Norway Yacht Charter Guide


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Sailing Bergen to Sognefjord, 10-14 Days
Bergen – Herdla - Fedje - Eivindvik - Hoyanger - Vik - Fjaerland
Sognefjord sailing

Bergen

Bergen used to be Norway’s capital city and until the late 19th century maintained its trade monopoly of fishing. Now Norway’s second largest city (population 203,000), it is no longer dependant entirely on fishing for its wealth. It lies in a bowl below seven hills and mountains.

The waterfront of Vågan, with its original harbour, is lined with picturesque converted wharves, with narrow streets behind them. Yachts can berth in the heart of the old town, near open air fish, fruit and vegetable markets, and within a few minutes of butchers, bakers, chandlers and a modern shopping centre and pedestrianised square.

The town is a blend of the old buildings of the original trading settlement and wooden and stone warehouses. Local archaeology and history is abundant with museums, 12th century churches and fortresses. There are also art galleries, restaurants, aquariums and a funicular railway that takes you up Mount Fløyen.

Facilities are very good and local travel connections are excellent. You will be able to berth in Vågan, alongside at Bryggen, below the old wharf buildings, or at the marina.

Check in is at Hjellestad marina (nr Bergen). A pontoon marina with guest berths on jetties. Water, fuel, electricity, propane, showers, launderette, shops and post office. The base is situated just 6 km from the airport and is only 8 minutes by car. 14 nm miles from the city of Bergen and only 20 km (about 25-30 minutes) to drive. There is a bus service available.

Marina at Hjellestad

Herdla

Herdla is situated north of the Island of Askøy. Askøy is adjacent to the city of Bergen. It is a popular target for tourists.

The nature reserve on the Island has many birds, some 220 species of birds are registered. The nature reserve is also a nice place to walk and bathe. There are good fishing possibilities in the area.

Herdla

Fedje

Fedje is a low island surrounded by 125 smaller islands and rocks with a nice, small and quiet harbour in the bay. Fedje has been inhabited for 4000 years with its population concentrated round lagoon like bays in the north of the island.

In the 1700s it was an important trading place. Kræmmerholmen, the trading centre is a museum, hotel and restaurant.

Traditional employment is fishing, whaling and peat production – it still has two whaling ships. During the Second World War it was occupied and the remains of the German fortifications can still be seen.

Fedje
Sailing Bergen to Sognefjord, 10-14 Days
 

 

Eivindvik is a larger village with a very picturesque approach. It is set amongst a very attractive setting, and is convenient for stores.

Sheltered by high wooded hills this administrative and legal centre has good facilities. Anchor in the bay east of the village.

Eivindvik

Fjaerland

Fjærland is a village in Sogndal municipality, along the Fjærlandfjord. Located at the very end of the fjord leg and surrounded with impressive high rocky mountains, small waterfalls and the nearby glacier arms Bøyabreenand “Supelabreen" (a part of the Jostedalsbreen glacier) and the Norsk Bremuseum.

Fjaerland is also the Norwegian ‘Book Town’, with book shops situated in old cow sheds and pig sty’s, there are also book shops on the Ferry quay and in the Hotel Mundal. The Mundal Hotel is an old wooden building in 19th century style still in business as a hotel. Until August 2008 the Hotel had been owned by the Orheim family for over a Hundred years.

Fjærland

Vik

Vik sits at the head of an open bay and is located quite deep in the fjord with a population of approximately 1000. It is deep and fairly exposed to the north.

There is a little town with a magnificent stave church, this church was built around the year 1130. It is a triple-nave stave church and has a Gothic altar-baldaquin with sculptured heads, as well as decorations and paintings in the ceiling depicting the childhood of Christ.

Vik

Hoyanger

Høyanger, with a population of approximately 2,200 is at the head of its fjord, offers good hill walking in the surrounding area and fishing.

The landscape is both scenic and varied. The head of the fjord is surrounded by rocky crags and soaring peaks, a most impressive sight. The mountain moors offer wide expanses of unspoilt scenery.

Sognefjord

The fjord itself can be a busy thoroughfare, with ferry services linking the communities on either side, although it is hemmed in by wild mountain ranges and precipitous walls of rock, the fjord also offers a host of narrow inlets, fjords in miniature, and lush stretches of countryside. From the delightful little village of Ortnevik, for example, time-worn paths wend their way up to Stølsheimen, a real scenic gem. Winter and summer alike the mountains beckon, providing abundant opportunities for skiing and rambling for outdoor enthusiasts of all age. Sailing through this magnificent area you will experience some of the most beautiful scenery Mother Nature has to offer and a warm welcoming people.

Sognefjord