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Fjærland.

Fjærland [1] is a tiny town at the end of the Fjærlandsfjord, an arm of the Sognefjord. In Sogn og Fjordane county. It is a particularly enjoyable gateway to the Jostedalsbreen National Park, and is close to two glacial tongues.

Understand

If you want a close-up view of a glacier without actually climbing on it, then Fjærland is the place to go. In addition to this, Fjærland is Norway's bokbyen - book town. Almost every shop in the town sells a range of new and used books, and there is even an "honesty book shop", not far from the ferry stop, where books are sold from a stand without any staff.

Get in

By plane

The closest option is Sogndal airport (IATA: SOG). Alternatively Førde airport (IATA: FDE).

By car

Fjærland is on route 5 between Sogndal and Skei, witch is on E39.

By boat

In summer, Fjærland is reachable by ferry from Balestrand, a trip that gives ample photo opportunities - there's an amazing view of the Josteldalsbreen glacier behind the fjord as you approach the town.

By bus

There are a number of buses each day to nearby towns, including Sogndal and Skei, both five times daily. Be aware that the bus stop is actually 2 km out of the town centre, just across the road from the Norwegian glacier museum. It's a bit of a walk, so leave ample time to avoid missing what might be your only bus out of there.

Get around

A bus leaves from the ferry port once a day, taking passengers firstly to the Glacier Museum and then to the glacier. Alternatively, catch a taxi. Or use your own car.

See

Glacier museum.
  • Bøyabreen is located near Route 5 towards Skei. It is possible to see the glacier from the parking space. Otherwise you could walk for about half an our in relatively flat terrain.
  • Fjærland Kyrkje (Fjærland Church). Jun-Aug: 10AM-6PM. Built in 1861.
  • Norsk bremuseum (Norwegian Glacier museum), Fjærland, +47 57693288 (, fax: +47 57693287). Jun-Aug: 9AM-7PM, Apr-May and Sep-Oct: 10AM-4PM. This museum gives a good insight into how glaciers were formed, along with an impressive film taken from atop the Jostalsbreen glacier. Also visitorcenter for the national park. Adults:110 kr, students: 50 kr, children: 50 kr.
  • Supphellebreen. 10 km on a side road from the village.

Do

  • Glacier walk, (Meet at Bøyum Camping), +47 92854674 or +47 57693189. 1 Jul-31Aug: At 8:15 AM. A tour suitable for person with some physical training. Treking for nine hour, including 3 hour on the glacier. Only children over ten year.
  • Kayaking, +47 92854674 (), [2]. Different tours on the fjord. Two hour tour: kr 340.

Buy

  • Bookstores Fjærland is Norway's "book town". [3] Virtually every shop - from the tourist office to the sandwich shop - sells a range of new and used books.

Eat

  • Kaffistova. 10AM-5.30PM.

Drink

  • Onkel Mikkel, (In Mundal Hotell). 1.5.-30.9 1 May-30 Sep: 8PM-11PM.

Sleep

Budget

  • Bøyum Camping, (Next to the glacier museum), +47 57693252 (fax: +47 57692957), [4]. Camping ground and cabins.

Mid-range

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