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From Eidfjord: Vøringfossen Waterfall Nature Tour with Guide

1. From Eidfjord: Vøringfossen Waterfall Nature Tour with Guide

Discover the beauty of Norway's natural landscapes on an easy-going guided nature tour with transportation from Eidfjord. Drive through Hardangervidda National Park and the Måbø Valley, admire the Vøringfossen waterfall from a mountain plateau, and walk across a bridge suspended over a gorge. After pickup from the pier in Eidfjord, start the scenic drive along one of Norway's most beautiful routes. Follow the Eio river and enter the Måbø Valley, passing rugged mountains and crossing over stone bridges. Arrive at the Hardangervidda mountain plateau to take in vast views over the awe-inspiring National Park. From here you'll also get unobstructed views of Vøringfossen, an impressive 182-meter waterfall thundering into the Måbø Valley. Enjoy leisure time to take in the panorama, stop for a slice of homemade cake at a local hotel, or join the guide for an easy hike via a 47-meter-wide walking bridge over a gorge. Continue the tour to the uniquely impressive Sysen Dam, where you can also catch sight of Norway's second-largest glacier. Take one last stop on a mountain plateau to appreciate the scenic landscape, before heading back to Eidfjord.

Ulvik: Hardangerfjord and Osafjord RIB Tour

2. Ulvik: Hardangerfjord and Osafjord RIB Tour

As you depart from Ulvik, you'll immediately be struck by the sheer beauty of your surroundings. Taking you out to the main Hardangerfjord you will witness the Hardanger Bridge, one of Norway's most iconic and awe-inspiring feats of engineering and the longest suspension bridge in the country. The towers rages 200 meters above the water, and the bridge is placed in a stunning fjord landscape surrounded with 1200 meters high mountains that will take your breath away. You'll ride aboard a Rigid Inflatable Boat (RIB) as you explore the majestic fjords of this breathtaking region. Hardangerfjord stretches out before you, with towering cliffs and pristine waters providing a stunning backdrop to your journey. With the wind in your hair and the sun on your face, you'll speed past old roadless settlements in the Osafjord, taking in the rugged beauty of this untouched part of Norway. Throughout your journey, our experienced guides will be on hand to provide commentary and answer any questions you may have. Whether you're a seasoned traveler or a first-time visitor to Norway, our 60-minute Hardangerfjord and Osafjord RIB safari is an adventure you won't want to miss. Book your spot today and get ready for the ride of a lifetime!

Øystese: Hardangerfjord and Fyksesund RIB Fjord Adventure

3. Øystese: Hardangerfjord and Fyksesund RIB Fjord Adventure

Join an adrenaline-filled RIB boat tour of the Hardangerfjord. Learn about the fjord and its history from your expert guide. Keep your camera handy to snap photos of the unique scenery and wildlife. Our knowledgeable and friendly guides will take you through the stunning landscapes of the Norwegian Fjords, providing fascinating stories and insights into the local history and culture, as well as pointing out the unique nature of the region. You'll ride a modern and powerful RIB (Rigid Inflatable Boat), which is designed to give you a comfortable, safe, and exhilarating ride. The boat will take you to remote corners of the fjord that are inaccessible to larger vessels, allowing you to get up-close and personal with the dramatic mountainsides, waterfalls, and fjord landscape of the area. On this tour, you'll sail across the Hardangerfjord to Herand and venture into the Fyksesund fjord branch, taking in breathtaking views of the surroundings along the way. We'll pass through narrow straits and under a towering bridge, and stop at picturesque and secluded coves where you can take a moment to appreciate the incomparable serenity of this unique setting. Join us for a 90-min fjord safari with RIB from Øystese, and discover the rugged beauty and unparalleled majesty of Norway's unforgettable Fjords. Book now for an unforgettable adventure!

Øystese: Fyksesund RIB fjord safari

4. Øystese: Fyksesund RIB fjord safari

Experience the breathtaking beauty of the Norwegian fjords with our 60 min fjord safari on a Rigid Inflatable Boat (RIB) departing from Øystese, and heading to the Fyksesund fjord branch. This exciting adventure offers you the perfect opportunity to explore the magnificent landscapes of Norway's majestic mountains, cascading waterfalls, and pristine fjords. Our experienced guide will take you on a memorable journey through the winding fjord, sharing exciting insights and fun facts about the fjord landscape, and the culture and history of the region. You can expect to witness stunning natural sights such as dramatic mountainsides, up-close waterfalls, and impressive rock formations that surround you at every turn. During the tour, you will also have the chance to capture some truly unforgettable moments on camera, and if you are lucky close-up views of various sea birds, including eagles and cormorants, and playful porpoises swimming in the fjord. Our RIB boats are designed to provide the ultimate adventure, with twin high-performance outboard engines that allow for speeds up to 50 knots, ensuring an exhilarating and unforgettable experience. Our safety-driven approach and well-trained guides ensure you enjoy your trip in total safety and comfort.

