Hardanger Fjord - A Natural Source Of Tourist Destination

Hardanger Fjord - A Natural Source Of Tourist Destination

Arriving Hardanger during springtime you will immediately understand why the composer Edvard Grieg got inspiration to some of his finest masterpieces here. The blossom is really springtime's most beautiful adventure; with blue fjord, snow-covered mountains and foaming...

Arriving Hardanger during springtime you will immediately understand why the composer Edvard Grieg got inspiration to some of his finest masterpieces here. The blossom is really springtime's most beautiful adventure; with blue fjord, snow-covered mountains and foaming waterfalls as background. Normally, the cherry and plum flowers can be observed from the beginning of May, whereas the pink apple blossom is at its most colourful towards the end of May. At the farms close to Folgefonna glacier, you will also see blossom by the first week of June. In July and first days of August, the cherries give a sweet taste of summer and holiday. This delicacy is for sale along Tourist Road Hardanger.

80% of Norwegian cherries are grown in Ullensvang. From medio August and until the end of October, the branches at the farms bend under the weight of plums, pears and apples. Many places you may buy fresh fruit directly form the farmer, in farm shops or at fruit storehouses. Almost 30 different apple species are available! At Hjeltnes Horticultural College in Ulvik and at Planteforsk in Lofthus, the country's fruit- and vegetable experts are at work, and both are open for group sightseeing. Many fruit farms welcome guests for sightseeing and refreshments. Both springtime, summer and fall you can experience Hardanger's fascinating orchards at close range - you virtually drive right through them!!

" Welcome You to The Garden of Fjord Norway"

How to get Hardanger Fjord

Activities for All Seasons

Hardanger Fjord during springtime

The most narrow strait of Hardanger

Travel about 10 km north, and a little bit east, and you’ll find Fyksesundet strait – wild, spectacular and wet. From the Hardanger Fjord, it twists and turns between high mountains and cascading waterfalls until it reaches the roadless hamlet of Botnen where the first Hardanger fiddles were born and developed 350 years ago. An eight-kilometre stretch is accessible by car, and from there boat is the only means of transport. For those who would like to experience this enchanting pearl in the very heart of Hardanger, a scheduled boat service from Porsmyr and Steinstø is available throughout the season.
Hardanger Fjord - The most narrow strait of Hardanger

About Hardanger Fjord

With a length of 179 km (111 miles), the Hardangerfjord in the county of Hordaland in Norway is the third largest fjord in the world and the second largest in Norway. The surrounding district is called Hardanger.

Norheimsund is the municipal administrative centre of Kvam, Norway. The village is located on the northern side of the Hardangerfjord, about 80 km from Bergen. The waterfall Steinsdalsfossen, as of 2006 the 6th most visited natural tourist attraction in Norway, is located near Norheimsund. In 2007, Norheimsund had a population of 2,053.

Hardanger is a traditional district in the western part of Norway, dominated by the Hardangerfjord. It consists of the municipalities of Odda, Ullensvang, Eidfjord, Ulvik, Granvin, Kvam and Jondal, and is located inside the fylke of Hordaland. In the early Viking Age, before Harald Fairhair, Hardanger was a petty kingdom with its capital at Kinsarvik.

The Hardangerfjord starts at the Atlantic Ocean just south of Bergen (SW Norway). Here the fjord penetrates in a north easterly direction until it meets the grand mountain plateau of Hardangervidda. The longest branch of the Hardangerfjord is Sørfjorden which cuts south about 50 km from the main fjord. Its maximum depth is more than 800 m (2,624 ft) just outside Norheimsund in the middle of the fjord.

7 municipalities and the local tourist offices around Hardanger


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