Øvre Årdal

Øvre Årdal is a village in Årdal Municipality in Vestland 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 1.81-square-kilometre (450-acre) village has a population (2019) of 3,117 and a population density of 1,722 inhabitants per square kilometre (4,460/sq mi).[1]

Øvre Årdal
View of Øvre Årdal
View of Øvre Årdal
Øvre Årdal is located in Vestland
Øvre Årdal
Øvre Årdal
Location of the village
Øvre Årdal is located in Norway
Øvre Årdal
Øvre Årdal
Øvre Årdal (Norway)
Coordinates: 61°18′32″N 7°48′10″E / 61.3089°N 7.8028°E / 61.3089; 7.8028Coordinates: 61°18′32″N 7°48′10″E / 61.3089°N 7.8028°E / 61.3089; 7.8028
RegionWestern Norway
MunicipalityÅrdal Municipality
 • Total1.81 km2 (0.70 sq mi)
Elevation11 m (36 ft)
 • Total3,117
 • Density1,722/km2 (4,460/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+01:00 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+02:00 (CEST)
Post Code
6884 Øvre Årdal
View of Blåberg from Øvre Årdal

Farnes Church is located in this village. The road Tindevegen goes from Øvre Årdal, through the Fardalen valley to the village of 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.

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. ^ a b c Statistisk sentralbyrå (1 January 2019). "Urban settlements. Population and area, by municipality".
  2. ^ "Øvre Årdal, Årdal (Vestland)". yr.no. Retrieved 2020-01-25.
  3. ^ Store norske leksikon. "Øvre Årdal" (in Norwegian). Retrieved 2010-09-07.

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