On the way back down the mountain, we stopped at the county seat called Aurland and explored a bit. The most interesting thing in this larger town was the old, white-washed church dating from 1202, having been built by a Viking warlord in gratitude for his & his cohort’s escape from an enemy. Unhappily, the church was not open for visitors, but we did explore the cemetery beside it. Many of the gravestones were so weathered as to be unreadable, but the oldest one we could decipher dated from 1576! That is impressive.
After those vertiginous experiences, we decided to walk around the small town to check out the coop grocery store, the tiny museum, the gift shops, bakeries and city park. We
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