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* [[Balestrand]] A charming village by the Sognefjord.
 
* [[Balestrand]] A charming village by the Sognefjord.
 
* [[Fjærland]]
 
* [[Fjærland]]
* [[Florø]] Small, charming costal town.
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* [[Florø]] Small, charming coastal town.
 
* [[Flåm]] A popular port for cruise ships.
 
* [[Flåm]] A popular port for cruise ships.
 
* [[Førde]]
 
* [[Førde]]
 
* [[Lærdal]]
 
* [[Lærdal]]
* [[Skei]] Beatifull village at the lake Jølstervatn.  
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* [[Skei]] Beatiful village at the lake Jølstervatn.  
 
* [[Sogndal]]
 
* [[Sogndal]]
  
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==Understand==
 
==Understand==
Sogn og Fjordane is characterized by its many fjords, of which the [[Sognefjorden|Sognefjord]], with a length of 204 km (127 mi), is the longest fjord in Europe. In tourist brochure you can often read that the Sognefjord is the longest in the world. But this is not correct. Nærøyfjord an arm of Sognefjord is together with [[Geiranger|Geirangerfjorden]] listed as a [[UNESCO World Heritage Site]]. North of Sognefjord there are two shorther fjords, Dalsfjord and Førdefjord. North of those yo will find Nordfjord, witch is 106 km (66 mi). The geography of the county is very varied, featuring many high mountain peaks, islands, and glaciers, including the [[Jostedalsbreen]] glacier, the largest glacier in continental Europe.
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Sogn og Fjordane is characterized by its many fjords, of which the [[Sognefjorden|Sognefjord]], with a length of 204 km (127 mi), is the longest fjord in Europe. In tourist brochures you can often read that the Sognefjord is the longest in the world. But this is not correct. Nærøyfjord an arm of Sognefjord is together with [[Geiranger|Geirangerfjorden]] listed as a [[UNESCO World Heritage Site]]. North of Sognefjord there are two shorter fjords, Dalsfjord and Førdefjord. North of those you will find Nordfjord, which is 106 km (66 mi) long. The geography of the county is very varied, featuring many high mountain peaks, islands, and glaciers, including the [[Jostedalsbreen]] glacier, the largest glacier in continental Europe.
  
 
==Talk==
 
==Talk==
The people talks a norwegian dialect. Most people speak english, and many also have some knowlengde of german.
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People speak a Norwegian dialect. There is a vast variety of dialects, even in single municipalities there may be several.  ''Nynorsk'' is the official form of writing in all municipalities. This writing form differs from ''Bokmål'' Norwegian written in urban areas and East Norway, and is more similar to the dialects spoken on the west coast.
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Most people speak English, and many also have some knowledge of German.
  
 
==Get in==
 
==Get in==
 
===By plane===
 
===By plane===
There are four small airports in Sogn og Fjordane: [[Sogndal]] ({{IATA|SOG}}), [[Florø]] ({{IATA|FRO}}), [[Førde]] ({{IATA|FDE}}) and [[Sandane]] ({{IATA|SDN}}). All of these airports has scheduled flights from [[Oslo]] and [[Bergen]]. The closest major airport is in [[Bergen]] ({{IATA|BGO}}).
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There are four small airports in Sogn og Fjordane: [[Sogndal]] ({{IATA|SOG}}), [[Florø]] ({{IATA|FRO}}), [[Førde]] ({{IATA|FDE}}) and [[Sandane]] ({{IATA|SDN}}). All of these airports has scheduled flights from [[Oslo]] and [[Bergen]]. The nearest airport seeing international traffic is in [[Bergen]] ({{IATA|BGO}}).
 
===By bus===
 
===By bus===
There are busroutes from [[Bergen]], [[Ålesund]], [[Trondheim]] and [[Oslo]].
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There are long-distance coach lines from [[Bergen]], [[Ålesund]], [[Trondheim]] and [[Oslo]].
 
===By boat===
 
===By boat===
There are two expressboat route from [[Bergen]][http://www.fjord1.no/en]. One runs from [[Bergen]] up the coast and into the Sognefjord, ending in [[Flåm]]. The other runs up the coast of Sogn og Fjordane, ending in Selje at the border to [[Møre og Romsdal]]. [[Hurtigruten]] (Norwegian Costal Steamer) calls [[Florø]] and [[Måløy]].
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There are two high-speed catamaran services from [[Bergen]][http://www.fjord1.no/en]. One runs from [[Bergen]] up the coast and into the Sognefjord, ending in [[Flåm]]. The other runs up the coast of Sogn og Fjordane, ending in Selje at the border with [[Møre og Romsdal]]. [[Hurtigruten]] (Norwegian Costal Steamer) calls [[Florø]] and [[Måløy]].
 
