Sogn og Fjordane
Towns and villages
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 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 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.
The people talks a norwegian dialect. Most people speak english, and many also have some knowlengde of german.
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).
There are two expressboat route from Bergen. 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.
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.
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.  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.
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.
The wild nature is the main "must see" in Sogn og Fjordane. With many waterfalls. High peaks. And breathtaking view.
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.
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).
The crime rate in Sogn og Fjordane is low. But even so, comon sense should be used.