From Norheimsund: Hardangerfjord & Fyksesund RIB Fjord Tour

5. From Norheimsund: Hardangerfjord & Fyksesund RIB Fjord Tour

Experience the stunning beauty of the Hardangerfjord and Fyksesund fjord branch on our thrilling 90 min fjord safari with RIB from Norheimsund! Hop aboard our powerful RIB speedboat and prepare for an exhilarating adventure as we speed across the clear waters of Norway's second-longest fjord, surrounded by breathtaking scenery. Our experienced guide will take you on a journey to explore both the fjord's wide and narrow landcape, steep mountainsides, cascading waterfalls and pristine coves. As we navigate through Fyksesund fjord branch, be prepared to be awe-struck by the stunning landscapes that surround us, and bask in the peace and tranquility of this remote, unspoiled paradise. So come and join us on this unforgettable journey of discovery, as we take you on a 90 min fjord safari with RIB from Norheimsund, and introduce you to the remarkable beauty of the Hardangerfjord and Fyksesund fjord branch. Book your seat today, and immerse yourself in nature like you've never imagined possible!

Eidfjord: 1-Hour Fjord RIB Tour

6. Eidfjord: 1-Hour Fjord RIB Tour

Take an exhilarating 1-hour fjord tour from Eidfjord Harbor as your captain explains the sights along the way. Stop at a place where goats will come down to the boat, and pause to look at seals in the sea or on land. Look out for the rich birdlife that populates Eidfjord, and learn about about what has shaped the nature, people and society in this region.   Pass one of Norway's largest power plants at Simadal Fjord, and admire the steep mountainsides and waterfalls of this fjord. Alternatively, cruise out to Hardangerbrua to study the power station from the sea. Along this route, you'll pass a waterfall that almost falls on the boat on rainy days, and other sights of cultural-historical significance.

Bergen: Chasing Waterfalls of Hardangerfjord Shore Excursion

7. Bergen: Chasing Waterfalls of Hardangerfjord Shore Excursion

Get up close to multiple waterfalls and visit Hardangerfjord and Voss together with a knowledgeable local guide. Enjoy the comfort of an air-conditioned bus that will drive you through breathtaking landscapes. We will start the day by picking you up with the bus at the pier in Bergen and driving through the centuries-old city center of Bergen. After a short ride, we will arrive at our first stop: Mørkhølen Fossen. In comparison to the other two waterfalls, this one is the smallest but also quite cute. The Fossen Bratte Waterfall is nestled in a scenic valley. As you arrive, you will have a panoramic view and witness the waterfall thundering down into the valley. At the top of the waterfall, you can visit a war monument that serves as a reminder of the battles that took place here. However, it is also possible to get up close to the base of the waterfall by walking down the old road into the green valley. The next stop offers a one-of-a-kind experience. At Steinsdalsfossen waterfall, you will have the opportunity to walk behind the waterfall without getting wet. With water thundering down just inches in front of you, this is an experience you won't easily forget. We will drive alongside the Hardangerfjord, passing by many fruit orchards that thrive thanks to the special local climate. Our stop here will allow you to take in the view and capture some stunning photos. Our next stop is next to the Hardangerfjord, which will give you the opportunity to enjoy the view or walk down a path and get up close to some prehistoric rock carvings. The journey back will take us alongside the Hardangerfjord, where we will make another stop for a photo opportunity. Finally, you will be dropped off at the same location where you were picked up.

