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.
The 180 km long Hardangerfjord is the second longest fjord in Norway, and has seven tributary fjords. These comprise Maurangerfjorden, Fyksesundsfjorden, Granvinfjorden, Ulvikfjorden, Osafjorden, Simadalsfjorden and Sørfjorden. The Hardangerfjord is located in the county of Hordaland, near Bergen, in the middle of Western Norway.
Some highlights from the Hardangerfjord area
Dronningsstien, one of HM Queen Sonja´s favorite hiking trails. Trolltunga is one of the greatest hiking icons in Norway. Lake Bondhusvatnet was one of the first goals for foreign tourists. The Oddadalen Valley with the famous waterfalls like Låtefoss and Tjørnadalsfossen Waterfalls.
Buerdalen Valley and Buerbreen Glacier at Odda. Fonna Glacier Resort is located on the Folgefonna Glacier in Jondal in Kvinnherad. From the Ski Resort you have fjord view to Hardangerfjorden. In the middle of Sørfjorden, between Odda and Eidfjord, you find the beautiful village Lofthus with Hotel Ullensvang.
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. 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 tour from Fjord Tours takes you to Hardanger. You will experience the Hardangerfjord, the Queen of the Fjords. You will see picturesque villages along the fjord and a beautiful lush landscape with waterfalls, rivers and steep mountains. The cruise starts at Nordheimsund, and the boat stops at Herand, Utne, Lofthus, Kinsarvik and Ulvik berfore it ends up in Eidfjord. This fjord cruise starts with bus from Bergen. Season: 1st May to 31st October
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.
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.
The Hardangerfjord has its main direction from southwest to northeast in the Hordaland county. It has its beginning where the fjord meets the open sea – the North Sea – and can be followed 180 km inwards to Eidfjord. It also has a number of tributary fjords.
The Hardangerfjord mainly follows the limit between the more than 1 milliard years old Precambrian rocks largely on the southeast side of the main fjord and the 400 to 500 million years old rocks belonging to the Caledonian mountain building, which mainly are on the northwest side of the fjord.
A few years ago I had a roundtrip in the Ryfylke and Hardangerfjord area visiting some of Norway´s most famous and beautiful tourist-icons.
I started from Oslo on a Friday afternoon after work and drove the 450 kilometre long road towards Ryfylke and Preikestolhytta Mountain Lodge. It was autumn and a great time of year for hiking in the Norwegian mountains.
The 158-kilometre-long Hardanger National Tourist Route passes through the scenic Hardangerfjord area, where for more than a century travellers have come to experience mountains, fjords, waterfalls and glaciers. Two great hikes in the area are the hike to Trolltunga and HM Queen Sonja´s Panoramic Trail. The area offers many opportunities for hiking, outdoor adventure and culture experiences.
The 67-kilometre-long road passes through the Hardangervidda National Park and Northern Europe’s largest mountain plateau. The Måbødalen valley and Vøringsfossen Waterfall are two tourist attractions you can see from the road. There might be a chance that the road is closed in short periods during winter.
Hardangerfjord Fjord Cruise offer private chartered cruises in the Hardangerfjord. With base and marina in Jondal in the middle of the Hardangerfjord, they operate the whole fjord including Bergen – Os – Rosendal – Ullensvang – Eidfjord – Ulvik and Odda. A Fjord Cruise can last from a few hours to several days.
If you drive from Odda through the 11150 meter long Folgefonn Tunnel to Mauranger and continue 7 kilometre to Sundal, you can hike the 2.5 kilometer trail to Lake Bondhusvatnet. Easy hike on well prepared trail, also great for people in wheel chair.
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.
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.
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
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 and The Queen’s Panoramic Trail between Kinsarvik and Lofthus.
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.
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.
Pictures from Hordaland and Hardanger
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
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
Activities in the Hardanger and Sunnhordland Area
RIB Boat Fjord Safari on the Hardangerfjord
Trolltunga Via Ferrata
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