Steinsdalsfossen.
Steinsdalsfossen. Photo: Roger Ellingsen, Statens vegvesen

Mountains, fjords, waterfalls and glaciers

Several drives through a long-established tourism area. Waterfalls and glaciers form mighty stage sets that have attracted tourists for more than a century

It’s no secret that Hardanger is like a picture postcard, and almost everywhere you look you will be feasting your eyes on thundering waterfalls or fruit trees in bloom.

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 may literally pass through an apple orchard. The nature in the area has given rise to boat building, fruit farms and industry.

Norwegian Scenic Route Hardanger consists of four sections: Granvin - Steinsdalsfossen, Norheimsund - Tørvikbygd, Jondal – Utne, and Kinsarvik – Låtefoss.

Travel information

Length
158 km
MASL
0 – 275
Sea crossing
2 ferries

Norwegian Scenic Route Hardanger consists of four stretches: Granvin - Steinsdalsfossen [79] [49], Norheimsund - Tørvikbygd [49], Jondal - Utne [550], and Kinsarvik - Låtefoss [13]. A ferry operates from Tørvikbygd - Jondal and from Kinsarvik - Utne - Kvandal. This route is open for traffic throughout the year. 

For cyclists: Beware of heavy traffic during the summer months. Avoid tunnels on the road from Kinsarvik to Odda, and onwards to Låtefossen - instead ride on the "outside". 

Traffic and road information

Telephone +47 815 48 991

Traffic alerts in map (Norwegian only)
Scenic Routes closed in winter season

GPS, Granvin:
60.529691, 6.728418
GPS, Låtefoss:
59.944362, 6.584351

There are restrictions on the length of buses on County Road 550 between Alsaker and Herand and the maximum length is 12.4 metres.

Experiences

For all lovers of waterfalls, Hardanger is the perfect destination. Hardanger is framed by large waterfalls. Steinsdalsfossen, Vøringsfossen, Skjervsfossen, Låtefossen and Furebergfossen are all different, but they all have the same hypnotic power. 

There are plenty of hiking options, and many of them will give you a panoramic view of the fiord arms in the area. The best-known hike is the highly challenging walk to Trolltunga, but Hardanger also offers many other great hikes, without the same crowds. A walk to Buarbreen gives you a close look at the glacier, but also lets you experience one of the beautiful valleys in Western Norway.

In Hardanger, fruit farming has taken place since the 14th century, and industries such as boat building and quarrying have been important to the local community. Artists and tourists have always been inspired by the beautiful scenery.

Useful links

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