Travel to Norway

Day 8 Gudvangen (Sognefjord) - Olden (124 Km.)

Sognefjord: We embarked at Gudvangen on the first ferry of the day (48 km) (5 ferries per day, per person NOK 53 and NOK 131 per cars). Gudvangen is located precisely in the Nærøyfjord, an arm of Sognfjord particularly known for its preserved nature and its beauty, so it is one of the most desirable for navigating the fjord.

Sognefjord

Sognefjord

Since 2005, Nærøyfjord is listed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. It has also been described by the National Geographic Society, as the number one worldwide in conjunction with the Geirangerfjord. Has a length of 17 kilometers, is narrow (in its narrowest point measures just 300 meters) and rugged, surrounded by mountains 1700 meters high.

Jostedal - Bovabreen

Jostedal - Bøyabreen

The Sognefjord is Europe´s largest fjord (and second in the world), on which we sail during two hours and one quarter. It Penetrates into the land around 200 km. The fjord reaches its maximum depth at 1308 meters below sea level, has an average of 4.8 km. wide at its main branch and the cliffs reach a height from the water of 1000 meters. We disembarked on the north shore in Kaupanger.

Fjaerlandsvegen

Fjaerlandsvegen

Jostedal is the largest glacier in continental Europe, with an area of 487 square kilometers. This glacier has more than 50 branches, including the famous glaciers Briksdalsbreen and Nigardsbreen. The glacier is part of Jostedalsbreen National Park, situated in Sogn og Fjordane.

Fjaerlandsvegen

Fjaerlandsvegen

We visited the Glacier Museum located in Fjærland where we learn a lot about the glacier. Then we do the first visit to the glacier Jostedal through his branch Bøyabreen, which can be reached easily by car.

Jostedal - Briksdalbreen

Jostedal - Briksdalbreen

After that we made the trip to Briksdalsbreen, located about 20 km from Olden. It took about 45 minutes to climb to the base of this glacier, which is the lake Briksdalsbrevatnet. The path moves along the river, including a beautiful waterfall, which is the water of the melting glacier.

(in 124 Km.) Olden: We slept in a camp near this town.