Orientation & Geography

Europe, Norway, Sogn og Fjordane

Lærdalsøyri is the administrative centre of the municipality of Lærdal in Sogn og Fjordane county, Norway. The village is located along the Lærdalselvi river where it empties into the Lærdalsfjord, a branch of the Sognefjord. The village is located about 4 kilometres (2.5 mi) north of the east end of the Lærdal Tunnel which is part of the E16 highway. It is about 25 kilometres (16 mi) northwest of Borgund, and about 15 kilometres (9.3 mi) across the fjord from Kaupanger in Sogndal. The 1.14-square-kilometre (280-acre) village has a population (2009) of 1,153. Today, the village is mostly a tourist area, but there are some small industries. Historically, several of the County Governors of Nordre Bergenhus lived in Lærdalsøyri while in office including Christian Ulrik Kastrup, Michael Conrad Sophus Emil Aubert, and Johan Collett Falsen.