Things to do in Hardangerfjord

Our most recommended things to do in Hardangerfjord

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.

From Bergen: Folgefonna Glacier Blue Ice Hiking

2. 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.

From Bergen: Modalen Private Fjord-cruise with Waterfalls

3. From Bergen: Modalen Private Fjord-cruise with Waterfalls

This private boat trip will take you from Bergen through Norway's iconic fjords in Modalen. Experience amazing scenery, including mountains, traditional small villages, and waterfalls. You'll explore the small village of Mo before cruising back to Bergen through Fulufjallet National Park. From your hotel, it is just a few steps to the harbour to meet your friendly captain and guide for the day. As you cruise out of the harbor, you'll gain lovely views of the UNESCO World Heritage listed Bryggen harbor buildings. The captain will make sure you have enough coffee, tea, wine, beer or what you prefer during the whole day. And you can put on your favorite relax-music on the stereo, while enjoying the amazing norwegian nature along the fjord. How often can you enjoy a private luxurious boat like this, with your own captain? 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 the towns Sandviken and Eidsvåg. We cruise at slow speed, so you can enjoy the nature and silence all the way up to Modal village. When you arrive at the narrow fjords and remote towns of Modalen, you'll be steered right up to a waterfall to taste the mountain water. Or you can have a shower under the waterfall, on the boats fore-deck. Or go for a quick swim in the fjord under the waterfall. The water is cold and fresh, and we have got a hot shower and towel for you. Your next stop will be the charming village of Mo, where you can take a break if you want, and explore the town of 100 residents at your own, and grab something to eat. We warn you that you will not meet many people here, only some locals- as tis is a very remote ans quite village, with only one grocery-store, and a cafeteria. The last part of the cruise will take you to the breathtaking 90-meter waterfall of the cliff Fulufjallet National Park. Enjoy some more snacks and wine on board as you cruise back along the fjords to Bergen. If you want to try steering the boat, the captain will step aside while you take over the steering. We are looking forward to see you, and we will make this the best day of your vacation.

From Bergen: Private Trip to Hardangerfjord

4. 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 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.

From Norheimsund: Hardangerfjord and Fyksesund RIB safari

6. From Norheimsund: Hardangerfjord and Fyksesund RIB safari

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. Meet in the lobby of the Thon Hotel Sandven for a fun-filled adventure out on the fjords. After the safety briefing, you’ll have time to get kitted out before boarding the boat. Speed across the Hardangerfjord to the old trading town of Herandsholmen. Learn about the fjord and the people who lived at the fjord farms from your driver and guide. Crossing the fjord heading north to enter Fyksesund the most narrow part if the Hardangerfjord. This fjord branch cannot be accessed via a road. The last 5 kilometer runs between steep mountains to the roadless old village of Botnen. During several stops close to land, you will be able to admire the fjord's beautiful scenery, nature, and life on its shores. If you’re lucky, see porpoises swimming beside the speed boat. Be sure to have your camera ready. After this incredible experience, return to dry land in Norheimsund.

Bergen: Hardangerfjord, Voss Gondola, and 4 Great Waterfalls

7. 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.

Private tour: Hardanger Fjord Cruise & Vøringsfoss Waterfall

8. Private tour: Hardanger Fjord Cruise & Vøringsfoss Waterfall

This private guided round trip starts by car in Bergen at 9 AM, lasts for about 9 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.

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What people are saying about Hardangerfjord

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 54 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.