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Lærdalsøyri is the administrative centre of Lærdal Municipality in Vestland county, Norway. The village is located along the Lærdalselvi river where it empties into the Lærdalsfjorden, a branch off of the main Sognefjorden.
Old Lærdalsøyri is in the village centre and is listed as a national “heritage village” and tourists come to see the old city centre with its 161 wooden houses that date from 1700 to 1800. Old Lærdalsøyri used to be a trading port between east and west in Norway. It is located near the head of Sognefjord, one of the longest fjords in Norway, which meant sea-going ships could carry goods deep inland before landing them at the village for the over-land journey into eastern Norway. The road used for this transportation was the ‘King’s road over Filefjell’. A peace of this road can be admired at Vindhella, once a revolutionary road in Norway.
Close by, you can also see Borgund stave church.