THE ORIGINAL FJORD EXPERIENCE - She wants to have fun and feel safe, and he has a relaxing fishing trip, and both want to do something together. Captain Thor delivers an original, balanced fjord experience adapted to the interests of both. Get inspired, feel the energy in #fjærlandsfjord and seize the opportunity!
We see Balestrand’s famous red dragon houses from the seaside, as a starter som you all get the right context. I’ll tell my own stories and experiences from some of these houses. We turn into the bay “Balevika” and see the house I grew up in as a child, and short stories from there It is actually located at the bottom of the famous St. Olaf church. We say past “Lausholmen” We stop a little in front of Kviknes Hotell and pull up a fishing pier.
The next stop is fishing for Hvitting on the beautiful Esefjord surrounded by a famous fjord landscape. Europe’s most painted national romantic motif!
My mother used to send me out on the fjord to fish for whiting for lunch when I was little. Fantastic! They are fun to fish, bite easily on the hook and taste good. You actually have to try! It’s a lot of fun - Catch your own dinner, bring home and crispy fry on a frying pan with salad and a good drink - YAAY! Maybe you have your own childhood memory you want to relive?
Some brave guests want to sit on the boat’s bow! They like to embrace the feeling of freedom as we travel further into the landscape. Dangle your legs or hold around someone. Fresh air. High mountains. Quiet water and the mirror image. Respite!
We see Norwegian farms in the cultural landscape in #esefjorden. They are located below the famous mountains called “Keipen” (1417m), “Tjugatoten” (1098m) and “Vindreken” (1259m). In the spring, the sheep graze all the way down to the water’s edge and the fruit trees have flowers. The tent with its orange beak and feet, guards its nest and creates life and LOVE in the beach zone. Field flowers and seaweed. We are exploring a river delta. Small trout like to dart around and hide, and the spring field makes its doodles on the sandy bottom below us. Then we set course for the next fjord:
Where the housteaders rowed along the the mountains in #fjærlandsfjorden - after Esefjorden we set the pace and pass the places called “Staken” and “Dyna”, we pass the bay called “Lundsviki” and towards the half iceland called “Veganeset”. Veganeset is a bit like Viking burial mounds up there, and where I played as a child while my father worked with his salmon nets. We had salmon net there for 3 generations. Once a large Blue fin tuna came into the catch net while grandfather sat up on “Laksegilja” watching for salmon (a scaffold one kept looking).They used bit og dynamite to stun it. It weighed 350 kg (771 pund) gutted! In the Viking Age, “Veganeset” was a place for executing criminals and put their heads on sticks to frighten and warn passers!
Around “Veganeset” there is often ocean current and some waves, but we sneak past close inland. We see a lighthouse with a red “hat” on. We catch a glimpse of a growing glacier (actually) while crossing towards the place “Tenniningane” and the homesteads inside the beginning of the Fjærlandsfjorden itself. The fjord in this part of the fjord system turns green from glacial water from the glaciers inside #fjærland and which provides nourishment for calcareous algae. Here we also sip water from a flowing stream that trickles down the rock, YES in fact! We drive the boat all the way to, and maybe room for a little nostalgia?
LIFE RUNS FROM YOU, SO GO OUT AND TAKE IT!
The energy in #fjærlandsfjorden is special, more original. There is something in here that nourishes both the heart and the spirit. It makes us strong men and women. Clean water, fresh air, fantastic cottages between high mountains. Here you can find peace, inspiration and value. You feel the wonder and gratitude of being. Therefore, we recommend you to upgrade to the trip where we trolling along the mountains inwards to the place called “Tråøyri”. It is very nice, and you just feel it glowing inside your heart, like when you were a child…
SEA EAGLE LIVES IN THIS AREA - In the 2017 season, the parents managed to produce 2 healthy flying skilled chickens. In 2018 season 1 chicken. 2019 no one actually as I saw, but a big one in the 2020 season and who sat on the right work on the pier inside “Tråøyri”. We actually got a picture of it and when I had someone with guests from London (located on TripAdvisor). It just kind of sat there staring at us. So big bird, waiting for food from the parents. In late summer, these young birds tend to train their wings between trees and all the way down to the beach zone. Scream and shout!
EXACTLY WHAT I NEED!
Trout fishing ends when we arrive at “Tråøyri” Here is a cottage surrounded by 2 rivers and 2 piers. All the water from the mountains can be drunk. Sometimes we see deer up on the hillside, in the spring when they graze by the sea. In the summer they stay up in the steep mountainside valley called “Trådalen” on pasture. Up here in these green valleys called “Trådalen”, up to 200 goats could find summer pasture in older times. The homesteaders had hay-fields up on the hillside, and carried hay and firewood down to the homestead below with ziplines. The people here were smart and hardy people. Although the domestic animals in the spring could be skinny from lack of hay in the barn, the people did not starve. The fjord was a storage cage full of fish. Secret fishing spots were therefore important
Otters live here in the fjord all year round and breed. We occasionally see a fox. Every now and then a wolf comes sneaking in and looks for new territory. Bear comes and walks over the glacier. We often see porpoises on the fjord. So actually mink whales while I ate breakfast at Fjærland Fjordstue one morning, or porpoises that often pass by when I drink morning coffee in the dining room at Kviknes Hotel.. Breakfast with a view!
Killer whales hunt and eat porpoises, seals and herring in here. They come here in a family group every year from November and hunt in the entire Sognefjord system until January. Then they go down to the Hardangerfjord and ravage down there for a while .. then they come back in March when things have calmed down up here, before they turn up to the north, to Lofoten where they stay in the summer. This is how they keep going year after year.
On the way home and out to Balestrand again we cross the fjord to a mountainside and explore some cliffs, and before we take the trip home via the places called “Kulestad” and“Menes” and see the farms pass and which are located there under the mountain “Melsnipa” (1547 m high). The mountains inland in Fjærlandsfjorden are actually quite high, and shaped by glaciers and with hanging U-valleys. Here you can easily see theoretical lessons from geography lessons in practice, while we fishing.
If you make all these places “yours”, this will not just be a boat trip anymore. It will be personal. It evokes memories. You feel excited like in childhood. Grateful and wondering… and it’s a little fun!
The original Fjord experience - Yes, you will find it together with Captain Tor and the boat “Balestrand Fjord Angling”