Balestrand is a small charming village on the edge of the Sognefjord in Sogn og Fjordane.


Balestrand has long history as a tourist resort. This little village was one of the favorites of Kaiser Wilhelm II of Germany. For more than 20 years the Kaiser on his «Hohenzollern» and a flotilla of naval ships, including several hundred staffs and troops, "invaded" Sognefjord. Few days after the fatal shots in Saravjevo 1914, the Kaiser again headed for vacation in Norway. On July 25th 1914 the Kaiser left Balestrand, war broke out July 28th and he never returned.

Get in

By plane

The closest airport is either Sogndal(IATA: SOG) or Førde (IATA: FDE). The closest international airport is Bergen (IATA: BGO).

By bus

There are express buses three times a day from Oslo. There are local buses five times a day fromFørde, and five times a day from Sogndal.

By boat

Express boat two times a day from Bergen, in the summer. Only once daily during winter, 1 Sep-30Apr. Once daily from Flåm, 1May-30Sep. Twice daily from Flåm, 21Jun-17Aug. These routes are operated by Fjord1The ferry terminus is in located in the centre of Balestrand, less than ten minutes from any of the hotels.

By car

There are two roads into Balestrand

Get around

Balestrand is small so it takes no longer than 15-20 minutes to walk from one side to another.




Most people eat in their hotels. For groceries, there are a Coop and Joker shop both less than 5 minutes walking distance from the ferry terminal.


Go next

Routes through Balestrand

Stavanger Voss  S  N  Gaularfjellet mt pass Førde

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