The Hardangerfjord is the second longest fjord in Norway and at 178 kilometres it promises glorious sights and views throughout the year. It makes your journey through Hardanger an adventure in itself.
The Hardanger region is easy to get to by several means of transport.
Getting to Hardanger
If arriving by plane, Bergen Airport Flesland is about one hour's drive from Hardanger, while Haugesund Airport Karmøy is about two hours away by car.
You may prefer to fly to Oslo and take the train or drive to Hardanger.
You can get to Hardanger using several different routes.
- Kvam: the FV7 takes about 1 hour
- Ulvik: the E16 takes 2 hours and 19 minutes
- Ullensvang: the FV7 takes 2 hours and 40 minutes
- Eidfjord: the E16 takes about 2 hours and 30 minutes
- Kvinnherad: 2 hours and 30 minutes via the FV48
- Kvam: about 6 hours (via the RV7, Hardangervidda)
- Ulvik: 5 hours and 14 minutes (via the RV7, Hardangervidda)
- Ullensvang: about 5 hours (via the E134, Haukeli or the RV7, Hardangervidda)
- Eidfjord: about 5 hours (via the RV7, Hardangervidda)
- Kvinnherad: about 6 hours and 30 minutes (via the E134, Haukeli)
- Kvam: 3 hours and 44 minutes (via the E134)
- Ulvik: 3 hours and 32 minutes (via the E134)
- Ullensvang: about 2 hours (via the E134)
- Eidfjord: 3 hours and 35 minutes (via the E134)
- Kvinnherad: 2 hours and 33 minutes (via the E39)
- Kvam: about 5 hours (via the E39 and E134)
- Ulvik: about 5 hours (via the E39 and E134)
- Ullensvang: 3 hours and 37 minutes (via the E39 and E134)
- Eidfjord: about 5 hours (via the E39 and E134)
- Kvinnherad: About 4 hours (via the E39)
- Kvam: 6 hours and 53 minutes (via the RV9)
- Ulvik: 6 hours and 51 minutes (via the RV9)
- Ullensvang: about 6 hours (via the RV9)
- Eidfjord: 6 hours and 53 minutes (via the RV9)
- Kvinnherad: 6 hours and 26 minutes (via the RV9)
The Haukeliekspressen bus, which runs from Oslo via Haukeli, makes it easy to get to Hardanger. This bus journey from Oslo to Hardanger takes 6 hours and 50 minutes.
If you arrive in Kristiansand by boat (for example from the Netherlands), it's also easy to take a bus to Haukeli and then hop on the Haukeliekspressen bus to Hardanger.
The Bergen Railway runs between Oslo and Bergen, making it easy to travel to Hardanger from Norway's two largest cities. This train service operates all year round and is quite an experience in itself, as the route takes you through the Hardangervidda National Park. If you alight in Bergen or Voss, it's easy to continue your journey to Hardanger by bus or boat. The Bergen Railway Oslo–Bergen to Voss.
The Hardangerfjord Express boat Rødne operates all year round between Bergen and Rosendal, with daily departures from the Strandkaien quay in the centre of Bergen. One of the stops on the route is Flesland, which means that those arriving by plane can take the boat directly from Bergen Airport Flesland.
It's easy to travel to Norway and Hardanger by sea, using one of the services from Denmark or Germany. You can then take the boat directly to Bergen or Oslo and continue your journey by car or bus.
- Fjord Line (Denmark - Stavanger - Bergen)
- Color Line (Denmark/Germany - Norway (Oslo))
- DFDS SEAWAYS (Denmark - Norway (Oslo))
- Holland Norway Lines (Holland - Kristiansand)
Getting around Hardanger
There are several ways to travel once you first get to Hardanger.
For those arriving by car there is good network of roads throughout the region.
The bus company Skyss operates an excellent scheduled bus service throughout the region. Timetables can be found here.
By boat - fjord cruise with Norled
In the summer, you can travel by sea throughout Hardanger, on Norled’s boat service. There are daily departures in the summer season starting in Norheimsund (Kvam) and ending in Eidfjord. On the way, the boat also calls at Herand, Utne, Lofthus, Kinsarvik and Ulvik.
There are several places where you can cross the fjord by ferry, such as: