The Sognefjord

The Sognefjord, the king of the fjords, is the longest fjord adventure in Norway. The fjord is 204 kilometers long and 1308 meters deep. The Nærøyfjord, a branch of the Sognefjord, is part of the UNESCO World Heritage.

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Hike on the Nigardsbreen Glacier, see the Stave Churches and take a Fjord Cruise on the Nærøyfjord. The Sognefjord is located in the northern part of the county of Vestland, in the middle of Western Norway.

Some highlights from the Sognefjord area

Join a Fjord Safari, a Fjord Cruise og experience the fjord in a kayak on the Nærøyfjord. See the view from Stegastein Viewpoint by the Aurlandsfjord.

A one hour hike to Svarthiller or 2 hours hike to Mt Molden in Luster gives you a tremendous view towards the Lustrafjord and the surrounding mountains.

Experience Norwegian nature and culture by bike and join a ready made roundtrip from Bergen to the Sognefjord.

Solvorn nearby is a beautiful village down by the Lustrafjord. At Solvorn you can take the small ferry across the Lustrafjord to Urnes and visit Urnes Stave Church and the Feigumfossen Waterfall. Join a Short Blue Ice Hike on the Nigardsbreen Glacier, one of the easiest accessible glaciers in the fjord area in Western Norway.

Fjærland is a picturesque village surrounded by the Fjærlandsfjord, steep mountains and glaciers.

Visit Sognefjord

Visit Sognefjord is the local Tourist Information for the Sognefjord Area.

Fjord Cruise on the Sognefjord from Bergen to Vik

This tour from Bergen to the Sognefjord and Vik, delivered by Go Fjords, gives you the best of the Norwegian fjords. You will experience the Sognefjord from the coast to Vik by located on the southern mouth of the Sognefjord. Among others you will get a guided walk through the charming village of Vik, sample traditional cheese (Gamalost) and visit Hopperstad Stave Church, one of the few remaining Norwegian Stave Churches.

The Aurlandsfjord and the UNESCO Protected Nærøyfjord

The Nærøyfjord in Sogn is one of the worlds most beautiful and dramatic fjords. The name Nærøyfjord origin from the norse god ‘Njord’, the God of the Seafarer and the sea. Together with the Aurlandsfjord they are two of many branches in the 204 km long Sognefjord. In 2005, the Nærøyfjord became a part of UNESCO’s World Heritage.

The Lustrafjord in Luster

The Lustrafjord and the Luster area is one of the most beautiful spots in Norway, where the fjord meets the top of Norway with it´s numerous mountains and glaciers. The Lustrafjord is the innermost branch of the 204 kilometer long Sognefjord.

Balestrand by the Sognefjord

In the middle of the Sognefjord, where the fjord is at its widest and the mountains starts to rise, you’ll find Balestrand, an idyllic village down by the fjord. Balestrand is one of the first places the foreign tourists visited when they discovered Norway in the mid-19th century.

Fjærland – From Fjord to Glacier

It was late May. We drove from Oslo to visit Fjærland in Sogn, to spend some days in this picturesque village surrounded by fjord, mountains and glaciers. May is a great month to visit the fjords. There are still snow in the mountains, the valleys are green, and the apple trees are blossoming. Kayaking on the Fjærlandsfjord and hiking to the Bøyabreen Glacier were some of of the adventures we experienced.

Overnight Roundtrip: Bergen – Sognefjord – Fjærland – Vik in Sogn

This is an eventful two-day roundtrip with a cruise on the Sognefjord and where you visit the two fjord villages Fjærland and Vik. You start this round trip either by boat or bus from Bergen and you can choose in which direction you want to travel. You get to experience the Sognefjord, the Fjærlandsfjord, Fjærland, Bøyabreen, an arm of Jostedalsbreen Glacier, Tvindefossen waterfall, Hopperstad Stave Church and Vikafjellet mountain pass. You spend the night in the idyllic fjord village of Vik in Sogn.

Roundtrip: Bergen – Sognefjord – Fjærland and Jostedalsbreen

Experience the Sognefjord, the Fjærlandsfjord and the idyllic fjord village Fjærland where you can visit the Norwegian Book Town, the Norwegian Glacier Museum and Bøyabreen glacier. The return goes the same way, out the Fjærlandsfjord to Balestrand and further along the Sognefjord back to Bergen. This is a fantastic day trip in some of the most beautiful nature Norway has to offer.

