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Onarheim is a small village near the Kvinnherad mountains in Tysnes - Photo: Magne Ove Kleppe
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Onarheim is a small village near the Kvinnherad mountains in Tysnes Photo: Magne Ove Kleppe

What to Do in Sunnhordland

In Sunnhordland you can go hiking in the mountains, fish for pollock in the sea, swim in the fjord and go to a concert – all in one day.

Sightseeing on the fjord and along the coast

The Hardangerfjord Express boat takes you on a fjord cruise from Bergen to Rosendal. The boat departs every day all year. Fjord cruise with a tour in the garden an lunch atBaroniet Rosendal, Scandinavia's smallest palace, built in 1665.

Åkrafjorden Oppleving takes you on a tractor safari to the farm in Eikemo, guided tour and farm visit.

Both Mandelhuset at Tysnes and Austevoll Sjørafting at Austevoll arrange RIB safaries. The RIB safari enables you to see the isles and skerries of Sunnhordland in a special way.

In Sunnhordland kayak courses are offered. You can join a kayaking session among the many small islands of Fitjar or you can do the glacier kayak – kayaking in the waters by Folgefonna glacier.

Fishing

Sunnhordland is truly an adventure for those seeking the big one. In just some hours you can move from the typical inland mountain lakes to the thrilling open sea.

In rivers and lakes you need a general licence, whilst you in some rivers also have to pay an extra 24 hours fee. Open sea fishing is free of charge. You pay the national fishing licence at the local post office and petrol station, or online at Inatur.

Many of the hotels, guesthouses and cabins offer their guests boats.

Even if the weather is fine in the morning it does not mean that it will stay that way all day. Check the weather forecast or ask a local before you leave. If the clouds darken and start to gather, it is a good idea to head back. It is smart to tell someone where you are going, and remember lifejackets if you are going out in a boat.

Glacier walking on Folgefonna

Folgefonna is the third largest glacier on Norway's mainland, and is said to be the safest and biggest plateau glacier in Norway. It lends its name to the Folgefonna National Park.

The glacier is up to 22 miles long and 9 miles broad - covering an area of 84 square miles. The ice is up to 1,476 feet thick and the highest point is at 1,817 yards above sea level.

The Folgefonna glacier is accessible for different kinds of tourist activities - depending on which challenge you are seeking. Together with trained authorized glacier guides, you can go for walks on the glacier, as well as climbing in cracks.

Paths lead all the way up to edge of the glacier. Others may enjoy the easy walk up to Lake Bondhus (only 620 feet above sea level) - a walk of approximately 45 minutes. You can also go skiing at at the glacier with Fonna Glacier Ski Resort.

Cycling

Sunnhordland is a varied area for cycling. Two cycling routes - The Fjord and Mountain Trip (291 feet) and the Coastal Trip (85 miles) – will surely give you great cycling experiences.

The signposted cycle route from Bergen to Stavanger, which is part of the North Sea Cycle Route, can be combined with the two routes mentioned above.

Bikes can be rented several places in Sunnhordland.

You might prefer booking 5 day tour.

Hiking in the mountains by the coast

Despite the fact that most people think of islands and skerries when talking about the coast, Sunnhordland also provides you with fascinating mountain experiences.

Just imagine how it is to climb up high mountain tops and enjoy the sunset over the North Sea.

All around Sunnhordland you will find routes marked with cairns and red Ts. Walking maps can be obtained from the tourist information offices.

Suggested hiking trips

Sunnhordland has a diversity of trails, both short and long with different levels. You can choose between hiking in the mountain to hiking at the glacier, along the fjord or in the coastal landscape. Hiking along the Hardangerfjord or Åkrafjord gives you a great experience as you can reach viewing points overlooking the fjords.

Along the shore you can walk along the cascading sea or between sheltered bays with appealing beaches. The contrasts are many and lie so close that you can experience them all in one day.

Tour suggestions on the home page of Visit Sunnhordland.

Golfing

You will find golf courses in several places in Sunnhordland.

Haugaland Golfbane by the center of Sveio has 9 holes. Prestegardsskogen Golfbane at Stord also has 9 holes and a par 70 length 4,886 yards. In Tysnes there is a 6-hole course and in Kvinnherad a 9-hole course.

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Last updated:  2015-06-30
There are impressive fish waiting to be caught in the sea by Tysnes - Photo: Joanna Cornelsen
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Onarheim is a small village near the Kvinnherad mountains in Tysnes - Photo: Magne Ove Kleppe

What to Do in Sunnhordland

In Sunnhordland you can go hiking in the mountains, fish for pollock in the sea, swim in the fjord and go to a concert – all in one day.

What to Do in Sunnhordland

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Scenic Attractions in Sunnhordland

Enjoy fjords, mountains and the North Sea coastline, or go on a guided walk on the Folgefonna Glacier.

The Hardangerfjord

The Hardangerfjord, not far from Bergen, is especially known for fruit tree blossoming in spring, Folgefonna Glacier and Vøringsfossen Waterfall.

Scenic attractions in Haugesund and Haugalandet

Enjoy the white, sandy beaches of karmøy, Langfossen Waterfall in Etne and the mountains of Haugalandet.

What to do in Haugesund and Haugalandet

Interested in historical tours, landscape and recreational activities, culture and fjords? At Haugesund and Haugalandet you can experience it all.

About Sunnhordland

Tourist information in Sunnhordland

There are several tourist information offices in Sunnhordland, and they can assist with information, booking, or just tips on what to do, see and eat.

Key facts about Sunnhordland

There are over 63,000 people living in Sunnhordland. The region consists of the southern, coastal regions of the county of Hordaland.

Key facts about Haugesund and Haugalandet

Haugalandet is a geographical region in the county of Rogaland, in Western Norway. Haugesund is its main town.

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