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The manor at the Barony of Rosendal in Kvinnherad is Scandinavia's smallest palace - Photo: Linda Løvfall
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The manor at the Barony of Rosendal in Kvinnherad is Scandinavia's smallest palace Photo: Linda Løvfall

Scenic Attractions in Sunnhordland

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

Baroniet Rosendal ("Barony of Rosendal")

Scandinavia's smallest palace is, among other things, known for its magnificent renaissance gardens with a profusion of roses and the romantic landscape, a rich cultural programme with concerts, courtyard theatre and art exhibitions. You will also find a pleasant garden café beside the vegetable and herb garden.

You might like to book a guided tour both in the manor house and in the gardens, or go for a package deal that includes transport Bergen-Rosendal with the Hardangerfjord Express.

Moster Amfi

Moster Amfi is one of the most unusual open-air theatres in Northern Europe andaccommodates an audience of up to 1200. Moster Amfi comprises the exhibition "From heathendom to Christianity", a thought-provoking tour of Norse mythology, society in the Viking era, and the transformation to the Christian faith and understanding of life.

In the Amfi cafe you can enjoy "Viking stew" and fresh waffles.

A guided tour of Moster Amfi also includes Moster Old Church and a mining exhibition in marble tunnels under the Moster Amfi that shows the mining history of Bømlo.

Every year an outdoor theatre takes place at Moster Amfi. The "Mostraspelet" - a historical play, a drama with Norwegian kings - is performed every second year.

You may join a guided tour every hour.

Ryvarden Fyr lighthouse

The Ryvarden Fyr lighthouse on Ryvardsneset is a famous landmark on the coast.

At Ryvarden you will, among other things, find Gallery Ryvarden art studio, a cafeteria, the lighthouse master's quarters which can be hired for overnight accommodation, and the memorial to the 16 people who perished in the Sleipner shipwreck in 1999. From Mølstervåg, Ryvarden Fyr lighthouse is about a 1.4 mile walk on a good gravel road.

Waterfalls, rivers, lakes and mountains

You will find many stunning waterfalls in the Sunnhordland area, among them Langfoss waterfall, which was named one of the 10 most beautiful waterfalls in the world by CNN in 2011. Many of the waterfalls are situated close to roads, enabling all visitors to enjoy the splendour and power of these majestic natural attractions.

Some of Sunnhordland's rivers are among the best salmon rivers in Norway.

The mountains of Sunnhordland are also a true adventure eldorado, offering endless possibilities for longer or shorter walks, which you can undertake individually or as part of an organised tour.

The ocean and skerries

Sunnhordland is located by the North Sea. The ocean has always been important to the people living in this part of Norway. Fishing has given many their means of livelihood, whilst others were engaged as sailors or ship builders.

The region offers many opportunities for those wishing to catch the big fish or just want to enjoy the dramatic, yet fascinating, coastal landscape.

The Folgefonna glacier

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 5,452 feet above sea level.

The Folgefonna glacier is accessible for different kinds of activities - depending on which challenge you are seeking. Together with trained glacier guides, you can go for walks on the glacier, and even climb crevasses. Paths lead all the way up to the 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 the Fonna Glacier Ski Resort.

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Last updated:  2015-06-30
Langfoss waterfall in Åkrafjorden - Photo: Erik Kvalheim
Langfoss waterfall in Åkrafjorden
Ryvarden Fyr is a lighthouse in Sunnhordland, at the edge of the North Sea - Photo: Vestfoto
Ryvarden Fyr is a lighthouse in Sunnhordland, at the edge of the North Sea
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The manor at the Barony of Rosendal in Kvinnherad is Scandinavia's smallest palace - Photo: Linda Løvfall

Scenic Attractions in Sunnhordland

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

Scenic Attractions in Sunnhordland

Source: Visitnorway

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