Excursions


Not all excursions can be done the whole season and some do not work in the weekends or certain days. Check with us if you are really interested in seeing or doing certain things. The Fjord1 provide transportation for most of the trips and several are recommended to book in advance. 

You can send an email to Balestrand Tourist Office for more info.
info@visitbalestrand.no

An option will be to look into hiring a car locally for the day.
Contact Balholm Car Rental.  
If you require a car with an automatic transmission, make sure you mention this as most cars in Norway have a manual.
Especially early and late in the season when public transportation has less options, the car rental can be a good way to go. Recommended to arrange the car rental in advance.  Balestrand.

ASTRUP MUSEUM
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Visit the home and gallery of the famous Norwegian artist Nikolai Astrup. Tour the grounds and learn about the artist, how he lived and what inspired him. Visit the home where he lived and worked until his untimely death at the age of 47 in 1928. The museum is located in Jølster, approximately two hours from Balestrand, and can be reached by private car. Full day.


BERGEN
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Take the morning express boat from Balestrand to visit the city of Bergen. Walk along the harbor, visit the fish market, old town, hansiatic museum, and other various museums of interest. Or just shop and enjoy the daily life of the local townspeople. But don’t miss the funicular up Mt. Fløyen to get a birds eye view of the city. Short sightseeing tours are also available. Catch the afternoon express boat back to Balestrand.
Full Day. Monday - Friday. Info and tickets



CAR FERRY ON THE NAROYFJORD
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You can take a car ferry between Kaupanger and Gudvangen.

MF Skånevik is the only protected car ferry in Norway. This protected ferry takes you on the historical and beautiful Fjord Cruise between Kaupanger and Gudvangen on the UNESCO protected Nærøyfjord.
Mid-May till Mid-September - reservations recommended.



FJÆRLAND AND THE GLACIER MUSEUM
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A visit to Fjærland and the Glacier center will give you in-depth knowledge of glaciers and how man has learned to co-exist with one of natures ever changing wonders. The center has an excellent film presentation offering a 180 degree viewing screen that takes you on a virtual glacier experience. Fjærland and the glacier center can be reached by private or public transportation. Ferry from Balestrand into the Fjærlandsfjord to the village of Fjærland. Local buses will transport you to the glacier center and from the center optional excursions are available for viewing two different extensions of the Jostedals glacier. THERE IS NO HIKING ON THE BLUE ICE ON THIS EXCURSION.

Morning boat will give you full day excursion and mid-day will give you half day. Both trips return on the same boat and you will be back shortly before 17.00. ( connection with the express boat to Bergen )
Schedule and booking information  ONLY JUNE/JULY/AUG - PASSENGERS ONLY



FJÆRLAND AND THE GLACIER MUSEUM HALF DAY
If you are on the morning boat from Bergen, you could take the mid day boat to Fjærland as the glacier boat waits for the boat from Bergen. Let us know when you make the booking if you wanted to do this, and we can give you  some more info.

You can also do the morning boat to Vik to see Hopperstad Stave Church ( does not work on Sundays ) and be on the 11.30 boat from Vik ( express boat that starts in Bergen in the morning ) and be back in time to take the half day trip to Fjærland. 

 



JOSTEDALEN AND NIGARDSBREEN - BLUE ICE WALK
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Glacier excursions are available from Jostedalen with experienced guides for a glacial experience of a lifetime. Climb, walk and hike in and on the Nigards glacier. You can also visit the Glacier Cathedral and enjoy the exhibitions and slide show. You need to cross the fjord to Hella and it is about a 2 hours drive to get to the Nigardsbreen.
Full day excursion.


There is a glacier bus but does not really work anymore traveling from Balestrand
Due to the changes in the schedule,it is recommended to have your own car.

An option would also be to rent a car locally in Balestrand for the day. You can contact Balholm Car Rental



NORWEGIAN WILDSALMON CENTER IN LÆRDAL
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Experience one of the most famous Salmon rivers in Norway, fished by Kings and Kaisers, past and present. Visit the wild salmon observatory, salmon steps, waterfalls and the fly tying exhibit. The center, located on the bank of the Lærdal river, was opened June 1, 1996. Check with tourist information or the reception for opening hours.


NÆRØYFJORDEN
The spectacular Naroyfjord is now on the World Heritage List

 
BALESTRAND TO GUDVANGEN AND THE NAROYFJORD
This is possible when the Flåm Expressen is running.
(Monday-Friday, mid-June till mid-August)
You can also check for the dates by pretending to purchase a ticket for the day you are traveling.

You will then take the 8.30 Flåm Express to Aurland or Flåm. Info and reservations
You will change boats and take a second boat roundtrip to Gudvangen.
Schedule Reservations 

To return to Balestrand, you will take the 15.30 from Flåm or 15.40 from Aurland Norled express boat.

Please be advised the boat to Flam is a much smaller boat than the Norled boat you need for your return to Balestrand.

Reservations in advance recommended.



SOGN FOLK MUSEUM AND BOAT MUSEUM
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The outdoor portion of the folk museum gives you a glimpse of farm life as well as manor houses in Norway of days gone by. The museum house has an extensive collection of exhibits depicting life along the fjord from the days of the Vikings to the present. A visit to the Folk Museum can be combined with a visit to the Boat Museum in Kaupanger. This museum offers a glimpse of the seafarers and fjord dwellers of the past. 1/2 day to full day excursion. Reached by private car or public bus.



STAVE CHURCHES
There are several stave churches located not too far from Balestrand.
If you are planning to see stave churches while visiting, make sure you have checked the opening hours and the logisitics of how to get there.
Some stave churches are not easily accessed by public transportation and even if you have a car, you might need to plan your day.

Location of various churches.



URNES STAVE CHURCH
Visit Urnes Stave church in Solvorn, a small idyllic village by the fjord. The church is on UNESCO’S list of "places and buildings to be preserved". It can be reached by car via Sogndal and Solvorn with a short ferry crossing to Urnes. Full day excursion.

Info Urnes Ferry.



VIK AND THE HOPPERSTAD STAVE CHURCH
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Board the early 7.50 NORLED express boat due for Bergen for a short crossing to the south side of the fjord and get off the boat at the first stop, Vik. The walk to the stave church is about 20 minutes. You will have to be at the harbor in Vik for the 11.30 Norled express boat to take you back across the fjord. Half day trip, daily not Sundays.

Schedule



VISIT FLÅM
BALESTRAND TO FLÅM 

Take the 11.50 Norled express boat from Balestrand to the bottom of the Aurlandsfjord for a brief visit of Flåm. 
You are due into Flåm at 13.25.  ( Unfortunately, there will be no time to take the Flåm Railway)
Take the 15.30 Norled express boat and be back in Balestrand at 16.55.
Half day trip. Daily all summer.

DAYTRIP FROM BALESTRAND TO FLÅM AND FLÅM RAILWAY
MONDAY TO FRIDAY ONLY mid-June to mid-August

Take the 8.30 Flåm Express boat from Balestrand due into Flåm at 10.30.
Tickets and info

You can book the Flåm Railway in advance
Tickets and info
Alternatively, you can also book tickets on www.nsb.no but the price is higher

You will have to take the 15.30 Norled express boat back as this is the only boat to Balestrand.
Recommended to make reservations in advance.

 

 



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