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Couple fishing from a rowing boat on the Hardangerfjord, Norway Photo: Terje Rakke/Nordic Life AS/Fjord Norge AS
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The Hardangerfjord

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

Location

The Hardangerfjord is situated in the county of Hordaland, near Bergen, in the heart of Fjord Norway.

Top things to do and see

  • Go on a fjord cruise
  • Glacier walking on the Folgefonna Glacier
  • Hardanger National Tourist Route
  • Vøringsfossen Waterfall
  • The Barony in Rosendal

What to do and see

Fjord cruises/round trips with a boat
Experience the Hardangerfjord by joining a Hardangerfjord cruise connected with bus from Voss and Bergen. The cruise starts in and returns to Norheimsund, and calls on the villages of Herand, Utne, Lofthus, Kinsarvik, Ulvik and Eidfjord.

Or you can take the Hardangerfjord Express from Bergen to Rosendal (two departures daily). Buy tickets at the tourist office in Bergen or online at baroniet.no 

You can also go on a guided fjord trip with MS Peer Gynt through the narrow and enchanting Fyksesund Sound to the roadless hamlet of Botnen.

Hardanger National Tourist Route
Enjoy the scenic Hardanger National Tourist Route and see waterfalls, glaciers, the Hardangerfjord and Hardangervidda - one of Europe's largest mountain plateaus.

The Barony in Rosendal
The smallest "palace" in Scandinavia is famous for its magnificent Renaissance garden and its rich calendar of cultural events. The Barony in Rosendal is the only one of its kind in Norway.

Kayaking
Different trips are offered by FlatEarth Adventures, for example kayaking on the Eidfjord (an arm of the Hardangerfjord).

Hardanger Fartøyvernsenter (ship preservation/building centre and museum) 
A living museum where boat building and boat preservation are in focus. You will find Hardanger Fartøyvernsenter in Norheimsund.

Fruit tree blossoming in May
Hardanger is a major producer of fruit and berries (mainly apples, pears, cherries, plums, raspberries and strawberries). The region is known as the Orchard of Norway. If you travel to the Hardangerfjord in May, you will probably catch some of the lovely blossoming of the fruit trees.

Juice and cider production
If you would like to discover how real Hardanger cider and apple juice is produced, visit the Juice- and Cider Factory in Ulvik, or the Hardanger Cideri in Jåstad.

Hardanger Aqua Centre
Experience Norwegian fish farming up close. The visitors at Hardanger Akvasenter can watch the salmon via underwater cameras and see the salmon live.

What to do and see in the Hardangerfjord area

Vøringsfossen Waterfall
Norway's most famous waterfall has a fall of 182 metres, of which 145 metres is a direct drop. The multiple waterfalls of Vøringsfossen all converge at the head of the Måbødalen Valley.

Folgefonna Glacier
The glacier covers 203 square kilometres, making it the third largest glacier on mainland Norway. Here you can go skiing at Fonna Glacier Ski Resort or join a guided hike, for example a blue ice trip, with Folgefonni Breførarlag.

Trolltunga (The Troll's Tongue Rock)
Trolltunga is a piece of rock that stands horizontally out of the mountain above Skjeggedal in Odda. For a family with young children the hike there and back will take at least six hours.

Steindalsfossen Waterfall
The waterfall has a fall of 50 metres, and is special because you can walk behind it. Steindalsfossen is situated 2.5 kilometres west of Norheimsund.

Mikkelparken in Kinsarvik (activity park)
An abundance of fun and activities for children. Here you will for example find a water slide, electric cars, a bouncy castle and mini golf.

Hardanger Folk Museum
Explore the history of the local culture at the open air museum Hardanger Folk Museum in Utne.

Hardangervidda Nature Centre in Eidfjord
The purpose of the centre is to gather and distributre knowledge about interaction in nature and human activities. There is something for the whole family at Hardangervidda Nature Centre, such as exhibitions, hands-on activities and visual effects.

Hiking
A popular spot for hiking is the Hardangervidda Mountain Plateau. If you want to go walking along the coast, the walk to Ryvarden Lighthouse is perfect.

Cycling
There are many different cycling routes in the area, for example:

  • The Fjord and Mountain Route (89 kilometeres) - roundtrip starting from Rosendal
  • The Coastal Trip - a good place to start is Austevoll  
  • Rallarvegen (the Navvies' Route)

Where to stay

Choose between many hotels, cabins and camp sites. Special places to stay:

Facts

  • Length: 179 kilometres, the second longest fjord in Norway and the third longest in the world
  • Depth: 800 metres
  • The longest branch of the Hardangerfjord is Sørfjorden
  • The fjord starts at the Atlantic Ocean just south of Bergen and ends where it meets meets the grand mountain plateau of Hardangervidda
  • Two national parks in the area: Hardangervidda and Folgefonna
  • The fjord has good conditions for fish farming, making it one of four major fish farming regions in the world

Getting to the Hardangerfjord

From Oslo
The Hardangerfjord lies approximately 330 kilometres northwest of Oslo.

