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Fjærland

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Fjærland [1] is a tiny town at the end of the Fjaerlandsfjord in Norway. It is a particularly enjoyable gateway to the Josteldalsbreen 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 Fjaerland is the place to go. In addition to this, Fjaerland 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 boat

In summer, Fjaerland 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, Skei and Stryn. Be aware that the bus stop is actually 2km out of the town centre, just across the road from the Josteldalsbreen museum. It's a bit of a walk, so leave ample time to avoid missing what might be your only bus out of there.

See

  • Glaciers There are two glacier tongues within easy reach of Fjaerland. 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.
  • Norwegian Glacier Museum This museum gives a good insight into how glaciers were formed, along with an impressive film taken from atop the Jostalsbreen glacier. http://www.bre.museum.no/
  • Bookstores Fjaerland is Norway's "book town". Virtually every shop - from the tourist office to the sandwich shop - sells a range of new and used books.

Do

  • Glacier trips During summer there are guided trips up onto the glacier.
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