Check out spectacular Norwegian scenery via the nation's efficient network of ferries, trains, and buses on this 8-day tour. Start with a day in Oslo before making your way to Eidfjord, a village right on the Hardangerfjord. Then, ferry to Utne (another beautiful town on the fjord) for more outdoor activities before finishing the week in seaside Bergen—a UNESCO-listed city known for its seven surrounding mountains.
One hiking option is through the Valley of Husedalen, located just across the fjord from Utne. Known for its four gorgeous waterfalls, it's an ideal day trip. Hikers can choose between a longer route (5-6 hours) that passes each waterfall or a shorter one that visits fewer cascades. Another option is an excursion to the village of Skjeggedal with a hike to Trolltunga, an impressive rock formation also known as the Troll's Tongue. Located above Ringedalsvatnet Lake, Trolltunga's popular vantage point offers fantastic views of the area. However, this is a more challenging day hike, as it takes 8–10 hours to reach the summit at 2,952 feet (900 meters).
Back in Utne, you can visit the Hardanger Folk Museum. This regional open-air museum features embroidery, traditional costumes, and Norway's largest collection of old Hardanger fiddles. There are also several historic buildings here, including farmhouses, boathouses, and outdoor art installations. In the evening, perhaps take part in a local cider tasting. Apples have been a popular crop in the area since the 13th century, and this cold-pressed cider (between 3% and 12% alcohol) is a significant regional tradition. During the tasting, you'll try several variations and learn about the culture behind this product.
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Itineraries with Explore Utne & Hardangerfjord
This 6-day itinerary combines Norway's two largest cities and a stunning mountainous area between them. Begin in modern Oslo—the fastest-growing capital in Europe—before heading westward to Eidfjord and Utne, home to the stunning Hardangervidda National Park. Top it off with a cruise to charming Bergen, the historic Hanseatic city known as the gateway to the fjords.
This slow road trip—concentrating on Norway's two longest fjords—gives travelers the opportunity to become part of local life. Starting in Bergen, you'll explore the city before renting a car and heading to the Hardanger region for hiking and mountain biking. Then make your way to Aurland and explore two spectacular arms of the Sognefjord before circling back to Bergen for one more night on the town.