It’s no secret that Hardanger is like a picture postcard and almost everywhere you look you will feast your eyes on thundering
waterfalls or fruit trees in bloom. Everything you’ve ever heard about Hardanger is true. Dramatic roads run through dramatic
scenery and there is a wealth of variation to absorb. The roads in Hardanger impose their own pace and you must adapt to the
natural tempo. The road may follow a shelf along a steep-sided valley or it might literally pass through apple orchards; perhaps
it is this closeness that is the unique quality of the stretch. Here the experience is in the drive. The perfect holiday would
be to drive in springtime at the height of the fruit blossoming season, stop to fish in the Hardangerfjord and then return
when fruit picking is underway in late summer. Then Hardanger will reveal its unique aspects that change with the season and
are all equally worth exploring.
Fruit has been grown in Hardanger since the 14th century, and boat building and the quarrying industry have been vital for
the local community. Artists and tourists have always drawn inspiration from nature and its grandeur. Not all roads in Hardanger
have retained their former importance and new and more modern alternatives have been built, but as tourist routes the old
roads are as attractive and eminent as at any time.
Waterfalls exert a magnetic attraction on us and Hardanger is the perfect destination for waterfall enthusiasts. Hardanger
is framed by large waterfalls: Steinsdalsfossen, Vøringsfossen, Skjervefossen, Låtefoss and Furebergfossen. They are all different
but all have the power to hypnotise us. The force of these waterfalls is so enormous that often we simply stand and stare.
Discussing which of them is most beautiful then becomes merely an academic exercise. They all possess their unique qualities,
like Steinsdalsfossen where you can follow the path behind the cascade, or Låtefoss with its twin falls that perhaps attracts
more admirers than most tourist attractions.