Some of the highlights in the Hardangerfjord region are the hike to Trolltunga, guided blue ice hikes on Folgefonna glacier, great drives along the National Tourist Routes and living heritage in the many villages and towns along the fjord.
People from all over the world are coming to see Trolltunga, one of the most spectacular cliffs in Norway. It is a challenging hike in the high mountains and takes 8-10 hours in total. The season for hiking is normally mid June to mid September. Trolltunga Active offers guided tours, including snowshoe hikes in April and May. During the summer season there are guided tours along the trail, and a guided bike, hike and via ferrata climb. In the same area there is also a guided bike, hike and zipline tour.
Some of the most amazing hikes in Norway are in the Hardangerfjord region. HM Queen Sonja's panoramic hiking trail between Kinsarvik and Lofthus is one Her Majesty's favourite hikes in the area. It is a challenging full day hike, and offer some majestic panoramic views. The four waterfalls trail in Husedalen valley from Kinsarvik towards Hardangervidda is considered by many to be one of the most beautiful hikes in Norway. Even a short 2 hours hike offers impressive views. If you want to see all the waterfalls, you need 5-6 hours. The largest national park in Norway is the Hardangervidda National Park. This vast mountain plateau offers excellent hiking opportunities for both seasoned hikers and recreational hikers. The hike in Odda through the lush Buerdalen valley towards the Buer glacier is also a great hike. Hiking to Kjeåsen mountain farm in Eidfjord is a steep challenge from Sima with a rewarding view on the top. This famous farm can also be reached by car.
Guided glacier hikes
The Folgefonna glacier is a part of Folgefonna National Park. Folgefonna Glacier Team offers a wide range of activities on the glacier, and you can join a daily guided hike from the summer ski center to the Juklavass glacier - a part of Folgefonna glacier. This is not a demanding hike and participants range from 7-80 years old. A normal season is from mid June to September. Flat Earth Adventures offers guided blue ice hikes at Buerbreen glacier in Odda. This is also a part of Folgefonna glacier.
At Fonna Glacier Ski Resort alpine skiing and cross country skiing is possible all summer. Fonna Glacier Ski Resort is situated next to the glacier, just a 30 minutes drive from Jondal.
The Hardangerfjord region offers some stunning scenery perfect for kayaking. Instruction and rental kayaks are available in several places in the region; FlatEarth Adventures in Eidfjord, Hardanger Basecamp in Ulvik and The Tourist Information in Jondal.
Explore Hardanger by bike
The Hardangerfjord route is a part of the National Cycle Route 6. Along the route there are many attractions, and a wide range of accommodation options. Sykkel i Hardanger are based in Herand, and have rental bikes for delivery and pick up on request. Norske Bygdeopplevelser offers a ready-made package including rental bike, meals and accommodation along the Hardangerfjord route during the summer.
On the Hardangerfjord
Hardangerfjord sightseeing is a daily fjord cruise between Norheimsund and Eidfjord from 1 May to 30 September, calling at several ports in Hardanger - Herand, Utne, Lofthus, Kinsarvik and Ulvik. There are corresponding bus routes to and from Bergen. Using the passenger ferry services gives a wide range of opportunities for excursions.
Some weeks in the peak season there is also a Classic Hardangerfjord Cruise with a veteran ship calling at Lofthus, Aga and Utne.
The National Tourist Routes and the waterfalls
The National Tourist Routes are carefully selected touring routes through the most scenic parts of Norway. In the Hardangerfjord region there are two routes - Hardangervidda and Hardanger. Along these routes you will also find the magnificent waterfalls Vøringsfossen in Øvre Eidfjord, Låtefoss in Odda and Steinsdalsfossen in Norheimsund.
Visitor centers and museums
Hardangervidda Nature Centre Eidfjord is a modern and exciting visitor center for Norwegian nature, climate and environment. It is a great stop for the whole family with a panoramic movie, interesting interactive exhibits, aquariums, a nice cafe and a museum shop. The Norwegian Museum of Hydro Power and Industry in Tyssedal near Odda shows the industrial history of Odda. Guided tours, film, exhibitions and a museum shop. In Eidfjord, at Sima kraftverk, you can visit one of the largest hydroelectric power stations in Europe. Guided tours and film.
Hardanger Akvasenter in Steinstø is a fully operational salmon farm open for visitors. You will learn about salmon farming, which is an important export industry in Norway.
The museums in the region give a unique insight in the local history, culture and art. At Hardanger Folk Museum at Utne there is an open air museum and exhibitions of traditional costumes, Hardanger embroidery and the Hardanger fiddle. Agatunet is a small listed hamlet. The oldest building is from 1250 and there are guided tours and exhibitions. Røldal stave church from the 13th century is known for its crucifix and beautiful interior. In medieval times Røldal Stave Church was the second most important place for pilgrimage in Norway. Hardanger Maritime Museum in Norheimsund is a center for maritime crafts. Visitors can see the ropeway, the smithy and the building af wooden boats, see films and visit the cafe and museum shop. Rental wooden rowing boats are available. Kabuso art centre in Øystese is a gem for art lovers. There are temporary exhibitions, films, concerts, a fine selection of sculptures and a cafe. At The Olav H. Hauge Centre in Ulvik you can discover poetry in many varieties in exciting ways, based on the life of Olav H. Hauge.
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