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Balestrand is a small charming village on the edge of the Sognefjord in Sogn og Fjordane.

Get in[edit]

By plane[edit]

There closest airport is either Sogndal(IATA: SOG) or Førde (IATA: FDE). The closest international airport is Bergen (IATA: BGO).

By bus[edit]

There are express buses three times a day from Oslo. There are local buses five times a day fromFørde, and five times a day from Sogndal.

By boat[edit]

Express boat two times a day from Bergen, in the summer. Only once daily during winter, 1 Sep-30Apr. Once daily from Flåm, 1May-30Sep. Twice daily from Flåm, 21Jun-17Aug. These routes are operated by Fjord1The ferry terminus is in located in the centre of Balestrand, less than ten minutes from any of the hotels.

By car[edit]

The major road into Balestrand is the Route 55 across the Sognefjell mountain area between Luster and Lom. It is the highest mountain pass in Northern Europe (highest point 1430 meters), and it has been awarded the status of National Tourist Route because of the spectacular and wild mountain scenery it passes through

Get around[edit]

Balestrand is small so it takes no longer than 15-20 minutes to walk from one side to another.

See[edit][add listing]

  • St Olavs Church (The English church). Free.  edit
  • Sognefjord Aquarium, +47 57691303 (fax: +47 57691670). A small aquarium with examples of sealife found in the fjord. There are no English descriptions in the exhibit but they do have an English brochure at the front desk.  edit

Do[edit][add listing]

There is a nature trail up the hill from Balestrand and numerous other walks with plenty of great views of the fjord. Mountains: There are several marked walks\hikes starting from Balestrand, some go through the woods others go on up to the tops of mountains and along ridges,some can be turned into very long circular routes (about 8 hours). Maps and more information for these can be obtained from the tourist information office or your hotel reception. Fjord: There are some trips on small boats out into the fjord as well as the regular large daily ferries to Fjærland Glacier and Vik stave church Road: Cars can be rented from Kviknes hotel in Balestrand or from one of the larger towns nearby.One of the National tourist routes of Norway runs from Balestrand along some smaller fjords and up into the Gaularfjell mountains a truly beautiful road and landscape.Bicycles can also be rented from Balestrand tourist information.

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Eat[edit][add listing]

Most people eat in their hotels. For groceries, there is a Spar shop.

Sleep[edit][add listing]

  • Kviknes Hotel, +47 57694200 (, fax: +47 57694201), [1]. A beautiful Swiss chalet-style hotel located right near the boat terminus. Excellent views of the fjord and mountains. Breakfast usually included.  edit
  • Midtnes Pensjonat, Kong Beles veg 33, +47 57691133 (, fax: +47 57691584), [2]. Guesthouse with friendly staff and excellent views of the fjord from the breakfast room  edit
  • Kringsjå Hotell, Lærargata 9, +47 57691303 (), [3].  edit
  • Balestrand Hotel, Kong Beles veg 37, +47 57691138 ().  edit


Get out[edit]

Route 55 to Sogndal is a scenic drive along the fjord. By boat to Fjærland to see the glacier. This is a beautiful voyage in the narrow fjord, surrounded by high mountains. Advanced booking is recommended, but not necessary. The route is operated by Fjord1, +47 55907070, [4].  editCreate category

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