ODDA AT SØRFJORDEN IN HARDANGER

Odda at the southernmost end of Sørfjorden, a branch of the Hardangerfjord, is the “hub” for the adventurous people who want to visit the Hardanger area.

At Trolltunga Hotel in Odda you can get all the information you need about the Trolltunga Hike and other places worth visiting while you are in the area.

SEASON & SAFETY – Many of the activities and attractions mentioned on this website are open only in summer and are closed in winter. This also applies to many of the roads and accommodations mentioned. Season and opening time will vary. It depends on where it is and what activity, attraction, road and accommodation it is, it usually opens in the summer and closes in the autumn, depending on i.a. the amount of snow and the risk of avalanches in the area. Read more about season, important safety information and your own responsibility…

 

Odda is the perfect base if you want to explore the wild and beautiful nature in the Hardangerfjord area. The 180 kilometer long Hardangerfjord is the second longest fjord in Norway, and it has seven tributary fjords. Sørfjorden is one of the tributary fjords, and Odda is an historical industrial town at the southernmost end of the fjord. Odda has now transformed from an industrial town into an adventure town.

Some highlights from Odda and the surrounding area

Trolltunga is one of the greatest hiking icons in Norway. The Oddadalen Valley with the famous waterfalls like Låtefoss and Tjørnadalsfossen Waterfalls. Buerdalen Valley and Buerbreen Glacier at Odda. Join a RIB-Boat Fjord Safari on Sørfjorden from Odda to Ullensvang and back. Climb, securely clipped onto a metal cable, the Tyssedal Via Ferrata or Trolltunga Via Ferrata.

Lake Bondhusvatnet was one of the first goals for foreign tourists. Fonna Glacier Resort is located on the Folgefonna Glacier in Jondal in Kvinnherad. From the Ski Resort you have fjord view to the Hardangerfjord. Kayak on a glacier lake or hike on Folgefonna Glacier with start at Rosendal.

In the middle of Sørfjorden, between Odda and Eidfjord, you find the beautiful village Lofthus with Hotel Ullensvang. Dronningsstien, one of HM Queen Sonja´s favorite hiking trails, between Kinsarvik and Lofthus.

Enjoy the great view to Simafjorden and Eidfjord from Kjeåsen Mountain Farm in Eidfjord. The Måbødalen Valley and Vøringsfossen Waterfall are two tourist attractions visible from the road.

The Hardangerfjord

The Hardangerfjord area,  the orchard of Norway, is known for it´s spectacular fruit tree blossoming in spring. Drive in the Hardanger area and see all the great waterfalls. Or hike H. M. Queen Sonja´s Panoramic Trail between Kinsarvik and Lofthus.

Trolltunga Active

Trolltunga Active is based at Odda, and offers guiding, equipment rental and accommodation. Some of the adventures Trolltunga Active can offer is Trolltunga Hike, Via Ferrata Trolltunga and Tyssedal, Fjord adventures and Winter adventures.

Trolltunga Adventures

Trolltunga Adventures arrange i.a. guided hikes to Trolltunga and to the Langfoss Waterfall with a drop height of 612 meters. From the top of the waterfall you have a great view down to Åkrafjorden and to the Folgefonna Glacier and the surrounding mountains.

Trolltunga in Skjeggedal, Hardanger

Long and demanding Hike. Skjeggedal in Odda, Hardanger in Vestland.
As one of the most spectacular cliffs in Norway, Trolltunga has during a short time gone from being an unknown place to become one of Norway´s most famous tourist attractions. This is a relatively long and hard hike. You start at Skjeggedal at the east side of Sørfjorden in Hardanger, north east of Odda. The hike to Trolltunga and return takes around 10 to 12 hours. It can change from summer and sunny weather to winter and frost in minutes! Always bring good clothes and hiking shoes. And have enough food and water in your rucksack. Due to the challenging and long hike in rapidly changing weather, we always recommend you to join a Guided Hike to Trolltunga. This hike is not suitable for children!

Season: Summer, see this link to website for more information about the hike and season. See map…

The video below is from a summer-hike to Trolltunga with a few short detours. I walked the detours to get some great extra views.

Oddadalen Valley and the Waterfalls

Odda is a great hub if you want to see some of the most beautiful and wild nature Norway has to offer. There is a short distance to the Oddadalen Valley with the famous waterfalls like Låtefossen and Tjørnadalsfossen Waterfalls.

RIB-Boat Safari from Odda

Join a RIB-Boat Fjord Safari on Sørfjorden from Odda to Ullensvang and back. On this RIB-boat tour you will experience spectacular nature and a living cultural fjord landscape.

