Leikanger municipality is located between fjords and mountains in the heart of Sognefjorden. The municipality adjacent to Balestrand in the west and Sogndal in the east. Leikanger has around 2300 inhabitants.
Leikanger is the 4th largest fruit municipality in Norway. About 80 000 fruit trees (Apple, Pear and Plum) blossom in spring, making Leikanger both beautiful and colorful.
The bees are kept busy too. In Leikanger you can buy lush, local honey at the grocery store. In later years there has been an increased investment of cultivation of raspberries, and in some places you might be able to buy large, freshly picked raspberries alongside the road.
Leikanger has rich traditions as a site of power. The Viking king Harald Hårfagre ( approx. 850 - 930 ad.), who gathered Norway into one kingdom, grew up in Leikanger. He made Leikanger the national power base. Norway's tallest stone obélisque stands in the Baldershage in the middle of the village. The stone church from the 12th Century is also well worth a visit.
Leikanger has a rich selection of varied hiking trails along the fjord and the surrounding areas. There are also marked trails in the mountain around Leikanger with several beautiful viewpoints. Leikanger is a good starting point for day trips and is close to Jotunheimen, the inner fjordarms of the Sognefjord and the Jostedalsbreen.