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The landscape in the Sognefjord area is full of contrasts in the the middle of Fjord Norway.
The Sognefjord is located in the southern part of the county of Sogn and Fjordane, in the middle of Fjord Norway. Sogndal is the regional centre of the Sognefjord area with 7,500 inhabitants. The Sognefjord is Norway's longest and deepest fjord and stretches more than 200 kilometres inwards to the foot of the Jotunheimen Mountains.
There are many ways and opportunities to explore Sognefjorden and this exciting landscape. You can rent a car and drive along the fjord. Recommended is Aurland Mountain Road.
Travellers seeking active adventures will find plenty of opportunities along the Sognefjord, from hiking and kayaking to mountain biking and glacier trekking.
Some of Norway’s most historic hotels are located along the Sognefjord. One of this is Kviknes Hotel in Balestrand, which has been run by the same family since 1877 and has hosted numerous world leaders, including the German emperor Kaiser Wilhelm II, who was a frequent guest here, and you can still see his chair in the hotel lounge.
Another historic hotel is Fretheim Hotel, in Flåm, which dates from the same era as Kviknes. The oldest hotel is located on the Lustrafjord and is called the Walaker Hotel, and it has been a family-run business since 1640.
In Flåm you can take the world famous "Flåmsbanen" train, which offers an unforgettable journey through nature and along beautiful sites of the Norway Fjords.
Along the Sognefjord, you find some the famous medieval stave churches. Norway has 28 medieval stave churches, and in Sognefjord 2 of churches are located, and in the village of Vik, you find the Hopperstad stave church.
Take a Fjord cruise on the Sognefjord and its two branches Aurlandsfjord and Nærøyfjord. If you want adventure and get closer to nature, you can join in some of the organised activities that are tailored to suit all age and interests. Hiking, rafting, biking or canoeing are very popular.