Hardangerfjord Road Trip

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SEASON: April - October    DISTANCE: 626km    FERRIES: 1    CAMPING: 250nok/night    HOTELS: 1200nok/night    CAR HIRE: 2000nok/week

Our Hardangerfjord Road Trip encompasses Norway's second largest fjord, behind Sognefjord, and has so much to offer.  The stunning landscape is not only beautiful to look at, it is also rich and fertile.

So fertile in fact, that the area was favoured by the Vikings for farming and growing crops.  During the 13th century, growing apples was introduced by monks from England and today, 40 percent of all Norwegian fruit is grown in the area around the Hardangerfjord.

Take a guided hike over the ancient glacier at Folgefonna, explore the Husedalen valley and all it's waterfalls, or hike atop Trolltunga for stunning views whilst hovering 700m above lake Ringedalsvatnet.

Three of Norway's National Tourist Routes routes lie within the area.  These routes are selected parts of road with astounding natural beauty.


Road Trip Suggestions

Hardangerfjord is an area of huge potential for explorers and adventurers.  Our suggested 6 day itinerary merely scratches the surface.  What it provides however, is a solid base on which to build and tailor your very own adventure.

Day 1. Voss

The drive from Bergen Airport to Voss takes around 1hr 45mins.

Voss is another of Norway's little gems for outdoor pursuits.  You will find hiking, biking, rafting, fishing and skydiving.

For those not quite up to jumping out a plane, you can book a lesson in the wind tunnel with VOSSVIND to recreate part of the sensation.

An hours drive, passing Skjervsfossen and crossing the Hardanger bridge, lets you visit Hardangervidda Nature Centre and Vøringfossen waterfall.

Day 2. Flåm

The hours drive along the E16 to Flåm passes several waterfalls including Tvindefossen and Kjellfossen.

Once in Flåm you can explore the fjord by boat or kayak.  Hike to the viewpoint at Stegastein, or drive to Undredal and check out the Stave Church built in 1147.

Billed as one of the most scenic rail journey's in the world, the 20km long Flåmsbana line is a must see for most people visiting the area.

With up to 10 departures a day in summer, the round trip to Myrdal takes around 2hrs with a 5 minute stop at Kjosfossen waterfall and 10 minutes in Myrdal. Timetable and prices.

Day 3. Husedalen Valley Waterfalls

Hardangervidda is Norway's largest National Park at 3,422 square km's, and has one of the worlds biggest wild reindeer populations.

Visit the Hardangervidda Nature Centre and Vøringfossen Waterfall before exploring even more waterfalls in the Husedalen Valley.

The Husedalen Valley Trail form Kinsarvik takes 5-6hrs from the first stunning waterfall to the last and back again including 4 in total.

Leading out onto Europe's largest high mountain plateau, the Hardangervidda, there are endless hiking opportunities with well marked trails.  See here for more details. 

Day 4. Trolltunga
Trolltunga or "The Trolls Tounge", juts out horizontally 700 metres above lake Ringedalsvatnet and is one of the most scenic cliffs in Norway.  You must gain around 900 vertical metres to reach the top, and the hike demands a good level of fitness. SEASON: June 15 - Sept 15 DURATION: 10-12hrs (full day) DISTANCE: 23km return. Possible from mid-March on a guided snow-shoe tour with Trolltunga Active.
Day 5. Tyssedal - Bergen

Tyssedal to Bergen takes about three hours although there is still a hell of a lot to explore, so why rush back?

Langfoss and Låtefossen Waterfalls are popular attractions, combine them with a trip to Røldal stave church.

Ski at Fonna Glacier summer ski centre and be blown away by the views from the top of the lift.  A truly breathtaking panorama with the glacier, Hardangerfjord and the North Sea all visible on a clear day.

The glacier has more to offer than just skiing, take a guided tour and explore while hiking, climbing or kayaking.

Day 6. Bergen

Surrounded by seven mountains and overlooking the sea, Bergen is a stunning destination.

The Hanseatic Wharf, fish market, and one of Norway's biggest cultural events, the Bergen International Festival, are some of the cities many highlights.

Check out some of our favourite things to do in Bergen.