The Sognefjord is the lifeblood, indeed the main artery of the villages that lie along the fjord and of the fjord people who live there. The longest fjord is the very reason why these fjord villages exist and that they are located where they do.


The Sognefjord with all the side fjords has since the dawn of time been used as the most important way for transporting people, animals and goods between the fjord villages. The word fjord comes from the Norwegian verb fara, meaning to go to the other shore. The Norse noun fjorðr can be translated to a place where one travels. Perhaps it was the Sognefjord that inspired the Vikings to make the word fjord?


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Many of the activities, attractions, roads and accommodations mentioned on this website are open only in summer and are closed in winter. Season and opening times will vary, it usually opens in the summer and closes in the autumn, depending on, among other things, the amount of snow and the risk of landslides and avalanches in the area.

Important information about roads in Western Norway: There are restrictions on the length of vehicles on many of the roads in Norway. Many roads in Western Norway are prone to landslides and avalanches, especially in rainy and snowy weather. There might also be a chance that some of the roads are closed in short periods, especially during winter, due to weather and danger of rock- and snow avalanches and other dangerous conditions. Some of the roads in Western Norway are closed during winter! Winter tires are required in winter. Read more about Tyre Requirements in Norway...

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Visit Sognefjord

Visit Sognefjord is the official destination company for the Lustrafjord, Fjærlandsfjord and the Sognefjord area.

FJORDS NORWAY - Ferry heading towards Ornes. The beautiful village of Solvorn can be seen on the other side of the Lustrafjord.
Ferry heading towards Ornes. The beautiful village of Solvorn can be seen on the other side of the Lustrafjord.

Solvorn and Fjærland, beautiful and vibrant fjord villages by the Sognefjord

FJORDS NORWAY - Fjærland Fjordstove seen from the Fjærlandsfjord.
Fjærland Fjordstove in Fjærland.

Solvorn by the Lustrafjord and Fjærland by the Fjærlandsfjord are great examples of vibrant fjord villages in the area around the Sognefjord. Together with Undredal by the Aurlandsfjord, these fjord villages have welcomed tourists since they began visiting Norway in the 17th century. At the same time, time has in a way stood still in these beautiful fjord villages. Many of the original buildings have been preserved and refined.

FJORDS NORWAY - Mundal Hotel in Fjærland.
Mundal Hotel in Fjærland.

Mundal Hotel and Fjærland Fjordstove in Fjærland and Walaker Hotel in Solvorn have been there almost since the origins of the villages and they are still there. In these hotels, there is a lot of history in the walls, and two of the hotels are still in operation.

Both Fjærland Fjordstove and Walaker Hotel are part of De Historiske – Historic Hotels & Restaurants, which is a collection of some of Norway’s finest hotels and restaurants.

Walaker Hotel in Solvorn.
Walaker Hotel in Solvorn.

Walaker Hotel in Solvorn is Norway’s oldest hotel, and has been owned and run by the same family since year 1690 AD. The hotel has been operating there since year 1640 AD. Ole Henrik runs the hotel today and is the ninth generation Nitter Walaker at Walaker Hotel.

Mundal Hotel has not been in operation in recent years, but is now being renovated. Hopefully, in a few years, the hotel will again be able to welcome visitors.

The fjord people at the Sognefjord harvest from nature

FJORDS NORWAY - Sheep and lambs live the good life by the Lustrafjord. This is from Skjolden at the inner part of the Lustrafjord.
Sheep and lambs live the good life at Skjolden by the Lustrafjord.

The people who live in Solvorn and Fjærland and in the other fjord villages along the Sognefjord keep the traditions of the villages alive. They harvest from what lives and grows in the fjord and in the fields, the forest and the mountains by the fjord. Sheep, goats and cattle live freely in the beautiful nature for large parts of the year. Berries, herbs, fruit, plums, potatoes, vegetables, juice, cider, beer, jam and honey are some of what is harvested and produced in these fjord villages.

