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The Serene Hardangerfjord

Hardangerfjord - the land of waterfalls
 
Discover one of Norway’s greatest fjords on this flexible and varied self-guided walking holiday. Stay in high-quality fjordside hotels – three of which have a pool – and enjoy unforgettable views as you journey by boat and bus, as well as on foot.
The Serene Hardangerfjord. 7 nights
The Serene Hardangerfjord. 7 nights
 

Holiday information

 

A walking holiday in Hardangerfjord

Spectacular Hardangerfjord, the southernmost of the three great fjords, is blessed by a mild climate and renowned for its glorious colours. On this walk and exhilarating journey, you wander down from the forests and moorland above Voss to reach the deepest, most spectacular fingers of Hardangerfjord as it claws its way into the mountains of Hardangervidda.
Journeys by bus and boat are as much a part of the pleasure of this holiday as the walking. With our travel options, you can enjoy the itinerary with a minimum of walking; or by following our walk notes you can experience spectacular routes high above the fjords, and pastoral lower level walks for an intimate experience of rural Norway.
 
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Itinerary

The key to Inntravel holidays is flexibility. You can start on the day of your choice, and are free to add extra nights.
  • The average maximum daytime temperatures and monthly rainfall relate to the nearest weather station and are intended as a guide only.

    Summers in this region are similar to those in northern England, so be prepared for both warm, sunny weather and rain.
    Average temperatures and rainfall
      Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
    °C -1 0 5 9 15 19 20 19 14 9 3 1
    mm 123 89 97 49 56 71 78 95 160 161 150 151
  • Arrival in Voss
    Night 1: at Fleischer’s Hotel (the first of two nights here).

    As your first night’s accommodation is on the day of travel, Day 1 is your first day of walking.

    Please note: on the days you travel between hotels, you take your luggage with you – the buses and boats stop outside the hotels, so little or no walking is involved. The only exception to this is day 2, when your bags are transported ahead to enable you to walk part of the way between Voss and Ulvik.
  • Choice of walks from Voss: 6.5km or 8.5km
    Both of today's options provide a wonderful introduction to Norway’s cultural heritage.

    Circular walk via Folkemuseum: 8.5km, 3hrs
    The first begins with a visit to the excellent Folkemuseum above Voss, followed by a gentle traverse above Vangsvatnet lake.

    Circular walk via Bordalsgjelet: 6.5km, 2hrs
    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.
    Visit the excellent Folkemuseum above Voss
    Circular walk via Folkemuseum: 8.5km
    Explore the dramatic Bordalsgjelet gorge
    Circular walk via Bordalsgjelet: 6.5km
  • Voss to Ulvik, via Granvin
    Today you travel by bus from Voss to Granvin. You can either stay on the bus all the way to Ulvik, or get off here and walk to your next hotel.

    Linear walk from Granvin to Ulvik: 16km, 5.5hrs
    From Granvin 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.
    Linear walk from Granvin to Ulvik: 16km
    Forests and pastures between Granvin and Ulvik
  • Ulvik to Kinsarvik 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. As this is an out-and-back route, you can choose how far you walk, although the views of the falls get better the higher you climb.
    Ulvik to Kinsarvik by bus; linear walk along Husedalen: 19km
    The magnificent waterfalls around Kinsarvik
  • 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.
    Kinsarvik to Lofthus by bus; circular walk via Folk Musuem: 9km
    The Fruit Trail around Lofthus
  • Choice of walks from Lofthus: 7km or 18.5km

    Circular walk via Queens' Trail: 18.5km, 6hrs
    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.

    Circular walk via Hoveden: 7km, 3hrs
    Alternatively, take on the more moderate climb to the extraordinary viewpoint at Hoveden for a lasting image of one of Norway’s most striking fjords.
    The spectacular Queen's Trail
    Circular walk via Queens' Trail: 18.5km
    Circular walk via Hoveden: 7km
  • Linear walk from Lofthus: 8km, 2.5hrs; Lofthus to Bergen by boat & bus
    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.
    Linear walk from Lofthus: 8km
    Head up the River Opo for a view of Norway's third tallest waterfall
 

Accommodation

There is a long history of hospitality in the Hardangerfjord region and the hotels we have chosen for you reflect this – several are family run and all offer a very warm welcome. Although some of these hotels are also amongst the most historic and characterful in Norway, over the years they have grown in size and so can sometimes be busier than a ‘typical’ Inntravel hotel, though this is no way detracts from their superb settings and high standards of service.

Occasionally, due to availability, we may offer an alternative hotel in Bergen, as shown below. You will be informed of any change to the usual hotel (along with any price implication) prior to us confirming your holiday to you. Whichever hotel you stay in, we recommend an extra night in Bergen for longer to explore this relaxed and friendly city.
 
