THIS IS THE LAND OF THE FJORDS , GLACIERS AND WATERFALLS
SCENERY WITHOUT EQUAL ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD
Briksdal Glacier near Olden in Nordfjord. A very popular tourist destination in an area of great natural beauty. The glacier has been in retreat for many years now. You can drive to the visitor centre and then walk about 4 Km each way or go most of the way on small motorized open vehicles.
The road to Briksdal glacier. At one time you could take a horse drawn carriage along this route but following a nasty accident, involving English tourists, the horses were withdrawn. Our suggestion is to walk. It is some distance but, on a fine day, the scenery is fabulous.
Norwegian answer to the Grand Canyon. Idyllic scenery without the crowds. The river runs across the Hardanger plateau and down into Eidfjord through this spectacular gorge.. You can walk along the bottom to a wooden bridge beneath the waterfall. You are guaranteed to get wet. There is a big, but not overly busy, Hardanger tourist centre further down the valley. There is also a hotel above the falls from where this picure was taken.
For those who want outdoor adventure in the Hardanger region a visit to Hardanger Basecamp located behind this quaint cafe is a must. A wide range of outdoor activities are offered. See http://www.hardangerbasecamp.com
Heavenly scenery at Ulvik in Hardanger. This is taken from the Brakenes Hotel in the village. Here you can go on the "cider trail" visiting three farms located up the hill behind the village. Be warned, they are only small farms. No mass tourism here even though the hotels in the village are busy with tourists from all over the world. The fjord is great for swimming with its clean, relatively warm water.
The new Hardanger Bridge, opened August 2013. This is the longested single span suspension bridge in Norway and the 9th longest in the world. At the Northern end of the bridge the road goes into a tunnel where a large traffic island (in the tunnel) allows traffic to go towards Bergen, Voss,or Ulvik. All the money spent on this project has been spent to make travel easier for traffic of less than 2000 vehicles a day. Only in Norway!