AGATUNET FARM CLUSTER IN HARDANGER

Agatunet is an old farm cluster with 30 protected buildings located in the idyllic village on the west side of Sørfjorden in Hardanger.

Today, Agatunet is a museum with exhibitions, experiences, a café and a shop.  But most of all, Agatunet is a beautiful place to be and to see, experience and to explore.

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Agatunet Farm Cluster

FJORDS NORWAY - Agatunet Farm Cluster in Hardanger, Norway.
Agatunet Farm Cluster at Nå in Hardanger.

The history of Agatunet goes back several thousand years.

The oldest building in the farmyard is Lagmannsstova from 1220, it is a log house on high basement walls.

Sigurd Brynjulfsson, who was one of King Eirik Magnusson’s advisers, lived there. This is the oldest medieval building in the country that still stands.

Before the Second World War, there were nine farmers with families living there, and at most about 200 people lived on and around the farmyard.

Agatunet today – Museum and Experience Center

Today, Agatunet is a living Museum both indoors and outdoors. The farmyard is a protected cultural monument and is situated on the west side of Sørfjorden, between Odda and Utne in Hardanger.

The idyllic Agatunet is a museum with exhibitions, experiences, a café and a shop. It is also a place where children in schools and kindergartens can learn about the Middle Age, about the farmyard and how they lived in Norway in the old days and how Agatunet maintains and takes care of their buildings. Agatunet also offer Guided Tours.

Season: You can visit Agatunet all year round. In winter it is open by appointment, in summer there are fixed opening days and hours depending on when in the summer it is. See Agatun’s website for opening hours.

Cider Cruise on the Hardangerfjord

FJORDS NORWAY - The Cider Cruise boat docks in Lofthus.
The Cider Cruise boat docks in Lofthus.

In summer, you can take part in a Cider Cruise on the Hardangerfjord, where you can combine a fjord cruise in beautiful nature with a visit to some of the local farms along the fjord.

The selected fruit and berry farms grow apple trees, plums and sweet cherries and produce short-travelled ciders where you can both taste and buy the local cider products.

The cider cruise runs between Eidfjord and Odda and also stops in Ulvik, Lofthus, Aga, Nå and Tyssedal.

Read more on the website of Norway´s best_ for more information about the Cider Cruise, season and booking. Remember that if you want to visit local cider producers, you must book this in advance.

FJORDS NORWAY - The Cider Cruise runs along the entire Sørfjorden, which is part of the Hardangerfjord.
The Cider Cruise runs along the entire Sørfjorden, which is part of the Hardangerfjord.

Sørfjorden in Hardanger

FJORDS NORWAY - Sørfjorden in Hardanger seen from Mt Oksla above Tyssedal.
Sørfjorden in Hardanger seen from Mt Oksla above Tyssedal.

The 38 kilometer long Sørfjorden is one of the many side fjords of the Hardangerfjord.

Along Sørfjorden are small picturesque villages like pearls on a string, surrounded by fjords, mountains, waterfalls and rivers and not least all the fruit trees that are widely known for their beautiful blossoming in spring.

In the villages around Sørfjorden, there are cafés and restaurants and sales of produce from local orchards.

Here you can read more about Sørfjorden which has attracted travellers since the dawn of time, ever since English tourists discovered Norway in the mid-19th century.

But Sørfjorden and Hardanger have attracted travellers long before the tourists rediscovered our country in the 19th century. As early as the 13th century, British monks taught local people how to grow apple trees. You can see the result of this today, with with many hundreds of thousands of apple trees scattered around Sørfjorden and throughout Hardanger.

The Hardangerfjord Area – What to See and Do

Fjords Norway - View from Kjeåsen Mountain Farm towards Eidfjord and the Hardangerfjord.
Hardangerfjord.

The Hardangerfjord area,  the orchard of Norway, is known for Summer Skiing at Folgefonna Glacier and a spectacular fruit tree blossoming in spring.

Lake Bondhusvatnet and the Bondhusbreen Glacier in Kvinnherad was one of the first places the English tourists visited when they discovered Norway in the mid 1800´s.

Drive in the Hardanger area and see the Vøringsfossen Waterfall in Måbødalen in Eidfjord, the Låtefoss Waterfall in Oddadalen and all the other great waterfalls in the Hardangerfjord area.

In summer, you can take part in a Cider Cruise on the Hardangerfjord, where you can combine a fjord cruise in beautiful nature with a visit to some of the local farms along the fjord. Remember that if you want to visit local cider producers, you must book this in advance.

Odda, in the heart of Sørfjorden,  has now transformed from an industrial town into an adventure town. Trolltunga Active and Trolltunga Adventures are based at Odda, and offers guiding and equipment rental. Some of the adventures they offer are Trolltunga hikes, the Dronningstien hike, Via Ferrata Trolltunga and Tyssedal, Fjord Adventures and Winter Adventures.

Combine a fjord cruise on the Hardangerfjord with a trip to Måbødalen to see the mighty Vøringsfossen Waterfall from the new viewing platform and viewing bridge built in connection with the Hardangervidda National Tourist Route.

The Hardangerfjord is located in the county of Vestland, near Bergen, in the middle of Western Norway. Bergen is the second largest city in Norway and is known as The Gateway to the Fjords. Bergen is also the gateway to the Hardangerfjord.

References

Agatunet
Wikipedia

Hotels and Accommodation near Agatunet

Aga Fjordapartments

Lofthus

Hotel Ullensvang at Lofthus
Ullensvang Gjesteheim at Lofthus
Lofthus Camping at Lofthus

Odda

Trolltunga Hotel – Odda
Woodnest – Odda
Hardanger Hotel – Odda
Trolltunga Camping – Odda
Tyssedal Hotel – Tyssedal

Utne

Utne Hotel at Utne
Raaen Hytteutleige at Utne

Not-travelled Cider at Nå

 

HOTELS - LINKS - FAQ

Here you will find an overview of recommended HOTELS in addition to SPA & BATH HOTELS and OTHER ACCOMMODATION PLACES in Western Norway. The combination of beautiful nature, activities that you can do in all four seasons and a stay at a great accommodation is unique. A stay in one of these places will do you good, both for body and mind.

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