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Berry picking, Fishing possibilities, River fishing
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Bog, Cross-country skiing area, Hiking area
Hiking: Tjuatoten (50-1098 masl)
Tjuatoten is a mountain peak towering over Dragsvik and Balestrand. A hiking trail goes up the mountainside from Dragsvik to the top of Tjuatoten. This is a demanding hike. At the top you have fantastic views over the Sognefjord,...
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Route 4 Saurdal - Balestrand (via route 9 - 7 Fagradalen - Kreklingen)
The route starts at the information board in Saurdal at the top of the Saurdal road and is marked with red and white markings and stone cairns. The route goes through mountain valleys, along water courses and to mountain tops.
First walk along route 5 towards Munkeggi (NB do not take the turn off to Hanevikelvi) until you come to a sign towards Hanevikstølen. From here take the old path into the Saurdal valley.
At the outlet of Målsnesvatnet lake the path continues over the bridge and towards Hanevikstølen, a summer farm which was in use until 1955.
From Hanevikstølen follow a path up over the mountain side and on towards the plateau between Storevarden and Bukkaberg. Here you can choose to take a detour up to Storevarden.
In Fagradalen you meet route 9 which takes you further to Spenane (1136m) and Raudmelen (972m) and from there on route 7 down to Balestrand.
Or you can of course choose to go back to Saurdal.
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Hiking: Saurdal (620-650 masl)
Saurdal is a fine starting point for various easy to demanding hikes in a wonderfully varied mountain landscape. You will find river valleys, moorland, rocky areas and splendid views. For hiking alternatives ask for advice at Balestrand Tourist...
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Hiking: Raudmelen (50-972 masl)
Raudmelen is a mountain which towers 972m over the centre of Balestrand. A hiking trail goes up the mountainside from Balestrand to the top of Raudmelen. This is a demanding hike. From the top you have fantastic views over the...
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Hiking: Nature trail (easy family walk)
Nature Trail - Kreklingen
The trail starts from Belehalli sports hall in Balestrand and goes on to Sandstølen or Skåsheim. This is an easy trail with an ascent of 90 - 250m.
The first part goes along a nature trail marked with notices giving information...
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Hiking:The Waterfall Path
The Waterfall Path, Gaularfjell The Waterfall Path goes from the Gaular mountains down to Viksdalen. Along its route are 14 waterfalls and 7 lakes. It is a relatively easy hike with a height difference of approx. 500m and a total length of 21 km. The...
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The route starts at the cable car mount at Sagi. The cable car was used to transport goods up to the plateau above the waterfall. From here the path goes along the old routes towards the mountain farms at Tennfossen. The cable car mount at the plateau is a good place for a stop for a rest and enjoy the view over the fjord. At Tennfossen there were three farms, the last was abandoned in 1970. The watercourse in the valley is protected and the whole valley is free of any technical interventions giving unique views of the many waterfalls.
The path flattens as it arrives in Stordalen and the river winds like a serpent through the valley.
The path crosses the watercourse on a bridge to Tenndalsstølen, a summer farm owned by the Lindane and Sæle farms. The route follows the east side of the Stordalen valley. At the end you have to wade over the river and follow the trail through the birch woods up to Hesjedalen and the mountain farm there. Here route 3 meets route 2 coming up from Nessadalen.
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Welcome to Balestrand, an idyllic village on the main Sognefjord with its narrow fjord branches and scenic and lush mountain landscape. Here you will find high mountains, deep fjords and peace and quiet.
You can enjoy various day tours, activities,...
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The woodpecker forest
Målsnes is a hamlet approx. 8 km from the centre of Balestrand in the direction of Høyanger. From there a narrow 7 km forest road leads up the valley of Saurdal.
The woodpecker's forest is located half way up the Saurdal valley road. There is a parking...
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The path to Norddalsvatnet lake is an easy path that goes alongside the river Norddøla towards the summer farm Nedre Norddalen. This used to be the summer farm for the farms at Ytre Nesse. The last half of the path ascends steadily to Norddalsvatnet lake.
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The family friendly path to Hesjedal runs along the moderate rise of a moraine ridge up through the Breidalen valley. The path is surrounded by pine ridges and open marshes. Breistølen (locally also called Breien), is the mountain area belonging to the farmers at Indre Nesse. The mountain farms were in use until 1955 and several of the farm buildings are still in good condition. From Breistølen the path passes a stream and continues on a steady ascent towards Hesjedalen lake and Hesjedalen mountain farm where it meets route 3 coming from Tenndalen.
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There are several public places in Balestrand where you can go swimming:
•Gamleheimsfjøra (approx 1.5 km from the village centre in the direction of Høyanger).
•At the Lunde Arboretum (approx 8 km from the village centre in the direction of...
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The Saurdal ski and recreation arena
To get to this arena drive approx. 8 km in the direction of Høyanger. When you see a signpost marked Saurdal, turn right and follow a narrow forest road up the valley, about 7 km. At the end of the road there is a car park, and 200m further up is the...
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Balestrand Tourist Information
Balestrand Tourist Information is centrally located by the harbour in Balestrand. The office is open May - September. Here you can buy tickets for day tours, and for the express boat. Bike rental, hiking maps, books and postcards for sale. Information on...
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Hiking in Balestrand
In Balestrand there is a network of fine and varied hiking trails. Please apply to the Balestrand tourist office and we will help you with information and hiking maps. www.visitbalestrand.no...
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