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Balestrand is a small, idyllic village on the Sognefjord in the Sogn og Fjordane county of West Norway. Though on the north shore of the main Sognefjord, Balestand also sits at the mouth of the smaller Esefjorden: two fjords for the price of one! The high mountains and deep fjords make for some incredible vistas, worth exploring by hiking around Balestrand.
Balestrand is known for it’s ‘Swiss-style’ wooden villas and cultural offerings (in Balestrand Art Village), so even if you don’t fancy a hike, you will still find the Fjord Norway Village enchanting. In fact if it’s a laid-back short break you are after, you should consider a cruise package from Oslo. Norway Travel offer a six night Sognefjord and Balestrand Village package on which you also have time to explore Bergen.
There are several well known hikes in and around Balestrand, taking in waterfalls, climbing the mountain paths and even an easy nature trail designed for all of the family to be able to enjoy. The Balestrand Hotel have details of ferries to get you to Balestrand in English. For general information, contact Balestrand Tourist Information.
The post picture shows a capture of Balestrand. If you want to go to church while in Balestrand, you should cross the 700 m wide across Esefjorden to Tjugum where you will find the districts church. See the recent Sognefjord post for a picture of the picturesque village captured from Balestrand.
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