The Årdalsfjord and Årdal

The Årdalsfjord is the part of the Sognefjord that runs between the outer part of the Lustrafjord and the industrial town of Årdalstangen. Small idyllic fjord villages are located along the Årdalsfjord, squeezed between steep mountains, waterfalls, rivers and the fjord. The surrounding nature has facilitated amounts of cheap hydroelectric energy which in turn has facilitated industry. Årdalstangen and Øvre Årdal are the result of this.

The dramatic nature attracts guests who seek adventures all year round. Vettisfossen Waterfall, Utladalen Valley, the Jotunheimen Mountains and the Årdalsfjord and the surrounding dramatic mountains are great areas for activities such as hiking, mountaineering, climbing and kayaking. Small idyllic Fjord Villages like Indre Ofredal, Naddvik and Seim are well worth visiting and are great to experience from a kayak.

Indre Ofredal by the Årdalsfjord

Small idyllic fjord villages are located along the Årdalsfjord, squeezed between steep mountains, waterfalls, rivers and the fjord. The abandoned fjord village Indre Ofredal is one of these villages. After many years of decay, the association Ne fø´ Sjøen has now restored many of the houses at Indre Ofredal. They have a small cafeteria and offer accommodation in the old restored Boat House down by the fjord.

Kayaking the Aurlandsfjord

That day, I drove Aurlandsfjellet National Tourist Route, took in the view from Stegastein Viewpoint, drove to Undredal and ended the day on the Aurlandsfjord in my kayak.

The Vikings and the Fjords

One of the main historic events in the Viking age, the battle of Fimreite,  happened in Sognefjorden. In year 1184, King Sverre Sigurdsson with his 14 Viking Ships and King Magnus Erlingsson with his 26 Viking Ships met in the Sognefjord outside Fimreite for the final battle about the Kingship of Norway. King Sverre won the battle and King Magnus and more than 2000 men were killed in the battle.

Today you can visit the Viking Village Njardarheimr in Gudvangen and experience the real history and culture of the Viking age. Learn and experience how the Vikings lived, worked, travelled, discovered and conquered.

Flåm Railway

Flåm Railway is one of top 10 scenic railways in the world. This is the train journey from fjord to mountain. It starts at Flåm at the inner part of the Aurlandsfjord and ends at Myrdal Train Station which is part of the Bergen Railway.

Fjord Cycling – Guided Cycling by the Fjords

Small, idyllic villages. Thundering Waterfalls. Experience Norwegian nature and culture by bike and join a self-guided and guided ready made round trip from Bergen, to and through the fjord landscape surrounding the Sognefjord. 256 kilometer of idyllic roads with little or no traffic and a guide that shows you where the gems are hidden.

Skaldegard Cultural and Historic Farm

Come and visit Skaldegard, an old farmstead that clings to the mountain-side and enjoys splendid views over the Aurlandsfjord and surrounding mountains. Skaldegard invites small groups to come and learn about the local area’s natural environment, history, agriculture and way of life, both past and present. The farm is situated at Skjerdal above the Aurlandsfjord, outside Aurland.

Fjord Cruise on the Aurlandsfjord and Nærøyfjord

You can start this tour with train from Oslo or Bergen to Myrdal Station. You will enjoy the Flåm Railway, one of Norways most spectacular railways, from Myrdal Station down to Flåm and the Aurlandsfjord. You can experience some of Norways greatest hotels. You will have a fjord cruise in the Aurlandsfjord and Nærøyfjord (UNESCO World Heritage).

Hiking along the UNESCO-Protected Nærøyfjord

Bleiklindi is a good starting point for walking the Old Postal Road to Styvi six kilometres further out the Nærøyfjord. At Styvi you must turn on the flasher at the quay to give signal to the ferry to stop and take you on board. This is a hike through some of the most scenic fjord-landscape in Norway.

Fjord Safari on the Aurlandsfjord and Nærøyfjord

FjordSafari offer fjord excursions where you explore the UNESCO World Heritage area of the Aurlandsfjord and the Nærøyfjord. The excursions can be done all year round. The Aurlandsfjord and Nærøyfjord are branches of the 204 kilometre long Sognefjord, the second longest fjord in the world. The area represents extreme, dramatic and stunning fjord scenery.

Hiking to Mt Bakkanosi (1398 mas)

The hike is 9-10 kilometer long (one way) from the start at Jordalen (560 mas) to the summit at Mt Bakkanosi (1398 mas). The first 2 -3 kilometers are along a steep tractor road to Slettedalsstølen Mountain Pasture (860 mas). Then a 3 kilometer gentle trail along the Slettedalen Valley before the steeper part up to Lake Slettedalstjørni and to Lyngsskardet (1327 mas).  Here you have the first glimpse of the Nærøyfjord.

