The journey from the city of Stavanger to Eidfjord is a distance of 165 miles (265 km). The most convenient and quickest way to reach Eidfjord is by car or private transfer. The trip takes five hours and passes by several lakes and fjords. You’ll want to add time to your journey so you can enjoy these scenic spots without feeling rushed to arrive to your destination.
Public transport is not recommended due to a rather long travel time and transfers. If you don’t have a car, we recommend a private transfer.
On this Norweigan road trip, it’s fjords galore and a worthwhile tour, especially if you want to visit many fjords without having to plan.
By Car or Private Transfer
Duration: 5 hours
The fastest and shortest route is via the E39 and Rv13 highway with a travel time around five hours. This route includes a ferry crossing and has tolls, like many routes in Norway.
Less than an hour after beginning your trip, you’ll take the Mortavika-Arsvågen ferry. Ferry crossings take 24 minutes and go 3 to 4 times an hour during the day till evening. Night crossings go approximately every hour until the early hours of the morning. If you want to time your ferry crossing to avoid extra waiting, check out the ferry schedule on the Fjord1 website. Time on the ferry is a good time to stretch your legs, use the restroom and buy a snack such as the typical hotdogs they sell. You’ll also want to have your camera handy for some nice shots while you cruise across the Boknafjorden.
After the ferry crossing, you’ll continue on with two-roads and vistas of the Boknafjorden.
On this route, you’ll pass by the Grindafjorden, where you’ll want to pitstop for photos and a few lakes, including Stordalsvatnet, where you can rent boats from locals and fish for trout, salmon, and eel.
Continuing on, Åkrafjorden will be on your left-hand side. If you’re feeling adventurous, you can bungee jump here with spectacular views of the fjord and a gorge. The town of Åkrafjordtunet is a gateway to the nearby Folgefonna National Park and the Langfossen falls, both detours worth taking if you have extra time during your trip.
Right before reaching the town of Odda, which is a good place to have a meal, you’ll pass by the Sandvinvatnet lake on your left-hand side. Soon after, you’ll ride alongside the Sørfjorden, which is a fjord that connects to the Hardangerfjord.
Shortly after, you’ll arrive at your destination of Eidfjord.
There is also an alternative route if you want to avoid taking the ferry, however, this route will add about 2 hours to your journey and has tolls, as most routes do in Norway.