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This year, like every other year, the mighty Vøringsfossen waterfall in Eidfjord has been on many tourists' bucket lists in Hardanger. It's easy to understand why.

The same can be said about Trolltunga - Norway's most spectacular rock formation. For many, especially international tourists, this is the most famous attraction in Hardanger. The view takes the breath away from most.

But it's not just the high peaks that are popular. Experiences along the fjord are also popular among the tourists. Iris Expedition Dining is a prime example of this. The restaurant, which opened this summer, has recently gone viral on social media.

Get inspired and see our list of the most popular among tourists in Hardanger this season.

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With all its adventurous experiences and magnificent nature, Hardanger is a region that suits most. Family holidays, fjord experiences, spectacular hikes, or exploring glaciers. It doesn't matter - there is no shortage of alternatives. Here are some of the favourites for those who have visited Hardanger this year (in random order).

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H.M. Queen Sonja's Panoramic Hiking trail, also known as the Dronningstien in Hardanger, is among Norway's most popular and beautiful hiking trails. With stunning views of Sørfjorden, the Folgefonna glacier, and other gems in Hardanger throughout the hike, it's easy to see why this is a favourite for both H.M. Queen Sonja and tourists in the region.

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Trolltunga is among the most famous attractions and perhaps the most spectacular rock formation in Norway. What began as a "completely normal" mountain plateau above Ringedalsvatnet has developed into a destination people visit from all over the world. All year round, there are many ways to experience the icon - with or without a guide.

PS: You will get the most out of the hike on a guided adventure with either Trolltunga Active or Trolltunga Adventures.

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Cider from Hardanger has exploded in popularity in recent years. More and more people have become aware of the award-winning product. You can experience the best of both worlds with a cider safari in Sørfjorden. The Fjords' fjord sightseeing can be combined with farm visits and cider tasting at various producers. This is truly a spectacular experience – whether you just want to glide through the fjords or if you also want to taste the noble drops the region has to offer.

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Did you know that several of Norway's most spectacular waterfalls are located in the Hardangerfjord region? The most famous are Låtefoss, Steinsdalsfossen, and Vøringsfossen. All three are easily accessible along the Norwegian Scenic Route Hardanger and Norwegian Scenic Route Hardangervidda. Husedalen Valley is also very popular among tourists in the area. Here, you have to use your legs. Still, in return, the waterfalls are located like pearls on a string up towards Hardangervidda National Park.

See here for a complete overview of different waterfalls in Hardanger.

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Kvinnherad is blessed with strikingly beautiful photo spots. Suppose you've been on Instagram in recent years. In that case, it's almost impossible if you haven't seen pictures or videos of Bondhusvatnet. The colours in the water, the unique landscape, and the glacier arm in the background make Bondhusdalen emerge among the most beautiful valleys in Norway. You will understand it yourself when you stand there!

Need more tips for fun and memorable experiences in the Hardangerfjord region? The list below contains all the most popular hikes, attractions, and activities from 2023. Take your pick!

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Lake Bondhusvatnet

Bondhusvatnet glacier lake near Sundal in Kvinnherad is a popular destination and one of the most popular hikes in the Hardanger region. The hike is short and not demanding and you can do it all year round.

Food and drinks

Iris Expedition Dining - Salmon Eye Floating Restaurant

Iris Expedition Dining offers a unique journey of taste experiences on a 18-course tasting menu. Iris is located at the floating art installation and visitor center for aquaculture Salmon Eye, in the middle of the picturesque Hardangerfjord.

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Vøringsfossen

Experience the Vøringsfossen waterfall - the most famous waterfall in Norway!

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Cider safari at the Sørfjorden

During summer season, the vessel "Aurora of The Fjords" sails on the Hardangerfjord, between Eidfjord and Ulvik to Odda. You can use the boat trip as a pure sightseeing fjord cruise, or you can add one or several stops with a farm visits and cider tastings en route.

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HM Queen Sonja’s panoramic hiking trail

Experience "Dronningstien" in Hardanger – one of the most beautiful and popular hiking trails in Norway. Get up close to mighty nature and enjoy the beautiful views from one of H.M.Queen Sonja's favorite hikes.

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Steinsdalsfossen Waterfall

Walk safe and dry behind one of Norway's most popular waterfalls. Steinsdalsfossen near Norheimsund, is easily accessible right next to the road.

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Låtefoss Waterfall

The twin waterfall Låtefossen in the Odda valley has a height of 165 meters and has been a popular travel destination since the 19th century. The waterfall is easily accessible - located directly by the main road 13 between Odda and Rødal.

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Oksen

See the fjords beatifully intersect by the Hardangerbridge as you make your way up Mount Oksen. This4-6 hour long hike is demanding but the stunning view from the top is worth every step.

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Trolltunga

Trolltunga is the most spectacular rock formation in Norway. At 1180 meters above sea level, is lies about 700 meters above the lake Ringedalsvatnet. From the top, you have a fantastic view. The hike to Trolltunga starts in Skjeggedal and leads through the high mountains.

