10 Things to Do in Balestrand That You Shouldn't Miss

December 12, 2017 Natalie Tallman

Balestrand is a municipality in Sogn og Fjordane county, Norway. It is located on the northern shore of the Sognefjorden in the traditional district of Sogn. The administrative center is the village of Balestrand. Other villages in the municipality include Ese, Kvamme, Låne, Sæle, Tjugum, and Vetlefjorden.
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1. Balestrand Fjord Adventures

Maalsnes, Balestrand 6899, Norway
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Balestrand Fjord Adventures

Reviewed By Jennifer W

We took the Naerøyfjord tour from Balestrand with our 1-year-old daughter and another family with an 8-month-old baby. It can be done! The tour guides were extremely helpful in making sure that our little ones were safe and secure. They provided little life jackets and...MoreHello. I can remember that you doubted it because of the children. Therefore I'm very glad to hear that you enjoied it.

2. Balestrand Tourist Information

Kaien, Balestrand 6899, Norway +47 57 69 12 55
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Balestrand Tourist Information

Balestrand Tourist Information is centrally located by the harbour in Balestrand. The office is open May - September. Here you can buy tickets for day tours, and for the express boat. Bike rental, hiking maps, books and postcards for sale. Information on accommodation, transport and attractions in the area.

Reviewed By Heartofagypsy - Calgary, Canada

We found the Englishwoman working here to be very helpful and efficient . She was helping visitors with queries while keeping the cyclists who were renting gear well organized

3. St. Olav's Church

Kong Beles veg 35, Balestrand 6899, Norway +47 57 69 16 17
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St. Olav's Church

Reviewed By LovesthebeachOregon - Oregon

An easy walk from our stay at Kringsja hotel. There was little Norwegian/English First testaments free for anyone who wanted one.

4. Nature Trail Kreklingen

Holmen, sentrum, Balestrand 6899, Norway +47 57 69 12 55
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Nature Trail Kreklingen

Nature Trail - Kreklingen The trail starts from Belehalli sports hall in Balestrand and goes on to Sandstolen or Skasheim. This is an easy trail with an ascent of 90 - 250m. The first part goes along a nature trail marked with notices giving information about the plants and animals in the area. Further along the trail you get some very fine views over Balestrand. The trail is marked with yellow markings and signposted towards Granlia and Skasheim. From Granlia you can either follow the yellow markings further to Sandstolen (shorter route) or Skasheim (longer route). The trail consists of stone/gravel/grass and is approx 50 - 60cm wide. It can be used for off road cycling. The walk takes between 2 and 4 hours depending on which route you choose and your own condition. Getting there: From Balestrand quay/tourist office walk up Laerergata and on to Kreklingevegen until you get to Belehalli sports hall. The roads are signposted with white nature trail signs. To reach Balestrand take the express bus from Oslo, Bergen or Trondheim or express boat from Bergen. If you come by car from Oslo take the E16 and route 55. From Bergen or Trondheim take the E39 and route 55. For more information contact Balestrand Tourist Office www.visitbalestrand.no [email protected]

Reviewed By UCLASteve - Los Angeles, CA

Great walks of all lengths and inclines through lush forest and with amazing fjord views. Relatively steep incline from harbor to trail head, so even an "easy" walk starts with a 2km climb! See other reviews for fjord pics. Here are some of the forest.

5. The Three Fjord Ride

Balestrand, Balestrand, Norway
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The Three Fjord Ride

Reviewed By InvincibleKP - Milan, Italy

Fantastic landscape and beautiful scenery along the path of fjords. This is a must do activity when at Balestrand. Hire a bike and get going! Dont forget your cam! Stunning views all along the path.

6. Gone Paddling Balestrand

Kaivegen, Balestrand 6899, Norway
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Gone Paddling Balestrand

Gone Paddling Balestrand offer two guided kayaking trips daily (at 10.00 AM and at 15.00 PM)around Balestrand. Average duration is 3 hours. You can also rent single og double kayaks and explore the area around Balestrand. Both on the guided tour and when you rent a kayak, we will supply you with drysuit, personal flotation device, shoes, paddle and sprayskirt. A drybag can also be included.

Reviewed By Palanf - Tampa, Florida

My fiancé and I did this trip with my parents. It was an extremely fun experience and a wonderful way to tour around the fjord. It is a very easy kayaking experience, no experience or special physical ability needed. Our guide, Thomass, was an extremely friendly and helpful guide, and knowledgeable about the fjord and area. He took pictures of us the whole time so we didn't have to worry about it and got some great shots. They also provide dry suits to protect from the chilly water. The lunch that is served is more of a snack, so be sure to eat before hand, but the whole experience was fantastic start to finish!

