Hardanger

Hardanger is a traditional region in Hordaland, Norway. It comprises the Hardangerfjord, the surrounding shores and valleys, and related uplands, mountains and glaciers. Despite its location below the glacier and the rough highlands, Hardanger enjoys a mild climate and has for centuries been a centre for fruit production in Norway. Hardanger also include wild waterfalls, alpine summits, high plateaus and major glaciers.

Panorama of the mountains along the Ulvikfjord, a side arm of the Hardangerfjord in Western Norway.

Regions

Hardanger (green) within Hordaland county

Hardanger consists of the following municipalities: Jondal, Kvam, Granvin, Ulvik, Eidfjord, Ullensvang and Odda

Towns

Other destinations

Understand

Bridal journey in Hardanger, iconic painting from the romantic era

When thinking of Norway, most people think of fjords and mountains, and to that degree, Hardanger is one the most stereotypical Norwegian areas in Norway. The region covers the area from Kvam in the west, up north along the Hardangerfjord to Granvin and Ulvik in the north, Eidfjord in the east, and down along the Sørfjord to Odda in the south. Roads cling to the mountainsides along the fjord, and there are three ferries crossing the fjords. Apart from the grand nature, the region is most famous for it's huge fruit production. Farms growing apples, pears, cherries and plums cover almost all the fields along the fjords. This makes the region a spectacular travel location during the fruit blooming in May and early June. The region is also home of several notable artists, musicians and writers. The mountain-areas of the region are good locations for skiing and winter sports. The Folgefonna glacier also has a summer-ski center.

Bondhusbreen arm of Folgefonna

Get in

By car

From Bergen

From Voss

From Oslo and East Norway From Oslo there are several routes.

From Stavanger

By bus

Lake Bondhus, with Bondhus arm of Folgefonna glacier in the background

From Bergen

From Voss

From Oslo

By train

Bergen and Voss are the nearest railway stations. Finse station is at the high plateau and without road connections, but excellent starting point for hiking (summer) and skiing (winter until May).

By boat

Get around

The great Hardanger bridge connects north and south shore near Eidfjord (toll).

If you bring a bicycle, the area is well suited for biking trips. Hiking in Hardanger is also recommended.

By car

The easiest way of getting around once you reach Hardanger, is by using a car. Because the mighty Hardangerfjord and its arms cuts through the area roads continue onto ferries across the fjord, these ferry crossings are part of the road network and road numbers include the crossing. There are 3 major crossings, the fourth crossing near Eidfjord is now replaced by a huge bridge.

The two key roads are # 7 from Geilo via Eidfjord and Norheimsund (east-west), and # 13 Odda-Granvin-Voss (north-south). Folgefunntunnelen is a short cut under the glacier from Odda to the western part of Hardanger.

By bus

If you would like to travel by bus or coach, the national coach operator is called NOR-WAY Bussekspress. Further regional and local buses are managed by the public transport authority in Hordaland, Skyss on Public Service Obligations. In Hardanger, you may find some lines to be rather infrequent. Some lines run only a handful of times per day, some only on schooldays and so on. Even so, the network does cover most areas.

See

Vøringsfosse waterfall and canyon below.
Fruit has been produced since the 14th century
Tyssedal power plant
Låtefossen waterfall and road 13

Nature

Culture

Itineraries

Eat

Hardanger is famous for it's fruit. Small fruit stalls can be found along all major roads from late summer 'till mid-fall. Most of these stalls are not manned, but rely on the honesty of the customer. Most often there is a small jar where you leave the money for the purchased products. Stealing from these jars would be considered extremely rude.

Drink

The Hardanger apple-cider is world famous, and should be tried if you find yourself in the region. The cider comes in both alcoholic and non-alcoholic variants. However, due to national law, the variant containing alcohol can no longer be sold outside the state owned liquor store, where it is only rarely available. If you are in the inner part of Hardanger, you may try the Vinmonopolet shops in Nordheimsund, Odda and Voss. To save yourself a lot of driving call +47 22015000 in advance or browse their website. The non-alcoholic variant is sold from the fruit stall along all major roads from August 'till early October. The price ranges from 50NOK to 80NOK per litre.

Go next

Routes through Hardanger

Hønefoss Geilo  E  W  Trengereid (E16)
Stavanger Suldal  S  N  Voss Balestrand



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