• Aurdal Fjordcamping welcomes a whole new brewing facility
    Aurdal Fjordcamping welcomes a whole new brewing facility
  • Jan and Knut are diligent laborers and for the third consecutive year rewarded with the appointment of the People's Favorite Campsite
    Jan and Knut are diligent laborers and for the third consecutive year rewarded with the appointment of the People's Favorite Campsite
  • The campers have set themselves up for the summer season
    The campers have set themselves up for the summer season
  • For visitors, a number of cozy cabins are ready
    For visitors, a number of cozy cabins are ready
  • The bathroom from the TV2 program Farmen
    The bathroom from the TV2 program Farmen
  • Here are new places and sanitary facilities
    Here are new places and sanitary facilities
  • Gapahuken is the new gathering place
    Gapahuken is the new gathering place
  • In Kjedlarstogo companies are arranged as confirmations and birthdays
    In Kjedlarstogo companies are arranged as confirmations and birthdays
  • The bar has a rich selection
    The bar has a rich selection
  • A large gathering room is also located in the main house
    A large gathering room is also located in the main house
  • Nice fireplace
    Nice fireplace
  • Should it be cool and wet outdoors, the fireplace room is a warm and hot alternative
    Should it be cool and wet outdoors, the fireplace room is a warm and hot alternative
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Text and photo: Kristin Smedsrud
Caravan and Caravan magazine, No. 2 April 2018

Aurdal Fjordcamping: The people's favorite for the third consecutive year

Valdres stretches from the lush and watery valleys to the south to the dramatic mountains of Jotunheimen in the north. There are a number of full-service campsites with good activities for the whole family. Some believe that several of them are among Norway's very best. The caravan and caravan magazine will visit some of the sites and will present them to readers in the future.

Aurdal Fjordcamping and Hytter is a great hidden gem when you drive along E6 through the town of Aurdal. Following the signage from the main road, you are led down the road towards the fjord, surrounded by houses and lush nature. Well advanced down the Aurdalsfjord lies Aurdal Fjordcamping and Cabins along the waterfront. The place has been voted People's Favorite third consecutive year something the editors think is worth a visit. The area is quiet and peaceful. It's late in the spring and even a few weeks before the season starts fully. The only thing that is heard is the birds' quitters and the thunderstorms of the wind in the tree tops. Inside the area there are cozy cabins and campers and caravans are set up and have a view of the water.

The owners

Suddenly there are two gentle men who welcome and present themselves as Knut Sundet and Jan Opheim, owners and managers of Aurdal Fjordcamping and Hytter. Wearing work clothes and straight from their activities it is clear that here it is not on the lazy side in anticipation of the high season.

How long have you been doing the place? I ask

"It's going to be a few years ago," says Knut Ivar. - "We started up in 1998 and soon have 20's anniversary! Much has happened since then and the place has been constantly evolving. Shall we take a round on the field? "

TV2 and Farmen

We start the walk down the brew area. Gapahuken has seating and fireplace with space for play, dance and fun. Everything looks fresh and smells of fresh timber. - "This and all of the docks were built last year and are designed for boating and social activities. Local musicians contribute and planning a breeding dance for the summer, "- says Jan proudly.

Can you tell me about the boat over there, I ask and point.

- "Oh, it's" Veslekari ", an old ferry boat used for sightseeing tours. In a collaboration with TV2 and Farmen a few years ago, it was used to run extras, food and supplies between here and Farmen instead further down here. We took over "Veslekari" and she is popular for excursions for our guests. "- A fun bathhouse on the bridge is marked with the" Farmen ", obviously also used in the previous program series. - "Now, guests can change in the old Farmenbua," - smiles Jan.

Modernization and expansion in progress

We continue on to the camping area. Passes a playground for the children and beyond past some guests who have found an idyllic place along the waterfront. Knut tells the faithful guests to have chosen their favorite place. - "Many guests have been with since the start in -98 and then they have to get some benefits," - emphasizes Knut. - "Today there are 180 fixed seats and 80 24-hour places. In 2016 we saw for the first time an overweight of campers »- says Knut.

