Norwegian Scenic Route Hardanger: Hiking Trails and Viewpoints
Foto: Jarle Wæhler, Statens vegvesen
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.