Almost half of the Jostedalsbreen National Park is covered by the largest glacier on the European mainland – namely Jostedalsbreen. What sets this national park apart from others is its enormous variety of habitats within such short distances. Here you will find everything from lush fertile valleys to barren mountain and glacial landscapes. A relatively short hike in this area will feel like a walk from one season to another.
The National Park is most easily accessed through Jostedalen (in Luster) and Fjærland (in Sogndal), and you can organise glacial walks as well as visit national park centres in both of these places.
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The whole of Jotunheimen National Park is marked by high mountains and glaciers, and here you will find the highest mountains in Norway. The three highest peaks are Galdhøpiggen (2,469 m), Glittertind (2,465 m) and Store Skagastølstind (2405 m). The western and most alpine part of Jotunheimen are in the municipalities of Luster and Årdal in Sognefjorden. If you drive along the National Tourist Route over Sognefjellet between Lom and Luster you will get to see Store Skagastølstind as well many other impressive peaks at close range.
Jotunheimen is a very popular hiking area in both summer and winter and you will find an extensive network of marked walking trails of all levels and categories. The Hurrungane range in western Jotunheimen is a mecca for climbers, with more than 20 peaks over 2,000 metres. Turtagrø, a hotel at the foot of Hurrungane range, has a long mountaineering tradition is sometimes referred to as the "cradle of sport climbing." If you would like to climb peaks accompanied by a guide or are interested in other type of guiding in Jotunheimen, please contact Turtagrø Hotel or Norgesguidene (Norway guides). Around Easter time every year, stakes are driven into the snow along several of the routes in Jotunheimen allowing skiers to more easily find their way, and at the Sognefjellet Summer Ski Centre it is possible to ski on groomed trails in summer.
Comfortable express buses run daily to and from the Sognefjord region all year round. The city of Sogndal is the main transport hub in the area. While on board the express buses you can relax and take in the view.
There are direct buses from Oslo, Bergen and Trondheim several times a day. For more information and timetables, go to Fjord1.no. Tel: (+47) 57 65 95 12 or contact the local tourist information.
All year round modern express boats run daily from Bergen to Sogndal and stop along the fjord at Vik, Balestrand and Leikanger.
From the 1st May to 30th September there is also a daily boat service from Bergen all the way to Flåm. The boat to Flåm also connects with ferries to Gudvangen, Kaupanger and Lærdal. This is a charming part of the route. For timetables see Norled.no.
Widerøe has several daily flights from Oslo and Bergen direct to Sogndal Airport all year round. Flights take about 30 minutes from Bergen and 45 minutes from Oslo. There are also several other routes to and from Sogndal.
On a clear day, the approach across the Sognefjord to Sogndal Airport is in itself a great experience so make sure you book a window seat. Moreover, you will actually be landing on a mountain top, so have your camera ready when you drive the winding road down to the fjord. For more information on aircraft operators and prices, go to Avinor.no.
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Fretheim Fjordhytter are four high quality self catering cottages/rorbuer beautifully situated on the water’s edge in Flam on the Sognefjord. The cottages are situated only 500m from the Flam railway station and harbour. Shop 500m, parking 50m...
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The Flam railway has been named one of the most beautiful train journeys in the world and is one of the leading tourist attractions in Norway. In the span of a short hour the train takes you from sea level by the Sognefjord in Flam to the mountain...
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At BesteBakken we strive to create the best environment possible around your unique stay and agenda.
You may choose among more than 70 different sports and activities – from simple pastimes you can do on your own to larger events. All of...
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A journey to Stegastein viewpoint, National tourist road
The Stegastein viewpoint is a popular sightseeingtrip from Flam. The busride travels via Aurland and follows the Aurland road, which is one of Norway's national touristroads.
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Join a winter fjord cruise in the UNESCO World Heritage landscape in one of the most popular fjord areas in Norway. The narrow and spectacular Nærøyfjord is surrounded by steep valley sides and snow-covered peaks that rise 1,800 metres above sea...
Accommodation with half board, walking map and packed lunch.
Summer in Balestrand is fantastic, and hiking in the Sognefjord is spectacular!
Here you can enjoy beautiful summit walks in varied terrain. The view from the highest peaks can...
Nice bar at Kviknes Hotel which offers dining on the terrace overlooking the Sognefjord on hot summer days.
Balholm Bar menu
The menu of our Balholm Bar bistro is an alternative to the large summer buffet in the dining room.
You will find...
Four generations have been collecting the original artworks that now grace the walls of Kviknes Hotel. At the heart of the hotel’s large collection are the artists for whom Balestrand was a source of inspiration. Artists such as Hans F. Gude,...
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The old village centre with well preserved wooden houses from 1700 - 1800. A unique attraction in Western Norway.
Sale of crafts, antiques and souvenirs, Postal museum, Gjesme Collection, Cafeteria and the Lærdal Summer Fair.
Join us on a marvellous hiking adventure to Keipen in Balestrand!
Join a fjord cruise through the UNESCO World Heritage landscape with a stop in Undredal, known for its goat's cheese and little stave church.
On this trip, you will experience the fantastic Nærøyfjord and Undredal, a hamlet renowned for its...
Cruise in to the Nærøyfjord, right in the UNESCO World Heritage landscape and join a guided hike along the beautiful fjord. Snowy mountains that extend up to 1700 meters altitude, and a fjord which is 250 meters at it's narrowest point, is a...
Join a fjord cruise in the UNESCO World Heritage landscape in one of the most popular fjord areas in Norway. The narrow and spectacular Nærøyfjord is surrounded by steep valley sides and snow-covered peaks that rise 1,800 metres above sea level,...
Four nice cottages in "rorbu" style, built for the 1996 season, right by the fjord in the owners garden at Marifjøra. Fine view in over the Lustrafjord to Gaupne and out towards the mountains and Feigumfossen waterfall. Guests can sit on the terrace...
High on glaciers
Long live the Queen of Western Norway!
The well-known nickname for Lodalskåpa, Vestlandsdronninga (the Queen of Western Norway), speaks volumes about just how majestic this mountain is and how royal you will feel when you are at...
Flåm Bakery offers visitors from all over the world and locals delicious freshly baked pastries all year round. Enjoy homemade breads, pastries, sandwiches, ice cream and coffee. You will find the bakery next to the station building.
This alpine ski tour takes you through the most alpine region of the world’s longest fjord – the Sognefjord. The three day long trip offers stable powder snow conditions, stunning fjord landscapes and lodging at unique and historic fjord hotels.
The mountains surrounding Vatnahalsen Hotel and the Flåmasbana Railway are made for backcountry skiing!
The area is situated west in Skarveheimen, where weather systems from the vest and east meet to produce fantastic powder snow throughout the...
The Glacier Bus goes daily from Sogndal to the Nigardsbreen Glacier in Jostedal
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Join in on a cultural experience in Vik