When visiting Sognefjord you have numerous exciting excursions within your reach. You can explore this amazing area by car or take one of the many day excursions that you can buy at tourist information offices. A visit to the Jostedalsbreen glacier takes you up close to the largest inland glacier in Europe, or you can join a trip to the spectacular Flåm Railway and even sail on the Nærøyfjord listed on UNESCO’s Heritage List.
Round trips by bus, boat and train
From most villages along the Sognefjord, you can go on day excursions to the glaciers, mountains, fjords, stave churches, glacier museums and more. The most popular round trips include both the Nærøyfjord and the Flåm Railway, the highlights of the world famous Norway in a nutshell® tour. Amazing round trips are also available to the Jostedalsbreen National Park on the Jostedal Glacier Bus to the Nigardsbreen Glacier, including guided glacier walks, and to the Bøyabreen Glacier in Fjærland.
Tickets are sold at tourist information offices, where they will also be able to tell you about other exciting round trips. Most round trips, local buses, boats and ferries are operated by Fjord1, but other firms also offer sightseeing trips on the fjords etc. Charter boats are also available, from yachts to small cruise ships. Sightseeing trips by helicopter are available several places in the area as well.
Round trips by car
If you decide to explore the area by car, the tourist information offices have many tour suggestions for you, including glaciers, mountains, waterfalls, fjords and other major attractions. There are also several car rental companies in the area if you are not bringing your own car.
Crossing the fjord with your car is easy because of several regular car ferry services. At the most popular ferry crossing, from Mannheller (Kaupanger) to Fodnes (Lærdal), there is a ferry every 20 minutes during daytime and every hour during the night. We recommend that you also include a longer car ferry trip in your day excursion, such as on the famous Nærøyfjord between Gudvangen and Kaupanger/Lærdal. See norled.no for timetables.
Cycling is a great way of getting around the Sognefjord area and you will find everything from challenging mountains to lowland country roads in our cycling itineraries. The Rallarvegen is the most popular cycling route in Norway. Bicycles can be rented many places – just ask at tourist information offices. Sognefjord is also the area where you can take part in the famous and challenging "Tour de Jotunheimen" bike race (Jotunheimen Rundt).
The best way of getting a taxi in the Sognefjord area is to call one, and there are taxi services in every part of the area. Taxi fares vary depending on time of the day, speed, distance and how many you are in the car. Several places have fixed prices for certain routes, so please just call and ask. To find the right number, see the yellow pages gulesider.no or sognefjord.no.
Most taxis normally accept credit cards without any surcharge on the metered fare. Taxis will normally also do long journeys if requested, providing there is a driver available. There are also taxis for people with impaired mobility.