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View of Hardangerfjord Malmangernuten in Rosendal, Norway - Photo: Bjarne Øymyr
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View of Hardangerfjord Malmangernuten in Rosendal, Norway Photo: Bjarne Øymyr

Hiking in Sunnhordland

Hike by the Hardangerfjord, try a blue ice walk on the Folgefonna Glacier or choose from many coastal trails. Sunnhordland is close to Bergen.

When

The season starts in April for the lower lying areas (below 600 metres) and May/June higher up. It ends with the arrival of the snow in October or November.

Hiking possibilities

Sunnhordland stretches from the villages on the coast to the top of Folgefonna glacier. Between these places you can walk in Folgefonna National Park, see the islands of Sunnhordland from the Siggjo peak in Bømlo, or get a great view of the Hardangerfjord from the Melderskin peak in Rosendal, of the Stovegolvet plateau on the island of Stord, or Tysnessåta on the island of Tysnes.

A hike up along one of the world's most beautiful waterfalls - the Langfoss waterfall - along the Åkrafjord, is impressive. In the same area you can also follow the old postal route through the Rullestad gorge.

Guided walks across the Folgefonna glacier are among the region's most exotic experiences. You could also consider the easier coastal walk to Ryvarden Fyr lighthouse in Mølstrevåg in Sveio.

You will find more than 100 marked trails in the region. Self-guided walks are possible on all of these trails, and the level of difficulty goes from one-hour easy walks for families to demanding 10-hour walks to the highest peaks.

Top five hikes in Sunnhordland

Guided hikes

Several guided hikes are available in the region, including guided glacier walks across the Folgefonna Glacier. Get in touch with the guide company Folgefonni Breførarlag  for further information. For hiking trips in fjord landscape Åkrafjord Adventure provides fixed tours for individuals and tailor made tours for groups to beautiful and memorable locations. Langfoss Waterfall Fjord Cruise is their most popular tour.

Accommodation

Sunnhordland offers a choice of accommodation close to hiking areas. These include hotels, camp sites, cabins, a manor house and holiday houses like Bømlo Hotell, Baroniet Rosendal and Presthus Gard in Kvinnherad, Haaheim Gaard in Tysnes, Stord Hotel, Rullestad Aktiv Fritid and  Skånevik Fjordhotell in Etne (pages only in Norwegian), Almås Hotell in Stord,  Bekkjarvik Gjestgiveri in Austevoll and Fitjar Fjordhotell.

How to get there

The nearest airports are Bergen Airport, Haugesund Airport and Stord Airport (pages only in Norwegian). From Oslo you can follow E134 via Haukeli to Sunnhordland.  The E39 runs through Sunnhordland, and express boats to and from Bergen call at Leirvik. See Fjord1, norled.no, rodne.no, Skyss, or Fosen Namsos. Leirvik is the junction in Sunnhordland with busses that goes both to, from and around the Sunnhordland region.

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Last updated:  2015-06-04
Hikers on their way to Ryvarden Lighthouse in Sveio, Norway - Photo: Ryvarden kulturfyr
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View of Hardangerfjord Malmangernuten in Rosendal, Norway - Photo: Bjarne Øymyr

Hiking in Sunnhordland

Hike by the Hardangerfjord, try a blue ice walk on the Folgefonna Glacier or choose from many coastal trails. Sunnhordland is close to Bergen.

Hiking in Sunnhordland

Source: Visitnorway

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