Terje Anton produces wildflower summer honey from nectar in Skjolden and the Mørkridsdalen valley, Vidar catches crayfish and fishes in the fjord outside Solvorn which he serves at Kvitabui and Stig Johnny produces the Gjest juice and the Sognamost cider at Slinde.

FJORDS NORWAY - Skjerdal Stølsysteri and Café at Skjerdal by the Aurlandsfjord
Skjerdal Stølsysteri and Café at Skjerdal by the Aurlandsfjord

Einar, Magnus and Jan Kåre have joined forces and run the company Brelam in Jostedalen. Brelam refines and makes quality products from sheep and lambs that have grazed at Jostedalsbreen glacier. The cured sausages are made in a process that was used from before the Viking Age.

Anne Karin in Skjerdal and Anna Karine in Undredal produce white and brown goat’s cheese at their mountain dairies and the 4th generation of Lerum supply the whole of Norway with squash, juice and jam.

Lerum Saft og Syltetøyfabrikk started at Sørheim by the Lustrafjord in year 1907. Old N.H. Lerum’s Saftfabrik AS at Sørheim is today a museum that you can visit in the summer. See the website of the museum for information about the season and opening hours.

FJORDS NORWAY - Old N.H. Lerum's Saftfabrik AS at Sørheim is today a museum that you can visit in the summer.
Old N.H. Lerum’s Saftfabrik AS at Sørheim in Luster is today a museum that you can visit in the summer.

In year 1919, Lerum moved the production to Sogndal. Now they have gathered all production in a new and modern factory at Kaupanger, which is only a few kilometers from Sogndal. Lerum is today Norway’s largest juice and squash producer, and much of the raw material is short-travelled fruit and berries from the area around the Sognefjord.

My own favourites from Lerum? Solbærsirup (blackcurrant squash) and Mosa Jordbærsyltetøy (mashed strawberry jam)…yum 😋 I always have thinly mixed Solbærsirup with me on hikes. It taste good, it helps with thirst and gives me a lot of energy at the same time.

FJORDS NORWAY - Happy sheep above the Aurlandsfjord.
Happy sheep above the Aurlandsfjord.

Many of the producers based around the Sognefjord have now gathered under the joint brand umbrella Sognasmak based in Lærdal. So the tasty meals served in hotels and restaurants in the two fjord villages has not travelled far.

The farmers and everyone else who harvest from nature around the fjords in Western Norway deserve a big thank you for the fantastic job they do every day to supply us with healthy, good and short-travelled food and to keep our fjord landscape beautiful. The same thanks are due to those who run a restaurant, accommodation or other great services in the villages around our fjords that make people settle there and thrive. It is all this together that gives the fjord villages life.

Ole Henrik from Walaker Hotel about local food producers

FJORDS NORWAY - Fjord view from the restaurant at Walaker Hotel in Solvorn.
Fjord view from the restaurant at Walaker Hotel in Solvorn.

I sent a message to Ole Henrik Nitter Walaker, who runs the Walaker Hotel in Solvorn, asking him if he has some information about local food producers that they use in the hotel. It doesn’t take long for the answer to come. He writes the following, and you can feel the enthusiasm and gratitude in what he writes:

– There are many small producers that are used, and I am not sure if I remember to include them all here. Can mention these, if you take them geographically:

Terje Anton at Skjolden. He has a fantastically good honey! The best!!! Lustrabui, who supplements us with some bread, in addition to what we bake ourselves.

In Gaupne, we have Bollingberg Gard with wonderful strawberries. Ekredn Gard also supplies us with wonderful raspberries. And black elderberry, which can also be turned into black elderberry juice. They are also based in Gaupne. Both of these farms have been in the same family for 4-5 generations, and are proud suppliers of their local products. And from all these berries we make homemade jam, among other things. And of course to our wonderful desserts.

270 deg panorama from the garden at Walaker Hotel in Solvorn.
270 deg panorama from the garden at Walaker Hotel in Solvorn.

