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Sognefjord Aquarium

#6 of 20 things to do in Balestrand Features Animals
Holmen 3, Balestrand 6899, Norway
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Don't go for the aquarium- go for the boats and food!

This aquarium is dark and smelly, but TOTALLY worth a visit because it comes with a free hour long... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Los Angeles, California
via mobile
Well done exhibit of life under the Sognefjord

We enjoyed this aquarium/ museum... perfect for kids (ours are 9, 10, 12). Contrary to other posts... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Los Gatos, California
via mobile
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“sea life” (4 reviews)
“local fish” (3 reviews)
Holmen 3, Balestrand 6899, Norway
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This aquarium is dark and smelly, but TOTALLY worth a visit because it comes with a free hour long boat rental, and the cafe has excellent baked goods!

Thank iheartaustria
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We enjoyed this aquarium/ museum... perfect for kids (ours are 9, 10, 12). Contrary to other posts they give you a flashlight and English guide. Admission comes with hour of rowboat time. Well done!

Thank LosGatanTom
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Contrasted with the Bergen Aquarium, which my 3 year old daughter loved, this tiny and very dark aquarium was not worth visiting. The aquarium is extremely dark, which for a young child was scary, and it made for an unpleasant experience. Also, all of the...More

Thank NYTravelerBD
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Very nice and picturesque location. However, when you enter the aquarium, you're overwhelmed with a very distinctive smell. Also, if seems like the fish tanks haven't been cleaned in ages. You'll have to find out yourself if it's worth a visit. If you're very interested...More

Thank Ingrid H
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Unless you can read Norwegian, are familiar with the marine life of Norway, or enjoy making up your own stories about what you are seeing, you are likely to be disappointed if you are an adult. Children might not care. The aquarium signage is in...More

Thank worldexplorer88_11
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We went there to eat and not to see the aquarium. It's a tiny place but overlooking the harbour. I had cod fish in pesto sauce and it was delightful. Fish soup of the day is served with so much bread and the portion is...More

Thank Shreedhar A
Reviewed 30 May 2017 via mobile

Relatively small so I wasn't expecting quantity but despite layout left a bit to be desired. Some of the tanks were cloudy and the main tank you walk around the view was very opaque indeed. Couldn't decide if water or glass was the problem. The...More

Thank Alex1706
Reviewed 27 September 2016

Told that the facility was closed but that they were having school groups visiting so it was suggested that we go and see if the door was open and if so to go on in. It was and yes there was a school group there....More

1  Thank mrdesign
Reviewed 13 September 2016

I was not looking forward to lunch at the aquarium when told that was the only place open midday on a Sunday. To my surprise we had an absolutely delicious meal! The cafe is really a separate part of the aquarium, so you're not looking...More

Thank Jamie K
Reviewed 10 September 2016

About 20 tanks of local fish and an overabundance of star fish. English pamphlet describing each tank that is hard to read in the dimmed light. Nothing special.

Thank UCLASteve
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