The Western Fjords

Reached via a turn-off from the main road north from Fjærland, this small glacier creeps down the mountainside into an isolated valley. Trails lead from the small car park right up to a rushing stream fed by the glacier's meltwater. Depending on the time of year and how the ground underfoot is, it might even be possible to get close to the ice itself – but take care.

Ice blocks from here were used as podiums at the 1994 Winter Olympics in Lillehammer.

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1. Bøyabreen

2.51 MILES

The more spectacular of the two glacial tongues accessible from Fjærland, Bøyabreen looms majestically at the end of the wooded valley. There's a car park…

2. Norwegian Glacier Museum

3.55 MILES

You can't miss this striking museum: it's a concrete wedge marooned among a sea of grass on the way into Fjærland, and even has a couple of model woolly…

3. Briksdalsbreen

13.85 MILES

The main target for most visitors on the northern side of the park is this impressive glacier, which can be reached along a scenic 23km road from Olden…

4. Sognefjord Aquarium

20.11 MILES

This modest, rather old-fashioned aquarium focuses on the saltwater inhabitants of the Sognefjord, with some 24 aquariums stocked with crustaceans, fish…

5. Norwegian Museum of Travel & Tourism

20.13 MILES

A museum examining the history of tourism might not immediately sound like the biggest must-see, but bear with us: the story of how people travelled…

6. Church of St Olav

20.31 MILES

Often known locally as 'the English Church', this charming wooden chapel was built in 1897 in the style of a traditional stave church. It gets its…

7. Urnes Stave Church

20.32 MILES

If you only have time on your itinerary to visit one stave church, the one at Urnes has to figure at the top of the list (along with Borgund). Dating from…

8. Kjenndalsbreen

20.81 MILES

It's a picturesque run of 21km or so up the Lodalen valley to reach this offshoot of the glacier, perhaps the least visited of the four main tongues. The…