The blue Hardangerfjord

The blue Hardangerfjord by Sverre Hjornevik, Fjord Norway

The Hardangerfjord is one of the main fjords

and the second longest of the Norwegian fjords. It cuts inland from the coast just south of Bergen. The outer parts of the Hardangerfjord consist of a beautiful archipelago and the amazing Sunnhordland area. The Hardangerfjord has several scenic branches, like the 38 km long Sorfjord, the tiny Ulvikfjord and the Eidfjord.

Hotel Ullensvang on Hardangerfjord by Gunn Gravdal Elton, Fjord Norway

Hotel Ullensvang, Lofthus

Tiny Fjord villages:

the Hardangerfjord offers beautifully located villages, like Rosendal in the outer fjord area, Norheimsund & Utne with historic wooden hotels, Lofthus with the wonderful and classic Hotel Ullensvang, scenic Ulvik and tiny Eidfjord – the link to the Hardangervidda National Park.

The Folgefonna glacier

is located at the Folgefonna peninsula of the Hardangerfjord, visible from the northern shore of the fjord.

Voringfossen waterfall by Sverre Hjornevik, Fjord Norway

Voringsfossen waterfall & Mabodal canyon

Mabodal canyon & the Hardangerfjord

During the Scandinavian ice age, the ice carved out the Hardangerfjord from the massive Hardangervidda mountain plateau, but it also created the breathtaking Mabodal canyon, cutting its way from the mountain plateau down to sea level of the Hardangerfjord, with the cascading Voringsfossen waterfall at the upper edge – offering a spectacular free fall of about 180 m.

Fruit blossom in Hardanger by Sverre Hjornevik, Fjord Norway

Fruit blossom by Hardangerfjord

Fruit blossom, fruit and berries

Due to the mild and protected climate of the Hardangerfjord, normally with early spring, the conditions are perfect for fruit farming, thus the spectacular fruit blossom in spring is one of the main features of the Hardangerfjord area. Later in summer, when the apples and the delicious, dark, sweet cherries are ripe, you will find fruit farmers offering their produce along the roads of the Hardangerfjord shores.

Fjord cruise trips to the Hardangerfjord:

On the shores of Harangerfjord by CH, Visit Norway

On the shores of Hardangerfjord

The Grand Tour of the Fjords

An extensive 8-night round trip from Oslo, covering major attractions of Fjord Norway, with fjord cruises on the Sognefjord, Hardangerfjord and Geirangerfjord, the Flam Railway, stay in a beautiful fjord village along with Oslo, Bergen and Trondheim, and an unforgettable excursion to the Mabodal canyon with the Voringsfossen waterfall.

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Atlantic Ocean Road by M. Dickson,Foap, Visit Norway

Atlantic Ocean Road

Norwegian Fjords & Western Coast

This is a 7-night round trip from Oslo, heading north to the picturesque, historic town of Trondheim by the Dovre rail line, then an overnight cruise to Bergen, including an unforgettable excursion across the spectacular Atlantic Ocean Road. While in Bergen, you will join a day excursion with fjord cruise on the scenic Hardangerfjord. Then on to the Sognefjord for a beautiful fjord cruise, a ride on the Flam Railway and the Bergen mountain rail line to Oslo.

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