Prices & travel options
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  • 7 nights: 25 May 2019 - 30 September 2019 & 23 May 2020 - 30 September 2020

    Start any day | End by latest date(s) shown above

    Starting Price Single room
    25 May - 14 Jun 2019 £1295 £410
    15 Jun - 31 Aug 2019 £1345 £430
    1 - 23 Sep 2019 £1295 £410
    23 May - 14 Jun 2020 £1295 £490
    15 Jun - 31 Aug 2020 £1345 £480
    1 - 23 Sep 2020 £1295 £490
    3rd & 4th person discount £0
    Single traveller supplement £0

    Includes accommodation, meals and services integral to the holiday as described, plus walking notes and maps, but no travel from the UK, nor any connecting travel from the airport unless stated below.

    Book your flights through us and we'll find the best route and times to suit you. Please contact us to find out more about our flight booking service. We can also book connecting travel - see below.

  • Room upgrades (£ per person per night)

    Clarion Hotel Admiral, Bergen
    Deluxe with fjord view: 25 May - 30 Sep 2019 £36
    Deluxe with fjord view: 23 May - 30 Sep 2020 £36
    Superior with fjord view: 25 May - 30 Sep 2019 £25
    Superior with fjord view: 23 May - 30 Sep 2020 £25

    Extra nights (£ per person per night) in a double or single room

    Brakanes Hotel, Ulvik (with dinner) Double room Single room
    25 May - 30 Sep 2019 £125 £161
    23 May - 31 Aug 2020 £135 £169
    01 Sep - 30 Sep 2020 £125 £159
    Hotel Ullensvang, Lofthus (with dinner) Double room Single room
    25 May - 30 Sep 2019 £165 £280
    23 May - 30 Sep 2020 £165 £290
    Clarion Hotel Admiral, Bergen (B&B) Double room Single room
    25 May - 30 Sep 2019 £120 £154
    23 May - 25 Jun 2020 £157 £210
    26 Jun - 28 Sep 2020 # £124 £156
    # Add £38pp/n (£62pn in a single room) if staying in Bergen Mon-Thu 17 Aug-30 Sep 2020

    Upgrade your City Card in Bergen (2019 prices): add £9pp for a 48hr Card or £15pp for a 72hr Card.
    Upgrade your City Card in Bergen (2020 prices): add £10pp for a 48hr Card or £16pp for a 72hr Card.
  • RECOMMENDED AIRPORT(S):
    Bergen

    Travelling from the UK

    Travelling from outside the UK

    If you are flying from outside Europe,  we reccommend flying via Oslo. To discuss onward connecting travel to the start of your holiday, please contact us.

    Outward route Airline
    Aberdeen - Bergen SAS,  Wideroe 
    Aberdeen - Bergen (via Stavanger) SAS 
    Outward route Airline
    Birmingham - Bergen (via Amsterdam Schiphol) KLM 
    Birmingham - Bergen (via Copenhagen) SAS 
    Outward route Airline
    Edinburgh - Bergen Loganair 
    Edinburgh - Bergen (via Amsterdam Schiphol) KLM 
    Edinburgh - Bergen (via CPH) Norwegian 
    Edinburgh - Bergen (via Oslo (Gardermoen) ) Norwegian 
    Outward route Airline
    Glasgow - Bergen Loganair 
    Outward route Airline
    Gatwick - Bergen Norwegian 
    Gatwick - Bergen (via Oslo (Gardermoen) ) Norwegian 
    Outward route Airline
    Heathrow - Bergen, via Copenhagen SAS 
    Heathrow - Bergen, via Oslo (Gardermoen) SAS 
    Heathrow - Bergen, via Stavanger SAS 
    Outward route Airline
    Luton - Bergen Wizz Air 
    Outward route Airline
    Manchester - Bergen Loganair,  SAS 
    Manchester - Bergen (via Oslo (Gardermoen) SAS 
    Manchester - Bergen, via Copenhagen SAS 
    Outward route Airline
    Newcastle - Bergen Flybe 
    Newcastle - Bergen (via Amsterdam Schiphol) KLM 
    Travelling from outside the UK

    If you are flying from outside Europe,  we reccommend flying via Oslo. To discuss onward connecting travel to the start of your holiday, please contact us.

    This list of flight options should be used as a guide only, and you should check each airline’s website for current routes, frequency and schedules. Not all flights operate daily, and may not run for the entire season. You should also heed the latest flight arrival time and earliest flight departure time stated in the connecting travel section, as it may not be possible to arrange connecting travel outside these times. Please do not book your flights until we have confirmed your accommodation to you. Alternatively, our expert reservations team will be happy to offer advice and to make flight bookings for you. We charge £30 per person for our flight booking service (£50 for India and Nepal). Your flights are then covered by our package-booking conditions, which give you greater protection in the event of delay or cancellation, as well as providing ATOL cover.

  • Prices below are based on 2 people travelling together. If you are travelling solo or as a party of 3 or more and our arrangements include a taxi, please contact us for prices; additional passengers often pay less.

