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Hardanger - Norway's orchard

In the western part of Norway, you’ll find the idyllic region of Hardanger. In the summer months, the area is easily identified by fragrant floral blooms and blossoming fruit trees.
Hardanger - Norway's orchard, Panorama view - Hardanger, The Hardangerfjord, Norway
Hardanger’s name is derived from two Old Norse words which translate to “hard and tight fjord”, which you can see coming out in the rugged formation of Hardangerfjord. So, what are some things you can do in this charming region?
Experience Agatunet By Sorfjorden on the Hardangerfjord in a nutshell tour & Rosendal- Hardangerfjord Norway
Fjord Norge, Robin Strand

Cider tasting

Hardanger is the home of Norwegian cider, which is among the best in the world. The unique conditions present along Hardangerfjord make it the perfect place for producing apples of impeccable quality. It stands to reason that high-quality apples will produce apple juice and cider of similar quality!
Cider making has been an activity present in Hardanger for centuries. Just like “Champagne” which is geographically protected and only produced in the Champagne region of France, “Cider from Hardanger” is also geographically protected and only produced in the Hardanger area. You can visit one of the many cider farms to learn more about the history of the apples and what contributes to their unique taste.
There are several fantastic cider-related experiences you can enjoy while in Hardanger. You can join in on a Cider Experience in Hardanger in order to experience the fantastic local flavors. Visit award-winning Cider producers, learn about the cider traditions in the area, and sample ciders along with local meat and cheese.
The Hardanger Bridge - Hardanger, Norway
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The Hardanger Bridge

The Hardanger Bridge (Hardangerbrua) is a key attraction in the area. The bridge extends 1380 meters across Hardangerfjord, making it one of the longest suspension bridges in the world. Completed in 2013, the bridge replaced the ferry service that connected Bruravik and Brimnes, allowing for a quicker connection between Oslo and Bergen.
The bridge has 2 lanes, one for cars and the other for people walking and cycling across the bridge. Walking out onto the bridge provides you with a stunning 360-degree view of the surrounding Hardangerfjord landscape. From end to end, the scenic walk across the full length of the bridge will take about 30 minutes, so it’s well-suited to families with kids. Wheelchairs and strollers are welcome on the bridge, but keep in mind that there is a bit of rugged terrain leading up to the entrance of the bridge.
At the south end of the bridge at Bu, you’ll find a parking area, picnic area, toilets, a viewpoint offering a beautiful view of the bridge and surrounding areas, and a bus stop in case you prefer to use public transportation. At the north end of Vallavik, you’ll find a parking area and another viewpoint of the bridge. The bridge area tends to be windy, so if you visit during the cold months, be sure to wear extra warm clothing. The bridge can also be slippery in the winter, so make sure to wear appropriate boots or good-quality shoes.
Hardangerfjord in a nutshell - fjord cruise on  the Hardangerfjord, Norway
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Visit Sørfjorden

Sørfjorden is the longest arm of the Hardangerfjord, extending 38 kilometers in length, and it’s a big tourist attraction. Sørfjorden stretches from Kinsarvik to Odda, and one of the highlights of this area is Folgefonna National Park. There’s a massive glacier located in the park, which makes it a popular hiking spot for tourists – though you should be aware that hikes are not allowed in the winter season because the glacier is covered in snow. The glacier at Folgefonna is the third-largest in Norway, covering over 200 square kilometers. For those who are quite fit and up for a challenge, Odda can also serve as the starting point for a long hike to Trolltunga.
In Kinsarvik, there’s a hiking trail that leads to the magnificent Husedalen Valley which is very popular with both local and international hikers. The valley is famous for its amazing scenery and four beautiful waterfalls which you can see up close. To hike to the farthest waterfall and back will take around 5-6 hours. From Kinsarvik, you can also hike to Hardangervidda, one of the largest mountain plateaus in Europe. There are numerous lakes and streams to try your luck with fishing, or you can go camping, cycling, or even skiing on one of the well-marked trails in the area – so those who love active holidays are in luck!
If you’re an avid nature and cider lover, Hardanger is a must-visit place for you. With many options present, you will always have a place to visit to satisfy your appetite for spectacular views of nature and award-winning cider!
Cider Experiences in Hardanger - Lofthus and Odda, Hardangerfjord - Norway
Visit Hardangerfjord


There are plenty of hiking options in Hardanger, and many of them will give you a panoramic view of the fjord. The highly challenging walk to Trolltunga is the best-known hike around here. Every year around 100,000 visitors embark on this walk in order to take the iconic picture of themselves on Trolltunga above Lake Ringedalsvatnet.
Nearby you will also find Dronningstien - the Queen's Trail - which is well known for being one of the Queen’s favorite walks. Further west by Jonsdal and Herand you will also find hiking trails to Vikanuten, Samlen, and - perhaps the nicest of them all – Haugsvarden, with an amazing view of the Hardangerfjord all the way to the top.
 Happy climbers at the top- Trolltunga Via Ferrata glamping tour - Odda, Norway

Travel to Hardanger

Hardangerfjord in a nutshell™

Travel to the local fjord culture of Hardanger on this 2-day tour from Oslo or Bergen. Experience idyllic fjord landscapes, lush fruit and cider farms, mighty mountains with dramatic waterfalls and ride across the wild and beautiful Hardangervidda mountain plateau - all in one tikcet! On the tour, you´ll stay overnight in the charming fjord village of Ulvik, beautifully situated by the fjord and a perfect place to enjoy splendid nature and local cultural experiences.
Kjeåsen Farm- Eidfjord, Hardangerfjord, Norway

The Great Waterfall and Fjord Tour™

If you want to take a day tour to the Hardangerfjord area, our Great Waterfall and Fjord Tour™ is a good choice. In addition to the stunning fjord scenery with the towering cliffs, majestic waterfalls, and crystal clear waters, you´ll also get to experience first-hand the power of Northern Europe’s largest waterfall Vøringsfossen and walk behind the gorgeous Steinsdalsfossen.
On both tours, you travel effortlessly and comfortably by boat, fjord cruise, bus, and train, and experience everything the Hardangerfjord is known for.
Yrjan Olsnes

Experience more with Hardangerfjord in a Nutshell™

Discover the exceptional beauty of the Hardangerfjord, one of Norway's premier destinations.
Explore local life and Norwegian traditions while visiting enchanting villages, famous waterfalls, and dramatic mountains.
This 2 day tour includes a night in the charming village of Ulvik.


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Experience the Great Waterfall and Fjord Tour™

Discover the exceptional beauty of the Hardangerfjord, one of Norway's premier destinations.
Explore local life and Norwegian traditions while visiting enchanting villages, famous waterfalls, and dramatic mountains.
This tour is available as a round trip from Bergen and focuses on fjords and waterfalls.


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Top activities on the Hardangerfjord in a Nutshell™ tour

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