Luxury hotel holiday Kviknes Hotel Balestrand, Norway

This is a striking, historic, 4-star hotel dating from 1752 and in the same family since 1877, enjoying a commanding position right on the water’s edge of the Sognefjord in the charming village of Balestrand. Today there are two buildings: the original one in a Norwegian alpine style with pretty wooden balconies overlooking the fjord and a modern wing added about 50 years ago. An extensive collection of art and antiques adds to the charming, historic feel of the hotel.
Included in your Expressions holiday
  • Accommodation in a double or twin room on dinner, bed and breakfast
  • Scheduled flight with British Airways London to Oslo return, economy
  • Group B hire-car
  • Concierge service and Expressions Holidays regional helpful hints
  • Choice of upgrades available – rooms and flight

Luxury bespoke hotel holidays to the Kviknes Hotel, Balestrand, Norway

A striking hotel on the side of the Sognefjord dating from 1752 with an historic and a modern part. Great emphasis on local food.

Facts in brief

Official star rating 4

Location In the centre of Balestrand overlooking the Sognefjord at the water’s edge

Annual opening 1 February to 1 December

Closest airport Oslo, Bergen

Distance from airport About 6.5 hours drive from Oslo

Closest railway station Flåm

Distance from railway station About 2 hours by ferry

Hotel facilities and services

Restaurant, lounge, lift in new building (not in the historic building), bar, garden

Out and about nearby

Balestrand is a fjord-side village surrounded by lush countryside. From here there are three branches of the Sognefjord to explore. In the village is the Norwegian travel museum, the Sognefjord Aquarium and Balholm AS, a Norwegian producer of brandy, cider and fruit juices using the fruit grown in the surrounding area. Boat trips on the fjord start in Balestrand and you can take a ferry to Flåm for a ride on the famous Flåmsbana (if you have arrived by car and not train). There is an annual jazz festival one weekend in May. Nearby you can also walk in the mountains and fish in the fjord. You can visit the fjord by rib-boat too. At Lunde is an arboretum, at Fjaerland is the Book Town and Norwegian Glacier Museum, at Gudvangen are magical white caves, there the Sogn Folk Museum in Kaupanger and the famous Stegastein on the road over the Aurlandsfjell mountain.

Sports nearby

Hiking (there are good and varied paths that are well-marked and walking maps are available). cycling and fishing. Guided kayak trip. Ski-ing in winter.

Holiday price guide Sample prices are per person based on two people sharing a Standard double room for 7 nights

From about

£1,360 1 Feb-14 May, 15 Sep-1 Dec

£1,550 15 May-14 Sep

Holiday Code EXH46344

The prices displayed here are a guide only. Each holiday price will be tailor-made at the time of booking to reflect all actual costs including up-to-date special offers.

Luxury bespoke hotel holidays to the Kviknes Hotel, Balestrand, Norway

Room descriptions

Kviknes Hotel in Balestrand. Each room has private shower or bath and wc. There is no lift to the rooms in the historic building.

Standard room new building most with balcony, double or twin, lower floors
Standard room with view new building with balcony, double or twin
Standard room fjord view historic building most with balcony, some inter-connect
Demi suite fjord view historic building

Holiday price guide Sample prices are per person based on two people sharing a Standard double room for 7 nights

From about

£1,360 1 Feb-14 May, 15 Sep-1 Dec

£1,550 15 May-14 Sep

Holiday Code EXH46344

The prices displayed here are a guide only. Each holiday price will be tailor-made at the time of booking to reflect all actual costs including up-to-date special offers.

Luxury bespoke hotel holidays to the Kviknes Hotel, Balestrand, Norway

The journey and how you get there

For a holiday to the Kviknes Hotel in Balestrand, we include a scheduled flight with British Airways from London to Oslo and a hire-car. The journey time by car is between 6 and 7 hours. However, this may necessitate a stopover in Oslo or en route in both or one direction. Gol and Geilo work as overnight stops. An alternative is the train from Oslo and then a ferry but again the timings are such that you may require a night somewhere in between.

Holiday price guide Sample prices are per person based on two people sharing a Standard double room for 7 nights

From about

£1,360 1 Feb-14 May, 15 Sep-1 Dec

£1,550 15 May-14 Sep

Holiday Code EXH46344

The prices displayed here are a guide only. Each holiday price will be tailor-made at the time of booking to reflect all actual costs including up-to-date special offers.

Luxury bespoke hotel holidays to the Kviknes Hotel, Balestrand, Norway

Highlights of Norway

The numerous fjords: Eidfjord – branch of the Hardangerfjord, Geirangerfjord – precipitous, one of Norway’s signature images, Hardangerfjord – rolling hills and pretty villages, Jossingfjord – vertiginous fjord in the flatlands of the south, Lysefjord – plunging cliffs, cruises and look out points, Naeroyfjord – narrow and very pretty, Sognefjord – Norway’s longest and one of the most beautiful, Trollfjord – very steep fjord on Lofoten, Vestfjord – sheltered bays and pretty villages separating Lofoten from the mainland. The Hurtigruten ferry that covers over 2500 km from Bergen to Kirkenes with over 30 stops. The Midnight Sun and the Northern Lights. Stave churches, beautifully preserved in wood, dating from Viking times, for example at Borgund, Lom, Ringebu and Urnes. Viking ships and artefacts, burial mounds and trinkets in museums throughout the country. The red, wooden houses perched stilts over the sea on the Lofoten Islands. The modern architecture of Oslo. Picking wild blueberries, sampling aquavit made from potatoes and caraway, and tasting reindeer steak with cranberries. The charm of Oslofjorden with its pretty, arty village and towns, harbours with sailing boats, islands offshore and beaches. Hike over the Jotunheimen and relish the natural landscape of this stunning National Park.

Cultural highlights of Norway

The architecture of stave churches dating from the Viking era and Viking treasure in museums around the country. The literature of Henrik Ibsen and Knut Hamsun. Folk tales and mythology. The music of Edvard Grieg and the art of Edvard Munch. Contemporary jazz and folk music.

Gastronomy of Norway

Norway’s gastronomy is a clear reflection of its land and sea. From the land come reindeer, venison, lamb, cured meats and potatoes of all types: boiled, roasted and fried. From the freshwater lakes and streams come salmon served grilled and smoked, and freshwater fish. Sea fish is a vast array of cod, haddock, shrimps, mackerel, fish soup, fish balls, salt cod. From the orchards particularly around the Hardangerfjord come apples, cherries and plums as well as berries of all sorts including blueberries, cranberries, bilberries and, a great delicacy, cloudberries. Cheeses include Jarlsberg and brown cheese. Coffee is almost certainly the national drink, followed by beer, of which there are all sorts of craft beers brewed locally, and Aquavit is the national spirit made from potatoes and caraway.

Facts in brief

Capital Oslo
Airport Oslo Gardermoen
Size 323,878 sq km
Population 4.4 million
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