Steinsdalsfossen.
Steinsdalsfossen. Photo: Roger Ellingsen, Statens vegvesen

Mountains, fjords, waterfalls and glaciers

Several drives through a traditional tourism area, visited for more than a century.

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.

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. The nature has fostered boat building, fruit and industry.

Norwegian Scenic Route Hardanger comprises 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, Norheimsund - Tørvikbygd, Jondal - Utne, and Kinsarvik - Låtefoss. A ferry operates from Tørvikbygd - Jondal and from Kinsarvik - Utne - Kvandal. 

Traffic and road information

Telephone +47 815 48 991

Traffic alerts in map (Norwegian only)

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

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.

There are plenty of hiking options in Hardanger, and many of them will give you a panoramic view of the fiord arms in the area. The highly challenging walk to Trolltunga is the best known hike around here. Every year around 100,000 visitors embark on this walk in order to take the iconic picture of themselves on Trolltunga above Lake Ringedalsvatnet. But Hardanger also offers a large number of 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. Here you also get to see the Folgefonna glacier at close range. Husedalen is well-known to many people, and international tourists are particularly numerous among those who come to see the four waterfalls of Nykkjesøyfossen, Søtefossen, Tveitafossen and Nyastølfossen, which are found on the outskirts of Hardangervidda National Park.

This scenic route has three “arms” that are connected by ferry crossings. Hardanger is a popular tourist area and there is a lot of car traffic during the summer months. The quietest cycle ride is along the old road from Jondal to Utne (County Road 520), which runs along the Hardanger fiord and along lush orchards. The road from Norheimsund to Granvin (County Road 7) will also give you a great view towards the fiord, but this section has more traffic. On this route you should start you cycle ride with a visit to Steindalsfossen. In terms of traffic, the most demanding part of the route is the one from Kinsarvik to Odda and from there onwards to Låtefossen (National Road 13). There are also a number of tunnels here, but most of them can be bypassed on the “outside”.


The Norwegian Public Roads Administration builds infrastructure in the form of rest areas and viewpoints along Norwegian Scenic Routes. We kindly ask that questions regarding tourist information be directed to local and regional tourism operators.

Useful links

The 18 Norwegian Scenic Routes

The Norwegian Scenic Routes attraction comprises 18 selected drives through beautiful Norwegian nature. The experience is enhanced by innovative architecture and thought-provoking works of art at designated viewpoints and picnic areas. The development project is being carried out by the Norwegian Public Roads Administration.

All Scenic Routes