On the Hardangerfjord experience round trip, you will experience a journey through a landscape of majestic mountains, roaring waterfalls, and idyllic orchards. If the Sognefjord is the king of the fjords of Western Norway, the Hardangerfjord is surely the queen. The 179 km long fjord offers scenery that will spellbind even the most seasoned traveller. Here, there are cultural and natural gems galore. The trip takes you right into the heart of the Hardangerfjord with its idyllic villages, lush orchards and spectacular nature.
Since the tour is fully self-guided, all means of transportation are very smart connected, all you need to do is just follow the schedule!
- The scenic Bergen Railway
- Bus trip through scenic western mountain terrain, fruit and farmland by the ford
- The delightful little village of Ulvik
- Fjord cruise on the stunning Hardangerford
- Sightseeing trip by bus to the Vøringsfossen waterfall and The Norwegian Nature Centre Hardanger
08:29 You start your journey from Bergen by a train, which takes you on a spectacular ride along the world-famous Bergen Railway to Voss.
10:05 Scenic bus waits for you for a travel from Voss through scenic western mountain terrain, fruit and farmland by the ford to Ulvik, situated at the north end of the Ulvikafjord, an arm of the Hardangerfjord. Ulvik is surrounded by high mountains, and the mountains facing the fjords have spectacular steep faces. This is the heart of Norway’s apple-growing region and numerous and exotic craft apple ciders are produced and sold here. The small, peaceful town affords wonderful views up the fjord, set in the heart of stunning mountainous countryside dotted with farmsteads.
11:15 The fjord cruise on the Hardangerfjord from Ulvik to Eidfjord gives you a total experience of the area's beauty and you get to visit the charming village of Eidfjord where there is a short distance between the fjord and the mountains.
11:45 In Eidfjord you join in on a sightseeing trip by bus to the Norwegian Nature Center Hardanger and Vøringsfossen, Norway's largest waterfall. The new lookout points by the Vøringfossen can take the breath away from everyone!
Vøringsfossen is considered to be one of the most beautiful waterfalls in Norway and with a fall of 182 meters, it is a spectacular sight to watch the foaming water that flows down from Hardangervidda mountain plateau and into Måbødalen valley. In 2020 opened a unique stair bridge over the waterfall which makes it possible to force the high canyon in 99 steps, a walk that guaranteed will give you butterflies in your tummy. The new bridge connects Fossetromma and Fossli, and is part of the project Norwegian Scenic Routes where untraditional architecture is combined with beautiful nature.
14:40 Continue by the sightseeing boat on Hardangerfjord from Eidfjord to Norheimsund via Lofthus. The scenery in Hardanger is at its most beautiful in Lofthus, with a fantastic views of the Folgefonna glacier. It is easy to understand why Lofthus was one of Edvard Grieg's favourite haunts. Lofthus is situated on the eastern shore of Sørfjorden, an arm of the Hardangerfjord.
17:35 After an exciting and eventful day it is time to take a bus from Norheimsund back to Bergen. Shortly after departure from Norheimsund, you will be able to see the roaring Steinsdalsfossen Waterfall and on the journey further west, you will experience the scenic mountain landscape of Vestlandet on a comfortable bus ride.
19:00 Arrival to Bergen by bus.
- The scenic Bergen Railway to Voss
- Bus trip through scenic western mountain terrain, Voss - Ulvik and Norheimsund - Bergen
- Fjord cruise on the stunning Hardangerfjord from Ulvik - Eidfjord - Lofthus - Norheimsund
- Sightseeing trip to Vøringsfossen waterfall and Norwegian Nature Centre Hardanger
The tour is self-guided, meaning you don't have any guide following the group. Just follow the schedule to change all kind of transportation included. Since the tour is very popular, it will be easy to find ang go together with the same independent tour members.