Self-driving the 97 miles (156km) from Norway's southwestern fjord city of Bergen to the town of Eidfjord on the northeastern edge of the striking Hardangerfjord is the most popular option for travelers looking to explore with flexibility along the route.
Public transportation is also an option for travelers looking to make the journey via a combination of train and bus. Eidfjord is a paradise for outdoor and hiking enthusiasts with ample opportunities to enjoy the epic scenery amongst the Hardangervidda mountain plateau. Fish in the fjord during summer, marvel at the famous Vøringsfossen waterfall, visit the Kjeåsen Mountain Farm, and even take a day trip to hike well-known Trolltunga.
This 7-day Multi-day Adventure highlights the Bergen and Hardangerfjord areas and has ideas for exploring the region.
Duration: 4-7 hours
Although a straightforward route would take approximately two and a half hours to drive, it's wise to allow for extra time to stop and take in the gorgeous scenery along the way. Drivers will depart on E39 going south, and then veering onto 580 before connecting to E16 towards Vossevangen (Voss). Once there, you'll take Route 13, crossing the Hardanger bridge, before taking Route 7 for a short while to Eidfjord.
Bergen has much to offer by way of urban activities, food, and culture, but once you embark on your drive to Eidfjord, you'll want to plan to stop at various spots on the route, especially as you pass several rivers and lakes. Take a detour to see Bergsdalen church, check out the Folkemuseum in Voss, and venture to the Skjervsfossen waterfall.
By Train and Bus
Duration: 3-5 hours
After taking the one hour train ride from Bergen to Voss, travelers will switch to the bus to continue their journey to Eidfjord. Two bus lines are available from Voss to Bu terminal, the 990 and 945. Once at the Bu terminal, a transfer to the bus line 991 is required for the last 15-minute ride to Eidfjord. Although it's a scenic trek, public transport offers less flexibility to explore along the route.