Sounds like your kind of vacation? Then head for Hardanger, the heart of holiday fun in Fjord Norway. Whether it’s active adventure, out-of-this-world scenery, or culinary and cultural encounters, Hardanger has it all.
Start your stay in Eidfjord, a charming fjord port on the Hardangervidda plateau. Grab a bite and book a tour to fjords, falls, farms and more. Explore the shores of the Hardangerfjord. This valley, the “Orchard of Norway,” yields tons of strawberries, raspberries, cherries and, most famously, apples each year. Stop to savor a bite, and toast your visit with a glass of cider — aka, “Nordic champagne” — apple brandy or alcohol-free eplemost at a local farm distillery.
Now, how about one of Norway’s famous waterfalls? At Vøringsfossen, brave a brand-new sightseeing bridge to peer out over the 182 m (600 ft) high falls pouring into a yawning canyon. Then get wet at Steinsdalsfossen with a walk behind its 50 m (165 ft) curtain of water.
Have some frosty fun at Folgefonna National Park, home to the country’s third-largest glacier. Embark on a guided hike across this 220 sq km (85 sq mi) sheet of ice, or hit the alpine slopes and Nordic trails at the summer ski resort at its northern end. Not a skier? How about a little snowshoeing? Or glacier kayaking?
Or if you are more of a speed seeker, join a RIB tour! Feel the fjord water in your hair and the butterflies in your stomach as you plow through the waters on a thrilling ride.
Welcome to Hardanger — a taste of adventure.
Credit: Vegard Breie | Visit Hardangerfjord
Credit: Visit Hardangerfjord
Credit: Simon Sjøkvist | Visit Hardangerfjord
Credit: Ruben Soltvedt | Hardanger Akvasenter