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 one of our Norway multi-centre holidays? Fjord Explorer, Taste of Norway, or Highlights of the Fjords or new for Summer 2018, our Journeys to the Fjords, Coastal Cities or Glaciers & Coast combinations.
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:
Resort Code: NOBA
Languages spoken: Norwegian
Time difference: GMT+1
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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*via Copenhagen or Oslo
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
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.
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 £5, daily
Norwegian Tourism Museum £8, daily
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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.
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.