It is the world's longest road tunnel as of [update] at Construction began in and was completed in Known by the Norwegian King Harald V as his second Queen, the river has established Lærdal as one of the meccas of salmon and sea trout fly fishingamong others for the unusual fact that the river offers daylight fishing and dry hof singeltreff fishing for sea trout.
The salmon population was drastically depleted after an infestation with the salmon parasite Gyrodactylus salaris in the fall of After several treatments with aluminium sulfatethere are still problems with the parasite. In falla smolt was again found infected by the parasite, and new treatments started in late March Because of this parasite, the river was closed to angling for the season.
The river has formed dating i lærdalsøyri large delta at Lærdalsøyriwhere huge amounts of silt and sand have been deposited by the river. Although the area has been spoiled by some unfortunate landfills it is still a sight worth seeing.
Economy[ edit ] Lærdal has long traditions in farming, with the lower region of the valley being great for vegetable crops.
Because of its dry climate it was one of the first places in Norway to begin the use of artificial irrigation. Despite having an inland climate, the water in the fjord keeps the winters from getting too cold.
The local Western Norway Regional Health Authority hospital provides medical care for Lærdal itself and seven of the surrounding municipalities. The local government and health authority is trying to close this hospital due to cost cutting, which may have negative effects on the area.