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Fjærland Tourist Office
6848 Fjærland
Tel. +47 57 69 32 33
Faks: + 47 57 69 12 78

info-at-fjaerland.org

Destination Fjord Norway

About Fjærland



Fjærland Tourist Office
Fjærland Tourist Office is situated in The Norwegian Booktown in the picturesque Mundal, 3 km from the road no.5.

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Tourist Office in Mundal-Fjaerland

The Tourist Information is situated in one of the Booktown's second-hand bookshops. There is also an art gallery and souvenirshop, selling localmade products such as the Fjaerland-shoe, knitwear and pottery. At the Tourist Office you can hire bikes and get the information and help you need for your journey.

Mundal is the centre of Fjærland and here you can find the old wooden Hotel Mundal (since 1891), the Fjærland Fjordstue Hotel, the church, a grocery store,several book shops selling second-hand books, Kaffistova book - café with homemade food, and the pier where the passengerboat departs daily for Balestrand/ Hella in June, July and August.

Openinghours 2014:
May 1 - June 15: 10h - 16h, every day.
June 15 - Aug 18: 10h - 18h, every day.
Aug 18 - Sep 21: 10h - 16h, every day. (Closed 17th of May).

Contactinformation: Tel.:+47 57 69 32 33. Fax:+47 57 69 32 11.
E-mail: info@fjaerland.org

Welcome to Fjærland!



Fjærland
Fjærland is the district surrounding Fjærlandsfjord, a branch of Sognefjord. Fjærland has 300 inhabitants, and is part of Sogndal municipality. The centre in Fjærland is Mundal, about 3 km from the main road, down the fjord. Most people in Fjærland are engaged in farming and tourism. grafikk/P1010322min.jpg
Mundal, Fjærland

The area has been settled since the Viking Age, but there is finds dating back to the late Stone Age. The size of the population has varied over the years. Large scale emigration to America took place at the turn of the century.

Mundal includes school and church, as well as shops, hotels and other services. The church is from 1861, rebuilt in 1931. It is open to the public. In Mundal you also find The Norwegian Book Town with several picturesque second-hand book shops. The Book Town opened in 1996, being the eighth booktown in the world and the first in Scandinavia.

The farms are large and easy to run compared to most farms of Western Norway. Soil quality and climate are particularly good for milk and meat production. All the valleys in Fjærland have mountain pastures, so called 'støl' or 'sæter'. These are reached by path or cart road. Few of them are in use today.



Nature and landscape
The landscape in Fjærland has been shaped by glaciers through successive ice ages during the last 2,5 to 3 million years. Towering mountains and U-shaped valleys surround large delta areas which results from the accumulation of sediment supplied by the glacier rivers.

(Some Norwegian: bre = glacier, breen = the glacier)
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Varied hiking terrain, marked routes.
Hiking in a world of ice and mountains -
alone or with a guide.

The glaciers Bøyabreen and Supphellebreen come down to the valley floor in Fjærland. These are branches of Jostedalsbreen - the largest glacier on the European continent (487 km²). The ice in the ice falls of the glaciers is gliding down the mountain side with a speed of 2 metres per day - among the fastest in Norway. Supphellebreen, at an elevation of 60 m, is the lowest lying glacier in Southern Norway. Parts of Fjærland lie within Jostedalsbreen National Park. The National Park covers 1230 km² and is characterized by great variation within short distances, from fjords and lowland, to mountains and glaciers.

Jostedalsbreen has been in use as a transport route for several hundred years. One of the most popular routes at the southern part of Jostedalsbreen is between Lunde and Fjærland.

The Bøyaøyri estuary at the head of the fjord is a protected nature reserve, due to its part in bird migration during the spring and autumn. 100 species have been observed and approximately 50 of them nest in the area.



Tourism
Most of the trade is directed towards tourism, which has long traditions in Fjærland. Over the past 100 years travellers have come to see and explore the fjord, the mountains and the glaciers. grafikk/breport.jpg
Fjærland - an international travelling destination for more than 100 years.

In the early years numerous cruiseships brought tourists to Fjærland, where they travelled by horse and carriage to the glaciers. Today these round-trips are made by bus. Several cruise ships visit Fjærland every summer. Especially the magnificent nature, the stillness and the good hiking conditions continue to delight the visitors. The path from the Supphelle Valley up to the hut Flatbrehytta is the best gateway for hikers to the glaciers. In addition, the local sports association has marked 13 other trails, from easy 1/2 hour walks to more strenuous walks for 5-6 hours.



How to get there
Until 1985 the only way to get to Fjærland was to travel by boat on the Fjærland Fjord. In 1986 the road north to Skei was built. It was opened by former U.S. Vice-President Walter F. Mondale, whose family and name originated in Mundal in Fjærland. In 1994 the road was continued south to Sogndal making Fjærland easy to reach from both north and south.
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Norway Busexpress - www.nor-way.no

Today daily buses connect Fjærland with, among others, Oslo, Bergen, Flåm, Sogndal, Stryn and Førde. In the summer ther is a passengerboat between Balestrand and Fjærland twice a day. This connects with the express boat to/from Bergen and Flåm.

In Fjærland a bus connects with the boat and take you to the prize awarded Norwegian Glacier Museum. From the museum the bus continues to the glaciers, before it brings you back to the pier.

For info on timetables choose 'transport' from the menue.

Fjaerland Taxi also offers trips to the glaciers or other places. You can contact Fjaerland Taxi on Tel. +47 90 92 65 82 or the tourist office in Mundal, Tel. +47 57 69 32 33.

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