Norheimsund is a town in South West of Norway; North West of Oslo and East of Bergen. It is a beautiful town right on the water’s edge and a perfect base for exploring the region’s fjords and waterfalls.
You can fly in to Bergen directly from the UK. It’s then about a 1.5 hour drive from Bergen out to Norheimsund and well worth the trip.
Here are my top 3 and ‘best of the rest’ from the trip:
ONE. Exploring the Fjords
Norheimsund sits on the amazing Hardangerfjord. You can also take a road trip across the fjord by car ferry and cross to Jondal, Tesenarsstaden, Utne, Kinarvik and Herand. These are beautiful, scenic drives through apple orchards, fruit farms and fishing villages. This also then enables you to see the fjords of Utnefjord, Sorfjord and Eidfjord.
TWO. Glacier Hike
You can hike on a Glacier – yup – an actual glacier at Folgefonna. It is a Catamaran ride away from Norheimsund over the fjord to Herand, and then a (very scary) coach ride to a ski resort. You then get kitted out with ropes, ice picks and helmets and are sent to walk 200m up the ski slope. At the top, they speak through how glaciers are formed and then you walk on a few sections of the glacier. It was fun to do and a unique experience, but it really would have been better to get on the ski lift and spend more time at the top instead.
A 40 minute walk out of the town, and there is a beautiful waterfall which you can actually walk behind, called Steinsdalsfossen. It’s a lovely area for a walk.
The best of the rest in Norheimsund
- The Maritime Museum – this museum keeps the tradition of boat building alive. You can even try your hand at making rope. My parents were terrible at it!
- Balcony views – What could be nicer then a hotel balcony overlooking the beautiful blue water? An easy way to spend a lazy afternoon with a glass of wine!
- Hardanger Bridge – Amongst the largest suspension bridges in the world, it really is an engineering masterpiece!
Thanks for reading! Has this post inspired you to go in search of the fjords? Have you already been? Let me know in the comments below!