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Fjærlandfjord in the end of the day after a heavy thunderstorm. Here we see the end of this 40 km long fjord, one of the side arms of the mighty Sognefjord. The "book village" of Mundal can be seen on the left, it is famous in Norway because of the numerous second-hand bookshops which can be found all over the village, the total amount of books being close to 250.000. Until 1986, Mundal and the whole Fjærland area was isolated from the outside world and could be only reached by boat. In 1986 a long tunnel was built connecting Fjærland to the Jølster region to the north, since 1994 a second tunnel connects the area to the Sogndal region to the south.

Fjærland is also famous for the first class Norwegian Glacier Museum located at the very end of the fjord, at the foot of Jostedalsbreen, the biggest glacier in continental Europe. Here, above on the hills, we can see two tongues of this glacier, the one to the left is Boyabreen and the other is called Supphellebreen. Unlike the other, more known tongues of Jostedalsbreen, like Briksdalsbreen, these two are accessible only by long hikes.
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Norway (i/ˈnɔrw/; Norwegian:  Norge (Bokmål) or  Noreg (Nynorsk)), officially the Kingdom of Norway (Kongeriket Norge in Bokmål and Kongeriket Noreg in Nynorsk), is a Scandinavian unitary constitutional monarchy whose territory comprises the western portion of the Scandinavian Peninsula, Jan Mayen, the Arctic archipelago of Svalbard, and the sub-Antarctic Bouvet Island. Norway has a total area of 385,252 square kilometres (148,747 sq mi) and a population of 5,109,059 people. (01.01. 2014) It is the 2nd least densely populated country in Europe. The country shares a long eastern border with Sweden (1,619 km or 1,006 mi long), which is the longest uninterrupted border within both Scandinavia and Europe at large. Norway is bordered by Finland and Russia to the north-east, and the Skagerrak Strait to the south, with Denmark on the other side. Norway's extensive coastline, facing the North Atlantic Ocean and the Barents Sea, is laced with fjords, a renowned part of its landscape. The capital city Oslo is the largest in the nation, with a population of 630,000. Norway has extensive reserves of petroleum, natural gas, minerals, lumber, seafood, fresh water, and hydropower.


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Fjærland

Fjærland is a village in the municipality of Sogndal, at the end of the Fjærlandsfjorden, in Sogn og Fjordane county, Norway. The Fjærlandfjorden is a branch going north off the Sognefjorden, the longest fjord in Norway. The village is located about 31 kilometres (19 mi) northwest of the municipal center of Sogndalsfjøra, along the Norwegian National Road 5.

The glacier arms Bøyabreen and Supphellebreen (a part of the Jostedalsbreen glacier) and the Norwegian Glacier Museum are located nearby. Fjærland is also the Norwegian book town, with book shops situated in old cow sheds and pigpens, there are also book shops on the ferry quay and in the Hotel Mundal. The Hotel Mundal is an old wooden building in 19th century style still in business as a hotel. The hotel was owned by the Orheim family for over a hundred years, until August 2008 when it was sold.

Fjærland Church is located in the village, serving the whole Fjærland area.


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