Self-driving the 84 miles (135km) from Norway's southwestern fjord city of Bergen to the town of Odda in the Sørfjorden, an arm of the Hardangerfjord, is the most popular option for travelers looking to explore the epic landscape with flexibility. Traveling via public transportation is possible via bus or a combination of bus and ferry for those that would like the vantage point of Norway's scenery from the water.
In Hordaland county, visitors can hike to the famous Trolltunga rock, stop at Røldal's stave church built in the 1200s, explore the Buerbreen glacier and trek the multitude of trails the region has to offer.
This 5-day Nordic Adventure Itinerary includes a stop in Odda as well as other great ideas to combine during a trip in this region of Norway.
Duration: 4-6 hours
Driving directly from Bergen to Odda via the Fv7 takes approximately three and a half hours, however, it's wise to allow for extra time to make stops along the way. After exploring the Nordic city of Bergen, be prepared to encounter epic views of mountains, fjords, and waterfalls along the route to Odda. A popular stop is Steindalsfossen waterfall in Norheimsund. Drivers going this route will have to take the Tørvikbygd-Jondal ferry to cross the fjord.
Once in the area, make sure to check out the well-known Låtefoss waterfall, drive Route 13 to Oddadalen, known as the 'valley of waterfalls,' and gaze at the art collection within the Tyssedal Hotel. Hardangervidda National park and the Folgefonna glacier are nearby, providing ample opportunity for outdoor exploits.
By Public Transport
Duration: 3-4 hours
Travelers taking the 930 bus line from the Bergen bus station can expect a three-hour ride. For travelers looking to take a combination of ferry and bus, the route will depend on the time of year. In the summer, it's possible to take the ferry from Bergen to Rosendal, and the bus line 760 to reach Odda.