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Sognefjord Aquarium

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Holmen 3, Balestrand 6899, Norway
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Great Family experience

Small family-oriented acquarium with fish from the local fjords. On top of that, kids can fish on... read more

Reviewed 5 weeks ago
via mobile

This is one place to skip. There were very few varieties of fish and most of the ones there looked... read more

Reviewed 14 August 2017
Sarasota, Florida
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  • Excellent23%
  • Very good41%
  • Average18%
  • Poor15%
  • Terrible3%
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“sea life” (4 reviews)
“local fish” (3 reviews)
Holmen 3, Balestrand 6899, Norway
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Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Small family-oriented acquarium with fish from the local fjords. On top of that, kids can fish on their own from a net outside on the pier - what a delight for kids. Service is very attentive. You can also have reasonably-priced (at least for Norway)...More

Thank Dievole66
Reviewed 14 August 2017

This is one place to skip. There were very few varieties of fish and most of the ones there looked ill. The tanks looked like they hadn't been cleaned in years. Not worth the price of admission.

Thank CalgaryGirl26
Reviewed 22 July 2017 via mobile

This was a bit of a 'time-filler' while waiting for our Fiord half-day tour, but recommended by our hotel receptionist for the associated restaurant. But it proved to be a very interesting and informative ecological exposition on the fiords with some well researched longitudinal studies...More

1  Thank OneMoreTrek
Reviewed 2 July 2017 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 July 2017 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 29 June 2017

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 29 June 2017 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 20 June 2017

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 19 June 2017

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
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