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 Odda area.

 

Season and 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…

Important information about roads in western Norway: Remember that many roads in western Norway are prone to landslides, especially in rainy and snowy weather. This may include rock falls, rockslides, landslides, debris flows, mud flows, erosion, snow avalanches and rock avalanches. Some of the roads are particularly well-known for their high level of mass movements exposed over them. The roads in the Hardangerfjord area are some of these exposed roads, and many of the roads are narrow and winding.

Visit Hardangerfjord

Visit Hardangerfjord is the official destination company for the Hardangerfjord area.

Lake Sandvinvatnet at Odda

Beautiful lake Sandvinvatnet separates Odda and Oddadalen valley with the great waterfalls. Trolltunga Camping and Trolltunga Hotel in Odda are both at the lakeside with great view to lake Sandvinvatnet. Buerdalen Valley with Buarbreen Glacier and the fantastic Buer Restaurant is a short drive up the valley from the north-west side of the lake.

Odda, the adventure town in Hardanger

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.

FJORDS NORWAY - Opo river in Odda, Hardanger.
Opo river in Odda, Hardanger.

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.

FJORDS NORWAY - View from Lilletopp at Tyssedal towards Odda (left) and Sørfjorden in Hardanger.
Panorama view from Oksla above Lilletopp at Tyssedal towards Odda (left) and Sørfjorden in Hardanger.

The remains of Odda Melting Plant

The remains of Odda Melting Plant are now protected and will be preserved for future generations. The melting plant was in operation from 1908 to 2002 and went bankrupt in 2003.

Elvestien along the river Opo in Odda

A nice experience is to walk Elvestien along the river Opo in Odda. The trail was made as part of the flood and erosion protection of the river after the extreme-weather in 2014 which led to flooding and destruction along the river. This is a great walk that takes 20 to 30 minutes. The gravel path is about two kilometers long and runs along the east side of the river Opo, between the centre of Odda down by Sørfjorden and lake Sandvinvatnet which is 88 masl. Reference: Norplan.

Buerdalen – Guided tours on Buerbreen Glacier and to Mt Reinanuten

From Odda it is a short drive to Buer and to the parking lot at the innermost part of Buerdalen Valley. Buer Restaurant in Buerdalen is a fantastic experience and a must visit. From there you can walk in the beautiful and wild nature up to Buerbreen Glacier where you will meet the guides from Hardanger Breføring who will take you on an unforgettable glacier hike on the glacier. They also offer guided mountain hikes to Mt Reinanuten. Remember to book glacier guide or mountain hike in advance. Plan to have enough time on the hike up to the glacier so you do not arrive too late for the agreed glacier guide. The mountain hikes starts from Buer Gård. Booking, season and more information on Hardanger Breføring´s website.

Tyssedal by Sørfjorden, the neighbour village to Odda

Like Odda, Tyssedal is an industrial village that was settled and developed by the hydroelectric power and metal industry in the early 20th century. Both iron, steel and aluminum plants were started up in Tyssedal, but it did not take many years before they were closed down. Today, an ilmenite-plant are operated in Tyssedal. The Hydroelectric Power Museum, which is a cultural history museum, is today located in the old hydroelectric power plant in Tyssedal.

It is also from Tyssedal you take off towards Skjeggedal which is the starting point of the Trolltunga hikes. The history of the beautiful Tyssedal Hotel dates back to when the hydroelectric power adventure began in the early 20th century. The hotel was used as accommodation for the management of the hydroelectric power plant. Today it is a great boutique hotel and restaurant which is an experience in itself.

FJORDS NORWAY - Tyssedal by Sørfjorden in Hardanger.
Tyssedal by Sørfjorden in Hardanger.

Trolltunga in Hardanger

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 in the high mountains.

This hike is not suitable for children! This is a long and demanding mountain hike that starts from Skjeggedal by Odda, you should be an experienced hiker to do this hike.

Due to the challenging and long hike in rapidly changing weather, we recommend you to join a Guided Hike to Trolltunga. The hike to Trolltunga and return takes around 10 to 12 hours or more. In the mountains 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.  

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

GUIDE – 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.

GUIDE – 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.

The video below is from a summer-hike to Trolltunga with a few short detours. The detours were done to get some extra great 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.

Taste Hardanger

You get the Taste of Hardanger when you visit some of the apple-tree-farms which produce their own cider. At Taste Hardanger you get an overview of the many apple-tree- and cider-farms that you can visit in Hardanger. You can also join a Cider Cruise on Sørfjorden in Hardanger, where you can combine a fjord cruise with a visit to the farms and a taste the local cider products. Odda is one of several stops on the Cider Cruise on Sørfjorden.

FJORDS NORWAY - Lofthus in Hardanger. View from Lofthus Camping towards Lofthus and Sørfjorden.
View from Lofthus Camping towards Lofthus and Sørfjorden. Odda is situated at the innermost part of the fjord.

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 6-10 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 the historic 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. Lofthus is a perfect base for excursions to Trolltunga or The Queen’s Panoramic Trail.

FJORDS NORWAY - Lofthus in hardanger, view towards Sørfjorden
Lofthus in hardanger, view towards Sørfjorden

Agatunet Farm Cluster at Nå

Agatunet is a farm cluster with 67 protected buildings located in the village Nå on the west side of Sørfjorden 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.

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 Ski 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.

FJORDS NORWAY - Fonna Glacier Resort and Summer Ski in Hardanger.
Fonna Glacier Resort and Summer Ski in Hardanger.

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. Video by Go Fjords.

 

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