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