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A Day Trip to Remember in the Heart of Norway's Fjords

Dreaming of a summer escape to the breathtaking Norwegian fjords? Imagine a place where spectacular mountain peaks reach for the skies, many adventures await, and the journey between major highlights is but a short leap. This isn't just imagination — it's Hardanger.

This summer, The Fjords invites you to experience the best of two worlds in a single day. Aboard the sightseeing vessel Aurora Of The Fjords, you'll be swept away by views of majestic mountains, thundering waterfalls, and charming fjord villages that seem to have leapt from the pages of a fairy tale.

Following an unforgettable voyage through the Hardangerfjord, discover the allure of Dronningstien, renowned as one of Norway's most stunning and favoured hiking trails. The trail offers unrivalled vistas of Sørfjorden, the majestic Folgefonna glacier, and lush orchards. It's a path so enchanting that even H.M. Queen Sonja lists it among her cherished escapes.

After a day packed with unforgettable moments amidst the fjord and high mountains, tranquillity awaits at either the Brakanes Hotel in Ulvik or the Vøringfoss Hotel in Eidfjord. Here, against the serene backdrop of the fjord, you can enjoy a delightful meal and rejuvenate in the comfort of top-quality facilities. It's more than a stay—it's a place where memories are made and peace finds you.

Spend your summer vacation in Hardanger and see why the region has been a popular destination for centuries. Here, you'll experience nature and activities found nowhere else.


Spend your summer vacation in Hardanger and see why the region has been a popular destination for centuries. Here, you'll experience nature and activities found nowhere else.

It's easy to see why Hardanger has been on tourists' bucket lists for generations. Wherever you turn, you're greeted by a lush and enchantingly beautiful landscape. Surrounded by steep mountains, charming villages, renowned attractions, and fun activities, the region's allure is undeniable.

Embark on a captivating day trip with The Fjords, from a fjord-side breakfast at Brakanes or Vøringfoss Hotel to exploring the stunning Hardangerfjord and the Queen's Trail. A journey of natural splendor and inspiration awaits, rounded off with a comfortable return to your hotel. Book here

You might have heard of Trolltunga, but ask the residents of Hardanger, and many will tell you that the HM Queen Sonja’s panoramic hiking trail - also known as the Queen's Trail - is their favourite. This majestic hike has been a hidden gem for years, but lately, more and more people are adding it to their list of must-experience hikes when visiting the Hardanger region.

But it's not just the Queen's Trail that attracts tourists. The Hardangerfjord itself, among the longest fjords in the world, also draws visitors. This summer, The Fjords offers the opportunity to experience both of these attractions in one day— effortlessly and seamlessly.


Start your day with a delicious breakfast by the fjord at either Brakanes Hotel in Ulvik or Vøringfoss Hotel in Eidfjord. Just a stone's throw from both hotels, Aurora Of The Fjords is ready to take you on a rich sightseeing trip to Lofthus. Along the voyage, you'll sail through various fjord arms, enjoying views of nature that have inspired world-famous Edvard Grieg, the painting "Bridal Procession on the Hardangerfjord," and numerous other artists over the years.

P.S. Did you know that the landscape in Hardanger varies significantly from village to village? This means you'll experience a wide variety of nature on a fjord experience with The Fjords. The common denominator for the changing landscapes is their striking beauty!

Upon arriving in Lofthus - also known as the fruit capital of Norway - local Per Olav from Shuttlebus Hardanger is ready to transport you from the quay and along the fjord to the starting point for the Queen's Trail hike. A 16 km-long hiking adventure in a postcard-perfect landscape awaits. However, you have plenty of time before Aurora Of The Fjords picks you up in Lofthus and returns you to the hotels in Ulvik and Eidfjord.

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But Hardanger and the Queen's Trail are destinations that deserve to be relished. Since there are so many other attractions nearby – and the hike itself is a full-day excursion – you should plan for several overnight stays when first visiting Ulvik and Eidfjord.

And when it comes to spending a few nights in Hardanger, it's hard not to mention Brakanes Hotel and Vøringfoss Hotel. The combination of facilities, hospitality, and incredible locations right by the fjord edge makes the Fjordtind hotels a favourite among tourists in the region. Both hotels also focus on dishes with local ingredients, which makes them no less popular among visitors.

A good tip is to use Aurora Of The Fjords as a starting point for multiple activities and experiences. The sightseeing boat operates routes between Eidfjord, Ulvik, Lofthus, Aga, Naa, Tyssedal, and Odda during the summer. This means that you have easy access to much of the region just a few meters from your hotel. Why not combine the trip with visits to various fruit farms and cider producers? Or is a glacier & food adventure at Buer in Ullensvang more tempting? Regardless of how you wish to spend it, this sightseeing route is something you won't regret!

The Fjords, Brakanes Hotel, Queen's Trail, Vøringfoss Hotel, & Shuttlebus Hardanger. Here, you'll experience much of the best Hardanger offers: fjords, mountains, history, and local delicacies in spectacular settings. It's the perfect recipe for a memorable summer vacation in the Norwegian fjord landscape. Welcome to Hardanger!

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