It's easy to get around without a car in Fjord Norway! The shipping company Rødne operates tours from Bergen all year, and, on this trip, you can see Bergen, go on a fjord cruise to Mostraumen and to romantic Rosendal, and go on a fantastic hike to Trolltunga (for the very fit).
Bergen – UNESCO City of Gastronomy, home of Bryggen (UNESCO World Heritage), the Fløibanen funicular, the Fish Market and the Ulriksbanen cable car. Also visit the KODE art museums, Bergen Aquarium and take a stroll through the narrow streets of Nordnes or Sandviken.
Bergen – Mostraumen – Bergen, 3 h (fjord cruise)
Set aside half a day to go on a spectacular fjord cruise to Mostraumen. The trip lasts a total of three hours, and takes you through fantastic fjord landscape all the way into little Modalen in the innermost reaches of the Osterfjord. With just 380 inhabitants, Modalen is the second smallest municipality in Norway. The fjord gets narrower and narrower between steep mountainsides as the boat safely navigates the strong currents of the narrow and shallow Mostraumen sound. On the trip, you can see and even feel the spray from waterfalls if they are in spate! The boat stops beside a waterfall to let you taste the cold mountain water before turning around in Modalen and heading the same way back through the beautiful scenery of Western Norway.
Bergen – Rosendal, 2 h (fjord cruise)
Back in Bergen, the tour continues by boat to beautiful Rosendal, and the Barony Rosendal – Scandinavia’s smallest castle dating from 1665, with its beautiful rose garden. At the Barony, you can walk around the beautiful grounds, and, during summer (May to August), you can visit the rose garden, go on a guided tour of the elegant interior and eat lunch in the café. It also hosts art exhibitions and concerts during the season. In summer, if you book tickets in advance at baroniet.no, you can buy a package that includes a return fjord cruise, admission and a guided tour of the Barony and a two-course lunch.
But there’s more to see and do in Rosendal. Visit the Stone Park (free admission), part of Folgefonna National Park, where you can see blocks of worked stone, which, in a unique manner, show the geological diversity of the Folgefonna peninsula. There is also a sculpture by the artist Bård Breivik. At the Folgefonn Centre, you can learn about water’s journey on earth, climate change, natural diversity and sustainable use of natural resources.
Rosendal is also a great starting point for mountain hikes – e.g. a demanding hike up Melderskin (1,426 metres) and Malmangernuten (890 metres).
Rosendal – Trolltunga (Skjeggedal), 55 km, 1.5 hours (bus)
We recommend a hike to Trolltunga for the very fit (only during the summer). There is a bus from Rosendal to the starting point for the hike during the season (from approx. 15 June to 15 Sept.) – see skyss.no for timetables (from Rosendal, service 760 + service 995 to Skogly snuplass). It’s a very challenging hike, so make sure you are well rested and start out early. Accommodation is available in Odda or in Tyssedal. Only very experienced hikers with suitable equipment should embark on this hike if the weather is poor.
Read more about the hike to Trolltunga here.
Trolltunga (Skjeggedal) – Bergen, 3 h (bus and boat)
The bus back to Rosendal corresponds with the boat back to Bergen. The boat stops at Flesland quay close to Bergen Airport, so you can travel directly to the airport if it corresponds with your flight home – or you can stay at a hotel near the airport and leave the next morning. There is a bus from the quay to the airport.