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The Serene Hardangerfjord

Hardangerfjord - the land of waterfalls
Starting point:

Fleischer’s Hotel, Voss, for your first two nights.

Day 1
Circular walk via Folkemuseum: 8.5km, 3hrs
Circular walk via Bordalsgjelet: 6.5km, 2hrs

You have a choice of walks, both wonderful introductions to Norway’s cultural heritage. The first begins with a visit to the excellent Folkemuseum above Voss, followed by a gentle traverse above Vangsvatnet lake. The second is a gentle excursion to the impressive Bordalsgjelet gorge to the south of town, taking in Voss church and skirting the end of Vangsvatnet lake to reach the Bordalsgjelet, a dramatic vertical-sided gorge through which the Bordalselvi river flows. Your return along the main shopping street in Voss, bustling with cafés and street life.

Day 2
Voss to Granvin by bus, walk to Ulvik: 16km, 5.5hrs

Today you travel by bus from Voss to Granvin from where you join the route of the old post road as it winds through forests, pasture and high moorland, passing isolated farms and the picturesque lake at Vatnaset before descending to the village of Ulvik and the fjordside Brakanes Hotel.

Day 3
Ulvik to Kinsvarik by bus; linear walk along Husedalen: 19km, 6hrs

From Ulvik you travel by bus along the fjord and across the impressive 1.4km long Hardanger suspension bridge, Norway’s longest, to the small village of Kinsarvik for a night at the First Hotel Kinsarvik. From here, you walk up Husedalen, a steep, pine-clad valley boasting four thundering waterfalls. (Read more about them here >) As this is an there-and-back route, you can choose how far you walk, although the views of the falls get better the higher you climb.

Day 4
Kinsarvik to Lofthus by bus; circular walk via Folk Musuem: 9km, 2.5hrs

You continue south on the bus to Lofthus, from where a low-level walk follows the Fruit Trail north through orchards of apple, pear, plum and cherry trees, to reach the Skrelhaugen Folk Museum – a group of preserved traditional wooden buildings. You stay at the Hotel Ullensvang, Lofthus for two nights.

Day 5
Circular walk via Queens' Trail: 18.5km, 6hrs
Circular walk via Hoveden: 7km, 3hrs

For a literal highlight, there’s no better walk than the Queen’s Trail, legs permitting, with views over the Sørfjord to the glaciers of the Folgefonna National Park before a steep descent of the spectacular Monks’ Steps, 616 stone steps built by Cistercian monks from York in the 13th century. Or take on the more moderate climb to the extraordinary viewpoint at Hoveden for a lasting image of one of Norway’s most striking fjords.

Day 6
Linear walk along River Opo: 8km, 2.5hrs

You have plenty of time today to head up the River Opo to a viewpoint from where you can gaze towards Norway’s third tallest waterfall, returning on the opposite bank to visit the village's restored 13th-century church containing a wonderful decorated gallery and pulpit.

Your final views of the week’s memorable landscapes are from the water as you journey by boat through the early evening to Norheimsund, and then on to Bergen by bus. Norway’s second-largest city is set in a wonderful location on the western fjords. You spend your final night on the quayside at the Clarion Hotel Admiral, perfectly placed to enjoy the seafood restaurants around the harbour, for a final taste of Norway.

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