Sogn og Fjordane is a county of Norway and the home of Sognefjord - the largest of the famous Norwegian fjords. The county covers a vast percentage of the central part of the Fjord lands; from Selje in the north to Aurland in the south, and from Solund in the west to Luster in the east. The choice of activities in this stunning part of the world is almost limitless, with the vast majority making the most of the dramatic scenery that the region is world-famous for.
Visiting the fjords is the highlight of many a trip to Norway, and Sogn og Fjordane is the home of the Sognefjord, which stretches for 205km and is the largest fjord in the country, as well as the second largest in the world. Upon your first glimpse of Sognefjord you will be greeted with jaw-dropping views of its steep-sided valleys and narrow inlets, with the sounds of nature the only noise for miles around. If you only ever visit one fjord during your stay, make sure it is Sognefjord.
Mountains and waterfalls can be found in abundance in this unspoilt area, and you are sure to come back with a whole bunch of fantastic photographs to show your friends. National Parks, museums, galleries and sites of historic interest can also be found in Sogn og Fjordane, and the only problem is fitting it all in during your stay.
If you fancy partaking in more active pursuits, you will literally be spoilt for choice in this outdoor adventurer’s paradise. Sailing, fishing, cycling, mountain climbing, hiking and swimming are just a few of the options available; all amongst some of the freshest and cleanest air imaginable.
A popular place to visit in Sogn og Fjordane is the Jostedal glacier, which, at 487km2 is the largest of its type in the north of Europe. The glacier sits in four of the county’s municipalities, namely Luster, Jolster, Stryn and Balestrand.
Luster itself is a popular destination with visitors, as it contains a number of other stunning glaciers, gushing waterfalls and breathtaking fjords – essentially being a miniature version of everything that makes this part of Norway so special. Also within Luster is the Jotunheim National Park, which is rich in flora and fauna and a great place for wildlife spotting.
The far west of the county is marked by the Ustveer lighthouse in Solund. This area of Sogn og Fjordane is well worth a visit, as it is the only municipality in the county that is made up purely of islands – making it popular with those on fishing trips and outdoor sports enthusiasts.
There are regional variations within the Sogn og Fjordane region, but generally speaking the temperatures in the county are mild during summer months and cold (but not often below freezing) during winter months. Expect medium to high levels of rainfall at all times of the year, especially between September and December.
Sogn og Fjordane has a number of small airports, but they only receive internal flights. A common option for UK visitors is to fly to Bergen Airport (BGO), Flesland, then take an internal flight to one of these local destinations, or make the remainder of the journey by car. Bergen Airport is roughly 160km from the heart of the Sogn og Fjordane region.