Travelling to Hardanger by express boat is the smart choice. From Norheimsund, Norled gets you quickly and easily out onto the fjord. You may even see porpoises swimming alongside the boat, and there’s nothing to beat the feeling when the boat docks in beautiful fjord villages such as Utne and Ulvik.
And when Hardanger is the setting for the favourite hike of no less than Norway’s Queen Sonja, it says something about this region’s magnificent scenery. The hike, which is now called Dronningstien – the Queen’s Trail – is one of the most popular in Norway, offering unrivalled panoramic views over the Sørfjord and the Hardangervidda mountain plateau. What about hiking up to Stavali mountain cabin or experiencing the waterfalls at Husedalen? Hardanger is also home to Vøringsfossen – Norway’s most famous waterfall. You can hike from bottom to top on a pretty but slightly challenging path, with the powerful 182 m falls always at your side.
Kjeåsen mountain farm is the perfect place to understand what life must have been like for those who lived in this dramatic landscape in past centuries. It provides a fantastic first glimpse into Fjord Norway’s important cultural heritage, which makes Hardanger worth a longer stay. Spoil yourself with unforgettable local food and drink experiences, whether in restaurants serving the best local produce or small breweries and cider producers. Hardanger also boasts great places to stay, both historic and contemporary. And last but not least: you’ll quickly appreciate the slower pace of life here, and the chance to relax and unwind in fantastic surroundings.
The tour described is a suggestion from Norled. You can book your boat ticket with Norled here. All other transport, activities and accommodation are booked separately. You can find useful links and suggestions at the bottom of the page.