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WINTER IN HARDANGERFJORD

Frozen magic

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Discover Hardangerfjord in summer

WINTER IN HARDANGERFJORD

Frozen magic

Scroll down for inspiration,
or go directly to our plan your trip page

Discover Hardangerfjord in summer

Hardangerfjord .
Photo: Visit Hardangerfjord
Hardangerfjord .
Photo: Visit Hardangerfjord

The low sun. Reflections of the landscape on the deep blue fjord.

During winter and early spring, the Hardangerfjord region in Fjord Norway is serene and spectacular.

And yes, the fjord might be a bit rough at times – so this is also the place to discover your inner Viking.

Best of all, you get to do so without the crowds!

Hardanger in winter .
Photo: Visit Hardangerfjord
Hardanger in winter .
Photo: Visit Hardangerfjord

You don’t even have to queue to capture that Insta-worthy photo at Trolltunga, one of Norway’s most famous rock formations.

The hike is very tough, and you must go with a guide who will provide you with snowshoes and show you the safest route.

If you have time, spend a night in a comfy luxury tent at the top and watch the sun colour the sky as it sets – and when it rises the next morning.

Snowshoeing to Trolltunga .
Photo: Trolltunga Active
Snowshoeing to Trolltunga .
Photo: Trolltunga Active

You can also go for a shorter, less challenging snowshoe hike and take a shortcut down or …

Snowshoeing in the Hardangerfjord region .
Photo: Trolltunga Active
Snowshoeing in the Hardangerfjord region .
Photo: Trolltunga Active

… venture inwards into the fjord on a rib safari or in a kayak.

Rib safari in Hardanger .
Photo: Visit Hardangerfjord
Rib safari in Hardanger .
Photo: Visit Hardangerfjord

The mighty waterfalls of the region, including the famous Vøringsfossen, are a unique sight this time of year, as they are partly turned into ice and resemble ice castles.

Vøringsfossen in winter .
Photo: Visit Hardangerfjord
Vøringsfossen in winter .
Photo: Visit Hardangerfjord

The easiest and most comfortable way to experience the region is to join the pre-arranged, yet customisable Hardangerfjord in a nutshell winter tour, where you get to explore the area by boat, bus, and train.

Snowshoes and bonfires are, of course, included.

Snowshoeing in Hardanger .
Photo: Visit Hardangerfjord
Snowshoeing in Hardanger .
Photo: Visit Hardangerfjord

As you roam the region, you’ll come across several villages by the fjord that are surrounded by mountains.

The charming Rosendal and Lofthus (pictured) will make you want to snap a photo or ten, while thrilling activities await near Odda and Eidfjord.

To taste the flavours of the Hardangerfjord region, try the award-winning local cider.

Lofthus in the Hardangerfjord region .
Photo: Morten Knudsens Fotosenter
Lofthus in the Hardangerfjord region .
Photo: Morten Knudsens Fotosenter

The best way to enjoy the serenity of the fjords is to travel slow. So consider an overnight stay in one of the villages, for example in a cosy hotel or a lodge with panoramic views of the fjord, like Hardanger panorama lodge.

Hardanger panorama lodge in the Hardangerfjord region .
Photo: Toke Mathias Riskjær / Visitnorway.com
Hardanger panorama lodge in the Hardangerfjord region .
Photo: Toke Mathias Riskjær / Visitnorway.com

On your journey, you can also make a stop in Voss and catch a gondola directly from the train station to the restaurant at the top of Mount Hangurstoppen – how cool is that!

You can ski back down through Voss resort if you like – there’s a ski rental right there at the top station.

Both Voss resort and Myrkdalen mountain resort are popular skiing destinations, so you can easily combine a round trip with a few days in the slopes.

Voss resort .
Photo: Visit Hardangerfjord
Voss resort .
Photo: Visit Hardangerfjord

Another gem that’s just waiting is the Bergen Line – one of the world’s most beautiful train journeys.

From Voss, you can take the train to Oslo or Bergen.

The Bergen Line in winter .
Photo: Øivind Haug
The Bergen Line in winter .
Photo: Øivind Haug

Dibs on the window seat!

Train ride on the Bergen Line .
Photo: Ole Walter Jacobsen
Train ride on the Bergen Line .
Photo: Ole Walter Jacobsen

To experience everything the Hardangerfjord region has to offer, make sure you set aside at least two or three days.

But note that many visitor attractions, like the Museum of hydropower in Tyssedal (pictured), are only open on weekdays during winter, unless your visit is part of a pre-booked Nutshell tour.

So, decide what you want to experience and make arrangements before you go …

Museum of hydropower in Tyssedal .
Photo: Kraftmuseet – Norsk vasskraft- og industristadmuseum
The Museum of hydropower in Tyssedal, Hardangerfjord .
Photo: Kraftmuseet – Norsk vasskraft- og industristadmuseum

… because a winter getaway to the Hardangerfjord region is an unforgettable adventure.

Read more and book your Hardangerfjord in a nutshell tour

Museum of hydropower in Tyssedal .
Photo: Kraftmuseet – Norsk vasskraft- og industristadmuseum
The Museum of hydropower in Tyssedal, Hardangerfjord .
Photo: Kraftmuseet – Norsk vasskraft- og industristadmuseum
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