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Daytrips with car

This map shows some of the recommended daytrips by car from Eplet. They are described in more detail further down the page:

# 1 - Glacier Museum & remote Gaularfjell
Directions:                                                             
Solvorn – Sogndal 17 km. R55                           
Sogndal – Fjærland 35 km. R5                               
Fjærland – Skei 28 km. R5                                   
Skei – Moskog 32 km. E39                            
Moskog – Dragsvik 83 km. R13                              
Dragsvik – Balestrand 9 km. R55                            
Balestrand – Dragsvik 9 km. R55                         
Ferry Dragsvik – Hella
Hella – Sogndal 36 km. R55                         
Sogndal – Solvorn 17 km. R55

Highlights:
Fjærland Glacier Museum
Fjærland Mundal Book Town
Bøyabreen Glacier View
Gaularfjellet mountain pass
Balestrand village

Time:
Driving: 5,5 hours
Ferry: 30 minutes

Information:
* The glacier museum in Fjærland has excellent exhibitions and a 3D movie from the top of the Jostedalsbreen ice cap. While in Fjærland you can also visit the Norwegian book town in Mundal. When you continue on the road you will after a few kilometers have a spectacular view of Bøyabreen glacier straight ahead, high above you.   
* Gaularfjellet is a national tourist road. It is a small mountain road, without much traffic. The road follows a picturesque river and gradually rises to 745 masl. After crossing the top you come to a resting point with an amazing view where you are looking down at one arm of Sognefjord which is deeply cutting its way through the landscape.     
* Balestrand was a meeting point for tourists coming to Norway in the beginning of the 20th century. It has art galleries, a small aquarium and a travellers museum. The ferry between Dragsvik and Hella runs approximately every 45 minutes.
 
# 2 - Nærøyfjord & Beautiful Vikafjell
Directions:
Solvorn – Sogndal 17 km. R55
Sogndal – Kaupanger port 10 km. R5
Ferry from Kaupanger at 09:30
arrives Gudvangen 11:40
Gudvangen – Vinje 26 km. E16
Vinje - Vik 47 km. R13
Vik – Vangsnes 11 km. R13
Ferry Vangsnes – Dragsvik
Dragsvik – Balestrand 9 km. R55
Balestrand – Dragsvik 9 km. R55
Ferry Dragsvik – Hella
Hella – Sogndal 36 km. R55
Sogndal – Solvorn 17 km. R55

Highlights:
Ferry along Unesco Nærøyfjord
Vikafjellet mountainpass
Spectacular view over Sognefjord
Hopperstad Stave Church
Balestrand village

Time:
Driving: 4,5 hours
Ferry: 2 hours + 45 minutes + 30 minutes

Information:
* The ferry from Kaupanger to Gudvangen may be the nicest ferry trip in Norway. You see both a part of the big main Sognefjord, the beautiful Aurlandsfjord and the spectacular and narrow Nærøyfjord. Our guests often say that they find it more spectacular and varied than Geiranger. It takes 2.5 hours, so you have plenty of time to take photos and enjoy the landscape.
* Vikafjell mountainroad takes you from Vinje in Voss commune to Vik on the south side of Sognefjord. The highest point is 986 masl. After crossing the mountain plateau and passing through a short tunnel you have a resting point along the road with a fantastic view of the massive Sognefjord stretching from right to left in front of you.
* Hopperstad Stave Church is on your left side just as you enter Vik Village. It is one of the oldest stave churches in Norway. Just a few hundred meters away lies Hove stone church.
* The ferry between Vangsnes – Hella – Dragsvik is running approximately every 45 minutes. Take the ferry to Dragsvik and drive 9 km around Esebotn to Balestrand. The village was a meeting point for tourists coming to Norway in the beginning of the 20th century. It has art galleries, a small aquarium and a travellers museum. Back to Dragsvik, take the ferry to Hella.
 