Many employees

You must keep many people in turn? - "Yes, when the high season starts, we are at least 13 employees here," - confirms Knut. "" Now that we keep upgrades and expand the space and capacity, there may be a need for even more. "- We continue to the area where the work is in progress. Jan shows and talks about both new sanitary facilities and new 50 sites that will be ready in autumn 2017. Knut adds to the good cooperation with assistance and assistance from Innovation Norway in connection with the new development field. Something that has been crucial to get started so quickly.

Wide activity offer

Where do your guests come from? - "We have visits from people from all over the world, but most are eastern and westerners. Many guests have full-year seats and others are coming back ever here, "- says Knut. There is so much to do with this around.

What can the guests do here then? "If the guests need to do anything but enjoy themselves in the place here?" Jan laughs gaily. - "For the winter sports enthusiasts, there are well-prepared ski slopes in the area. Valdres Alpinsenter is located just over the main road up here. So you do not have to go far away. In the summer, large and small can find a place on the beach and swim in fresh mountain water. You can fish right outside the caravan, caravan or tent. Fishing is free along the beachfront of the campsite (about 1 km). The area has great hiking trails and you can rent a bike - welcome to the whole family. There are very family friendly hiking areas here. Are you hooked on golf, we have both golf course and miniature golf right next door, "- says Jan

wellbeing

We finish the visit away in the main building. As we enter the place, a smiling Jan comes and proudly shows the proof that they are named "People's Favorite 2017". - "It just came in the mailbox, so I just had to check," he laughs. It will be a picture show in honor of the photographer. The main house is pleasantly furnished with dining areas, own bar and cozy fireplace area. According to Knut, a gathering point for social gathering, good food and drink. Especially on rainy days or in the colder seasons. - "We are renting out to companies throughout the year. For example, confirmation, St.Han's celebration and Easter bush, "- he continues, telling of annual hits such as Norsk Volvo and PV club and a luxury motorbike exhibition. "" Not to forget the Rakfisk festival in October, it's full speed here, "- ends Knut.

It has been a nice sight and an experience to see how much can hide down the Aurdalsfjord. up from the E6. It's easy to see that guests are enjoying themselves here.

Facts about Aurdal

From Oslo and Bergen, drive E16 to Valdres. From Trondheim you take E6 towards Dombås. To the south of Dovre, head towards Vågåmo and drive the National Tourist Route Valdresflya towards Beitostølen. A little south of Fagernes along E6 you will find the town center Aurdal, the center. An area that extends from the valley bottom to the Aurdalsfjord and up to the snail jelly on Aurdalsåen. There is a grocery store, gas station and cafe in the city center.

Aurdal Fjordcamping, Danebu Kongsgård and Aurdal Fjellpark offer accommodation. With a golf course in the back yard, a beautiful ski resort and a top terrain of hiking, Aurdal is a first choice for many holidaymakers. The scenic golf course is located down the Aurdalsvannet. The plant consists of an 9 hole course, driving range and exercise area with large putting green and sand piles. Here is a cozy clubhouse with cafe and pro shop.

The Aurdalsåsen road network is designed for families on a cycling trip in the border between forest and mountains. You can rent mountain bikes and a junior bike or outfit for the kids. Fishing in the Aurdalsfjord offers possibilities for both trout, perch and sik. Aurdal fjordcamping leases boats have local knowledge about where the fish bite.

Mountain tours offer family-friendly backdrops and stunning views. Bjørgovarden (1138 moh.) And Fjellenden (1145 moh.) Are the most visited tour peaks in the area. Valdres Alpinsenter is a family-friendly ski resort with 11 slopes, good opportunities for off-piste and own children's area. In addition, top prepared ski slopes with double tracks in a beautiful winter landscape.

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