The Sognefjord 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.
The Sognefjord consists of the fjord arms Fjærlandsfjord, Aurlandsfjord, Nærøyfjord, Lærdalsfjord, Sogndalsfjord, Årdalsfjord and Lustrafjord in addition to the Sognefjord itself, which is the main fjord. The Sognefjord is located in the northern part of the county of Vestland, in the middle of Western Norway.
The Sognefjord Area – Map Overview
Some highlights from the Sognefjord area
Hike on the Nigardsbreen Glacier, see the Stave Churches and take a Fjord Cruise on the Nærøyfjord.
Balestrand is one of the first places the foreign tourists visited when they discovered Norway in the mid-19th century.
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 is the local Tourist Information for the Sognefjord Area.
Sogndal is located in the middle of all the side fjords of the Sognefjord. From Sogndal there is a short way to all the fjords in addition to being a great area for hiking along the fjord, kayaking, fjord cruises, mountain biking, climbing and bouldering and mountain hikes. The hike to Dueskard starts just a few meters from Sogndal Airport at Haukåsen. Just put on your hiking gear, bring your backpack and walk straight from the plane to the mountains.
In summer you can take a fjord cruise from Sogndal to Fimreite. This is where one of the main historic events in the Viking age, the battle of Fimreite, happened. 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.
Sogndal and the Sogndalsdalen Valley is surrounded by some of the most famous mountains for skiing and mountaineering in western Norway. Sogndal Ski Center at Hodlekve is also a popular starting point for off-piste skiing, from the top of the ski-lift and down to Sogndalsdalen, where the Off-piste Express is waiting for you and takes you back to the ski center. In the summer you can visit Anestølen Mountainfarm in Sogndalsdalen, between Sogndal and Fjærland.
This is the ultimate fjord experience in Norway. You will explore the Sognefjord and it´s branches and the beautiful nature surrounding these magic fjords. This will be the adventure of your lifetime. We give you detailed information about what to see and do and where to stay in the different fjords in the Sognefjord area.
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.
The road over Gaularfjellet takes the traveller into the waterfalls from the Balestrand by the mighty Sognefjord, which is Norway’s longest and deepest fjord. The 130 kilometer 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.
Borgund Stave Church was built around year 1181 at Borgund in Lærdal, Vestland. This is the most visited Stave Church in Norway, and with its charasteristic design it has often been used as a “model” when other Stave Churches has been restored or built. There is a visitor center and café near by where you can buy tickets and get information about the church.
If you visit Borgund Stave Church, we also recommend you to visit Vindhellavegen, part of the old King´s Road between west and east of Norway. Vindhellavegen was completed around year 1793 and is now part of a 100 kilometer long hiking route between Lærdal by the Sognefjord and Vang in Valdres. From Borgund Stave Church, there is only a short hike to Vindhellavegen.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Between Fjærland and Sogndal, you can explore the Sogndalsdalen Valley and the Anestølen Mountain Farm where you can buy homemade goat´s cheese during summer. Here you also have Sogndal Ski Center, and the valley is surrounded by some of the most famous mountains for Alpine Ski Touring in the fjords.
This is what we call Fjord View! There is only one thing to say, Skomakarnipa gives you stomach ache. We had been talking about this hike for many years. Finally the day was there. As they say in the Sognefjord area; –The mountains are calling on me and I must go…
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 kilometer long Sognefjord. In 2005, the Nærøyfjord became a part of UNESCO’s World Heritage.
Flåm is a fantastic starting point for many great dventures in beautiful and wild nature. Where the Aurlandsfjord ends, the Flåmsdalen Valley starts. If the Aurlandsfjord is an adventure, the Flåmsdalen Valley is an even more beautiful adventure, and both should be experienced.
It is easy to get to Flåm. “All roads” leads to Flåm, and you can also get there by train via Bergensbanen and Flåm Railways. If you take the Flåm Railway, you get to experience the beautiful Flåmsdalen Valley at the same time.
