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Balestrand Travel Guide: 20 reviews and 60 photos

Village on the Fjord

Balestrand, while not exactly a secret, is just far enough off the beaten path to avoid the heaviest tourist crowds. You can get here by bus from Oslo or Bergen, but the most common (and most fun) mode of transporation is the Sognefjord express boat. The village itself has some very interesting architecture, to include an Anglican (no, that's not a misprint) church.

It's important to note that Balestrand is primarily a summertime destination; most (if not all) tourist accommodations are closed October through early May.

Fjord Around the Village

Of course, the best part about Balestrand is the views of the Sognefjord. It doesn't take a very long stroll to get some wonderful photo opportunites. Or just sit on a fjordside bench in town and see how low you can get your pulse.


If you like to hike, there are plenty of opportunities around Balestrand to do so. In fact, when given the choice between taking the Jostedal Glacier tour and hiking, I chose to hike!

You might want to check very closely with your spouse before you make that decision. It's nearly 2 years later and I'm still hearing about it! The only solution: we'll just have to come back and take the glacier tour sometime soon... 8)

  • Last visit to Balestrand: Jul 2004
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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    Jul 10, 2015 at 12:15 PM

    Hi Mark, I see you got the Pioneer Badge for this town, but now there are several other pages as well, so you seem to have started a trend.

  • May 8, 2006 at 3:15 AM

    Great page with beautiful photos Mark!! I was also fortunate in having a bath under a waterfall in Norway..not that warm indeed:))


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