Balestrand: A hidden gem in the fjords

In the middle of Sognefjorden (as known as the fjord of dreams) is hidden a magical place: The town of Balestrand. The landscape over the narrow fjord and the snowy mountains is just breathtaking. You will never be bored as there are so many things to do:

  • Visit the Sognefjord Aquarium and be surprised by how many creatures live in the fjord. In the ticket price is included a canoe/kayak rental.

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  • Go hiking in one of the several mountains that surround the town. The Raudmelen (972 moh) is one of the most famous hikings. It’s not an easy hike, but at the same time the view in the top is really amazing.
View from the top of Raudmelen. Photo: Tripadvisor
View from the top of Raudmelen. Photo: Tripadvisor
  • Go for a walk in the town center. Looking at the colorful Stave Church and the Kviknes Hotel (this wooden historic building has been open since 1877 ).
  • Don’t miss the chance to visit the Balestrand Art Village, where various artists live and work.
View over the fjord from Ciderhuset. Photo: María de la Cruz
View over the fjord from Ciderhuset. Photo: María de la Cruz

During the summer season (27.06-19.08), you can stay at the cozy Balestrand Hostel and enjoy the best view over Sognefjord!

Balestrand Hostel. Photo: Hostelling International
Balestrand Hostel. Photo: Hostelling International

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