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Balestrand Holidays

A fjord favourite on the majestic Sognefjord

The enchanting little village of Balestrand lies on a scenic promontory of orchards and farmland on the northern shores of the famous Sognefjord, Norway’s longest and deepest fjord stretching over 200km. Balestrand’s mesmerising backdrop of towering snow-capped mountains and panoramic vistas has been captivating travellers for over a century. With buses and express boats operating in all directions, Balestrand is a perfect base for exploring and the Flåm railway, Fjærland ferry and Jøstedal Glacier are just some of the notable attractions. There is also much opportunity to simply relax amidst the peaceful surroundings or enjoy the outdoors with walking routes along the shore.

Why not try the Fjord ExplorerTaste of Norway, or Highlights of the Fjords multi-centre holidays? Or Capital to Coast on the Great Bergen Railway as it continues into its second year. Pick from one of our combinations with Coastal Cities and Glaciers & Coast to choose from.

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Experience More

  • Fjærland Ferry & Joestedal Glacier from £79, full or half day, daily, mid June- mid August 
  • Vik by Boat, £29, twice weekly (day confirmed locally)
  • Sognefjord and Flam Railway £99, full day, Mon- Fri only, mid-June - mid-August
  • Flåm railway via Vik and Voss, £99, Mon-Fri only, May - mid-Jun & mid-August to end of season 
  • Norwegian Tourism Museum, £8, daily 
  • Sognefjord Aquarium £7, daily

Useful Information

Resort Code: NOBA

Languages spoken: Norwegian

Time difference: GMT+1

Currency: NOK

  • from£728pp
  • 200 rooms
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This wonderfully atmospheric historic dates back to 1752. Today with its modern amenities, main wing and attentive personal service it remains one of Fjord Norway’s best loved family-run properties.

  • 33 rooms
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A small, homely hotel with a relaxed atmosphere, attentive personal service from your host, Jon, and panoramic views.  The Midtnes is located in a peaceful spot  just next door to St. Olaf's Church and enjoys its own fjord side garden as well as offers panoramic fjord views from its sun terrace. Guests here are sure of a warm welcome. 

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Ideal as a taste of this beautiful country for those wishing to explore independently. Starting in Bergen, you’ll have time to explore this vibrant city known as the ‘Gateway of the Fjords’, before transferring by scenic express boat to the serene fjordside village of Balestrand on the Sognefjord, before returning to Bergen for your flight home.

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A highly recommended combination encompassing the best scenery the Fjord Norway region has to offer – starting in the fjordside village of Balestrand on the mighty Sognefjord, you will have an opportunity to travel on the famous Flåm railway or visit Fjaerland with its Glacier Museum. From here, your included transfer will take you over the magical Gauler Mountains to Loen on the Nordfjord with its spectacular glacier and sparkling lakes.

  • Maximum Group Size: 30
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Enjoy the best of the Norwegian fjord’s glorious and diverse scenery in this 4-centre group tour, escorted by an Inghams guide throughout. Designed as an excellent introduction to Norway for those wishing to see the spectacular fjords, mountains, glaciers and lakes in four contrasting destinations.

Travel and Transportation

Departure day To Depart from Supplement
Monday/Friday Balestrand
To Bergen
Gatwick
Heathrow,
Bristol**
Birmingham**
Manchester*
Aberdeen
Nil/£19
Nil
£109/£129
£109/£129
£69/£79
£19/£39

*via Copenhagen or Oslo
**Via Amsterdam

Airport to Balestrand transfer approx. 4hrs by bus/boat

Car hire available: Yes

Evening resort bus service: No

Local bus services:

Parking available: Yes

Resort Ski bus available: No

Inghams Plus

  • Inghams Saver Plus: Save £50 per couple for Summer 2019 departures - whilst stocks last! 
  • Early Booking Offers at selected hotels
  • Free packed lunches at selected hotels 
  • Inghams Rep based in resort - Summer 2019
  • Meet & greet service from a local tour guide, with a phone service and introduction to Ålesund - Summer 2020

Prices include flights, transfers, the relevant nights' accommodation and meals as indicated. Prices shown online are after deducting any applicable Early Booking Offer and Inghams Saver Plus offer.