Stalheimskleiva and Stalheim Hotel

From Stalheim Hotel you have a great view towards the narrow Nærøydalen Valley which is surrounded by steep mountains and waterfalls. Stalheimskleiva is a steep 1.5 kilometer long road which goes between the hotel and the valley. The road is a popular tourist attraction due to its steep incline of 20% gradient and 14 hairpin bends. Due to damage on the road, it is now closed until further notice.

Kayaking the Lustrafjord to Urnes Stave Church

Marifjøra in Sogn is a great place to start kayaking on the Lustrafjord which is a branch of the 204 kilometre long Sognefjord.  Marifjøra is in the middle of the Lustrafjord, and from there you can easily explore this beautiful area in all directions. My goal was just to have a nice day in my kayak on the fjord, but I also wanted to visit Urnes and Solvorn, two idyllic villages on each side of the fjord.

Kayaking the Lustrafjord and part of the Sognefjord

In 1999, I was kayaking the Lustrafjord for the first time. In June 2019, twenty years later, I did it again. It almost went wrong, but I was lucky and “Saved by the Bell”. The Lustrafjord and the Luster area is one of the most beautiful spots in Norway, where the fjord meets the top of Norway with it´s numerous mountains and glaciers.

Glacier Hike on Nigardsbreen Glacier

Nigardsbreen Glacier in Jostedal is one of the easiest accessible glaciers in the fjords area in Western Norway. A short boat trip and a short hike, and you stand by the foot of the glacier. We joined a Short Blue Ice Hike on the glacier, and had a great experience in wild and beautiful surroundings.

Kayak on Lake Nigardsvatnet

Lake Nigardsvatnet is the glacial lake that lies below the Nigardsbreen Glacier. It is a great experience to kayak on this lake. You can go out on the lake by the pier where the glacier boats leave, this is close to the parking lot by the glacier lake. Ice Troll arranges combined guided tours with kayak on Lake Nigardsvatnet and glacier trip on Nigardsbreen Glacier.

Hike to Austerdalsbreen Glacier

Austerdalsbreen Glacier have the reputation of being the finest ice scenery in Europe. From the viewpoint, you can see the three hanging glaciers (Loke, Odin and Tor) falling down from the plateau glacierJostedalsbreen, together creating the beautiful Austerdalsbreen Glacier down in the valley named Austerdalen.

Kayaking the Aurlandsfjord and Nærøyfjord

It was late August, and we drove towards the Aurlandsfjord, a fjordarm of the 204 kilometre long Sognefjord in western Norway. We had our kayaks on the car roof, and planned to kayak on the Aurlandsfjord and the Nærøyfjord for a few days. We started the adventure from Undredal, a small and beautiful village by the Aurlandsfjord. It was  a perfect day for kayaking.

A Turbo Trip to the Sognefjord

In the next 31 hours, I would experience the Bergen Railway, Biking the Flåmsdalen Valley, join a Fjord Cruise on the Aurlandsfjord and Nærøyfjord, hike along the Nærøyfjord and before taking the Flåm Railway from Flåm  to Myrdal.

Fjord Hike to Mt Molden in Luster

Mt Molden in Luster in Sogn og Fjordane is a popular hiking goal amongst the locals. The hike is short, and the fjord view is fantastic. The two to three hours hike gives you a tremendous view towards the Lustrafjord and the surrounding mountains.

Fjord Hike to Mt Bøttejuv in Årdal

The view from Mt Bøttejuv (Bucket Gorge) in Årdal is one of the craziest you can get. You should definately put it on your “Bucket List”. From Mt Bøttejuv you can see straight down on the emerald green Lake Årdalsvatnet, 1320 meters below you, and to the surrounding moutains in Hurrungane and Jotunheimen, the roof of Norway.

Sengjaberget Viewpoint at Skjolden

This is a short and easy hike with a great view, 120 metres above Skjolden and the Lustrafjord. You can hike along the road from Skjolden Hotel (1 hour hike – 3.2 kilometer) or drive up to the start of the trail and hike from there (15 minutes hike – 320 meter). From Sengjaberget you have great view towards Eidsvatnet and Eidselva River, Skjolden, the Lustrafjord and Mt. Molden in the horizon.

The Gaularfjellet Mountain Road

The road over Gaularfjellet takes the traveller into the waterfalls from the mighty Sognefjord, which is Norway’s longest and deepest fjord. The 130 kilometre long drive is exciting and varied, and is closed during winter. The new viewpoint at Utsikten at the top of Gaularfjellet is one of many great viewpoints along this road.

