The Norwegian fjords, featured in the VisitNorway.com video below, look so majestic and pristine. I haven’t been to Norway, but it’s on my ‘would love to visit’ list. The fjord region is ideal for hiking, cycling and kayaking.
The Hardangerfjord, the second largest in Norway, stretches north-east from the Atlantic close to Bergen, up to the Hardingervidda Mountains.Â The glacier on the Folgefonn Peninsula, on the southern bank of Hardaner Fjord, is a national park. There’s Summer skiing and guided trips up the glacier, where participants are roped together for the ascent to see the blue ice at the summit.
There are two waterfalls in the Hardangerfjord region. The impressive Voringsfossen Waterfall has a sheer drop of 145 metres. You can walk under theÂ Steindalsfossen Waterfall.
If you visit in May, you’ll see lots of flowering fruit trees in the area; you should sample some of the local cider made in Jastad and Ulvik.
At the Hardanger Folk Museum, there are traditional costumes and a collection of old fiddles. I’d try to visit on a Tuesday afternoon in July, in order to watch the baking demonstration and hopefully sample some of the produce. The Hardanger Ships Preservation Centre offers practical rope- and toy-boat making sessions.
Climbing Slogen, one of the SunnmÃ¸re Alps, offers fantastic views ofÂ Hjorundfjord. But don’t despair, if like me, you’d struggle with the 1,564 metre ascent; there are also several flat walks in the surrounding valleys
Â Hjorundfjord byÂ Havard Myklebust courtesy of VisitNorway.com
The city of Bergen is often referred to as the gateway to the fjords. You can read our tips for things to do in Bergen, including a tour of Bryggen, the wharf area dating from the 14th century, the former home of the Norwegian composer Edvard Grieg (now a museum) and hiking (or taking the cable car) up Mount Ulriken. The Bergen International Festival takes place during the last week in May and the first week in June.
If you fly in or out of Stavanger, futher south on Norway’s western coast, you could have a two centre break. The famous Pulpit Rock (Preikestolen), standing at 604 metres, is situated in the Ryfylke district, east of Stavanager. If you’re in the city in late June, you’ll catch the Stavanger Grand Slam of the Beach Volleyball World Tour.
Another twin centre alternative would be to fly into Oslo, the Norwegian capital, then take the train west to Bergen.Â The 500km route is one of the highest railways in northern Europe.
Brought to you in association with Visit Norway.