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The Art of Hardanger & Hardanger in a Nutshell

Visiting Hardanger in person is the only way to understand why artists have drawn inspiration from the surrounding landscapes with thundering waterfalls or colourful fruit trees in full bloom.

Spring comes early in the fjords and maybe the best time to experience the spring in the fjord is from end of April and through May.

The landscape comes to life in spring – the mountains are still snowcapped and with the snow melting the waterfalls are full and dramatic flushing down the mountain side.

At no time during the year is the landscape more alive than in spring.

The fruit orchards along the Hardanger are a truly beautiful sight, in autumn as well as spring.  The area offer fantastic cultural landscapes for walks, not to mention the chance to sample exciting locally produced food and drink.

Hardangerfjord in a Nutshell by Fjord Tours:

The best way to take in the natural spectacle of Hardanger is no doubt on the Hardangerfjord in a nutshell tour. This journey goes through a landscape of majestic mountains, wonderful waterfalls and spellbinding orchards. You can hop on and off as you wish, so there is no need to hire a car.

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The tours depart either from Bergen or Oslo and can include an overnight stay if you wish.

It is also a fantastic opportunity to see Bergen’s historic Hanseatic wharf Bryggen, which is also like being in a painting of a bygone era, full of Norwegian detail and tradition.

Alternatively, combine the trip with a stay in the cool capital of Oslo, where you will find a vibrant city atmosphere with a sense of history and tradition.

Hardangerfjord in a Nutshell

Hardangerfjord in a Nutshell and Rosendal:

On the Hardangerfjord in a nutshell and Rosendal tour you will see and experience the magnificent Norwegian coast and scenery of the inner reaches of the Hardangerfjord. 

The trip includes a journey on the coastal express boat from Bergen to beautiful Rosendal in the Hardangerfjord. Rosendal is a small village surrounded by majestic mountains, and is the original site of Norway's only Barony built in the 17th century.

Start: Oslo or Bergen
 

Duration: 1, 2, 3 or more days

Availability: Daily from May to September

Add on: Hotels and activities can easily be booked online

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From Rosendal you travel to Odda and Lofthus in the Hardangerfjord which offers a landscape of beautiful fruit communities, mountains and glaciers.

From Eidfjord you will experience a sightseeing trip to the spectacular Vøringsfossen waterfall and Hardangervidda Nature centre. A journey on the scenic Bergen Railway is also included.

Combine this tour with a hiking trip to Trolltunga in Odda! The hiking trip takes about 8 hours and is an impressive and somewhat challenging trip. Read more about the Trolltunga hiking trip here.

 

Hardangerfjord in a nutshell map

View on Vøringsfossen waterfall View on Vøringsfossen waterfall
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Vøringsfossen.
Photo: Paal Audestad

Five Waterfalls

Hardanger is surrounded by five large waterfalls, which frame the scenery like a painted masterpiece.

Each waterfall has its own distinct character, and their majestic power exert an almost hypnotic attraction that can only be fully understood when you experience them in person. The best time of year to experience the power of the waterfalls is in May and June, when the ice and snow is melting in the mountains.

Man relaxing outside Hotel Ullensvang
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Man relaxing outside Hotel Ullensvang.
Photo: CH - Visitnorway.com

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Man relaxing outside Hotel Ullensvang.
Photo: CH - Visitnorway.com

Extend your Trip

With its small castle and rose garden, the charming town of Rosendal is worth an extended stay in its own right, but there is plenty more to see in the surrounding countryside.

Take the Trolltunga hiking route in Odda for specatular views of the Ringdalsvatnet lake and the Folgefonna glacier.

Witness the power and beauty of the Vøringfossen waterfall in Eidfjord, sample the famous local cider in Ulvik, visit the captivating town of Voss or enjoy the incredible panoramas from the Ullensvang Hotel in Lofthus.

Your extended trip ends either in Bergen or Oslo.

Wherever you look on this trip, it is like being in a beautiful picture gallery where every view is a work of art.

Explore and Admire the Scenic Splendors of the Hardangerfjord Region

Cider farm route
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Cider farm route.
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Cider farm route.
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Cider Farm Route in Ulvik

Ulvik is probably most famous for its fruit and cider farms. On this excursion you get to visit several cider farms in the region and learn about the history of cider making, as well as sampling the different ciders and juices!

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Seakayaking in Eidfjord
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Seakayaking in Eidfjord.
Photo: FlatEarth Adventure

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Seakayaking in Eidfjord.
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Kayaking trip in Eidfjord

Paddle along the amazing Hardangerfjord on a kayaking trip in Eidfjord! Join a beautiful 3-hour kayaking trip on the Eidfjord and experience the peace of this fjord landscape at close range.

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Trolltunga
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Trolltunga.
Photo: Sveinung Klyve / fjordnorway.com

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Trolltunga.
Photo: Sveinung Klyve / fjordnorway.com

Trolltunga & the sky ladder

Enjoy a guided tour and a day filled with activities. The tour combines mountain biking and hiking, as well as climbing the Via Ferrata route " the sky ladder" to the famous Trolltunga.

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Find out more about the Hardangerfjord

Bryggen in Bergen in autumn colors
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Bryggen.
Photo: Robin Strand, Norphoto AS

Bryggen

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Bryggen.
Photo: Robin Strand, Norphoto AS
Vøringfossen
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Vøringfossen.
Photo: © Frithjof Fure/Fjord Norway

Vøringsfossen

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Vøringfossen.
Photo: © Frithjof Fure/Fjord Norway
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