KJEÅSEN MOUNTAIN FARM IN HARDANGER

Kjeåsen Mountain Farm is situated on a mountain side, 530 meters above Simadalsfjorden at the innermost part of the Hardangerfjord.

The mountain farm is now vacated, but people do live there in summer who maintain the beautiful cultural landscape around the farm.

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Visit Hardangerfjord and Visit Sunnhordland are the official destination companies for the Hardangerfjord area.

FJORDS NORWAY - Kjeåsen Mountain Farm. View towards Simadalsfjorden and Eidfjord in the innermost part of the Hardangerfjord.
Kjeåsen Mountain Farm. View down to Simadalsfjorden and towards Eidfjord at the innermost part of the Hardangerfjord.

Kjeåsen Mountain Farm

It is known that Kjeåsen has been inhabited from as early as 1650 AD. and perhaps even earlier than that.

The road to Kjeåsen was built in 1974. Until then, those who lived there or were going to visit Kjeåsen had to walk the steep and exposed trail from the fjord up to the mountain farm. For those who lived on the farm, it was a hard life. The children’s road to the school was long, dangerous and tiring. In summer, the children went to and from school in Simadal every day, but in the winter they stayed with relatives down in the valley.

Kjeåsen is today a popular place to visit for both locals and tourists, and the view from the viewpoint and down to the fjord and the surrounding mountains is fantastic.

NOTE – It is not allowed to enter the private properties at Kjeåsen. Respect privacy.

The road to Kjeåsen Mountain Farm

Eidfjord in the eastern part of the Hardangerfjord is a great base for nature experiences and activities. Kjeåsen is one of the most popular places to visit. To visit Kjeåsen, you must travel from Eidfjord to Simadalen from where the road up to Kjeåsen starts.

From Simadalen you can drive the steep road up to the parking lot which is close to Kjeåsen Fjellgård. From there there is a short walk to the viewpoint where you can enjoy the great view down to Simadalsfjorden and to Eidfjord and the innermost part of the Hardangerfjord.

FJORDS NORWAY - Approximately in the middle of the picture, up on the mountainside 530 meters above the fjord, is Kjeåsen Mountain Farm. If you look carefully, you can see Kjeåsen in the picture. The picture is taken from down by the Simadalsfjorden.
Approximately in the middle of the picture, up on the mountainside 530 meters above the fjord, is Kjeåsen Mountain Farm. If you look carefully, you can see Kjeåsen in the picture. The picture is taken from down by Simadalsfjorden.

NOTE – You need to drive on a steep and narrow road and through a 2.6 kilometer long tunnel up to Kjeåsen. The tunnel is also steep and narrow. Due to this, traffic to and from Kjeåsen is regulated so only one direction can be driven at a time. There may be some waiting time because of this. You need to have this in mind when planning the drive in both directions. It is forbidden to walk or bike through the tunnel.

SEASON – Summer, see Visit Hardangerfjord website.

WINTER – The road up to Kjeåsen is closed during winter.

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

Visit Hardangerfjord
Wikipedia

Hotels and Accommodation in Eidfjord

Hotel Vøringsfoss – Eidfjord
Eidfjord Fjell & Fjord Hotel – Eidfjord
Vik Pensjonat – Eidfjord

 

HOTELS - ACCOMMODATION - LINKS

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.

There are ten restaurants that have awarded Michelin stars and Michelin awards in Western Norway. Eight of the Michelin restaurants are in Stavanger and two in Bergen. Here you will find FJORDS MICHELIN, where you will also find a list of recommended hotels in Western Norway, recommended by Michelin.

USEFUL LINKS is a list of websites with great information on Norway and the Fjords.

Kjeåsen Mountain Farm – Map Overview