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Eidfjord: 1-Hour Fjord RIB Tour

1. 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.

Odda: RIB Boat Tour on the Hardangerfjord

2. Odda: RIB Boat Tour on the Hardangerfjord

Take a RIB tour from the center of Odda to discover the Hardangerfjord area. Board the boat at the harbor in Odda, and set off. Pass the hydroelectric power plant in Tyssedal as your guide tells you about the importance of water to Norway’s industrialization. Continue to Ullensvang, the fruit garden of Norway. On both sides of the fjord you will see steep mountains, and hillsides filled with small fruit farms growing apples, cherries, pears, and plums. Explore different attractions and look out for local wildlife. Listen to the fascinating stories about the culture and history of the area, told by your guide. The tour then ends back in Odda.

From Bergen: Hardangerfjord & Folgefonna Glacier Hike

3. From Bergen: Hardangerfjord & Folgefonna Glacier Hike

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.

Hardangerfjord: Fjord and Salmon Boat Safari

4. Hardangerfjord: Fjord and Salmon Boat Safari

Experience natural landscapes and get an insight into old fjord communities on this trip. Learn about salmon production and sample some salmon produced in Hardangerfjord combined with local ciders or apple juices. Go on a tour of Hardanger Akvasenter’s digital viewing center in Øystese. Then, hop on a rigid inflatable boat (RIB) to go into the fjord arm Fyksesund, a beautiful fjord arm midway in the Hardangerfjord. Enjoy the scenic views that Fyksesund has to offer, along with the inner part of the fjord's particularly steep and high mountainsides. Enjoy several stops close to land along the way to delve into nature and history along the fjord. On the way out, go ashore to Hardanger Aqua Center’s display facility at the start of the fjord arm. Get to see the practice of salmon production. Treat yourself to tastings of locally produced salmon served in combination with local apple drinks. Return in the RIB via Kvamsøy and Tjuvaholmen back to Øystese.

From Bergen: Hardangerfjord Self-Guided Day Trip

5. From Bergen: Hardangerfjord Self-Guided Day Trip

Discover the majestic landscapes of the mountains, roaring waterfalls, and idyllic orchards during this full-day tour of the Hardangerfjord, the 3rd longest fjord in the world measuring at 179 km and depths dropping to 900 meters. Travel by railway, coach, cruise boat, and witness unforgettable landscapes along the way. Pass by Bergen and Eidfjord. Stop to visit Voss, Ulvik, Voringsfossen, Norheimsund on this self-guided journey.

Bergen: Hardangerfjord, Voss Gondola, and 4 Great Waterfalls

6. Bergen: Hardangerfjord, Voss Gondola, and 4 Great Waterfalls

After being picked up from your accommodation, you'll begin a scenic journey complete with a private car and local guide. You'll be presented with a breathtaking landscape of mountains, spectacular waterfalls, and blooming fruit gardens, during a full-day tour along Norway's second-longest fjord. Travel through pretty villages such as Norheimsund, Øystese, and Eidfjord, and admire panoramic views over the serene Hardangerfjord. At the Fossli Hotel viewpoint there is also an amazing view to the Måbødal Valley and Vøringsfoss Waterfall, which has a total height of 182 meters. At Voss, you will stop at the newest attraction of Voss Gondol, which opened in July 2019. This will takes you from the town and up to Mount Hanguren, which sits at 820 meters above sea level, in less than 9 minutes. From there your Hanguren Panorama tour starts just outside the station at Hangurstoppen. This is an easy walk that is suitable for all ages and levels, and you can even bring a stroller. The trail is around 800 meters round-trip, and offers beautiful panoramic view of Voss’ mountains, lakes, and parts of the town center.

From Bergen: Private Trip to Hardangerfjord

7. 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.