From Bergen: Private Trip to Hardangerfjord

8. From Bergen: Private Trip to Hardangerfjord

Begin your private tour with hotel or port pickup in Bergen, and travel west via Highway 7, one of Norway’s scenic tourist roads, to Hardangerfjord. En route, hear about the region’s history and nature from your driver-guide, and take in views of mountain pastures, deep valleys and pretty villages. Make photo stops at the waterfalls of Fossen Bratte and Steinsdalsfossen. Continue to Hardangerfjord and appreciate the full scale of the mountain-framed inlet as you drive toward the upper end. Then, venture across the Hardangerfjord Bridge, one of the world’s longest suspension bridges, absorbing the incredible surrounding scenery. On the other side, pass through the town of Eidfjord and stop in Øvre Eidfjord, a tiny village beautifully set beneath the Hardangervidda mountain plateau. Visit the Hardangervidda Nature Centre (own expense), a cutting-edge museum dedicated to the region’s nature and wildlife. Explore the dioramas and interactive exhibits covering everything from glaciers to zoology, and watch the panoramic film on Hardangervidda and Hardangerfjord — an immersive journey through the area's waterfalls, canyons and glaciers. Next, head to a cozy restaurant specializing in authentic Norwegian cuisine. Enjoy lunch here (own expense) before continuing to Vøringfossen, Norway’s biggest waterfall. Enjoy the views of this precipitous fall, whose waters plunge 597 feet (182 meters) from the Hardangervidda plateau into a narrow valley. Finally, take a different route back to Bergen, where your tour ends at the start point.

Hiking - Full day

9. Hiking - Full day

JOIN A GREAT FULL DAY HIKE TO MOUNT OKSEN Fjord hikes in Norway are a popular activity nearly all year round. On this full day Fjord hiking tour up Mt Oksen we will take you off the beaten track, into some of the most scenic mountains in Hardangerfjord has to offer. With its to 1241m Mt. Oksen offers a spectacular view over four Fjords from the top. The Mt. Oksen trail begins in Tjoflot and starts by winding its way up and through some beautiful native forest. After a fairly challenging start and a demanding climb, the trail opens out above the tree line. There you start to get a glimpse of the spectacular views coming ahead. The higher you go the more rewarding the view. Reaching the top at 1241m you are rewarded with 360 degree views of Samlafjorden, Sørfjorden, Eidfjorden and Granvinsfjorden, as well as panoramic views on the mountain ridge surrounding Voss and Norways’s third largest glacier Folgefonna. Please note that Mt Oksen is a demanding hike that requires a good level of fitness and appropriate clothing and footwear must be worn. The trail climbs straight up 990m from the car park. There are no dangerous passages along the trail but there are two particularly steep parts between 400m and 600ml and towards the top again at 800m. One of the best Fjord hikes in Norway when you are in the area of Hardangerfjord, off the beaten track!

From Bergen: Folgefonna Glacier Blue Ice Hiking

10. From Bergen: Folgefonna Glacier Blue Ice Hiking

Enjoy a private tour that takes you from Bergen to Hardanger and Folgefonna Glacier. Start the tour in Bergen in the morning, with an 8 AM hotel pickup. Then, take the 1.5-hour drive in a private vehicle to Tørvikbygd and cross the Hardangerfjord by ferry to Jondal. From Jondal, drive up to the glacier which is 1200 meters above sea level. Meet your private guide from Folgefonni Breførerlag who will explain everything you need to know about the tour and how to put on the necessary gear. Begin your hike on the Folgefonna Glacier across the huge flat areas of ice. Also, go into crevasse areas and do some climbing if you like. The hike will be adjusted to the wishes of the participants. For some, it will be climbing and adrenalin, for some it will be a quiet walk into a different world. During the day, learn about the cultural and natural history of the glacier. The hike lasts between 3 and 4 hours. After the tour, get dropped-off back at your hotel in Bergen where your experience concludes.

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4.8 / 5

based on 58 reviews

It was a fantastic tour. At high speed you make a beautiful trip through the fjord. The captain stops at beautiful points and tells about the locals, the environment and the animals that live there. It's doable. You get a waterproof and warm suit on what is needed. Would do it again even in less weather and rain.

Despite the rain one of the highlights of our holiday! It's fantastic how close you get to different waterfalls and of course the view, even when it rains, is phenomenal. We even saw porpoises up close. Good and clear explanation about the environment from the friendly captain. Highly recommended!

If you want to experience sensation on the Fjord, this is a tour that you should definitely experience. in addition to the information about the power plan and waterfalls, the speed and sharp turns are fantastic. the rush/adrenaline is superb.

Really fun boat ride - our teenagers enjoyed it as well! Beautiful scenery, interesting information provided. Recommend this one!

Lots of good information about the area, beautiful views and I loved the small group.