September we had the great opportunity to go and discover Fjord Norway! This beautiful region in Norway is well known for its fjords, mountains, glaciers and many outdoor activities.
During our road trip, we’ve visited different places around two of the main fjords in the area: the Hardangerfjord and the Sognefjord. This blogpost is about places to go around the great Hardangerfjord!
OUR AMAZING OUTDOOR TRIP IN HARDANGERFJORD
The Hardangerfjord is the second-longest fjord in Norway. It’s 179 km long and reaches all the way from the Atlantic Ocean to the small town of Odda and the other end is at Ulvik. The Hardangerfjord region is spectacularly beautiful and an absolute must-visit when travelling to Norway. The region is easily reached from the city of Bergen, which was also the starting point of our road trip. There are many walks and hikes around the Hardangerfjord, the most famous one is the spectacular hike to Trolltunga.
MOUNT OKSEN – OUTDOOR TRIP IN HARDANGERFJORD
Another beautiful hike during our outdoor trip in Hardangerfjord is a full-day guided trip to the top of Mount Oksen. From the top, you’ll have a panoramic 360 degrees view of 4 fjords! The ascent is about 1000m with almost no flat parts and it took us about 5-6 hours to hike to the top and back down. It’s definitely as beautiful as the hike to Trolltunga, but a lot less touristy! We were accompanied by a guide from Outdoor Norway who could tell us lots about the region. You can actually see us hiking this trail in their movie here!
FOLGEFONNA NATIONAL PARK
We love glaciers, so a glacier hike had to be on our program during the outdoor trip in Hardangerfjord! We hiked the Juklavass Glacier in Folgefonna National Park and found some really blue ice! The blue color was very bright, light and amazing. Together with a group of 6 and a guide from Folgefonni Breførarlag we hiked across the glacier for about 5-6 hours. We also had the opportunity to descent down into a crevasse! Despite the fog we experienced on the glacier we had some nice views of the fjords and lakes in the area. With a clear sky the views should be even better! The hike started at the Fonna Glacier Ski Resort where you can ski in the summer!
Folgefonna National Park is definitely a must see when visiting Fjord Norway! Drive over the narrow roads and hike upon the mountains to get the best views!
During our first 2 days in Fjord Norway, we stay in Rosendal, which is situated along the shore of the Hardangerfjord. Rosendal has a small harbour which is a perfect place to go and see the sunset. From Rosendal we explored different places around Folgefonna National Park. One of those places was the beautiful Bondhusvatnet. This lake is very peaceful and the boat makes the scenery perfect for a nice picture! You can park your car in Sundal and from there it’s an easy 45 min. hike to the lake.
Voss is situated between the Hardangerfjord and Sognefjord and is considered to be the city of outdoor adventure! You’ll have forests, rivers, waterfalls, lakes and the two famous fjords nearby. There are lots of activities which you can choose from. We decided to go kayaking on Vangsvatnet lake with Outdoor Norway! During our stay we slept at the Store Ringheim Hotel. We stayed in the historical room and it was quite something special!
Bergen is the perfect place to start your journey into the great Fjords. Bergen is a major Norwegian city with about 275.000 people, but the city centre is small enough to explore on foot. You can stroll around the old streets and see Bryggen, the famous old wooden houses. Make sure to go up to Mt. Fløyen with the Fløibanen or Mt Ulriken with a cable car to have a great panoramic view of the city. Unfortunately, when we arrived at the top of Mt Ulriken we were in the middle of the clouds.