Known as the art village by the Sognefjord, Balestrand has inspired artists from all over the world.
Balestrand is known for wonderful light and breathtaking nature. Artists from all over the world have traveled here for inspiration, and traces of both English and German architecture can be seen in the many villas.
This area of the Sognefjord has welcomed tourists since the early 1800s, when artists brought their sketch books to Balestrand to capture the extraordinary light. English lords and the German Emperor Wilhelm II also spent a lot of time in Balestrand and the Sognefjord area during this period. These visitors left their mark on the architecture of the many villas in Balestrand.
The historic Kviknes Hotel in Balestrand houses a large collection of paintings by painters that have visited the area and stayed at the hotel. There are also several galleries and exhibitions that are open throughout the summer months. The wonderful light and breathtaking nature still inspire artists from all over the world.If you spend the night in Balestrand, you can also take a trip to Fjærland and visit Breemuseet, go kayaking on the fjord, or go for a guided tour across the glacier Jostedalsbreen.