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Sognefjorden  is a fjord in the county of Sogn og Fjordane in Norway. The district surrounding the fjord is known as Sogn. Sognefjorden is the longest fjord in Europe. Nærøyfjord, a World Heritage Site, is one of the fjords of Sognefjorden.
Indre Sogn - literally Inner Sogn. Comprises Aurland, Leikanger, Luster, Lærdal, Sogndal, and Årdal municipalities. Ytre Sogn - literally Outer Sogn. Comprises Balestrand, Gulen, Hyllestad, Høyanger, Solund, and Vik municipalities.
Major settlements along the fjord
Urnes stave church
The Sognefjord is crossed by the second largest stretch of a powerline in the world. Its span width is 4597 metres ! Do not expect tall pylon at the end of this stretch. They are not required, because of the topography.
The local dialect, Sognamål (lit. Sogn language) is used to a great extent in Indre Sogn. It is one of the more distinct in Norway.
There are a number of ways to get to the Sognefjord.
By boat - Arguably the most enjoyable way is via a ferry from nearby towns; the most convenient would be one of the high speed catamaran services operated several times each day from Bergen.
By rail - Reaching the town of Flåm, sitting at the end of a fjord that branches off the Sognefjord, is possible via an incredibly steep railway line. Called Flåmsbana, the railway line is easily accessible from Bergen and Oslo.
By coach - Many of the towns situated along the fjord are also accessible by up to several daily coach services. Long distance coach services connect Sogndal with Lillehammer, Lom, Oslo and Bergen. The outer Sognefjord area is connected by long-distance coaches to Ålesund, Trondheim and Bergen.
There are several local bus lines as well as long-distance coach lines. Companies named Fjord1 and Sogn og Fjordane Public Transport Authorityare major operators. There are local high-speed boat services and ferry services. Keep in mind that some routes may have a limited schedule.
Car rental firms are located in Sogndal (three major ones including Avis, Hertz and Europcar), Flåm and Årdalstangen, as well as in Førde which is not located on the Sognefjord.