The worlds longest car-tunnel is 24509 meters long, and goes between Lærdal and Aurland by the Sognefjord. There are three illuminated mountain halls inside the tunnel with six kilometers 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. The Lærdal Tunnel is the gateway to a fantastic fjord adventure…
In the middle between Oslo and Bergen lies beautiful Aurland. The idyllic fjord village that offers adventures and nature experiences in beautiful and wild nature. In Aurland, there is something for everyone and not least a treasure trove of local food and drink, and is a perfect place to spend your holiday.
Aurland has a lot to offer. It is a short way to well known tourist attractions such as Aurlandsdalen Valley, Aurlandsfjellet, Aurlandsvegen Mountain Road and Stegastein Viewpoint. But the Aurlandsfjord itself is perhaps the most beautiful and most famous of them all.
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-kilometer-long stretch of road between Aurland by the Aurlandsfjord and Lærdal by the Sognefjord. The Road is closed during winter.
Stegastein Viewpoint is part of the Aurlandsfjellet National Tourist Route, 650 meters 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.
This hike starts in the high mountains and ends in the idyllic fjord village Skjerdal above the Aurlandsfjord. You will also experience Skjerdal Stølsysteri and Café, which is a short-travelled and perfect end of the hike. This is a hike where we walked downwards, but the hike was really an upturn.
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.
Meet goats, sheep and horses at a traditional Norwegian mountain farm. The brown and white goats cheese has been produced in this valley for hundred of years. Experience the life on the farm and taste traditional, local food at Skjerdal Stølsysteri and Cafè. The mountain farm is about 30 minutes hike from the parking at Skjerdal outside Aurland. Follow an old farm road through steep landscape, with beautiful views over the Aurlandsfjord and the surrounding steep mountains. You can also combine a Fjord Safari on the Aurlandsfjord with a visit to Skjerdal Stølsysteri and Cafè.
In the next 31 hours, I would experience the Bergen Railway, Biking the Flåmsdalen Valley to Flåm, join a Fjord Cruise on the Aurlandsfjord and Nærøyfjord, hike along the Nærøyfjord and before taking the Flåm Railway from Flåm to Myrdal.
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 kilometer long hike starting at Østerbø and ending at Vassbygdi in Aurland.
One of the finest and most famous cycle roads in Norway is the 82-kilometer 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 masl, to Flåm down by the Aurlandsfjord.
One of the main historic events in the Viking age, the battle of Fimreite, happened in the Sognefjord. 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 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.
The Flåm Valley is a beautiful small adventure. The valley between Myrdal (866.8 masl) and Flåm by the Aurlandsfjord is 18 kilometer long. The valley is narrow and the mountains are steep, and there are waterfalls and rivers wherever you turn around. Flåm Valley is a great place for hiking and biking. Flåm Zipline sends you off at over 100 kilometers per hour, you are just hanging in a thin steel wire high above the valley. Rallarvegen ends in the Flåm Valley, and you can take the train up and down the Flåm Valley with Flåm Railway. Brekkefossen Waterfall is a popular hiking goal in the Flåm Valley.
Take the Flåm Railway from Flåm to Vatnahalsen Station or Bergensbanen Railway from Oslo or Bergen to Myrdal Station. From Vatnahalsen it is only a couple of minutes to walk to Flåm Zipline. From Myrdal Station it is 1.5 kilometers to walk. When you have finished the zipline, you can rent a bike and cycle down the Flåmsdalen Valley to Flåm. Remember to book everything in advance (package with train, zipline and bike rental).
It was late August, and we drove towards the Aurlandsfjord, a fjordarm of the 204 kilometer 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.
Otternes farmyard is a cluster of 27 old buildings from the 1700s. Great view towards the Aurlandsfjord and to Flåm from the farmyard. The road up to Otternes is marked with a small sign by the main road between Aurland and Flåm. Small parking area beside the farmyard.
