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From Odda: Hardangerfjord cruise with a visit in Naa

From Odda: Hardangerfjord cruise with a visit in Naa

Aurora of The Fjords departs from Odda. In the area of Odda and Tyssedal you get to see old factories that has had a major impact in Norwegian industrial history, as to the area itself. You will enjoy the majestic mountains that sorrunds the fjord and the fruit farms which the area is well known for. Sweet cherries, plums, pears but most of all apples are grown here. Apples that are refined into the (almost) world-famous cider. When you reach Naa (Nå) we highly suggest a visit to one or several of the cider farms that are within walking distance from the pier; right up the road, you’ll find Edel Sideri. To Store Naa Siderkompani is about 10 minutes’ walk and further up the road, about 30 minutes (or 10 minutes by taxi) you’ll find Kvestad Sideri. Alde Sider is a nice 25 minutes’ walk alongside the fjord. If you would like to enjoy a cider tasting at one of the farms it is recommended to book in advance, but you can also buy their products to enjoy later. Book at TasteHardanger. While waiting for the boat to return to Odda you can relax at Siderhuset Ola K which is situated at the pier. Here you can get tasty food and of course a glass of cider. Or several. On board you can enjoy audioguiding on your own phone - don't forget your headphones!

Privat Trip to Hardanger Fjord Lunch at a Cider Farm incl.

Privat Trip to Hardanger Fjord Lunch at a Cider Farm incl.

The driver will pick you up at your hotel on time. After half an hour on tour we´ll have a stop at the Trengereid lookout and Bakery. Here you find also public toilets. The next stop will be the Steinsdalsfossen waterfall. You can walk along the back of this waterfall without getting wet. It is one of the most visited waterfalls in Norway. At about 12:15 we will arrive at Spildegarden Sider Farm in Øystese from where you have a spectacular view over the Hardanger Fjord. Here we will have our lunch break. First there is a short guided tour of the farm and afterwards we go to dining room which is extremely cozy with a fireplace. For lunch there is a traditional soup with local food as well as apple pie, coffee/tea, a glass of apple juice and a glass of apple sider. We stay here for just an hour and continue on our way at around 13:30. After a little less than an hour's drive, we reach the Hardanger Bridge. Before the bridge was completed in 2013, ferries ran every 20 to 60 minutes, the crossing took around 10 minutes. The bridge has a total length of 1,380 m and a height of 55 meters and was the longest bridge in Norway and 10th longest in the world when it opened. If the weather is nice and time permits, we can stop here after crossing the bridge to go to a viewpoint and take a few photos. Coffee or tea and delicious cake will be waiting for us at about 15:15 at the Hotel Ullensvang . The hotel was built in 1846 and constantly expanded, now it is one of the most beautiful hotels in Norway, picturesquely situated directly on the Hardanger Fjord. Norway's most famous composer Edvard Grieg spent many summers at Hardanger Fjord, both to relax and to compose. He found peace in a small hut that now stands in the garden of the hotel. We will leave this wonderful place again at around 15:45 and continue on our way towards Jondal, where we want to catch the ferry at 17:20. We head towards the outermost tip of the Hardanger Fjord, where the small town of Odda is located. Around 1900, the small town of Odda was the most popular destination for wealthy summer visitors, at times even the most visited place. In 1906, the Tyssedal hydroelectric power station was built to supply electricity to the carbide and cyanamide factories that were being built in the center of Odda. Odda thus became an industrial town and lost its appeal as a tourist destination for the time being. In recent years, however, this trend has been reversed and Odda is enjoying an increasing number of tourists every year. We only drive through this small town. The ferry from Jondal to Tørvikbygd departs at 17:20 on the dot. We cross the main arm of the Hardangerfjord here, the crossing takes about 20 minutes. There are toilets and a self-service café on the ferry. At 17:40 the ferry docks in Tørvikbygd. From here, we make our way directly to Bergen. The journey will take about one and a half hours, so you will be back at your hotel at about 19:15 You've had a wonderful day ;-)

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(7 reviews)

Nice trip with the boat. Very good fish soup at the pier in Nå. Great surroundings.