norwegian culture from the past. The interior of the building tells the story of strong female characters – and you literally feel their collective spirit here.
Although recently renovated, the villa still feels like an old country home. Most of the furnishings are authentic family pieces with histories of their own. A formal yet warm atmosphere from the 1890’s still prevails. Attention has been paid to every elegant detail, from floor to ceiling.
Enjoy this guided tour of Norway´s rural past, including coffee and the local pastry “svele”.