Bøtun Gard at Indre Hafslo supplies us with lots of great vegetables. At Nedre Li Gard, also at Indre Hafslo, we get Angus meat. These cattles have been grazing only ten kilometers from the hotel. At Hafslo, we get similarly good strawberries from Olav Einan, with the same great quality as at Bollingberg in Gaupne.

Walaker Hotel with the Northern Lights as a background.
Walaker Hotel with the Northern Lights as a background.

At Veitastrand, there is brown and white goat´s cheese from Jens Heggestad. The next generation has now been taking over, and the quality is, as always, fantastic! Triobakst, also from Veitastrond, make the best lefse and lefsekling you can get. Know that every valley has its “world champions”, but Triobakst is right at the “top”.

In Solvorn we have Eplet, which supplies us with fantastic apple juice. This is given to our guests at breakfast. Vidar Åsen, who has also opened the fantastic restaurant Kvitabui in Solvorn, also supplies fish that he catches in the fjord or out on the coast. As well as crayfish.

FJORDS NORWAY - The apples from Urnes Gard will soon become the best apple juice.
The apples from Urnes Gard will soon become the best apple juice.

At Ornes, directly across the fjord, is Urnes Gard, which is located right next to the world’s oldest stave church. They prepare half-litre bottles of apple juice for us which we give to our guests as a parting gift from us, upon check-out.

A little further into the fjord, on the south side, we also get great spring onions. And in other places, there are private individuals who are starting with food production, and from whom we are happy to buy.

This is only in our municipality…

Small fjord villages with a big and pulsating heart

FJORDS NORWAY - Silent fjord and mist, Fjærland wakes up to a new day.
Silent fjord and mist, Fjærland wakes up to a new day.

There are several cafés, restaurants and accommodations in the two fjord villages. They are surrounded by small cozy houses and old, wrinkled boathouses by the fjord. There are plenty of sights, experiences and activities you can take part in in Solvorn and Fjærland and in the neighboring villages. These places have their own atmosphere. Visitors can experience calm and peace while taking a break from the hectic everyday life. And the boathouses in Solvorn and the boathouses in Fjærland will offer surprises, it’s not just boats that are stored there.

From Solvorn, it is only a short and charming ferry ride over to Urnes Stave Church, which is also part of our common world heritage. As our oldest stave church, it was the first Norwegian treasure to receive world heritage status. Together with the emerald green fjord, which is surrounded by beautiful and wild nature, sights like this are probably part of the reason why people visit the two fjord villages.

The Lustrafjord is beautiful, and just behind the headland is the fjord village of Solvorn.
The Lustrafjord is beautiful, and just behind the headland is the fjord village of Solvorn.

The visitors are warmly welcomed by the fjord people who do what they can to ensure that the guests feel comfortable and welcome. Many who visit Solvorn and Fjærland stay there for a while, and they are happy to return. The two fjord villages do something with you. And those who visit becomes affected, probably forever.

Perhaps Solvorn and Fjærland can also one day become part of our common world heritage, as beautiful Undredal is together with the Aurlandsfjord and Nærøyfjord and Urnes Stave Church?

The two fjord villages deserve it, as an appreciation and as an extra assurance that they will be taken care of, for the joy and enjoyment of future generations.

Solvorn and Ornes by the Lustrafjord

Solvorn is idyllically situated by the Lustrafjord.
Solvorn is idyllically situated by the Lustrafjord.

Solvorn is a beautiful village down by the Lustrafjord. There you have the oldest historical hotel in Norway, the beautiful Walaker Hotel. Eplet Hostel og Jusfabrikk and Villa Solvorn are also located in Solvorn.

From Solvorn you can take the small ferry across the Lustrafjord to Ornes and visit Ornes and Urnes Stave Church. Ornes and the area along the fjord are great starting points for experiences and adventures.

