The city of Bergen is, besides a fantastic place, also the starting point of many cruises and boat trips through the fjords. And how could we not visit the fjords while in Norway? We had arranged for a boat trip through the famous Hardangerfjord with Norwegian boat and ferry operator Norled. The Hardangerfjord is about 170 kilometres long, making it the second largest fjord in Norway.
We got up early in the morning to catch the bus that left from the Bergen bus terminal and would take us to the quay in Norheimsund, the real starting point of the boat trip. The bus ride took about 90 minutes.
The boat was an open deck catamaran, which gave us the opportunity to fully admire the amazing scenery and natural beauty! I could not stop looking at the majestic mountains with their snow-covered peaks, gletsjers, the waterfalls, trees, and the beautiful villages and settlements we passed along the way. The trip takes about 5 hours in total. The boat stops off at a number of picturesque villages like Herand, Utne, Lofthus, Kinsarvik, Ulvik and Eidfjord. The staff gives interesting information on the attractions along the way.
In Eidfjord, the boat docks for almost three hours. Norled offered a 2.5 hours sightseeing bustour from Eidfjord to Hardangervidda Nature Centre and Voringsfoss waterfall, which cost about 40 euros. The other option was to explore Eidfjord and its lovely surroundings by ourselves. We didn’t have to think long about that, we decided to skip the bustour and go hiking! After 3 hours on the boat, we were in need of some exercise.
At the information centre, we discovered there are several hinking routes in Eidfjord. We were interested in the yellow route, that led us to burial grounds from the Viking era and the Iron Age. And again, I was amazed at the natural beauty we encountered: a river with a beautiful little beach, colored houses looking tiny against the mountains. The burial ground itself was not very special, but as usual with these kind of places: you have to use your imagination!
The hiking route took us about 2 hours, so we had plenty of time to visit the tourist shops and the local supermarkt near the Eidfjord quay. Then we boarded the boat again and enjoyed another 3 hours of spectacular views on our way back to Norheimsund. I admit we both felt a little tired. And we were not the only ones, many people were dozing off on the boat and in the bus back to Bergen 😊. I’m sure they all had sweet dreams after all the beauty they had seen!