===By car===
 
===By car===
[[European_route_E39|E39]] is the major route from [[Bergen]]. From north on [[European_route_E39|E39]], from [[Ålesund]]. E16 from [[Oslo]]. Route 55 from [[Lom]] is a beatifull scenic drive over the highest mountain pass in Norway, 1440 m (4724 ft).
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[[European_route_E39|E39]] is the major route from [[Bergen]]. From north on [[European_route_E39|E39]], from [[Ålesund]]. E16 from [[Oslo]]. Route 55 from [[Lom]] is a beautiful scenic drive over the highest mountain pass in Norway, 1440 m (4724 ft) above sea level.
 
===By rail===
 
===By rail===
Sogn og Fjordane has only one railwayline. The railway between [[Myrdal]] and [[Flåm]], witch is a great scenic ride. And a big tourist atraction. [[Myrdal]] is a station on the [[Oslo]]-[[Bergen]] line. A train journey from [[Oslo]] to [[Myrdal]] and then to [[Flåm]], is a interesting way to enter Sogn og Fjordane.
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Sogn og Fjordane has only one railway line. The railway between [[Myrdal]] and [[Flåm]], witch is a great scenic ride. And a big tourist atraction. [[Myrdal]] is a station on the [[Oslo]]-[[Bergen]] line. A train journey from [[Oslo]] to [[Myrdal]] and then to [[Flåm]], is a interesting way to enter Sogn og Fjordane.
 
   
 
   
 
==Get around==
 
==Get around==
 
===By bus===
 
===By bus===
The public transportation is not so good. However with some planing it is possible to experience Sogn og Fjordane by bus. Schedules for all public transportation can be found on internet. [http://en.ruteinfo.net/] Schedules covering all public transportation can be found on ferries, buses, busstations and touristinformation offices. This scedules are however only found in norwegian. But they can be dechipered this way: On top of each rows in the scedule some letter and numbers are found. This tells witch day this route is operated. D=daily, numbers is days of the week (1=monday, etc), x means except (Dx7 means every day except sunday). Schedules on a grey background is operated only in winter(mid Aug-mid Jun), schedules on a red background is operated only during summer.  
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The public transportation is not so good. The entire county is covered, although departures are scarce. However with some planning it is possible to experience Sogn og Fjordane by bus. Schedules for all public transportation can be found on internet. [http://en.ruteinfo.net/] Schedules covering all public transportation can be found on ferries, buses, bus stations and tourist information offices. These schedules are however only found in Norwegian. But they can be deciphered in the following way: On top of each rows in the schedule some letter and numbers are found. This tells witch day this route is operated. D=daily, numbers is days of the week (1=monday, etc), x means except (Dx7 means every day except sunday). Schedules on a grey background is operated only in winter(mid Aug-mid Jun), schedules on a red background is operated only during summer.  
  
 
===By car===
 
===By car===
The easiest way to explore Sogn og Fjordane is by car. Since the public transportation is not so good, and the distances is great. And some atractions is only possible to reach by car. The main south-north route is [[European_route_E39|E39]]. Route 5 runs mainly east-west from [[Sogndal]] to [[Skei]] and all the way to the coast in [[Florø]]. Route 13 goes from [[Balestrand]] over the mountain to [[Førde]].
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The easiest way to explore Sogn og Fjordane is by car. Since the public transportation is not so good, and the distances is great. And some attractions is only possible to reach by car. The main south-north route is [[European_route_E39|E39]]. Route 5 runs mainly east-west from [[Sogndal]] to [[Skei]] and all the way to the coast in [[Florø]]. Route 13 goes from [[Balestrand]] over the mountain to [[Førde]].
  
 
==See==
 
==See==
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* Borgund stave church in [[Lærdal]].
 
* Borgund stave church in [[Lærdal]].
 
* Urnes stave church in [[Luster]]
 
* Urnes stave church in [[Luster]]
* The Norwegian Wild Salamon Centre in [[Lærdal]].
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* The Norwegian Wild Salmon Centre in [[Lærdal]].
 
* Briksdalsbreen, glacier in [[Olden]].
 
* Briksdalsbreen, glacier in [[Olden]].
 
* Astruptunet in [[Skei]]
 
* Astruptunet in [[Skei]]
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==Drink==
 
==Drink==
The tabwater is drinkable, and often of verry good quality. Olden is botled water, from a source, who comes from the glacier [[Jostedalsbreen]]. It is sold as natural water (In norwegian: Uten kullsyre), or as carbonated water (In norwegian: Med Kullsyre).
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Tap water is drinkable, and often of very good quality. Olden is botled water, from a source, who comes from the glacier [[Jostedalsbreen]]. It is sold as natural water (In Norwegian: ''Uten kullsyre''), or as carbonated water (In Norwegian: ''Med Kullsyre'').
  
 
==Stay safe==
 
==Stay safe==
The crime rate in Sogn og Fjordane is low. But even so, comon sense should be used.
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The crime rate in Sogn og Fjordane is low. But even so, common sense applies.
  