It is about 13 kilometers from Ornes to Feigum. A nice hike is the hike from Feigum to the viewpoint where you can see the Feigefossen Waterfall from up close. Especially early summer, this is a great sight, when the snowmelt is at its maximum and the water flow in the waterfall is at its most powerful.

Fjærland and the Fjærlandsfjord – From Fjord to Glacier

Fjærland and the inner part of the Fjærlandsfjord.

Fjærland is so beautiful that it is almost unreal. It has it´s own museum, the Norwegian Glacier Museum. And Fjærland is also named The Norwegian Book Town due to all the bookstores in the town. It has a total of 2.5 miles with shelves filled with books, new and used. The smallest bookstore is a book stand by the road. Based on trust, you can pick a book and leave some money in a box.

Fjærland Guiding offers guided tours in Fjærland and on the Fjærlandsfjord. The guided tours starts from the head office of Fjærland Guiding in Mundal in the center of Fjærland. Fjærland Guiding also offers you to experience the Floating Sauna “Dampen” which is situated on the Fjærlandsfjord just outside the center of Fjærland.

Sognefjord – What to See and Do

The Sognefjord, the king of the fjords, is the longest fjord adventure in Norway. The Sognefjord is 204 kilometers long and 1308 meters deep at its deepest. Join a guided glacier walk on the Nigardsbreen glacier, see the beautiful stave churches. Join a fjord safari or a fjord cruise on the Aurlandsfjord and Nærøyfjord. Experience the view from Stegastein viewpoint above the Aurlandsfjord. Take a short hike to Mt Molden in Luster and you will see the fantastic view down to the Lustrafjord. Balestrand is one of the first places the foreign tourists visited when they discovered Norway in the mid-17th century. The Fjærlandsfjord, Aurlandsfjord and Nærøyfjord, the Årdalsfjord and the Lustrafjord are all branches of the Sognefjord. These side fjords are perhaps even more famous than the Sognefjord itself, which is located in the middle of Western Norway. The Sognefjord is so long that it almost divides Norway in two.

Accommodation in Solvorn

Norway’s oldest hotelWalaker Hotell in Solvorn
Bed & Breakfast in Solvorn – Eplet Hostel & Juicefabrikk
Bed & Breakfast in Solvorn – Villa Solvorn

Accommodation in Fjærland

Accommodation and Food in Fjærland
Fjærland Fjordstove, Historic Hotel in Fjærland
Bøyum Camping in Fjærland
Fjærland Hytter in Fjærland

Useful Links to Solvorn

Kvitabui Matnaust og Galleri.
Lustrabaatane – Ferry between Solvorn and Ornes.
Gallery Walaker 300 in Solvorn.
Urnes Stave Church on the opposite side of the Lustrafjord and Solvorn.
Hike to Mt Molden not far from Solvorn.
Hike to Austerdalsbreen Glacier by Veitastrond.

Useful Links to Fjærland

Official website for Fjærland –
Inkåleisen Café in Fjærland.
Things to see and do in Fjærland.
Guiding in Fjærland – Fjærland Guiding.
The Norwegian Glacier Museum in Fjærland.
The Norwegian Boooktown in Fjærland.


Here you will find an overview of recommended HOTELS in addition to SPA & BATH HOTELS and OTHER ACCOMMODATION PLACES in Western Norway. The combination of beautiful nature, activities that you can do in all four seasons and a stay at a great accommodation is unique. A stay in one of these places will do you good, both for body and mind.

There are ten restaurants that have awarded Michelin stars and Michelin awards in Western Norway. Eight of the Michelin restaurants are in Stavanger and two in Bergen. Here you will find FJORDS MICHELIN, where you will also find a list of recommended hotels in Western Norway, recommended by Michelin.

VISIT NORWAY is the official travel guide for Norway. VISIT NORWAY'S FJORD GUIDE gives you a good overview of the most beautiful fjords in Norway. USEFUL LINKS is a list of websites with great information on Norway and the Fjords.

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