# 3 - Nærøyfjord Cruise & The Snowroad
Directions:
Solvorn – Sogndal 17 km. R55
Sogndal – Kaupanger port 10 km. R5
Ferry from Kaupanger at 09:00. Only 1st june to 30th September. 
arrives at Gudvangen 11:45
Gudvangen – Hulderhaug 13 km. E16
Hulderhaug – Undredal 6 km. R601
Undredal – Hulderhaug 6 km. R601
Hulderhaug – Flåm 6 km. E16
Flåm railroad.
Flåm – Aurland center 9 km. E16
Aurland – Lærdal 48 km. R243
Lærdal – Sogndal 27km. R5
Sogndal – Solvorn 17 km. R55

Time:
Driving: 4 hours
Ferry: 2,5 hours + 30 minutes

Highlights:
Ferry along Unesco Nærøyfjord
Undredal idyllic little village
Flåm railway
Snowroad Aurland – Lærdal

Information:
* The ferry from Kaupanger to Gudvangen may be the nicest ferry trip in Norway. You see both a part of the big main Sognefjord, the beautiful Aurlandsfjord and the spectacular and narrow Nærøyfjord. Our guests often say that they find it more spectacular and various than Geiranger. It takes 2.5 hours, so you have plenty of time to take photos and enjoy the landscape.
* Undredal is a small and scenic village along the fjord. It has about 100 inhabitants, a shop, a goats cheese production and the smallest of the 29 stave churches in Norway. It is 13 km from the main road and well worth a detour.
* Flåm Railway is the biggest tourist destination in Norway. If you are staying at Eplet we are happy to tell you about more spectacular experiences than taking the railway. It is scenic, but not a must. Be prepared for masses of tourists.
* The snowroad is a 48 kilometer winding and narrow mountain road that takes you from Aurland, steep up the mountain to Stegastein viewpoint at 640 masl and further to the top of Aurlandsfjellet at 1306 masl. In nice weather you have a spectacular view towards Blåskavlen glacier and the fjords under your feet.       
 
# 4 - Romantic Lustrafjord, Wild Tindevegen
Directions:                                                       
Ferry Solvorn – Urnes                                             
Urnes – Skjolden 30 km                                          
Skjolden – Turtagrø 16 km. R55
Turtagrø – Årdal 32 km
Årdal – Fodnes 37 km. R53 + R5
Ferry Fodnes – Mannheller
Mannheller – Sogndal 17 km. R5
Sogndal – Solvorn 17 km. R55                  
Highlights:
Urnes Stave Church
Feigumsfossen Waterfall
Tindevegen mountain road
Spectacular alpine scenery
Øvre Årdal industry town

Time car:
Ferry: 30 minutes
Driving: 4 hours
Ferry: 30 minutes

Information:
* Urnes stave church is the oldest and most highly decorated of the 28 stave churches in Norway. It is Unesco site number 58, put on the exclusive heritage list in 1979. The ferry from Solvorn to Urnes goes every hour during summer and the stave church is open for visiting all day. It is a nice walk on a steep road from the port up to the church. The church is located in the middle of the farmyard at Urnes Farm where you can have a cup of coffee or feed the animals at the deer farm.
* Feigumsfossen Waterfall is 218 meter high and the 2nd highest free falling waterfall in Norway. There is a parking by the road and a nice hiking path that takes you 20 minutes up to a view point. 
* Fortun is the last village down in the valley before a long climb up to Turtagrø hotel, where you can stop for a cup of coffee and enjoy the most famous mountain panorama in Norway. Turn right.
* Tindevegen is a small mountain road that takes you close to some of the highest alpine peaks in Norway. You have a spectacular view of the mountains and the fjord. At the top at 1315 masl there is a toll gate where you pay 75 NOK.
* Øvre Årdal is a good example of Norwegian modernity after the second world war. It is a small industrial town encircled by steep mountains. It is built entirely around a large aluminium factory based on cheap hydroelectric power. It is not a pretty place, but it is interesting.
* Årdalstangen was the harbour where the aluminium was transported out. Today, there is not much production left. The oil economy has raised Norwegian wages to the point where it is almost impossible for other industries to compete internationally
* The ferry Fodnes – Mannheller runs every 20 minutes during summer.    
 