From Bergen: Hardangerfjord & Vøringsfossen Private Tour

8. From Bergen: Hardangerfjord & Vøringsfossen Private Tour

This private guided round trip starts by car in Bergen at 7 AM, lasts for about 10 hours, and will take you through beautiful scenery with views of majestic mountains, roaring waterfalls, and idyllic orchards. During the tour, delight in an express cruise through the spectacular Hardangerfjord, and marvel at the breathtaking Vøringsfossen waterfall. If Sognefjord is the king of the fjords, then Hardangerfjord is the queen. Stretching for 179 kilometers (111 miles), it is the second-largest fjord in Norway and the fourth-largest in the world. Surrounded by towering cliffs, snow-capped mountains, and blossoming fruit trees, this part of Norway is a masterpiece of spellbinding nature, even for the most seasoned traveler. From an open-deck catamaran, admire the natural beauty and breathtaking scenery this area offers. Depart from the charming village of Norheimsund and journey to Eidfljord through a landscape full of historic villages, waterfalls, and orchards. Make sure to have your camera ready! In the distance, see Folgefonna glacier and national park, the third largest glacier in Norway. On the way, the boat stops in Herand, Utne, Lofthus, Kinsarvik, and Ulvik. Upon arrival in Eidfjord, continue by car up 700 meters (almost 2,300 feet) to Vøringsfossen waterfall. See the landscape open up before you as you make your way up, and take a minute to really appreciate the view once you reach the top. Step forward, if you dare, and watch the raging water hit the valley 182 meters (597 feet) below. From Vøringsfossen, take a scenic drive back toward Bergen, passing Hardangerfjord Bridge and Voss town on the way.

From Bergen: Modalen Private Fjords Cruise with Waterfalls

9. From Bergen: Modalen Private Fjords Cruise with Waterfalls

Cruise out of Bergen on a private fjords trip to Modalen. Experience breathtaking scenery with a backdrop of mountains until you reach the traditional villages and picturesque waterfalls. Let the water fall upon your skin and explore the small village of Mo before drifting past Fulufjallet. Make your way to Bergen Port to meet your friendly captain and guide for the day. Climb aboard the boat and relax as you drift out of the harbor, admiring stunning views of the UNESCO World Heritage Listed Bryggen heritage buildings. Enter the fjords and immerse yourself in a fairytale-like world of natural beauty. Look out to the stretching mountains on the horizon and listen to the softly rippling waters beneath the boat as you pass Sandviken and Eidsvåg. Arrive at the narrow fjords and remote towns of Modalen and cruise right up to a waterfall to taste the mountain water. Step foot in the village of Mo for a break and spend free time exploring on your own or maybe get something to eat. Set sail again and reach the beautiful 170-meter waterfall of Fulufjallet. Indulge with some snacks and wine on board as you cruise back along the fjords to Bergen.

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What people are saying about Hardangerfjord

Overall rating

4.9 / 5

based on 40 reviews

Excellent trip! Picked up from our hotel in a Porsche and water provided. Stop at a lovely waterfall on the way and the tour guide at Folgefonna was excellent. Knowledgeable, and plenty of breaks. Make sure to take some sandwiches with you as there's a sit down just under half way for a snack. Journey back was just as good and the taxi driver was lovely. He joined us for the hike also. Couldn't fault the trip or the team at Folgefonna. Only negative is it says equipment included - we lost our luggage and contacted the provider who said everything was included and we wouldn't need to buy anything. They provided waterproofs, gloves and snow boots with crampons but nothing for warmth so glad I'd already bought a hoodie. Would recommend, highly enjoyed!

The ride was beautiful - great explanations - we learned a lot about the electric power plant and about the animal world. To our delight we saw a white-tailed eagle. In between a lot of fast maneuvers with daring corners, we laughed a lot. Thank you for the nice afternoon.

Fast-paced trip through the fjord with short stops for explanations and photos. Would I book again!

An absolute highlight in the Eidfjord! I absolutely recommend it. Great driver/guide.

A great ride on the fjord with good speed and cornering.