Balestrand Fjord Sightseeing

The tour starts at the touristinformation in Balestrand. First stop is Esebottn. This is one of the most painted wievs in Europe. Then we are heading for the mighty Kvinafossen, a waterfall that falls 120 meters straight down. We stop here and take some time to enjoy the sights and to take photograps. From here the trip goes to Vangsnes on the other side of the fjord with a great view of the Fridtjov statue and then towards to the island of Kvamsøy. This is a small island on a shallow bay -it is said that it was common to stop here to wait for the weather to change. It was also a trading post. The island is also thought to be the smallest in the world with a church. More details about the church here. On the return we will follow the shoreline towards Balestrand and see the dragon and Swiss style villas ,which is Balestrand is known for, from the sea side before returning to Balestrand harbour. DAILY DEPARTURE AT 13.00. The trip must be booked. Meetingspot at the touristinformation in Balestrand. The trip takes about 1h 20min.  Price nok 750 pr.person under 15.

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Balestrand's Golden Circle

Fjærland Glacier Bus and Museum

Bike Rental

Bike rental

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Buråsi Hike

Guided hike to Buråsi.

Cider Tasting

The Cider House in Balestrand (Ciderhuset) is a family run micro cidery. We are situated in an organic orchard with a range of different fruits by the Sognefjord. We produce still cider, sparkling cider, fruit wines and brandy. You will be guided by one of the family members through the process of growing and fermenting fruit for cider or brandy. You will get samples of cider from the cider tanks or the kegs. You will also learn about how we treat the cider and the bottles to make sparkling cider the traditional “champaign” way. The interpretation program lasts approx. 30 min. and includes 5 samples of cider. For guests under 18, the ciders are replaced by alcohol-free fruit drinks.

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Cooking Class

Learn how to make small dishes/snacks and enjoy the tastes afterwards with a cider tray. Chef Tuba Ardic will teach you how we combine Norwegian local products with Mediterranean food culture. Meet with one of the family members and learn about the process of growing and fermenting fruit for cider or brandy and taste samples of cider. Wednesdays 12.00 AM in Ciderhuset, Sjøtunsvegen 34, Balestrand Duration: Approx 1 hour cooking + 30 min cider program +  tasting. Price: NOK 750 per person incl. the course ingredients, guidance and cider tasting cider tasting with 5 samples (with or without alcohol). Price per person under 18 years NOK 450 incl the course ingredients, guidance and tasting of 5 fruit juices and lemonades without alcohol. Minimum number of participants: 2. We provide the necessary equipment and an apron. Please contact us for group booking on other days.

Fjord and Glacier Tour

Experience fjord landscapes and Bøyabreen glacier on the same day.  The Mini Glacier Tour include visit to Bøyabreen glacier and Supphellebreen glacier as well as Norwegian Glacier Museum in Fjærland. The Scenery in the Fjærlandsfjord is absolutely breathtaking. The narrow Fjærlandsfjord with its steep and forested mountainsides leads you to the edge of the majestic Jostedalen Glacier. On the boat tour you may enjoy a good dinner, snacks and beverage while cruising the fantastic Fjærlandsfjord. There is an abundance of wildlife in the area, and more than 100 different bird species have been observed in the Bøyaøyri Nature Reserve. On arrival Fjærland, bus will take you to the Norwegian Glacier Museum. The Norwegian Glacier Museum is an interactive museum for the Whole Family, who gives you knowledge about glaciers and climate in New inovative ways. From the Norwegian Glacier Museum the tour continues up to Bøyabreen glacier – a branch of Jostedalsbreen glacier. Here You can take some photos and see how the glacier presses itself into the landscape. The bus returns to Fjærland quay, and the sightseeing boat takes you back to Balestrand. The trip back gives you the chance to reflect on the fact that these fjords were shaped several thousand years ago by ice.  The tour may be combined with other activities. This Tour includes: Boat ticket: Balestrand – Fjærland T/R, Glacier bus and Glacier Museum.

Fjordside Yoga

Yoga ved fjorden

Heritage Walk

Eli-Grete or Gard tells the story of the art village Balestrand and the people who lived here in the artist colony. In cooperation with Kviknes Hotel the walk starts in Høyviksalen (the Høyvik hall, with furniture made by (great) grandfather Ivar Høyvik). It continues to the harbor, with its living artist scene, and then to St. Olaf’s Church (the English church), the statue of King Bele from the saga of Fritjof the Brave, and some of the characteristic dragon-style villas. The tour ends in the Cider House with a cider tasting and interpretation program.  The tour lasts about 2 hours. Thursdays in July and August at 11:30. Contact us for group tours or to request other days (minimum 15 people).

FraNOK 660
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Nærøyfjorden RIB Tour

We offer Daily trips to the famous and beautiful Nærøyfjord. The trip will take in total approx. 2,5 hours. The Nærøyfjord is probably one of the most famous fjords in Norway. The trip towards the Nærøyfjord starts in Balestrand situated along the wide Sognefjord. When we travel up the fjord the steep mountains come closer to the fjord shores and when we enter the fjord you will probably understand why it is called the most narrow fjord in the world. Cascading waterfalls, lush green dots of farmland around the shores gives you a feeling that you are surrounded by magnificent nature. We will explore the fjord and usually we will meet wildlife on our way like, eagles, dolphins, otters, and seals. But no guarantee is made…It’s nature after all.   Meetingpiont: Touristinformation in Balestrand 08:45

Orrabenken Hike

Guided hike in the popular mountain trails close to the village centre. This hike is not too challenging and gives you a 3D-view over Balestrand and the Sognefjord. Short break on the top with a soft drink (our local organic produce Balholm). We return another route and end up at the Cider House - a family run micro cidery located in an organic orchard (vineyard).

FraNOK 480
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Private Guided Hike to Keipen

A private guided hike to Keipen, a sheer cliff face high above the Esefjord. Price includes hotel pickup and transport to the trailhead at Esebotn, and a pre-hike briefing the evening before the hike.

Raudmelen Hike

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 Stølsheimen and in towards Fjærland 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 Balastølen and Fjærestedstølen 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.

FraNOK 1'300
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Snowshoeing Tour in Saurdal

A short snowshoeing tour in Saurdal, over 600 m over sea level. Includes transportation from the Tourist Information office to Saurdal.

FraNOK 790
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Tur til toppenhytta

Ticket to Høyangerbadet

Ticket to Høyangerbadet

FraNOK 30
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Tur til Toppenhytta


Walk up the steps of Høyanger

Waterfall Path Bus

Bus to the Waterfall path and back.