The Sognefjellet Mountain Road

High in the Jotunheimen mountains, the Sognefjellet Mountain Road runs between the Sognefjord and the Gudbrandsdalen Valley. The Sognefjellet National Tourist Route is the highest mountain pass in Northern Europe with its 1,434 metres. The 106 kilometre long road is closed during winter.

Stegastein Lookout and Aurlandsfjellet Mountain Road

The road across Aurlandsfjellet is a journey across a mountain landscape of snow and rocks with the occasional sprig of grass. Aurlandsfjellet National Tourist Route is a 47-kilometre-long stretch of road between Aurland by the Aurlandsfjord and Lærdal by the Sognefjord. The Road is closed during winter.

Stegastein Lookout is part of the Aurlandsfjellet National Tourist Route, 650 metres above Aurland and the Aurlandsfjord. Great view towards the Aurlandsfjord and the surrounding mountains. The road up to Stegastein is open all year, also during winter. But during winter, the road is closed just above Stegastein Lookout.

Solvorn and Urnes in Luster

Solvorn nearby is a beautiful village down by the Lustrafjord. Here you have the oldest historical hotel in Norway, the beautiful Walaker Hotel. At Solvorn you can take the small ferry across the Lustrafjord to Urnes and visit Urnes Stave Church and the Feigumfossen Waterfall.

The UNESCO Protected Urnes Stave Church

At Urnes, you will find the UNESCO-protected Urnes Stave Church, the oldest of a total of 28 remaining Stave Churches in Norway. The church was built around year 1130. A nice way to explore Urnes Stave Church and the beautiful surroundings is to cross the Lustrafjord by ferry from Lustrabaatane from Solvorn to Urnes. During summer you can join a guided “tour” outside and inside the church.

Hiking the Aurlandsdalen Valley

The Aurlandsdalen Valley is wild and beautiful. It is situated in the  Aurland area in Sogn, and is one of Norway´s most popular hiking destinations. Read about the lowest part of the valley, a 20 kilometre long hike starting at Østerbø and ending at Vassbygdi in Aurland.

Cycling Rallarvegen (the Navvie´s Road) from mountain to fjord

One of the finest and most famous cycle roads in Norway is the 82-kilometre long Rallarvegen (the Navvie`s Road) running from the high mountains to the fjord. The most popular part of the cycle route is from Finse, at 1222 metres above sea level, to Flåm down by the Aurlandsfjord.

Otternes Farm Yard

Otternes Farm Yard is a cluster of 27 old buildings from the 1700s. Great view towards the Aurlandsfjord and to Flåm from the farm yard. The road up to Otternes Farm Yard is marked with a small sign on the main road between Aurland and Flåm. Small parking area beside the farm yard.

Undredal Fjord Village

Visit the Fjord Village Undredal, a beautiful village down by the Aurlandsfjord. The village is famous for the many goats and it´s local made White- and Brown Goat Cheese. You can visit Undredal Stave Church, Norway´s smallest church which had its 850-years celebration in 1997. Enjoy the view towards the Aurlandsfjord from the local restaurant by the dock. Undredal with the surrounding steep mountains rising straight up from the fjord will take your breath away.

The Lærdal Tunnel between Lærdal and Aurland

The worlds longest car-tunnel is 24 509 metres long, and goes between Lærdal and Aurland by the Sognefjord. There are three illuminated mountain halls inside the tunnel with six kilometres intervals between the halls. The coloured enlightened halls will give a feeling of being out in the daylight for a few seconds and partly prevent motorists fall asleep during the passage.

Winter in the Sognefjord

You can visit the Sognefjord all year round. But during the winter, some of the fjord-arms may be periodically covered by ice. More and more tourists are visiting the fjords during the winter. The Sognefjord is a great playground for those who want to ski, go snow-shoe hiking, take a winter-fjord-cruise or join a RIB-boat on the fjords or just take in the cold, crispy air and enjoy the beautiful winter-landscape.

Frozen Fjords

It was winter, and we visited Aurland and Flåm by the Sognefjord, seeking for some cold adventures. And we got what we wanted; Frozen Fjords. It is easy to understand why more and more people discover how beautiful and exotic the Norwegian Fjords are during winter.

Winter in the Aurlandsfjord and Nærøyfjord

Winter 2017, I had a trip to the Aurlandsfjord and Nærøyfjord together with furmanek.com. We joined a Fjord Cruise, visited Stegastein Lookout and tried our kayaks. See the pictures and video.

 

FJORDS – Useful Links:

Official page for the Sognefjord: Sognefjord.com

Go Fjords: Big and Small Fjord Experiences
Visit Norway: Official page for Norway
Fjord Norway: Official page for Fjord Norway

The Sognefjord Area – Map Overview