Utladalen Landscape Protection Area

Utladalen Landscape Protection Area (Norwegian: Utladalen landskapsvernområde) is adjacent to Jotunheimen National Park, covering Utladalen, Norway's deepest valley. It is located about 5 kilometres (3.1 mi) northeast of Øvre Årdal in the municipality of Årdal in Vestland county, Norway.

Utladalen Landscape Protection Area
IUCN category V (protected landscape/seascape)
Hjellefossen i Utladalen.jpg
Hjellefossen waterfall in Utladalen
LocationJotunheimen, Norway
Nearest cityØvre Årdal
Coordinates61°24′57″N 08°01′58″E / 61.41583°N 8.03278°E / 61.41583; 8.03278Coordinates: 61°24′57″N 08°01′58″E / 61.41583°N 8.03278°E / 61.41583; 8.03278
Area300 km2 (120 sq mi)
EstablishedDecember 5, 1980
Governing bodyNorwegian Directorate for Nature Management

The landscape protection area was established 1980 and covers about 300 square kilometres (120 sq mi) at an elevation of about 1,000 metres (3,300 ft) above sea level.[1] It includes both the Utladalen and Avdalen valleys as well as areas that extend both westward and northward to Jotunheimen National Park, and eastward to lake Tyin. The waterfall Vettisfossen and the mountain Falketind are both located within the protection area.

Utla river near Vetti Gard on the way to Vettisfossen


  1. ^ "Utladalen landskapsvernområde" (in Norwegian). yr.no. Retrieved 2010-09-06.

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