Undredal

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Undredal Boats

Today we went off the beaten path to a tiny Norwegian village of just 100 people (and 400 goats!). It was hard to find anything in the guidebooks about Undredal – even in Lonely Planet.  But the local ferry stopped there, so we decided to get off and explore.

Undredal Ferry

Our other ferry passengers (day-trippers just aboard for a fjord ride) looked a little shocked when we disembarked in this little town – and admittedly, the crew did, too! They explained that the ferry does not stop automatically at Undredal because it is so small.  We have to flip a switch on the side of the building to call them back.

Undredal Ferry Switch

We puzzled on this for a few minutes – and wondered as the ferry pulled away if this was a good idea.

Undredal Ferry Leaving

But what a charming place!

The town only had a couple of streets going up into the mountain, but was so picturesque.

Undredal

They had a little school (“skule”) with a playground.

Undredal Skule 2

Undredal Skule

And a store featuring local goat cheese, for which they are famous.

Undredal 2

But the highlight was a tiny stave church at the top of the town.

Undredal Church 2

The Undredal church (“kirke”) is the oldest continuing church in Norway, built in 1147. It seats just 40 congregants.  For 50 kroner ($6), we could go in.

Undredal Church

My great-grandfather’s family was from Norway, and I could just picture them worshipping somewhere just like this.

undredal-songbook.jpg

We ended the day back on the dock at the local café with the best salmon we’ve had so far – followed by crepes filled with local goat cheese.

Undredal Menu

And then we saw the ferry rounding the bend.

Undredal Ferry Coming

I ran over and switched on the yellow flashing light.

Undredal Light

Sure enough, the ferry stopped (and I turned off the light before I jumped onboard).

Undredal Ferry Flag

We left Undredal behind and settled in for a beautiful sunny ride back up the fjord.

We will miss this place.

Undredal Flowers

2 thoughts on “Undredal

    • Yes! I have a new love for Norwegian brown cheese (which is made from goat’s milk and a national obsession here).

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