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Borgund is a village and former municipality in Sogn og Fjordane county, Norway. It is located in the southeastern part of the traditional district of Sogn. The village of Borgund lies along the European route E16 highway, about southeast of the village of Lærdalsøyri. It is the site of the Borgund Church and the historic Borgund Stave Church.Borgund was a municipality from 1864 until 1964. It encompassed an area of about in the eastern part of the present-day municipality of Lærdal. The administrative center of Borgund was the village of Steinklepp, just northeast of the village of Borgund. Steinklepp was the site of a store, a bank, and a school. The historical Filefjell Kongevegen road passes through the Borgund area.NameThe municipality was named after the old Borgund farm, where the historic Borgund Stave Church is located. The name is derived from the old word Borg meaning "fortress" or "stronghold".LocationThe former municipality of Borgund is situated near the southeastern end of the Sognefjorden, along the Lærdalselvi river. The lower parts of the municipality were farms such as Sjurhaugen and Nedrehegg. They are at an elevation of about 270m above sea level. Høgeloft, on the border with Hemsedal, is a mountain in the Filefjell range and it is the highest point in Borgund at 1920m above sea level. The lakes Eldrevatnet, Juklevatnet, and Øljusjøen are also located near the border with Hemsedal.
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