Sogn og Fjordane

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Sogn og Fjordane is a county in West Norway. It is characterized by its many fjords, of which the Sognefjord, the longest fjord in Europe. Nærøyfjord an arm of Sognefjord is together with Geirangerfjorden listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. 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.

Regions


Towns and villages

Other destinations

Understand

Talk

The people talks a norwegian dialect. Most people speak english, and many also have some knowlengde 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 closest major airports is in Bergen (IATA: BGO).

By boat

There is a expressboat route from Bergen[1]. 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 beatifull scenic drive over the highest mountain pass in Norway, 1440 m (4724 ft).

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.

Get around

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. [2] 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.

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 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

  • Glacier museum in Fjærland.
  • Borgund stave church in Lærdal.
  • The Norwegian Wild Salamon 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

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).

Stay safe

Get out

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