Combine visiting the UESCO attraction with tasting the local beer.
While staying in Balestrand, it is worth taking a trip to Flåm. The landscape is full of the contrasts of mountains and fjords. Taste the local beer and take a truly memorable train ride on the Flåm Railway.
Boat or Car, your choice
Throughout the summer season, there is a boat going between Balestrand and Flåm. It leaves every day at 08:30 and returns at 15:30. Taking the boat means that you will really be able to enjoy the high mountains and majestic fjord close up. With the salty smell of the sea and wind in your hair, it is a sensational experience.
Outside the high season, drive a car over Vikafjell or through the Lærdal tunnel. Both trips offer beautiful landscape to see and take about 2.5 hours.
Nærøyfjord – Narrow and Spectacular
No matter how you get there, you must visit Nærøyfjord. UNESCO has inscribed it on the World Heritage List for a reason. The wild waterfall and steep mountainsides up to 1,800 m high will take most people’s breath away. This side arm of Sognefjord is about 17 kilometers long. If you come by car, there is a boat trip from Flåm.
Panoramic view from the Flåm Railway
In addition, take a ride on the famous Flåm railway. It is one of the world’s most spectacular train journeys and one of the greatest attractions in Norway. The train starts at the end of Aurlandsfjord and climbs up to the high mountains at the Myrdal station. This is a climb from sea level in Flåm to 870 meters over sea level at Myrdal station. It is a train trip with a panoramic view over some of the wildest and most magnificent Norwegian mountain terrain.
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Local beer from the Ægir brewery
Before traveling back to Balestrand, visit the Ægir Bryggeri. Not only has this brewery gathered several awards for their quality beer, they have a pub on the quayside that has been awarded the title of Brewery Pub of the Year for the last three years. Or make a reservation for beer tasting at the Guildehall – a grand building in the dragonhead Viking style with a 9-meter-high fireplace.
If you want more activities, try exploring the Flåm valley on foot, or walk into the beautiful Aurland valley for a longer hike. Ask us for advice; we are always delighted to help you with the planning.