Start your tour from the pier in flåm, driving through tunnels connecting flåm with the village of gudvangen. at the fashionable stalheim hotel, some 1,237 feet above sea level, you will learn that there has been an inn at this location since the 1640s. the old stalheim hotel was damaged by fire and the present hotel was built in 1960. it is furnished with a combination of modern scandinavian furniture and antiques. browse in the souvenir shop, which stocks a wide range of norwegian souvenirs and handicrafts. savor a cup of coffee or tea and a pastry, and take a walk outside to enjoy the beautiful view of the valley far below. view the privately owned folk museum at stalheim from the outside; then re-board your motor coach and descend the thirteen hairpin bends of the steep stalheimskleiva road down the narrow and impressive næroydalen valley with its many waterfalls. you will pass the villages of oppheim and vinje, oppheim lake and the stalheim and sivle waterfalls before stopping to take a look at the tvinde falls. the name tvinde comes from an old norwegian word and means "double" or "two." the stone fences in the næroy valley protect the farm buildings from pressure of the snow and stone slides that occur during the winter. arriving in gudvangen you will once more drive through the mountain tunnel mountain back to flåm .
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