Hardangerfjord: 180 kilometres of pure Norway

FR FlagDE FlagFR Flag

The Hardangerfjord stretches for around 180 kilometres from the Atlantic coast to the inland, making it the second longest fjord in Norway and the third longest fjord in the world. On its shores, the country’s spectacular nature with its mountains and waterfalls is waiting to be discovered, whether on hikes, bike tours or from the water in a canoe. Find out everything you need to know about the “Queen of the Fjords” here.

Why travel to the Hardangerfjord?

Hardangerfjord: Holidays
At the Hardangerfjord you can experience breathtaking nature.

Fjords and spectacular nature are an undeniable part of Norway – so why not take a trip to the second longest and second deepest fjord in the country? The Hardangerfjord is one of the more southern fjords and stretches for a good 180 kilometres through rugged, varied nature that invites you to explore and discover.

Hikes through breathtaking landscapes and past impressive waterfalls are just as common here as relaxed fishing trips or action-packed winter sports. Those who want to recover from the exciting days can do so in a holiday home or in one of the picturesque and cosy villages on the banks of the fjord.

Where is the Hardangerfjord?

The Hardangerfjord is located in the south-west of Norway between Stavanger and Bergen. It stretches for 180 kilometres from the Atlantic coast near the island of Bømlo (around 80 kilometres south of Bergen) through the province of Vestland far inland, where it splits into the smaller fjord arms Eidfjord and Sørfjord and ends near Hardangervidda. At 893 metres, the deepest point is at the village of Norheimsund, roughly in the middle of the fjord.

Hardangerfjord: weather

As you would expect from Norway, the weather on the Hardangerfjord is rather cool and rainy. Nevertheless, even in the summer months there are many hours of sunshine and temperatures can range between 15 and 20° Celsius. The best time to visit is therefore from May to September. In the autumn and winter months, the temperature drops to below 0° Celsius and there is a lot of snow.

Sights and activities on the Hardangerfjord

Active travelling on and around the Hardangerfjord

The Hardangerfjord is a real paradise for outdoor enthusiasts and nature lovers. Hikers in particular get their money’s worth here, for example in the Hardangervidda National Park or on the “Dronningstien” – one of Queen Sonja’s favourite hiking trails, which leads through 16 kilometres of Norway’s varied landscape and offers fantastic views over the Sørfjord.

In addition to the various, diverse hikes (for example, glacier hiking is also offered), you can also fill your active holiday with cycling, climbing or winter sports in the Fonna ski area. Of course, you can also get active on the water and hire a canoe or kayak.

Hardangerfjord: Active
The Hardangerfjord offers many opportunities for an exciting active holiday.

Hike to Trolltunga

One of the most popular and well-known attractions on the Hardangerfjord is the Trolltunga – “Troll’s Tongue”. It is a mountain spur that stands out spectacularly at an altitude of over 1,100 metres west of the Sørfjord and offers an incomparable view of the surrounding valley.

The hike through the Norwegian high mountains should be well planned and prepared, as depending on the tour, route and starting point, it can take over 10 hours and cover up to 28 kilometres. Not only beginners should therefore consider taking part in a guided tour.

Hardangerfjord: Trolltunga
The spectacular Trolltunga is one of the most famous attractions on the Hardangerfjord.

Waterfalls on the Hardangerfjord

Hardangerfjord: Steinsdalsfossen
A path leads behind the Steinsdalsfossen.

There are some spectacular waterfalls on the Hardangerfjord. One of them is Vøringsfossen, which is located on the Norwegian Scenic Route Hardangervidda and is one of Norway’s most famous sights.

The waterfall is 182 metres high and the largest free fall is 145 metres. The hike through the impressive valley along the river is short but challenging, so you should be well prepared.

Another equally spectacular waterfall is the Steinsdalsfossen near the village of Norheimsund. The waterfall has a drop height of 50 metres and has the special feature that there is a paved path with railings behind the mass of water.

Fishing on the Hardangerfjord

Fishing is a popular outdoor leisure activity. The Hardangerfjord offers a spectacular panorama for relaxed fishing trips. In addition, fishing in the Norwegian fjords is free and possible without a fishing licence.

The Hardangerfjord is one of the most fish-rich fjords in Norway and offers a wide variety of fish species. It is not only home to herring and salmon, but also whiting, pollack and cod. You can do a lot of fishing from the shore, but for days when the fish are particularly plentiful, it is worth hiring a boat and travelling further out into the fjord.

Accommodation by the Hardangerfjord

Holiday homes and holiday flats by the Hardangerfjord

A vacation in a holiday home or holiday flat is a very popular way to spend a holiday in Norway and on the Hardangerfjord. Along the fjord there is a wide range of accommodation in the small coastal towns and villages in various sizes and price ranges.

Holiday homes and flats are often not only located right by the water and offer plenty of space and independence, but also give holidaymakers the feeling of being at home, which can be very welcome after an exciting day in nature. This type of accommodation is particularly suitable for families or other groups. Pets are often also welcome, but you should always enquire beforehand.

Camping by the Hardangerfjord

Camping in Norway is also very popular, especially in the summer months. Whether you are travelling by car and tent or by motorhome, you are sure to find a pitch at one of the many campsites along the Hardangerfjord. Camping accommodation is therefore not only suitable for families and nature lovers, but also for holidaymakers on a road trip.

Camping is particularly popular because it is simple and uncomplicated, but also often comparatively inexpensive. It is also a very nature-loving way to spend a holiday and many campsites are located right by the water – including on the Hardangerfjord. There is also a wide range of accommodation and services, such as restaurants, internet and saunas.

Travelling to the Hardangerfjord

By airplane to the Hardangerfjord

If you want to travel quickly and easily by plane, you should fly to Bergen. The airport there is the second largest airport in Norway and is served by flights from all over Europe. Alternatively, you can also make a stopover in Oslo, Stockholm or Copenhagen. It only takes about an hour by car from Bergen to the Hardangerfjord, so a hire car is worthwhile. Alternatively, you can continue your journey by bus or speedboat.

Cruises on the Hardangerfjord

Cruises are a particularly good way to discover the exciting and beautiful fjord regions. From the water, you can discover a whole range of places and sights in just a few days without having to do without any luxury. A round trip on Norway’s second-longest fjord is a natural choice, and cruises also stop at other Norwegian hotspots.

SCANDICookie Consent with Real Cookie Banner