Balestrand Travel Guide

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Balestrand Things to Do

  • Unmarked hiking trails and fab views

    Climbing up the hills surrounding Balestrand is pretty hard work, but once you get up there, the views are fantastic! Unfortunately, there are just pathetic small signs at the bottom of the path that lead up to the hills and there is absolutely zero info at the village's tourist office and they have no maps or guides to help you get there. Head...

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  • Walking Tour "Culture Track"

    Following the route on the Balestrand Map (available free at the tourist info), take the descriptive walking tour of town, the "Culture Track". This self-guided two-mile information trail takes anywhere from 20 minutes to an hour, along a lightly-traveled paved road punctuated with benches (some with great fjord views), perfect for a break or...

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  • St. Olaf's Church

    The church was built in 1897 by the wife of Knut Kvikne (the famous Kvikne's Hotel family). This devout Englishwoman wanted a church in Balestrand where English services were held. And indeed they still are. During the summer, British clergy hold services here, as the church is part of the Diocese of Gibraltar. It was modeled after the stave...

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  • Walking and hiking trails

    Balestrand has been an extremely relaxing experience. Just laze and soak the scenery. There are a whole lot of walking and hiking trails (for the serious outdoor types). All these trails are well marked in English sign posts and enroute the views are enchanting. Biking, Boating, Fishing etc are other options.

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  • Balestrand Views

    Take a walk through the centre of Balestrand. You will find funeral mounds, statues, beautiful villas with towers and spires, St. Olavs Church and much more.

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  • Explore the fjords

    The greatest attraction of the Sognefjord is its immense variety of landforms. A must if to take a ferry tour of the region to truly appreciate it. Ferrys are first class.

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  • St Olav's (Stave Church)

    If you walk around this small beautiful village, you will stumble across this magnificent stave church considered a contribution to the worlds cultural heritage

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  • Kviknes Hotel

    Not just a beauty. It's Balestrand's greatest hotel, with magnificent views, cozy accomodations, affordable prices, and the most exquisit collection of antique furniture. A must!

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  • Hiking!

    There are some very good hiking opportunities around Balestrand. Hiking trails are color-coded based on difficulty, with red being the most difficult. We took a yellow-colored trail (the second hardest) and felt we got good exercise. The fjord views were excellent -- unfortunately, most of our pictures did not come out very well. Take a look at...

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Balestrand Restaurants

  • The fish soup was amazing and good value in Norway

    by koalaperhe Written Jun 29, 2006

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    We had AMAZING fresh fish soup for around 9 EUR / person, hot bread included! Highly recommended!

    Favorite Dish: Fish / vegetable soup

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Balestrand Transportation

  • Speed boats

    The best way to travel to Balestrand is by a speed boat. The operator called "Norled" runs express boats from Bergen to Sogndal (and back) daily throughout the year. On their way from Bergen, the boats call at several villages along the fjord, including Leikanger, Balestrand and Vik. From 1 May to 30 September express boats also run daily from Flåm...

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  • Express Boat to Bergen and Flåm

    The most common way to get to or from Balestrand is by express boat. Boats run daily to and from Bergen, more often June-August. Additionally, from June - August, boat service continues to Flåm with connections to Gudvangen sometimes possible. In 2009, 1-way fare from Balestrand to Flåm is NOK 220. 1-way fare from Balestrand to Bergen is NOK 470...

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  • Boats and ferries

    In the fjordland of Norway Boats and Ships are the best means of transportation and the itinerary has to be woven around their timetable. Inland visits are ofcourse by mini buses and automobiles.

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Balestrand Warnings and Dangers

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    I still see snow...

    by travelfrosch Written Mar 18, 2006

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    It may sound funny, but many people don't quite realize that the fjords are fed by melting snow and ice. In fact, my Mother-In-Law relates a childhood story where she and her cousin were visiting Balestrand and thought it would be a nice idea to wash their hair in the fjord. They had quite a surprise!

    Seriously, though, hypothermia can be a very real threat in such cold water. Use caution when around the fjord, especially if you're traveling with young children.

    Our hotel's owner told us the rule she was told as a child: "If there's still snow on the mountains, don't go in the water." (I'm not even so sure it's such a good idea when the snow's melted, but that's just me...) When in doubt, ask at your hotel, or at the tourist office.

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