The majestic Sognefjord

Majestic Sognefjord by Sverre Hjornevik, Fjord Norway

The Sognefjord – Norway’s longest fjord

with several beautiful fjord branches, like the narrow Naeroyfjord. The fjord stretches more than 200 km inland from the western coast north of Bergen.

Cruise on beautiful Sognefjord by Sverre Hjornevik, Flam AS

Cruise on Sognefjord

Steep mountain sides & narrow branches

It reaches a maximum depth of 1308 m below sea level, with the greatest depths in the inland parts of the fjord. Near its mouth, the bottom rises abruptly to about 100 m below sea level. The cliffs surrounding the fjord rise almost sheer from the water to heights of 1000 m and more. In the mountains of the northern parts of the fjord you find the Jostedal glacier.

The Sognefjord has several scenic side branches,
like the Fjaerlandsfjord, the Lusterfjord, the UNESCO Naeroyfjord & the Aurlandsfjord.

The Naeroyfjord is the narrower branch; a spectacular fjord with steep cliffs, accessible by boat only as there are no roads along the fjord.
Norway in a Nutshell trips include a cruise on the Naeroyfjord & the Aurlandsfjord.

Kviknes Hotel in Balestrand by De Historiske Hoteller

Kviknes Hotel in Balestrand

Beautiful Sognefjord by Sverre Hjornevik, Fjord Norway

Village on the shores of Sognefjord

Village on the shores of Sognefjord by Oyvind Heen, Visit Norway

Undredal village

Beautiful fjord villages

There are several beautifully located, picturesque fjord villages along this majestic fjord. The village of Balestrand has a long history of greeting foreign tourists;

The historic Kviknes Hotel became popular among European visitors in the early part of the 20th century mainly due to Kaiser Wilhelm II, who often visited the hotel during his summer vacations prior to World War I. The hotel still possesses the chair he used in their restaurant.

The Kviknes Hotel is a famous landmark in this tiny village, with the beautiful, wooden building facing the fjord. The Kvikne family, who still owns the hotel, took over in 1877.
An impressive collection of art and historical pieces is a central feature of the hotel´s interior and common areas.

You will stay in Balestrand if you join one of the following fjord tours:

Sognefjord Cruise & Balestrand village – 4 or 6 nights
The Exclusive Grand tour of Norway – 11 nights
Tromso, Midnight Sun & Fjords – 7 nights

Sognefjord in autumn colours by M. Dickson, Foap, Visit Norway

Sognefjord in autumn

Fjord cruise trips to the Sognefjord:

Bergen & the Fjords – 3 nights
Bergen, Oslo, Flam Railway & Sognefjord – 4 nights
Bergen, Sognefjord, Geilo & Oslo – 6 nights
Norwegian Fjords & Western Coast – 7 nights
The Grand Tour of the Fjords – 8 nights

All of the trips include amazing fjord cruises, the Flam Railway & Bergen Line. The trips are independent (you will not travel with a group).

View from Flam Railway by Sverre Hjornevik, Flam AS

View from Flam Railway

More travel tips:

The Sognefjord is easily accessible from Oslo and Bergen by public transportation. You can take the Bergen train line from Oslo to Myrdal, where you change to the Flam Railway, taking you down to the fjord. There are daily express boat departures between Flam and Bergen in the summer season, cruising on the entire fjord.
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