    Connecting travel options - flying via Bergen

    Outward route Price per person Latest flight
    arrival time
    rail Bergen to Voss station (1h20) £24-£25 1600
    Homeward route Price per person Earliest flight
    departure time
    city centre to airport pay locally flexible
What is included
  • 7 nights
  • 6 dinners
    5 picnics
    7 breakfasts
  • route notes and maps
  • itinerant transfers
 
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FAQs

If you have any questions relating to this or any other Inntravel holiday, our friendly travel experts will be happy to help. You might also find our General FAQs section helpful.
  • We’ll send you route notes and maps 2-3 weeks before your holiday. The route notes not only contain directions to get from hotel to hotel, but also include practical information about places of interest and eateries along each route, plus cultural information about the area. If/when you are moving between hotels, you leave your luggage in reception as you leave, and it will be transferred ahead to your next accommodation, meaning that all you need to take with you are a camera, sun cream, drinks, food and waterproofs.

    For more detailed information, see our walking holidays in Europe page.
  • We can book a wide range of airlines and routes from the UK. As well as being more convenient for you to book all elements of your holiday together, it also means that we’ll accept liability for your travel arrangements, so if things go wrong, such as the airline going bust, we’ll make suitable alternative arrangements for you. For Europe and Morocco, there’s a £30 booking fee per person (£15 for children aged 2-11). For India and Nepal, the booking fee is £50 per person. More information on flights >
  • We can’t book flights that originate outside the UK, but if you wanted book your own flights to London (or elsewhere in the UK), we can make all onward travel arrangements (including flights) from there. Alternatively, if you are booking your own flights to an airport in continental Europe that’s appropriate for your holiday, we can book onward rail travel and/or taxis. More information about how we can tailor holidays for customers outside the UK >
  • Since our holidays are self-guided, we recommend calling us for a chat about your plans before making a booking, especially if it’s the first time you’ve booked with us.
    The price panel shows the supplement for a single room and also the single traveller charge (this covers (luggage) transfers and other costs which are usually shared between two people).
  • Once you’ve decided on your exact itinerary (our travel experts will be happy to offer advice), you need to provide us with your party’s details, either by phone or via our booking form. At this point we also ask you to pay a deposit so that we can secure a room for you immediately on confirming availability with the hotel(s). If it turns out that we can’t secure the accommodation for the holiday you’ve requested, or offer an acceptable alternative, we’ll refund your deposit promptly and in full. After booking your accommodation and other key elements, we'll then book your travel (or you can do so if you’re making your own arrangements) and send you a Booking Confirmation and Invoice.
  • Yes, it’s something we insist on, even for holidays in the UK. The vast majority of holidays go smoothly, but when things go wrong, it can be expensive to put them right. Buying a new pair of walking boots after your suitcase is stolen mightn’t seem so bad, but the bill for being airlifted down from a mountain with a broken leg or flown home while still recovering from an illness or accident can cost tens of thousands of pounds.

    You don’t have to buy our policy (if you live outside Europe you’ll definitely need to make your own arrangements, as the policy is only for UK and EU residents), but you do need to make sure that you’re covered for medical emergencies and repatriation. We also recommend that you are covered for other eventualities, such as cancellation and loss of luggage and passports.
  • It is your responsibility to ensure you are in possession of the correct travel documents, with the correct validity. If you’re a UK citizen, you need a full British passport with at least three months' validity to travel to Norway, but not a visa (if you are travelling after 31 October 2019, see the Brexit question below for more information). If you are a citizen of another country, you’ll need to check requirements with the national embassy or your own consulate.

    Current information regarding vaccinations and travel health advice can be found through the following NHS link: www.fitfortravel.nhs.uk/advice/ You must make sure you have adequate insurance cover for illness, accidents and repatriation (see the insurance question). UK citizens should also obtain a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) by applying at a Post Office or at www.ehic.org.uk. The EHIC allows reciprocal health care but should not be seen as a substitute for travel insurance. EHICs may cease to be valid in the event of a no-deal Brexit.
  • The most widely spoken language is Norwegian. The currency is the Kroner. Norwegian time is GMT/UTC + 1. It uses Daylight Saving Time, so in summer is on BST + 1.
  • Even in the event of a no-deal Brexit, it’s been confirmed that flights will continue as normal and that you won’t need a visa to go on holiday (the limit on stays is 90 days). What you will need if there’s no deal is a passport that is valid for at least 6 months beyond the date of your arrival (extra months added because you renewed your passport early do not count) and adequate travel insurance to cover you for accidents and illness in case reciprocal health deals are suspended. If you are driving while on holiday, you will probably need an International Driving Permit (plus a Green Card if you are taking your own car to Europe). More information >
  • The UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) provides up-to-date, country-by-country travel advice, as well as information on security, local laws, passports and visas for UK citizens.
    If you live outside the UK, see our essential travel information page for a list of relevant websites.
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