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.
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).
Bleiklindi is a good starting point for walking the Old Postal Road to Styvi six kilometers 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.
The hike from Tufto by the Nærøyfjord to Rimstigen Viewpoint is steep but easy. The two kilometer long Rimstigen Trail starts by the fjord and ends 725 meters above it. It will take you around 1-2 hours, and the prize is a fantastic view of the UNESCO Protected Nærøyfjord.
Fjord Safari 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 kilometer long Sognefjord, the second longest fjord in the world. The area represents extreme, dramatic and stunning fjord scenery.
The hike is 9-10 kilometer long (one way) from the start at Jordalen (560 masl) to the summit at Mt Bakkanosi (1398 masl). The first 2 -3 kilometers are along a steep tractor road to Slettedalsstølen Mountain Pasture (860 masl). Then a three kilometer gentle trail along the Slettedalen Valley before the steeper part up to Lake Slettedalstjørni and to Lyngsskardet (1327 masl). Here you have the first glimpse of the Nærøyfjord.
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. The road is closed for vehicles on a permanent basis. It is a wonderful experience to walk this road down or up, or both down and up. Then you can end the walk with something refreshing at Stalheim Hotel.
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.
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.
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.
The view from Mt Bøttejuv (Bucket Gorge) in Årdal is one of the most insane view there is. 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.
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.
At Urnes, you will find the UNESCO-protected Urnes Stave Church, the oldest of a total of 28 remaining Stave Churches in Norway. The stave 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.
Marifjøra in Sogn is a great place to start kayaking on the Lustrafjord which is a branch of the 204 kilometer 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.
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.
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.
Lake Nigardsbrevatnet 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 Nigardsbrevatnet and glacier trip on Nigardsbreen 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.
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.
This is a short and easy hike with a great view, 120 meters above Skjolden and the Lustrafjord. You can hike along the road from Skjolden Hotel (one-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 a view towards Lake Eidsvatnet and Eidselva River, Skjolden, the Lustrafjord and Mt Molden in the horizon.
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.
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 1434 meters. The 106 kilometer long road is closed during winter.
Accommodation in the Sognefjord area
- Flåm Camping and Hostel in Flåm.
- Fretheim Hotel in Flåm, at the inner part of the Aurlandsfjord.
- Flåm Marina in Flåm, at the inner part of the Aurlandsfjord.
- Flåmsbrygga Hotel in Flåm, at the inner part of the Aurlandsfjord.
- Vangsgaarden Gjestegiveri in Aurland, the inner part of the Aurlandsfjord.
- 2/92 Aurland in Aurland, the inner part of the Aurlandsfjord.
- Summer House Bygningen in Skjerdal outside Aurland.
- Undredal Camping in Undredal.
- Undredal Leiligheter in Undredal.
- Stigen Gard outside Undredal by the Aurlandsfjord.
- Nærøyfjorden Camping at Bakka by the Nærøyfjord
- Gudvangen Fjordtell
- Gudvangen Budget Hotel
- Gudvangen Camping
- Vang Camping
- Skjolden Hotel at Skjolden, at the inner part of the Lustrafjord.
- Walaker Hotel at Solvorn, in the middle of the Lustrafjord.
- Eplet Hostel at Solvorn, in the middle of the Lustrafjord.
- Tørvis Hotel at Marifjøra, in the Middle of the Lustrafjord.
- Nes Gard at Høyheimsvik, in the middle of the Lustrafjord.
- Fjærland Fjordstove, Historic Hotel in Fjærland.
- Hotel Kviknes, Historic Hotel at Balestrand.
- Midtnes Hotel at Balestrand.
- Dragsvik Hotell i Dragsvik ved Balestrand.
- Blix Hotell i Vik i Sogn.
- Leikanger Fjordhotell på Leikanger.
- Sognefjord Hotell på Leikanger.
Official website for the Sognefjord area – Sognefjord.com