The famous rock Trolltunga, blue ice hikes on Folgefonna glacier, Hardangerfjord Sightseeing, the National Tourist Routes and a living culture with deep historic roots are some of the gems in the region.
Top-of-the-list Norwegian hiking trails
People from all over the world are coming to Trolltunga, one of the most spectacular rocks in Norway. The trail is in the high mountains, takes 8-10 hours, and is a challenging hike. Usually the hiking season to Trolltunga is from mid June to mid September. Trolltunga Active offers guided tours. In April and May there are guided snowshoe and ski tours to Trolltunga. During the summer season you can join guided hikes or a guided bike, hike and via ferrata climb to Trolltunga.
Folgefonna glacier is the center of Folgefonna National Park. Folgefonni Glacier Teamoffers daily guided tours on the glacier from the summer ski center to Juklavass glacier, a part of the Folgefonna glacier. The season is normally from mid June until September and suits all from 7 to 80 years old.
HM Queen Sonja's panoramic hiking trail is one of the Norwegian Queen's favourite hikes in Hardanger. The hike is between Kinsarvik and Lofthus and has some beautiful panoramic fjord views to offer.
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.
In the Hardangerfjord region the distance between the fjord and the high mountains is short. Hardangervidda National Park is the largest national park in Norway, and is perfect for trekking and shorter hikes. The hike through Husedalen valley from Kinsarvik towards Hardangervidda is very accessible and you come close to four large waterfalls on the way. You may stay overnight in the National Park or along the fjord. Hardangervidda Nature Centre Eidfjord is a modern and exciting center for Norwegian nature, climate and environment.
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.
On the Hardangerfjord
Hardangerfjord Sightseeing is a daily fjord cruise between Norheimsund and Eidfjord from 1 May until 30 September. There are connecting buses to and from Bergen, and the passenger ferry calls at Herand, Utne, Lofthus, Kinsarvik, Ulvik and Eidfjord. There are many options to make nice day trips using this passenger ferry service. During some weeks in the high season there is also a daily Classic Hardangerfjord Cruise with a veteran ship calling at Lofthus, Aga and Utne. Rental kayaks are available several places in the Hardangerfjord region: FlatEarth Adventures in Eidfjord, Hardanger Basecamp in Ulvik and the Tourist information in Jondal.
Living cultural heritage and a modern society
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 of 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 Center in Ulvik you can discover poetry in many varieties in exciting ways, based on the life of Olav H. Hauge. 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.
Blossoming and fruit
The blossoming in May and June in the Hardangerfjord region is well-known. Hardanger is the most important fruit growing district in Norway, with apples, pears, sweet cherries, and plums. In the late summer, local fruit is available at the farm shops and directly from the farmers. Syse farm in Ulvik grows fruit, farm sheep and is an Economuseum. A wide range of homemade products are available in the farm shop.