 
==Get out==
 
==Get out==

Revision as of 15:45, 29 July 2009

Vik, a village by the Sognefjord.

Sogn og Fjordane is a county in West Norway. Sogn og Fjordane borders Hordaland in south, Møre og Romsdal in north. And Oppland and Buskerud to the east.

Contents

Regions

  • Sognefjord region. By locals often called Sogn.
  • Fjordane Literaly "the fjords". North of the Sognefjord.


Towns and villages

Other destinations

Understand

Sogn og Fjordane is characterized by its many fjords, of which the Sognefjord, with a length of 204 km (127 mi), is the longest fjord in Europe. In tourist brochures you can often read that the Sognefjord is the longest in the world. But this is not correct. Nærøyfjord an arm of Sognefjord is together with Geirangerfjorden listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. North of Sognefjord there are two shorter fjords, Dalsfjord and Førdefjord. North of those you will find Nordfjord, which is 106 km (66 mi) long. The geography of the county is very varied, featuring many high mountain peaks, islands, and glaciers, including the Jostedalsbreen glacier, the largest glacier in continental Europe.

Talk

People speak a Norwegian dialect. There is a vast variety of dialects, even in single municipalities there may be several. Nynorsk is the official form of writing in all municipalities. This writing form differs from Bokmål Norwegian written in urban areas and East Norway, and is more similar to the dialects spoken on the west coast.

Most people speak English, and many also have some knowledge of German.

Get in

By plane

There are four small airports in Sogn og Fjordane: Sogndal (IATA: SOG), Florø (IATA: FRO), Førde (IATA: FDE) and Sandane (IATA: SDN). All of these airports has scheduled flights from Oslo and Bergen. The nearest airport seeing international traffic is in Bergen (IATA: BGO).

By bus

There are long-distance coach lines from Bergen, Ålesund, Trondheim and Oslo.

By boat

There are two high-speed catamaran services from Bergen[1]. One runs from Bergen up the coast and into the Sognefjord, ending in Flåm. The other runs up the coast of Sogn og Fjordane, ending in Selje at the border with Møre og Romsdal. Hurtigruten (Norwegian Costal Steamer) calls Florø and Måløy.

By car

E39 is the major route from Bergen. From north on E39, from Ålesund. E16 from Oslo. Route 55 from Lom is a beautiful scenic drive over the highest mountain pass in Norway, 1440 m (4724 ft) above sea level.

By rail

Sogn og Fjordane has only one railway line. The railway between Myrdal and Flåm, witch is a great scenic ride. And a big tourist atraction. Myrdal is a station on the Oslo-Bergen line. A train journey from Oslo to Myrdal and then to Flåm, is a interesting way to enter Sogn og Fjordane.

Get around

By bus

The public transportation is not so good. The entire county is covered, although departures are scarce. However with some planning it is possible to experience Sogn og Fjordane by bus. Schedules for all public transportation can be found on internet. [2] Schedules covering all public transportation can be found on ferries, buses, bus stations and tourist information offices. These schedules are however only found in Norwegian. But they can be deciphered in the following way: On top of each rows in the schedule some letter and numbers are found. This tells witch day this route is operated. D=daily, numbers is days of the week (1=monday, etc), x means except (Dx7 means every day except sunday). Schedules on a grey background is operated only in winter(mid Aug-mid Jun), schedules on a red background is operated only during summer.

By car

The easiest way to explore Sogn og Fjordane is by car. Since the public transportation is not so good, and the distances is great. And some attractions is only possible to reach by car. The main south-north route is E39. Route 5 runs mainly east-west from Sogndal to Skei and all the way to the coast in Florø. Route 13 goes from Balestrand over the mountain to Førde.

See

The wild nature is the main "must see" in Sogn og Fjordane. With many waterfalls. High peaks. And breathtaking view.

  • Glacier museum in Fjærland.
  • Borgund stave church in Lærdal.
  • Urnes stave church in Luster
  • The Norwegian Wild Salmon Centre in Lærdal.
  • Briksdalsbreen, glacier in Olden.
  • Astruptunet in Skei

Itineraries

Do

There are many oportunities for a active holiday in Sogn og Fjordane. Trekking in the mountains. Many scenic routes can be found, there is a breathtaking view from many mountaintops. Fishing in the sea or in lakes is a favourite with many tourists.

Eat

Drink

Tap water is drinkable, and often of very good quality. Olden is botled water, from a source, who comes from the glacier Jostedalsbreen. It is sold as natural water (In Norwegian: Uten kullsyre), or as carbonated water (In Norwegian: Med Kullsyre).

Stay safe

The crime rate in Sogn og Fjordane is low. But even so, common sense applies.

Get out

Do you want to see more fjords? Continue north to Møre og Romsdal. Or do you want some city-life? Head south to Bergen.

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