Sogndal - Skei - Førde - Sogndal (return via Vadheim).
This tour starts in Sogndal and goes via Skei to Førde. From Skei to Førde, the bus drives past the Jølstravatnet lake. This area was shaped by glaciers and water in constant movement.
The home of the famous painter Nikolai Astrup (1880 – 1928), Astruptunet, is located on the south side of the Jøstravatnet. Nikolai Astrup found inspiration and scenes for his superb works in the surrounding nature. The water that cuts through the landscape, the changing seasons and the varied light was a constant source of inspiration for Astrup. The nature in the area often has the same effect on visitors.
The bus ride along the Jølstravatnet lake is an awe inspiring experience. You can see how the colours are reflected in the water, and it is easy to see where Astrup got his inspiration.
After a 60 minute bus ride from Skei you arrive Førde. Førde is a small town with cafes, restaurants, hotels and good shopping.
You can also visit Sogn og Fjordane Kunstmuseum (museum of modern art). The building the that museum is located in has been awarded an international prize for its distinctive architecture (architect: C. F. Møller). The building symbolizes an ice block that has slipped down from the surrounding mountains. The museum displays permanent exhibitions with works from their own collection, as well as temporary exhibitions of contemporary art. Guided tours are offered on request. The museum also has a museum shop and a café.
On the way back from Førde to Sogndal, the bus drives down to the fjord at Vadheim and you can enjoy a ride along the Sognefjord, with panoramic views towards the fjord and the mountains from the bus windows. You pass through the beautiful village of Balestrand, cross an arm of the Sognefjord and drive through small gems like Leikanger and Hermansverk before you return to Sogndal.