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In May 2017, the new Folgefonn Centre will open in Rosendal. The centre will be the visitor centre for the national park and, in collaboration with oceanographers and climate researchers, it will provide interesting information about nature and promote outdoor pursuits. Life in the sea and the Hardangerfjord, global and local climate developments, and the biological diversity of the national park are some of the things you can experience at the centre. www.folgefonnsenteret.no
You can also go out into the great outdoors and try some of the great walking trails in the region. The best known walks into the national park are probably the historical Tourist Route across Folgefonna, the walk up Bondhusdalen valley, Buardalen valley and Buføre/the Pilgrim's way, the mountains Melderskin, Nordlifjell, and the cabins Fonnabu and Holmaskjer. But the walks to Juklavatnet lake or Svelgabrea glacier are also recommended.
Walkers can enjoy walks that can be done in a day or longer walks. There are four self-service cabins in the national park - Fonnabu, Breidablikk, Holmaskjer and Saubrehytta. Have you been at a Norwegian Trekking Association (DNT) cabin before? How to use a DNT cabin.
There are a number of activity companies that can take you into the great outdoors: Hardanger opplevelse, Folgefonni Breførarlag, Flatearth, Åkrafjorden Oppleving. There are also a number of active trekking associations that organise walks in the region: Kvinnherad turlag, Odda/Ullensvang turlag, Etne turlag.
The Barony Rosendal is situated just outside the national park. It dates from the 17th century and has been a listed building since the 1920s. This is the only Barony in Norway, and the buildings and the beautiful rose gardens that surround them are now one of Norway's most popular tourist attractions.
Welcome to nature!
You can find more information at www.folgefonna.info