Øvre Årdal

Øvre Årdal

View of Øvre Årdal
Øvre Årdal
Øvre Årdal

Location in Sogn og Fjordane county

Coordinates: 61°18′31″N 07°48′10″E / 61.30861°N 7.80278°E / 61.30861; 7.80278Coordinates: 61°18′31″N 07°48′10″E / 61.30861°N 7.80278°E / 61.30861; 7.80278
Country Norway
Region Western Norway
County Sogn og Fjordane
District Sogn
Municipality Årdal
  Total 1.87 km2 (0.72 sq mi)
Elevation[2] 19 m (62 ft)
Population (2013)[1]
  Total 3,206
  Density 1,714/km2 (4,440/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+01:00)
  Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+02:00)
Post Code 6884 Øvre Årdal

Øvre Årdal is a village in the municipality of Årdal in Sogn og Fjordane county, Norway. It is the larger of the two primary villages in Årdal. The village is situated at the northern end of the 9-kilometre (5.6 mi) long lake Årdalsvatnet, with the village of Årdalstangen at the southern end. The 1.87-square-kilometre (460-acre) village has a population (2013) of 3,206; giving the village a population density of 1,714 inhabitants per square kilometre (4,440/sq mi).[1] Farnes Church is located in this village.

Øvre Årdal on map of Årdal municipality

The road Tindevegen goes from Øvre Årdal, through the Fardalen valley to Turtagrø in Luster municipality. It's one of the highest elevation roads in Norway. There is also a road which goes south past the lake Tyin to the European route E16 highway which goes through Valdres to Oslo.

View of Blåberg from Øvre Årdal

Øvre Årdal is the starting point for tours into the nearby Utladalen Landscape Protection Area and Jotunheimen National Park. There are trips to the Utladalen and Avdalen valleys, to the mountain Falketind, to the Vettisfossen waterfall, and to the historic farms of Vetti, Vettismorki, and Avdalen.

Norsk Hydro has an aluminium smelting plant which is a major employer in the area.[3]

Årdal FK is an association football club which plays at Jotun stadium in Øvre Årdal.


  1. 1 2 3 Statistisk sentralbyrå (1 January 2013). "Urban settlements. Population and area, by municipality.".
  2. "Øvre Årdal" (in Norwegian). yr.no. Retrieved 2010-09-07.
  3. Store norske leksikon. "Øvre Årdal" (in Norwegian). Retrieved 2010-09-07.

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