In the classic sci-fi comedy 'Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy', the Earth turns out to be a giant computer created by aliens and... more » overseen by mice. Despite being constructed for such a utilatarian purpose, one of the alien architects was particularly proud of his design work on the Norwegian fjords - "Nice bit of craftsmanship that".
You'll have no argument with such sentiments on this short trail which combines views down the largest of Norway's majestic waterways, Sognefjord, with a nature trail through the forest above the fjord-side haven of Balestrand.
Visitors and artists have been travelling to this small town for more than a century and the scenery has changed little since the first arrivals. With regular summer car ferries, access is a bit easier these days so it makes a good base for further trail, ferry and glacier exploration.
At the end of the walking trail in this guide, I've added a fjord boat trip to the the quirky village of Fjaerland. Unless you've been walking very early, it's best to save this leg for another day to have the time to do it justice. less «