  • By bus:
    Daily departures to Odda (approximately seven hours). Odda lies besides the Sørfjord, an arm of the Hardangerfjord. For timetables and booking, please contact Nor-Way Bussekspress.
  • By plane:
    Daily departures from Oslo to Bergen. Flight time approximately 50 minutes. For timetables and booking, please contact SAS or Norwegian. Take the airport bus to Bergen city centre and catch a new bus to Norheimsund (approximately two hours). An alternative is to take an express boat from Bergen to Rosendal. For timetables and booking, please contact Nor-Way Bussekspress (bus) and Rødne Fjord Cruise (boat).
  • By car:
    The drive from Oslo to the Hardangerfjord takes approximately six hours. Follow the E18 from Oslo to Drammen. Then take E134 to and follow this to Skare. From Skare follow fv. 13 to Odda, which lies besides the Sørfjord, an arm of the Hardangerfjord.
  • By train:
    There are no trains that take you all the way to the Hardangerfjord, but you can take the Bergen Railway from Oslo to either Geilo, Voss or Bergen and continue with bus or rental car to the Hardangerfjord. For timetables and booking, please contact the Norwegian State Railways (NSB).

From Bergen
The Hardangerfjord lies approximately 40 kilometres southeast of Bergen.

  • By car:
    The drive from Bergen to the Hardangerfjord takes approximately one hour. Follow the E16 from Bergen to Trengereid, and the follow fv. 7 to Norheimsund.
  • By bus:
    Daily departures to Norheimsund (approximately one and a half hour). For timetables and booking, please contact Nor-Way Bussekspress.
  • By express boat:
    Daily departures from Bergen to Rosendal. For timetables and booking, please contact Rødne Fjord Cruise.

From Stavanger
The Hardangerfjord lies approximately 200 kilometres north of Stavanger.

  • By car:
    The drive from Stavanger to the Hardangerfjord takes approximately three and a half hours. Follow the E39 to Arsvågen where you take a ferry to Mortavika. Continue on the E39 to Tysvær. From Tysvær take the E134 to Skare and follow fv. 13 to Odda. Odda lies besides the Sørfjord, an arm of the Hardangerfjord.
  • By bus:
    Daily departures to Odda (approximately nine hours). Odda lies besides the Sørfjord, an arm of the Hardangerfjord. For timetables and booking, please contact Nor-Way Bussekspress.
  • By plane:
    Daily departures from Stavanger to Bergen. Flight time approximately 40 minutes. For timetables and booking, please contact SAS or Norwegian. Take the airport bus to Bergen city centre and catch a new bus to Norheimsund (approximately two hours). An alternative is to take an express boat from Bergen to Rosendal. For timetables and booking, please contact Nor-Way Bussekspress (bus) and Rødne Fjord Cruise (boat).

From Trondheim
The Hardangerfjord lies approximately 630 kilometres southwest of Trondheim.

  • By car:
    From Trondheim follow the E6 south to Strand, via Dombås. Follow fv. 15 via Vågåmo to fv. 51. Then drive fv. 51 to Skammestein and turn left and drive towards the E16. When you have reached the E16, follow it to Voss and then take fv. 13 to Granvin. From Granvin take fv. 7 to Norheimsund.
  • By plane:
    Daily departures from Trondheim to Bergen. Flight time approximately one hour. For timetables and booking, please contact SAS or Norwegian. Take the airport bus to Bergen city centre and catch a new bus to Norheimsund (approximately two hours). An alternative is to take an express boat from Bergen to Rosendal. For timetables and booking, please contact Nor-Way Bussekspress (bus) and Rødne Fjord Cruise (boat).

Organised trips

From Bergen and Oslo there are several organised day excursions such as the popular Hardanger in a nutshell ®. Season: 1st May – 31st October
Duration: 1 day or more.

You can buy an organised trip from Oslo to Bergen via the Hardangervidda mountain plateau, by train, bus and boat, operated by Tide Reiser.

For more information about the Hardangerfjord and its surrounding areas, please visit the following sites:

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Last updated:  2014-03-31
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Couple fishing from a rowing boat in Hardangerfjord, Norway - Photo: Terje Rakke/Nordic Life AS/Fjord Norge AS

The Hardangerfjord

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

The Hardangerfjord

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