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Balestrand


Balestrand in Norway Balestrand municipality coat of arms

Population:
1,304

Areal:
429,9 km2


Balestrand Local Directory


Accommodation, Businesses and more pictures from Balestrand

In mid-Sogn lay the villages of Balestrand, surrounded by wild and beautiful nature. Branches of the mighty Sognefjord point in all directions and lead you to roadless hamlets and powerful glaciers. Here you can experience everything from the fertile fjord- landscape to the frozen tundra of the glacier.

Balestrand is the largest tourist area in Sogn and have approximately 1.350 inhabitants and a area of 429,9 km2. Other important activities are agriculture, service, electricity and industry. Many artists have found inspiration in the magnificent scenery to be found here.

The area remains a popular source of inspiration for many artists, and you are cordially invited to visit their galleries. Cultural walk through the centre of Balestrand. You will find funeral mounds, statues, beautiful villas with towers and spires, St. Olavs Church and much more.

KVIKNE HOTEL

Balholm has innkeeper traditions dating from 1752. The Kvikne family, who own the place, took it over in 1877. Since then the establishment has undergone constant development which continues to this day.

Many new building, remodelling and expansion projects have been carried out without diminishing the distinctive architecture and charm of the Swiss chalet-style complex. Today, the hotel is a highly modern facility resounding with tradition and culture, in addition to being one of Norway’s largest fine hotels catering to tourists.

SOGNEFJORD AQUARIUM

Marine activity centre in the centre of Balestrand. Fish and other marine life from the Sognefjord. Outdoor area with boat hire and a café.

ARBORETUM

Arboretum and bathing at Lunde Park with rare plants and trees near Tjugum Church at Dragsvik.

KVAMSØY CHURCH

The church was built in the 13th century and is beautifully situated on the small island. The Church is open for visitors by appointment. Contact Balestrand Church Administration.

ESEFJORD ROUND

Annual amateurs race from Dragsvik to Balestrand on May 1st.

BALEJAZZ

The Sogn & Fjordane Jazz Festival, Balejazz takes place in Balestrand in May. Famous Norwegian jazz names & artists from the County. Contact the tourist office in Balestrand.

BALESTRAND ART VILLAGE

Exhibitions, land-art, courses and workshops. By this arrangement the village is capturing its history as a meetingplace for artists and art-interested people from all parts of the world. From late May until 15th of September.

PICTURES

Pictures taken by amateur photograps of local scenery worth seeing. GoNorway want to show pictures of good quality taken by anyone. Click on the small images and get a large image with a map and a txt of what you see. The photographers name with link to their Homepage, Facebook, Twitter and video on YouTube.

SOGNEFJORDEN

Sognefjorden is the largest and most well known fjord in Norway and the third longest in the world (behind the Scoresby Sund and Greely Fiord). Because the other two fjords are often ice-covered, the Sognefjorden is the longest open (ice-free) fjord in the world. Located in Sogn & Fjordane, it stretches 205 kilometres inland from the ocean to the small village of Skjolden, width 4.5 kilometres and depth 1,308 metres. The fjord takes its name from the traditional district of Sogn, which covers the southern part of the county.

FISHING

Deep-sea and coastal fishingtrips on larger boat with skipper are arranged. fishing is at it´s best in the spring and autumn, but there is an abundance of fish all year round. Most types of fish like pollack, cod, mackrel, herring, bream, halibut, lump-fish, eel and many moore, can be caught lokally. Crabs are also in abundance.

Your best change to catch a real "whopper" is out in the open sea, but if it´s windy, you will still be able to fish safely between the many islands or in the fjords. No matter what you are guaranteed the experience of a lifetime. this magnificent nature and close encounter to the elements, will please both mind and soul.

GOLF

Golfclubs in Sogn & Fjordane.