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Norwegian Scenic Route Hardanger: Hiking Trails and Viewpoints

Featuring powerful waterfalls, famous hiking trails, and exceptional fjord panoramas, it is no wonder that Norwegian Scenic Route Hardanger is one of the most touristed stretches of road in Norway. Charming villages with lush fruit orchards line the coast. The Folgefonna Glacier and Hardangervidda National Park reach over the mountains and toward the fjords.

The 158 kilometer route consists of several stretches along the coast of the Hardangerfjord with ferry connections. The Hardanger scenic route can be easily combined with Norwegian Scenic Routes Hardangervidda and Ryfylke.

Ferries

The scenic route includes two ferries, one from Tørvikbygd to Jondal and another connecting Utne with Kvanndal and Kinsarvik. The prices listed below are for standard cars and vehicles longer than 6 meters are more expensive. Passengers, pedestrians and cyclists travel free. There are discounts for AutoPASS holders.

The ferry from Tørvikbygd to Jondal departs once per hour and takes about 20 minutes. The price is from 148 NOK. Check departure times on Entur (Tørvikbygd ferjekai, Kvam to Jondal ferjekai, Ullensvang).

Ferries run hourly between Kvanndal and Utne and take 20 minutes. The price is from 148 NOK. Check departure times on Entur (Kvanndal ferjekai, Voss to Utne kai, Ullensvang).

Scheduled ferries run throughout the day between Utne and Kinsarvik with the journey taking about half an hour. The price is from 168 NOK. Check departure times on Entur (Utne kai, Ullensvang to Kinsarvik ferjekai, Ullensvang).

Tips

  • Consider a trip in spring or early autumn to avoid crowded roads and trails.
  • Hardanger is filled with fruit orchards and during picking season in late summer you can buy the delicious local produce directly from the orchards.
  • The roads can be quite narrow, particularly along the coastline near Kinsarvik. There are many campervans in the summertime and the road can feel quite crowded.

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Granvin to Låtefoss

Steinsdalsfossen Waterfall

At the end of the first stretch of the scenic route near Norheimsund sits Steinsdalsfossen. While it may have a modest drop, a secured path leads behind the falls to a viewpoint for an up-close perspective. Good facilities make it an excellent spot to stretch your legs.

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Movatnet Lake

Hardangerfjord

Hiking Trail
Easy
4.5 km · 0.5 – 1.5 hr

Movatnet Lake

For a stroll after lunch or to get some restless kids moving, walk or bike along Movatnet Lake. The trail leaves from Steinsdalsfossen and follows along the lake’s northern shore. This trail also makes a great way to get between Norheimsund and Steinsdalsfossen.

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Vikanuten

Hardangerfjord

Hiking Trail
Expert
7.4 km · 5 – 7 hr

Vikanuten

For confident and prepared hikers the loop to Vikanuten near Jondal rewards with stunning fjord views and varied terrain. The hike begins with a tough 1,000 meter ascent through the forest towards Vikanuten, where there are wide views of the Hardangerfjord. The trail then leads across open mountain terrain down towards Fjellstølen mountain farm before returning the start point.

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Haugsvarden

Hardangerfjord

Hiking Trail
Medium
4.9 km · 2.5 – 3.5 hr

Haugsvarden

If you stop at the Hereiane rest area between Jondal and Herand, consider hiking this local favourite. With great views almost the entire trail and the option for a shorter or longer trek, it’s the perfect spot to stretch your legs and take in some fjord views you can’t get from the roadside.

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Samlen

Hardangerfjord

Hiking Trail
Demanding
4.7 km · 3.5 – 5 hr

Samlen

For a hike that’s more demanding than Haugsvarden but not as tough as Vikanuten, consider Samlen just north of Herand. There are ladders in the steepest parts so it can be quite difficult if it’s wet under foot. As you climb, there are views of Herand and far-reaching fjord views from the peak.

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Husedalen Valley

Hardangerfjord

Hiking Trail
Demanding
10.6 km · 5 – 6 hr

Husedalen Valley

The trail through Husedalen Valley from Kinsarvik has become a tourist favourite. Leading up to the outskirts of Hardangervidda National Park, the hike visits four distinct waterfalls. This trip can be easily adapted–visit just the first waterfall or up to all four.

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Dronningstien

Hardangerfjord

Hiking Trail
Demanding
14.6 km · 5 – 7 hr

Dronningstien

The hike between the villages of Kinsarvik and Lofthus is one of the queen’s favorites, hence the name the “Queen’s trail”. A steep beginning and end make the trip challenging, but the views of the fjord, Hardangervidda National Park, and Folgefonna Glacier are superb. Since this is a point-to-point hike, you might need a taxi to get to the trailhead.

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Trolltunga

Hardangerfjord

Hiking Trail
Demanding
21.4 km · 8 – 12 hr

Trolltunga

Possibly the most famous hike in all of Norway, Trolltunga sure draws a crowd. While it is incredibly popular, its difficulty is not to be underestimated with a long and demanding hike over challenging terrain. Not to mention there will be a crowd of people waiting for the famous selfie at the tongue itself. Keep all that in mind and one eye on the weather, come prepared, and enjoy the day.

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Buarbreen Glacier

Hardangerfjord

Hiking Trail
Medium
5.4 km · 3 – 4 hr

Buarbreen Glacier

Just south of Odda you can hike to the foot of Buarbreen Glacier. The trail leads up through a valley and requires a bit of effort but is not too challenging. There are some bridges to cross, including a suspension bridge, and steep sections with ropes.

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Låtefossen Waterfall

Right by the roadside at the southern end of the scenic route Låtefossen is formed by two streams meeting as they tumble over the mountainside. The road leads directly in front of the falls, spraying the traffic as it drives past. Parking can be tricky here in the busy summer months.

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