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Get on the express boat to the Sognefjord, Norway Photo: Rolf M. Sørensen

Summer in the Sognefjord region

The Sognefjord, one of the world’s longest fjords is 204 kilometres long and lies beneath Jostedalsbreen Glacier.

Fjords and glaciers

The Nærøyfjord, an arm of the Sognefjord, is on the UNESCO World Natural Heritage List.

In the Sognefjord area, the Jotunheimen National park offers great activities in fantastic nature surroundings for all ages and for all activity levels. Amongst these, the largest glacier in Northern Europe, Jostedalsbreen which has 487 square kilometres. It covers the high mountain plateau northwest of Jostedalen. Twenty two named outlets - "glacial arms or tongues" - flow from the plateau glacier, 11 of these into the hanging valleys running more or less vertically to the main valley, Jostedalen. Hanging valleys are found on both sides and can be seen as bowl-shaped openings high up on the hillsides.

The most famous glacial outlets are Nigardsbreen, Bergsetbreen and Austdalsbreen. More than 30,000 tourists come to see Nigardsbreen each year. The well preserved moraine landscape in front of the glaciers, especially Nigardsbreen, tells much about deglaciation history.

The valley of Jostedalen offers spectacular scenery, mainly shaped by glacial erosion. Glacial faults and fractures underneath the glacier have favoured erosional forces, garving out valleys, hanging valleys, cirques and mountain passes from the old mountainous plain.

The Norwegian Glacier Museum in Fjærland

The Norwegian Glacier Museum is an award-winning hands-on museum, situated in Fjærland at the head of the Fjærlandsfjord. The museum is the leading centre in Norway for dissemination of knowledge with regard to glaciers and climate. The exhibitions cover topics within both natural and cultural history. The interplay within the natural environment and between mankind and nature, is highlighted through film, interactive models and individual experiments with real glacier ice.

Price
: NOK 120/ca Euro 15

Small villages and local culture

The Norwegian Booktown is situated in Mundal and has 12 outlets in old barns, boathouses and more. It's open every day from May til October, from 10 am to 6 pm. Some of the outlets are combined with art gallery, souvenir shop and handicraft. It's also possible to get a cup of coffee and homemade cakes and pastry at the book café, Kaffistova. The Tourist Office is also in one of the outlets.

Mundal is a 100 years old trade community along the fjord and the houses are all laying next to each other, painted wooden houses in a picuresque beauty. In the middle of these charming surroundings you can admire the wonderful, old wooden Hotel Mundal, with its' architectical beauty, where both garden and interior have kept the old style the way it was for more than 100 years ago.

Fjærland has easy access to the glaciers, 10 minutes drive, and can offer you great experiences at the Norwegian Glacier Museum.

Balestrand is a small and picturesque village on the Sognefjord and has drawn tourists since the latter half of the 19th century.

Those who visited the village more than a century ago were summer tourists and prominent people from all parts of Europe. A number of these visitors were artists who saw the special light and atmosphere of this place. The beautiful natural setting of the village gave inspiration to their works of art.

Some of these artists actually settled down in Balestrand, fascinated by the natural beauty, the local culture and the constant change of light in the sky.
Kvikne's Hotel , built in 1877, has an imposing façade built in the Swiss style, and in its many lounges you can watch many beautiful paintings by well-known artists.

The Stavechurches

The stave churches are Norway's foremost contribution to the world’s cultural heritage, a fact confirmed by the inclusion of Urnes Stave Church on UNESCO's World Heritage List. These churches take their names from the distinctive building technique using vertical staves.

There are only 28 stave churches left in all of Norway. Five of the oldest are in the Sognefjord region, and all of them date back to the 12th century.

Sognefjord Cruise and Tour Suggestions

World Heritage Site Nærøyfjorden - roundtrip from Flåm
Experience the great Aurlandsfjord and Nærøyfjord, two of Norway's most attractive fjords. Here you get the fjord scenery you are looking for. Narrow fjords, mountains stretching more than 1400 meters up from the water, small settlements, waterfalls and much more. Just waiting for you to explore it!

Season: Departures 4 times a day from June1st to August 31st.
Price: 275 NOK one way, 335 NOK including shuttle bus
Websognefjord.no

Glacier Walking on Jostedalsbreen, close to the Sognefjord
Leirdalen Bre and Juv are offering glacier walking on Tunsbergdalsbreen, a part of the famous Jostedal glacier, and the longest glacier arm in Norway.

We travel by boat up the glacier lake. On both sides of the lake steep mountain sides rising up, and melting water from the snow clad mountain peaks are falling down in high waterfalls.

The path from the lake up to the glacier goes in easy terrain close to the wild glacier river. We are walking alongside deep crevasses and under tall icetowers while we are exploring the blue ice world for about 1,5 hours.

Price: 750 NOK per person
Contact details: post@breogjuv.no
Web: breogjuv.no

Fjord Seal - Kajaking in the Lustrafjord
Kayaking at the Lustrafjord, with instructions. A tour to see a sealcolony is included in the 4 hours trip from Marifjøra to Solvorn and back. The tour is designed for people of any ability.Children 7-14 years are required to paddle in a tandem with an adult. Daily departures from 1st of May til 30th of September.

Price: 500 NOK
Booking: 0047-95774196, info@fjordseal.com
Web: fjordseal.com

Last updated:  22 May 2013
Visit the Norwegian Glacier Museum in Fjærland, Norway - Photo: C.H./Innovation Norway
Visit the Norwegian Glacier Museum in Fjærland, Norway
Experience the beauty of the fjords in Fjærland, Sognefjorden, Norway - Photo: Frithjof Fure
Experience the beauty of the fjords in Fjærland, Sognefjorden, Norway
See the Borgund Stave Church, the best preserved of all Norwegian stave churches. - Photo: Pål Bugge/Innovation Norway
See the Borgund Stave Church, the best preserved of all Norwegian stave churches.
Enter the Sognefjord Bremuseum, Norway - Photo: Fjord Norway
Enter the Sognefjord Bremuseum, Norway
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Get on the express boat to the Sognefjord, Norway - Photo: Rolf M. Sørensen

Summer in the Sognefjord region

The Sognefjord, one of the world’s longest fjords is 204 kilometres long and lies beneath Jostedalsbreen Glacier.

Summer in the Sognefjord region

Source: Visitnorway

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