Good food experiences in Bergen and around the Sognefjord
Bergen – Balestrand – Solvorn – Flåm – Bergen
- By car
A round trip with emphasis on great food experiences and local food. You will also have a chance to see some of the top attractions in the regions, such as Bryggen wharf in Bergen, Urnes Stave Church and the Nærøyfjord – all of which are inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List.
Bergen – Balestrand, 200 km, 1 ferry, 3 h 50 min
Bergen was awarded UNESCO City of Gastronomy status in 2015 as one of just a few cities worldwide. The city’s use of local food, a well-developed food culture and an innovative and active food industry earned Bergen this title.
Don't miss Bryggen – inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List – the Fish Market and the Fløibanen funicular. Explore the charming neighbourhoods of old wooden houses in Sandviken or Nordnes – with an experienced guide if you wish. Eat at Lysverket and Cornelius Seafood Restaurant, or one of the other many good restaurants in Bergen. Bergen also has a varied cultural scene – check out the what's on section!
From Bergen, you first drive to Voss where several of the restaurants honour the local food traditions by serving the ‘Vossameny’ (Voss menu). Store Ringheim hotel serves meat, fruit and vegetables from local farms and their own fields. Work up an appetite by going on a rafting trip on the Vosso river or tandem paragliding from Hangurfjellet mountain. Voss also hosts the spectacular Ekstremsportveko extreme sport event every year at the end of June.
The Tvindefossen waterfall is a great place to stop along the E16. Just before you get to the Sognefjord, you can take a break and visit Hopperstad Stave Church. Vik in Sogn is home to the world’s only gamalost (‘old cheese’) factory and hosts a gamalost festival every year. Try a potato pancake with gravlax and gamalost!
Balestrand, across the Sognefjord, is one of the most picturesque places in Western Norway. The family-run Kviknes Hotel has traditions that go back four generations, and places great importance on food and local produce. In Balestrand you will also find Ciderhuset (‘the Cider House’), which is also an Economusée. Here, you can participate in cider tasting in the summer season, and the restaurant has an à la carte menu from mid-June to the end of August, with local produce such as salmon, venison and Aberdeen Angus.
Balestrand – Solvorn, 65 km, 1 ferry, 1 h 37 min
The romantic Walaker Hotel awaits you in peaceful Solvorn. The family who run the hotel take pride in the seasonal local food they serve. Don't miss out on the locally produced raspberry nectar!
And why not spend the night at Eplet Bed & Apple, a friendly little guest house in the middle of an apple orchard. Here you can buy what will probably be the best cordial and jams you have ever tasted!
There are many treasures to be found around Solvorn – for example Urnes Stave Church, on the UNESCO World Heritage List. It is well worth taking the return trip on the ferry across the Lustrafjord from Solvorn. Urnes Gard og hjortefarm is just a stone's throw from Urnes Stave Church. The farm has its own herd of deer, a café and a shop that sells fresh farm produce. There are also other farms in the area where you can buy fruit and berries and other local produce.
Solvorn – Flåm, 87 km, 1 ferry, 1 h 48 min
On the way to Flåm, make sure that you stop to see the old buildings at Lærdalsøyri, one of Norway's best-preserved villages. Buy some tasty fruit and berry products at Blaaflat farm shop. Continuing your trip, you can choose to drive through the Lærdal Tunnel (24.5 km and the world’s longest road tunnel) – but we recommend the Scenic Route Aurlandsfjellet when open. Don’t miss the Stegastein viewpoint, an attraction in itself – which offers a magnificent panorama of the Aurlandsfjord.
You can also take the ferry from Kaupanger all the way to Gudvangen. This is a wonderful fjord trip along the Sognefjord and into the Aurlandsfjord and Nærøyfjord, the world's narrowest fjord and inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List. If you choose to travel by car, you simply must catch a fjord cruise from Flåm to experience the Nærøyfjord.
There are many activities to choose from in Flåm. Don’t miss the Flåm Railway or a RIB trip on the fjord. Stop by Undredal, famous for the world’s smallest stave church and its exquisite goat cheese. Stay at Fretheim Hotel, where local produce has always been a staple. Visit Ægir Bryggeri's brewery pub and try their award-winning beer and great food. Ægir also has menus inspired by the Vikings.
Flåm – Bergen, 167 km, 2 h 36 min
From Flåm, you return to Bergen, where you can conclude your trip with a great dinner at one of the city's excellent restaurants.