Perched on the north shore of the Sognefjord, Balestrand is a charming village that’s inspired artists from around the globe. It’s renowned for its natural beauty and unique light while offering easy access to Jostedalsbreen and the glacier village of Fjærland.
Things to do in Balestrand
Visit the historic Kviknes Hotel, which houses an outstanding collection of paintings by artists who found inspiration in Balestrand. This history is also documented at the nearby Norwegian Museum of Travel where you can learn about the roots of tourism in Balestrand and see the former residence of English painter Alfred Heaton Cooper.
After strolling between the elegant villas that dot the streets of Balestrand, get a different perspective of the village during a guided kayaking trip or boat cruise along the Sognefjord. Continue north along this picturesque waterway to visit the architecturally impressive Glacier Museum, which explores the unique features of glaciers and the threats facing them due to climate change.
Balestrand is around 3.5 hours’ drive from Bergen and Bergen Airport, which has flights to destinations across Europe. Buses connect the village with towns and cities across the region while the centre of Balestrand is compact enough to explore on foot.