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

 

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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 and 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 in all seasons, Via Ferrata Trolltunga and Tyssedal, Fjord adventures and Winter adventures.

Trolltunga Adventures

Trolltunga Adventures arrange 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 Hike

Ten years ago, only the locals knew about Trolltunga. Due to social media like instagram and facebook,  the hike to Trolltunga has now become one of the greatest hiking icons in Norway with more than 100.000 visitors in 2018. The visitors come from all over the world.

Trolltunga is a rock formation that juts out horizontally, 700 metres above Lake Ringedalsvatnet in Odda Municipality  in the Hardangerfjord area.

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.

Buerdalen Valley and Buerbreen Glacier

From Odda, drive to the inner part of the Buerdalen Valley, to the Parking Lot at the innermost part of the valley. From here you can hike up to the Buerbreen Glacier and to the surrounding mountains with fantastic view down to the beautiful and wild nature around Odda and Sørfjorden in Hardanger. For guided tours on the glacier, contact the Tourist Information in Odda.

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

In Hardanger, South-Western Norway, there is a hiking trail called Dronningsstien. The trail is famous for being one of HM Queen Sonja´s favorite hiking trails.

It´s starting point is at Røte in Kinsarvik and ends at Lofthus, making it a total of 16 kilometres 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 kilometre 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.

Lake Bondhusvatnet

If you drive from Odda through the 11150 meter long Folgefonn Tunnel to Mauranger and continue 7 kilometre to Sunndal, you can do the 2.5 kilometer hike to Lake Bondhusvatnet. Easy hike on well prepared trail, also great for persons in wheel chair.

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.

WARNING! Don´t try to copy this stunt. Location: Fonna Glacier Resort.
Skier: Benjamin Forthun. Camera: Tom Erik Haukland

Folgefonni Glacier Guiding

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 to Kjeåsen Mountain Farm in Eidfjord and enjoy the great view down to Simafjorden and to Eidfjord at the innermost part of the Hardangerfjord.

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

Places to stay

There are numerous places to stay at Odda and in the surrounding villages. Here you can read more about where to stay in Odda and Sørfjorden.

FJORDS – Useful Links:

Fjord Tours: Norway in a Nutshell
Fjord Tours: 
Plan and book fjord travel, accommodation and activities
Go Fjords:
Big and Small Fjord Experiences
Fjord Pass: 
Great Discounts on Activities and Attractions in the Fjords
Visit Norway: 
Official page for Norway
Fjord Norway: Official page for Fjord Norway

Odda – Activities and information

Hardangerfjord: Official page for the Hardangerfjord area
Visitsunnhordland: Official page for the Sunnhordland area
Hotel Ullensvang in Lofthus
Information about the Låtefoss
Information about Vøringsfossen 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
Hike to Vøringsfossen Waterfall
By car to Kjeåsen Mountain Farm in Eidfjord

Map Overview – Odda