7. Raudmelen

Holmen, sentrum, Balestrand 6899, Norway +47 57 69 12 55
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Raudmelen

Raudmelen (972m) Raudmelen is a mountain which towers 972m over the centre of Balestrand. A hiking trail goes up the mountainside from Balestrand to the top of Raudmelen. This is a demanding hike. From the top you have fantastic views over the Sognefjord, both out towards Stolsheimen and in towards Fjaerland and Leikanger. Start: Start by Belehalli sports hall, at the same place as the starting point for the nature trail. Take the red route to Raudmelen. The first part goes along the marked nature trail, but soon turns off upwards. After following the relatively steep path up through the woods it is nice to take a break at Orrabenken (370m) where you get a wonderful view over Balestrand centre and the Sognefjord. From Orrabenken follow the path on upwards. The blue route turns off towards Balastolen and Fjaerestedstolen and the red route continues up towards Raudmelen. At Burasi (575m), another fine resting place, you get a marvellous view over Sognefjord and Esefjella. The path goes on up and along the ridge towards the top with wonderful views on both sides. On one side you see down over the green slopes to Balestrand and on the other dramatic rocky mountainsides towards Esedalen. At the top you are rewarded with fantastic views over the Sognefjord. This is a demanding hike and takes approx. 6 hours. Good advice: Get a map from the tourist office. Be sure to take plenty of water as there is no drinking water on this route. Getting there: From Balestrand quay/tourist office walk up Laerergata and on to Kreklingevegen until you get to Belehalli sports hall. The roads are signposted with white nature trail signs. To reach Balestrand take the express bus from Oslo, Bergen or Trondheim or express boat from Bergen. If you come by car from Oslo take the E16 and route 55. From Bergen or Trondheim take the E39 and route 55. For more information contact Balestrand Tourist Office www.visitbalestrand.no [email protected]

Reviewed By Mickacat - Durham, North Carolina

We have spent 4 days in Balestrand end of August, and decided to hire a taxi from Balestrand to Saudal to bring us to the trail head. When in tourist office, kind German visitor offered us a ride. The drive to the trailhead was breathtakingly beautiful, but the hike was even more so. We found patches of blueberries, hiked by cross-country ski trail and huts, saw numerous mountain lakes and crossed many streams. Views on all sides were georgeous: fjords on two sides, partially snow capped Mountains on other two sides. We had to cross two snow fields (much fun if you are from south east US where you rarely see snow!), and had lunch by a huge glacier lake. The trail is well marked and we only had to look for the markers once, when crossing a snow field. It takes at least 6 hours of hiking if you are in a good shape. Hiking shoes are a plus (sharp rocks), but we managed with day hikers well. The descent is long, it ends in a very interesting nature trail. There will be a race up that descent on September 17, 2016 (Balestrand Upp).

8. The Waterfall Path

Holmen, sentrum, Balestrand 6899, Norway +47 57 69 12 55
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The Waterfall Path

The Waterfall Path, Gaularfjell The Waterfall Path goes from the Gaular Mountains down to Viksdalen. Along its route are 14 Waterfalls and 7 lakes. It is a relatively easy hike with a height difference of approx. 500m and a total length of 21 km. The hike goes from Gaularfjell to Viksdalen via Eldal, Likholefossen, Longstolen and Torsnesstolen. There are 4 different starting points. Eldal: Marked with a signpost. Parking area. The path is marked with red F’s, and direction signs. Likholefossen: Marked with a signpost. Parking area. The path is marked with red F’s, and direction signs. Longstolen: Marked with a signpost. Parking area. The path is marked with red F’s, and direction signs. Torsnesstolen: Marked with a signpost. Parking area. The path is marked with red F’s, and direction signs. You can choose to go the whole distance or just parts of it. The bus stops at all the start/finishing points. You can choose to walk between 2, 3 or 4 points. The path goes through a luxuriant landscape rich with wild animal and plant life as well as areas of active farming. The path goes over rough and rugged ground and crosses a number of wooden Bridges. It is possible to fish along the river. Fishing licences can be obtained from local businesses / accommodation in the area. Getting there: During the summer you can get a bus (route14-210) from the centre of Balestrand to and from Gaularfjell. To get to Balestrand take the express bus from Oslo, Bergen or Trondheim or the express boat from Bergen. If you come by car from Oslo take the E16 and route 55. From Bergen or Trondheim take the E39 and route 55. For more information contact Balestrand Tourist Office www.visitbalestrand.no [email protected]

Reviewed By Ben N - Fort Myers, Florida

This hiking stretch is about an hours drive out of Balestrand, and itself offers spectacular scenery. We did this end of May 2014 and we also went to about the halfway point where the modern foot bridge is located, and headed west for about an hour. It is indeed a slow trail if not for the footing, then for the constant photo ops. Just amazing scenery the entire trail. We wished we had started way earlier in the day, and had traversed way more than we did. Still, very worth it, and highly recommend it.

9. Balestrand Fjord Angling

Holmen 9, Balestrand 6899, Norway
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Balestrand Fjord Angling

This tour is perfect for those who just want a trip out on the fjord, the sun is shining and do some fishing, sightseeing and local history at the same time.

Reviewed By stefan401 - Balestrand, Norway

Our family of 4 absolutely loved the Good morning Balestrand tour: We enjoyed many different aspects of Fjord life: a bit of history, a glimpse of the quiet nature and spectacular landscape, many fish and some other animals. Our kids were thrilled to actually catch some fish while angling. Tor Andre is a well-informed and very professional tour guide - we would always go on a fjord tour with him again!

10. Utsikten

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Utsikten

Reviewed By CodyMav - Brisbane

Just north of Balestrand, this reasonably new Vista point is a fabulous stop. Plenty of parking, public restrooms, elevated viewing platforms, and views to die for. Has to be on your Must See list when driving Norways National Routes

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