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Blue Ice Hike -Folgefonni Breførarlag

Experience the blue ice on the Folgefonna Glacier with the Folgefonni Glacier Team! They take you on a glacier hike with a panoramic view of the fjord and mountain landscape on the Juklavass glacier. This part of the Folgefonna glacier offers both exciting terrains with crevasses and flat, easy-to-walk areas.

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Four beautiful waterfalls, Husedalen valley

The scenery and waterfalls in Husedalen simply take your breath away. Four stunning waterfalls are close to each other along the hiking trail from Kinsarvik up to the Hardangervidda mountain plateau. A hike from the c...

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FONNA Glacier Ski Resort, summer ski

FONNA Glacier Ski Resort is a summer ski center on the Folgefonna Glacier. From the banks of the Hardangerfjord in Jondal you can drive up the 19-kilometer-long Glacier Road, all the way to the glacier and the ski center.

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Kjeåsen Mountain Farm in Eidfjord

High above the fjord, at an altitude of 600 meters, the two farms are located at Kjeåsen. You can both drive and hike up to enjoy the spectacular views.

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Baroniet Rosendal

Baroniet Rosendal is Norway's only barony and Scandinavia's smallest castle. The barony is centrally located in Rosendal and is known for its cultural program and its rose garden.

Food and drinks

Siderhuset Ola K

Siderhuset Ola K is an award-winning Hardanger restaurant focusing on local ingredients, Cider from Hardanger, and high-quality wine. Beautifully located by the fjord surrounded by steep mountains.

Activities

Trolltunga Active

Experience one of the most spectacular mountain formations in the world together with Trolltunga Active. The activity company offers a double-digit number of exciting activities on and around Trolltunga – all year round.

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Fruit and Cider route, Ulvik

The fruit and cider route in Ulvik connects the fruit farms Ulvik Frukt & Cideri, Syse Gard and Hardanger Saft- og Siderfabrikk. Join in on a guided tour for a unique peek "behind the scenes" or sample some scrumptious goods from the farmyard shops.

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Furebergsfossen waterfall

The Furebergfossen waterfall is situated along route 551 between Årsnes and Sunndal. The waterfall flows under the road and directly into the Maurangerfjord, and arm of the Hardangerfjord. The waterfall follows the st...

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Fonna1199 - Folgefonna Glacier Center

Experience Fonna1199 on top of the Folgefonna glacier! The new Folgefonna Glacier Center, with its unique architectural design, is located just a stone's throw away from the glacier itself.

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Guided glacier hike at Buarbreen glacier - Hardanger Breføring

Family-friendly guided glacier hike on Buarbreen in Hardanger. A fun experience consisting of glaciers, rock formations and scenic nature in Odda, Hardanger.

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Guided overnight tour to Trolltunga - Trolltunga Adventures

Experience the Trolltunga at sunset and sunrise – join this fantastic overnight tour offered by Trolltunga Adventures and their professional guides. All necessary equipment and main meals are included.

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Hardangerfjord Adventure

Embark on an awe-inspiring journey through majestic fjord branches with Hardangerfjord Adventure. Feel the thrill of RIB boats and delight in stunning nature as expert guides reveal the secrets of this enchanting landscape!

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Hardangerfjord sightseeing

Experience the Hardangerfjord at its best on a fjord cruise through the Hardangerfjord together with Norled tourist boat route.

Food and drinks

Buer Restaurant

Buer restaurant offer a warm, authentic and down-to-earth atmosphere and is surrounded by tremenduous views towards Buarbreen glacier and massive mountain tops. The chefs have experience from Michelin restaurants and makes the most delicious courses based on daily fresh local ingredients and combined with the spectacular nature a visit to Buer restaurant is truly a magical experience.

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Hardangervidda National Park

Hardangervidda National Park is the largest national park in Norway. This vast mountain plateau offers excellent hiking opportunities for both seasoned hikers and recreational hikers.  

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Krokavatnet

The hike to Krokavatnet in Norheimsund is an easy and accessible hike that offers a stunning view over the Hardangerfjord.

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Mikkelparken

Family park with a range of activities and lots of fun for kids between 1-10 years. Featuring water complex with slides, electric cars, bumper-boats, train, jungle trail, indoor playing area and animals. Entertainment...

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Mt. Samlen - summit hike

Starting point Åsleite, 4.6 km north of the centre of Herand along route 550. About the trail The view at the top is spectacular, but it takes some effort to get there. Partly very steep, including a ladder and s...

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Salmon Eye - World's largest floating art installation

Learn more about the aquaculture industry aboard Salmon Eye, the world's largest floating art installation located in the heart of the Hardangerfjord. The restaurant Iris is also located inside Salmon Eye. Ever experienced expedition dining?

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The Valley of Waterfalls

Oddadalen - a beautiful piece of untouched countryside along Route 13! In this unique valley the waterfalls are lined up like pearls on a string within a radius of only a few kilometres. The waterfalls are: Tjørnadals...

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