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.

History

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.

Experiences

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.

National Tourist Route Hardanger consists of four stretches: Granvin - Steinsdalsfossen (Road 7), Norheimsund - Tørvikbygd (Road 49), Jondal - Utne, and Kinsarvik (Road 550) - Låtefoss (Road 13), a total distance of 158 km. A ferry operates from Tørvikbygd - Jondal and from Kinsarvik - Utne - Kvandal. National Tourist Route Hardanger is open for traffic throughout the year. The section across the Hardangervidda mountain plateau may be closed for short periods during the winter if the weather is bad.

 There are restrictions on the length of buses on County Road 550 between Alsaker and Herand and the maximum length is 12.4 metres.
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GPS: Granvin 60.529691, 6.728418 -
Steinsdalsfossen 60.36635, 6.089795 -
Tørvikbygd 60.300897, 6.171586.
Jondal 60.275681, 6.251585 -
Utne 60.424003, 6.211802.
Kinsarvik 60.375893, 6.719231 -
Låtefoss 59.944362, 6.584351