Fjærland and surroundings

Today, Fjaerland is easily accessible both by boat and by car and several hundred thousand travellers go through Fjærland every summer. A small portion of them find their way to Mundal, 3 km from the main road. To this day, Hotel Mundal maintains the special atmosphere found where individual travellers meet and relax.

The natural reserve Bøyaøyri and an area of the Jostedalsbreen national park are easily accessible from the hotel. The Norwegian Glacier Museum, designed by the renowned Norwegian architect Sverre Fehn, is also in Fjærland. Fjærland is also Norway's Book Town, where there are 12 book shops selling second-hand books in old boathouses and barns. Fjærland is located in Sogn og Fjordane county and is perfect as starting point for day trips elsewhere in the county, including an hour-long travel to three stave churches. Astruptunet Museum, home of visual artist Nikolai Astrup, is also just a 50-minute travelling distance away.
About Fjærland
Fjærland is the area that surrounds the 30 km long Fjærlandfjord. Most people in Fjærland live in the valleys at the rear end of the fjord - Horpedal, Supphelle, Bøyadalen, Mundal, Distad and Jordal. The town center is Mundal where the school, church, ferry quay, shops and Hotel Mundal are located..

Farming is the town's main source of income. Fjærland's geographical features are conducive for farming with milk and meat as main produce. The farms average 30 acres of cultivated land, which is fairly large by western Norway standards. The total cultivated land covers about 1000 acres. The larger areas of Fjærland consist of the fjord, glaciers, and mountains.

About 300 persons live in Fjærland the whole year round. From the middle of 1950, the number of inhabitants decreased. The road in Fjærland was built in 1986 and the population increased. The road connected the town northward to other parts of the region via the Fjærland tuannel and towards Skei. In 1994 the road was continued southwards from Fjærland to Sogndal and route 5 towards Fjærland is today the most important road between the west coast and the eastern part of the country.

Fjærland has a long history in in tourism because of the spectacular Bøya and Supphelle glaciers and the scenery in general. The town has, for more than 100 years, been a center for mountain and glacier activities. Visitors can choose from varied tour tineraries, including glacier tours and tours with a guide for hire.

There are over 30 old pasture farms found in Fjærland. There are trails leading up the the pastures which mostly lie between 500 and 2000 meters above sea level.

Maps can be bought at Hotel Mundal and the Glacier Museum. There are detailed maps showing for visitors who want to take easy routes without a tour guide.

The Norwegian Glacier Museum
The Norwegian Glacier Museum opened in Fjærland in May 1991. It is an interactive museum where visitors learn a lot about glaciers, including how glaciers are formed, how they shape a landscape and why glaciers are humanity's most important "archive" on climate change. The building was designed by Norway's most prominent architect, Sverre Fehn.

The Norwegian Book Town
Fjærland was declared Norway's Book Town in 1996. There are around 12 shops selling second-hand books in Mundal. These book shops are unique because they are housed in old barns, boat houses and other old fixtures no longer used for their original purpose. The Norwegian Book Town is part of the international book town movement.