# 5 - Romantic Lustrafjord, the top roof of Norway and the large glacier valley
Directions:                                                     
Ferry Solvorn – Urnes                                             
Urnes – Skjolden 30 km                                          
Skjolden – Sognefjellshytta 33 km. R55
Sognefjellshytta – Skjolden 33 km. R55
Skjolden – Luster 11 km. R55
Luster – Gaupne 15 km. R55
Gaupne – Glacier center 33 km. R604
Glacier center – Nigardsbreen 4 km
Nigardsbreen -  Glacier center 4 km
Glacier center – Styggevatnet 21 km
Styggevatnet – Glacier center 21 km
Glacier center – Gaupne 33 km. R604
Gaupne – Solvorn 18 km. R55                                

Highlights:
Urnes Stave Church
Feigumsfossen Waterfall
Sognefjellet highest mountain pass
Lustrabui Bakery J & Dale Church
Nigardsbreen Glacier & Styggevatnet

Time car:
Driving: 6 hours, Ferry: 30 minutes

Information:
* Urnes stave church is the oldest and most highly decorated of the 28 stave churches in Norway. It is Unesco site number 58, put on the exclusive heritage list in 1979. The ferry from Solvorn to Urnes goes every hour during summer and the stave church is open for visiting all day. It is a nice walk on a steep road from the port up to the church. The church is located in the middle of the farmyard at Urnes Farm where you can have a cup of coffee or feed the animals at the deer farm.
* Feigumsfossen Waterfall is 218 metres high and the 2nd highest free falling waterfall in Norway. There is a carpark by the road and a nice hiking path that takes you 20 minutes up to a view point. 
* Fortun is the last village down in the valley before you start on a very long climb up to Sognefjellet. Halfway up is Turtagrø hotel, where you can stop for a cup of coffee and enjoy the most famous mountain panorama in Norway. After crossing the mountain you reach Sognefjellshytta. This is the roof of Norway with all the highest peaks in the country. You are now in east Norway, turn around.  
* Lustrabui Bakery in Luster serves you coffee and the best cinnamon rolls in the world. After that cross the road and you stand outside Dale Church, one of the most decorated stone churches from the 12th century in Norway.
* In Gaupne you turn right, and follow the river up Jostedalen, the big glacier valley in Norway.
* Nigardsbreen Glacier is the most famous glacier in the country. It is a valley glacier coming down from the huge Jostedalsbreen ice cap. From the parking there is a small boat or you can hike for 45 minutes to reach the glacier front. In Jostedalen you can continue up the valley to the dam at Styggevatnet ice lake 1200 masl with a fantastic panorama view of the northern part of the ice cap.  
 
# 6 -The Romantic head of Sognefjord

Directions:                                              
Ferry Solvorn – Urnes                                             
Urnes – Skjolden 30 km.                                         
Skjolden – Luster 11 km.
Luster – Gaupne 15 km.
Gaupne – Solvorn 18 km.                            

Highlights:
Urnes Stave Church
Kroken Munthe huset
Feigumsfossen Waterfall
Lustrabui Bakery
Dale Church

Time car:
Ferry: 30 minutes
Driving: 2 hours

Time bicycle:
Ferry: 30 minutes
Biking: 5-7 hours

Information:
* Urnes stave church is the oldest and most highly decorated of the 28 stave churches in Norway. It is Unesco site number 58, put on the heritage list in 1979. The ferry from Solvorn to Urnes goes every hour during summer and the stave church is open for visiting all day. It is a nice walk on a steep road from the port up to the church. The church is located in the middle of the farmyard at Urnes Farm where you can have a cup of coffee or help feed the animals at the deer farm.
* Munthehuset at Kroken is a unique building dating from 1791. This was an important meeting place for painters, geographers and researchers during the national romantic period of the 19th century. Several of the most important romantic paintings in Norway have been made here.  
* Feigumsfossen Waterfall is with 218 meter the 2nd highest free falling waterfall in Norway. There is a carpark by the road and a nice hiking path that takes you 20 minutes up to a view point.  
* Skjolden is the village at the head of Sognefjord. It is with 204 km the 2nd longest fjord in the world. 
* Lustrabui Bakery in Luster serves you coffee and what is probably the best cinnamon rolls in the world. After that cross the road and you stand outside Dale Church, one of the most decorated stone churches from the 12th century in Norway.
* Gaupne is the local administration center in Luster commune. Here you will find a small shopping center, bank and health care. Lustrabadet is a great public swimmingpool with tubes, bubble bath and outside hot pools. For those biking around the fjord you may want to buy a banana and some chocolate, be aware that you have a very long climb ahead.  
* At Marifjøra there is a small family run chocolate factory opened in 2015.