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Into the Fjords

Bergen & Balestrand
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You begin with a two-night stay at the Clarion Hotel Admiral, overlooking Bergen’s historic Bryggen district. We also offer the Clarion Collection Hotel Havnekontoret in the Bryggen itself.

Day 1
Explore Bergen

You have a full day to explore the city at leisure using our self-guided walking tour and included 24-hour City Card, entitling you to reduced entry at many of the main attractions. Most of these are easily reached on foot from your hotel, and you can also take the funicular up the slopes of Mount Fløien for superb views across the fjords. Not to be missed is the famous Bryggen – the UNESCO-listed, Hanseatic harbour district with its characterful wharf-front warehouses and former merchants’ houses – or the large, glass-sided Fisk Torget (fish market) – a riot of sound and colour, especially when the catch comes in.

Day 2
Into the fjords

Leaving Bergen, you travel by express boat along the coast and into majestic Sognefjord. From water level, the mountains framing it seem even grander, and all you can see ahead is headland after headland plunging into the sapphire waters. Your destination is Balestrand, for two nights in Kvikne’s Hotel, offering sumptuous fjord-side views. (Journey time: 4hrs)

Day 3
Explore Balestrand

For a small village, Balestrand offers much to discover: stroll along the heritage trail that runs parallel to the shore to learn about the artists who have visited the area; explore the local aquarium; and call in at the Cider House – a distillery and restaurant run by a Norwegian-Turkish couple and set within an organic orchard with over 100 varieties of fruit trees. Walk up the slopes behind the hotel to gain a different perspective of the splendid scenery (9km, 3hrs) or take a trip to one or more of the area’s remarkable ‘stave churches’ – elaborate wooden structures which date back to the 12th century.

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Norway's wooden 'cathedrals'
Around the shores of Sognefjord stand some of the most remarkable wooden structures in northern Europe. Known as the Stave Churches, these date from the twelfth century.
Read more in 'The Slow Lane' >