Dronningstien Hike – H.M. Queen Sonja´s Panoramic Trail

In Hardanger, South-Western Norway, there is a hiking trail called Dronningstien. The trail is famous for being one of HM Queen Sonja´s favorite hiking trails. The starting point is at Røte in Kinsarvik and ends at Lofthus, making it a total of 16 kilometers long. The 6-8 hour long hike is heavy and steep, so it is recommended for more experienced hikers.

Lofthus in Hardanger

Sørfjorden is a 38 kilometer long branch of the 179 kilometer long Hardangerfjord, the Queen of the Fjords. In the middle of this fjord arm, between Odda and Eidfjord, you find the beautiful village Lofthus with Hotel Ullensvang. Take a proper break at the hotel, one of Norway`s historic hotels. The hotel’s history dates back to 1846 and is situated by the shore of the Hardangerfjord. This is a perfect base for excursions to Trolltunga or The Queen’s Panoramic Trail.

Hike to Lake Bondhusvatnet

If you drive from Odda through the 11150 meter long Folgefonn Tunnel to Mauranger and continue seven kilometer to Sundal, you can do the 2.5 kilometer long hike to Lake Bondhusvatnet. Easy hike on well prepared trail, also great for people in wheel chair.

Summer Skiing on Fonna Glacier Resort

There are three Summer Ski Centres in Norway. One of them is Fonna Glacier Resort which is located on the Folgefonna Glacier in Jondal in Kvinnherad. From the Ski Resort you have fjord view to the Hardangerfjord.

Glacier Hiking on Folgefonna Glacier with Guide

Folgefonni Breførarlag provide glacier guiding at the Folgefonna Glacier between Odda, Jondal and Rosendal. In addition to the Blue Ice Hike on the glacier they also arrange guided kayaking, skiing, snow shoeing, climbing and bicycling tours. Folgefonni Breførarlag is based in Jondal, but arrange tours all over the Folgefonna Peninsula.

Kjeåsen Mountain Farm and Simafjorden

Eidfjord at the eastern part of the Hardangerfjord is a great base for nature experiences and activities. Drive to Kjeåsen Mountain Farm above Sima in Eidfjord and enjoy the great view down to Simafjorden and to Eidfjord at the innermost part of the Hardangerfjord. NOTE! You need to drive on a steep and narrow road and through a long and steep tunnel up to Kjeåsen. This tunnel is closed in different time intervals due to the tunnel is one-way drive. You need to have this in mind when planning the drive in both directions. The road is closed during winter, depending on temperature and snow.

Vøringsfossen Waterfall

Between Eidfjord and the Hardangervidda Mountain Plateou, the Måbødalen Valley and Vøringsfossen Waterfall are two tourist attractions visible from the road. You can drive to the view point and see the Vøringsfossen Waterfall from above, or you can do a short 45 minutes hike and experience the waterfall from the below. This is part of the Hardangervidda National Tourist Route.

Some pictures from Odda and the surrounding area

The Hardangerfjord Area – What to See and Do

The Hardangerfjord area,  the orchard of Norway, is known for Summer Skiing at Folgefonna Glacier and a spectacular fruit tree blossoming in spring. Drive in the Hardanger area and see the Vøringsfossen Waterfall and all the other great waterfalls. Hike the famous Trolltunga Hike or the Queens Panoramic Trail in the area between Odda, Lofthus and Kinsarvik. Lake Bondhusvatnet and Bondhusbreen Glacier was one of the first places the English tourists visited when they discovered Norway in the mid 1800´s. Join a Fjord Cruise on the Hardangerfjord which is located in the county of Vestland, near Bergen, in the middle of Western Norway.

Accommodation in and around Odda

There are many places to stay in Odda and in the nearby area. Here you can read more about where you can stay in Odda and by Sørfjorden in Hardanger.

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

FJORDS – Accommodation in Western Norway

Great Hotels in the Fjords of Norway
Bath and Spa Hotels in the Fjords of Norway
Fjords Living – Special Accommodation in the Fjords of Norway

FJORDS – Useful Links

Go Fjords – Big and Small Fjord Experiences
Visit Norway – Official page for Norway
Fjord Norway – Official page for Fjord Norway

Tourist Information

Hardangerfjord: Official page for the Hardangerfjord area
Visitsunnhordland: Official page for the Sunnhordland area
Information about Låtefoss Waterfall

Trolltunga Active
Trolltunga Adventures
Trolltunga Shuttle Bus
RIB Boat Fjord Safari on the Hardangerfjord
Trolltunga Via Ferrata
Trolltunga Sunset/Sunrise
Trolltunga Winter
Guided Glacier Hikes at Folgefonna Glacier
Folgefonna Summer Ski Center
Guided Kayak Tours – Lofthus

Map Overview – Odda