Balestrand is a municipality in the county of Sogn og Fjordane, Norway. It is located in the traditional district of Sogn. The administrative center is the village of Balestrand.The municipality is situated at the junction of the Sognefjord and Esefjorden, the major industries are tourism and farming. Balestrand became popular early due to the interest of artists, such as Hans Gude, Alfred Heaton Cooper, Hans Dahl and Johannes Flintoe. Their paintings of the scenery around Balestrand inspired visitors, and Balestrand maintains its connection with art.
Besides tourism, farming is one of the traditional sources of income. Other industries include made-to-order kitchen interiors, local apple juice, and Nesseplast which produces industrial plastic.Balestrand was established as a municipality in 1849. It was created by separating three sub-parishes (sokn) from neighboring Leikanger municipality. The three sub-parishes were Vangsnes, Tjugum, and Mundal. The population upon the creation of the municipality was 2,122. In 1861, the Mundal sub-parish was re-named Fjærland.