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Sognefjord, which has been nicknamed the King of the Fjords, is the country’s longest, stretching 127 miles from the ocean to the village of Skjolden. Fjord Tours’ Sognefjord in a Nutshell trips begin in Oslo or Bergen and include an optional kayaking addition—they also offer a fjord safari aboard a RIB boat, if all that paddling sounds like too much work. Since 1877, the Kviknes Hotel in Balestrand has been welcoming guests who realize that truly experiencing the Sognefjord requires more than a day. Whether you spend your day kayaking, biking, or hiking, as evening descends and you return to town you should celebrate with a glass of the local cider, perhaps at the Ciderhuset, which sits amid apple orchards. When you are ready to head on from Flåm, the Norled ExpressBoat is a scenic five-hour trip through the Aurlandsfjord and Sognefjord, and then along the coast to Bergen. For more information, visit
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