Kviknes Hotel

  • Norway, Balestrand

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This wonderfully atmospheric historic hotel dates back to 1752. Today with its modern amenities, and attentive personal service it remains one of Fjord Norway’s best loved, family-run properties.

As you walk through the hotel there are many historic art pieces and antiques that are on show for guests to admire, with the majority of these having been collected by generations of the Kviknes family. The hotel is a member of Norway's Historic Hotels Group.

The area surrounding the hotel is ideal for hiking and the hotel also organises activities such as wine tasting, bike rides and cultural walks that you can enjoy and organise with the hotel locally. 

The attractive original Swiss style wing radiates personality and soul, with an absolutely magnificent scenic fjord-side location and panoramic views across the Sognefjord. These stunning fjord views, from the hotels fantastic location, can be appreciated from the terrace, garden and inside the dining room. This is probably one of the reasons why this hotel is one of the most popular hotels within our fjord programme.

Added value

Free after dinner tea and coffee - taken in the lounge or in the terrace

Free use of rowing boats and fishing rods

  • No. of rooms: 200
  • No. of buildings: 2
  • No. of floors: 8
  • No. of interconnecting rooms: 4


Historic Wing and Main Wing are interconnected


Most of our bedrooms at the Kviknes Hotel are located in the modern main wing and have bath (with shower attachment), TV, telephone, hairdryer and balcony. 

Rooms with walk-in shower are located in the main wing and are available on request only, and the twin and single rooms without fjord view can be located on the lower floors.

  • Twin Room (A4) sleeping 2-4 people have facilities as above 
  • Twin Room (B4) sleeping 2-4 people with a side fjord view, being allocated on floors 5-8
  • Original Twin Room (C2) sleeping 2 people is located in the original historic wing and has a balcony with full fjord view
  • Junior Suite (D2) sleeping 2 people is located in the historic wing, having a balcony with a full fjord view and a lounge area
  • Single Room (F1) has the facilities as above
  • Single Room (G1) has the facilities as above with a guaranteed fjord view
  • Lift accessible: Yes
  • Lift serves all floors: Yes
  • Access ramp: No

Lift to all floors in the Main Wing only. There is no lift in the historic wing. 


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 enjoying the superb scenery from a bicycle or row boat. Balestrand also gives you access to spectacular walking territory with trails rising behind the village to the peaks and lakes of the plateau beyond.

Why not try the Fjord Explorer or Taste of Norway multi-centre holidays that stop in Balestrand? Or Highlights of the Fjords for an escorted tour. Our brand new escorted tour, Bergen to Oslo Fjord Experience, has a scenic journey to Balestrand.


Explore the local area independently, at your own pace, with these recommended day trips that can be booked at the local Tourist Office:

(All prices shown for guidance)

Fjærland Ferry and Jøstedal Glacier 

£79 - full or half day - daily

The glacial arms of the Jøstedalsbreen, Europe's largest ice plateau, can be visited from the Nordfjord and Sognefjord - the Kjenndal, Bodal Valley and Briskdal glaciers are featured from Loen, and the Supphellbreen and Boyabreen from Balestrand as part of this excursion. Visit these areas of awe-inspiring natural beauty and get up close to the dramatic ice-blue landscapes. 

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 - partially guided

Travel by express boat across the majestic Sognefjord to the village of Vik. This excursion includes a guided tour of the beautiful Hopperstad Stave Church.

Sognefjord and Flåm Railway  

£99 - full day - daily - (high season) mid-June to mid-August

This excursion combines a majestic return cruise up the Sognefjord and a trip on the spectacular Flåm railway which takes you through fantastic scenery - steep mountains, breathtaking waterfalls and 20 tunnels. There are also stops at viewpoints along the way, in this one hour journey to Myrdal. Taking the Flåm railway back down to the town of Flåm, there will be another cruise journey along to Sognefjord to get back to your hotel.

Flåm railway via Vik & Voss

£99 - full day - daily - (low season) mid-May to mid-June & mid-August to end of season

Travelling by boat, bus and train through Voss and the Vikafjell mountains, to arrive at Myrdal ready to catch the infamous Flåm railway down to Flåm. Returning to Balestrand by an express boat along the gorgeous Sognefjord.

Sognefjord Aquarium 

£7 - daily

Norwegian Tourism Museum 

£8 - daily

  • Beautiful wood-panelled lounges, home to an antique and art collection
  • Breakfast and dining room with panoramic Fjord Views
  • Reading rooms
  • Scenic terrace and fjordside garden
  • Bike and car hire (pay locally)
  • Lifts in Main Wing only. No lift in the Historic Wing
  • Member of Norway’s ‘Historical Hotels’ group
  • FREE use of rowing boats and fishing tackle
  • Optional guided hiking and biking programme (pay locally)
  • Bar
  • Lounge area
  • WiFi
  • No of restaurants: 2
  • Dress code for restaurants:


  • Breakfast service:

    Varied, extensive full hot and cold buffet breakfast

  • Dinner service:

    Exceptionally good 4 course buffet evening meal with wide selection of starters, cold meats, salad, hot main courses and dessert and cheese buffets.

Board basis options available

  • Half Board

This property caters for the following special dietary requirements

  • Vegetarians
Location in resort
  • Longitude: 6.5377074
  • Latitude: 61.2092164

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Kviknes Hotel
Balestrand, Half Board
17/07/2022 - 3 nights
3 adults
From London Gatwick
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