Special Offers

Excursions

Explore the local area independently, at your own pace, with these pre-bookable recommended day trips:

Fjærland Ferry and Jøstedal Glacier £79, full or half day, dailym mid June- mid August. Enjoy a highly scenic return boat trip along Fjaerlandsfjord to this small community of great natural beauty including a visit to its fascinating Glacier Museum and to the foot of the Supphellbreen and Boyabreen Glaciers. A shorter half day version visiting only one glacier is available daily.  

Vik by Boat £29, twice weekly (day confirmed locally).  By express boat across the majestic Sognefjord to Vik, includes guided tour of beautiful Hopperstad Stave Church.

Sognefjord and Flam Railway (high season) £99, full day, Mon- Fri only, mid-June - mid-August. A majestic return cruise up the Sognefjord to experience spectacular scenery on the famous Flam mountain railway. (In early and late season continue by train to Voss, by bus over Vikafjell mountains and express boat back to Balestrand).

Flåm railway via Vik & Voss (low season), full day, Mon-Fri only, £99, mid-May - mid June & mid-August to end of season.  A round trip by boat, bus, train via Vik, Voss & Myrdal to catch the Flåm railway to Flåm. Return to Balestrand by express boat. 

Book locally | Prices shown are for guidance only. 

Sognefjord Aquarium £7, daily

Norwegian Tourism Museum £8, daily

Please note that we act at all times as selling agent for the suppliers of activities & excursions.

Things To Do

  • Sognefjord Aquarium with fjord fish and wildlife 
  • NEW Travel and Tourism museum now open in Balestrand centre
  • Boat trips and fjord cruise along the Sognefjord to Flåm, Vik plus more 
  • Kayaking and lake swimming 
  • Gentle walks from the village 
  • Several Stave Churches at Vik and Urnes 
  • Cycling with bike hire available from the tourist office 
  • RIB boat trips 
  • Cider farm in Balestrand 
  • Local public buses run to outlying villages such as Dragsvik and Sogndal 
  • Cinema 
  • Arbotoreum and enamel workshop in Dragsvik 
  • Quaint cafes and cake shops in the village 

With buses and express boats operating in all directions, holidays in Balestrand are the perfect starting point for exploring Norway's longest and deepest fjord. The Flam railway, Fjaerland ferry and Jøstedal glacier are just some of the notable attractions. Alternatively you can relax amidst the peaceful surroundings, painting or strolling beside the fjord, or enjoying the superb scenery from a bicycle or row boat. Balestrand holidays also give you access to spectacular walking territory with trails rising behind the village to the peaks and lakes of the plateau beyond.

Walking

Popular walks include: 

Easy | Balestrand has a few gentle half to full day trips from nearby Kreklingen, including the Heritage trail and the Nature trail, which are the easiest from the selection.

Moderate | For bit more of a challenge try one of the blue trails, which are steeper and take you higher for better views.

Slightly Challenging | Or for a day out, head to Dragsvik either by ferry or walk around the Esefjord (approx. 2hrs each way). From the lookout in Dragsvik, you have a view over 3 fjord branches.

Balestrand | Enjoy Balestrand as a single-centre with holidays available from 3 nights to 14 nights (Monday and Friday departures)

Multi-centre Tours | Balestrand can also be visited as part of the following tours:

  • Fjord Explorer | 14 nights (4 centres) | Ålesund - Loen - Balestrand - Bergen 
  • Taste of Norway| 7  nights  (2 centres) | Bergen - Balestrand - Flam railway excursion included
  • Highlights of the Fjords | 11 nights (4 centre escorted tour) |  Bergen - Balestrand - Loen - Alesund -  Flam railway excursion included

 

Good to know

  • Perfect base for many attractions
  • Good walking routes
  • Located on the Sognefjord, the largest and deepest in Norway
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