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Hardangerfjord in a Nutshell®

  • Bryggen Harbor | Image courtesy Kristina Jakubikova/Visit Norway | Scandinavian American World Tours
    Bryggen Harbor in Bergen, Norway at night

Bergen | Voss | Eidfjord | Norheimsund | Bergen

6 nights
Daily Departures May 01 – September 25

This classic journey is an expanded version of the traditional Hardangerfjord in a Nutshell®: the second-longest fjord in Norway and the fourth longest in the world, the Hardangerfjord is just as impressive as its sister fjord, the Sognefjord, in its complexity. Plentiful blooming orchards, pristine waterfalls, and the infamous Trolltunga (the Troll’s Tongue) overlook are just a few of its jaw-dropping features! The towering mountainscapes of the Hardangerfjord’s byways and side channels sing a song of echoing resonance, and cozy scenic towns perch near the clear, still waters in this fjord Norway tour.

NOTE: All of our Norway in a Nutshell series itineraries are sample itineraries with suggested number of nights. Tour nights and locations can be added or subtracted from each tour as needed.


Day 01: Bergen

Arrive in Bergen in the late afternoon today and check in to your hotel, located right on the same avenue as the UNESCO-rated Bryggen Harbor. Enjoy the rest of the evening to settle in and relax, taking advantage of Bergen’s small-town cosmopolitan atmosphere and exploring the city’s local shops or grabbing a bite to eat (recommendations upon request).

Overnight at your hotel, both offer a light complimentary evening meal.

Base 4* Thon Hotel Rosenkrantz / Upgraded 4*+ Clarion Collection Havnekontoret Hotel

Day 02: Bergen

This morning you’ll enjoy another delicious Scandinavian buffet breakfast. On your first full day in Norway you can take advantage of one of our optional tours and excursions, such as the Bergen City Walking Tour, listed at the end of this itinerary.

You’ll have a free afternoon and evening to enjoy one of the most beautiful cities in Norway and shop for souvenirs. Overnight at your hotel and prepare for your next adventure: the fjords.

4* Thon Hotel Rosenkrantz / 4*+ Clarion Collection Havnekontoret Hotel

Day 03: Bergen – Voss

All aboard: the morning train leaves today from Bergen Central Station, winding its way through the countryside to the picturesque resort town of Voss. Transfer to your hotel on your own – the bus station is a 1-minute walk from your hotel.

The early afternoon and evening are free to walk around Vossevangen town and explore the nearby lakefront. There are some exciting local excursions you can reach on foot or by taxi, such as a VossVind indoor skydiving experience or the Voss Folk Museum (activities available for purchase locally).

Overnight at a historic hotel on the banks of the Vangsvatnet, a major lake through which the Vosso River flows.

Fleischer’s Hotel

Day 04: Voss – Eidfjord

After another delicious Scandinavian buffet breakfast, the morning is free to continue enjoying the dramatic views of Voss.

In the early afternoon, check out of your hotel and hop on the local bus to Ulvik, where you’ll encounter an incredible sight: the image of the Hardangerfjord’s mountains mirrored in the glassy waters of the Osafjord. This small offshoot of the Hardangerfjord connects with the nearby scenic Eidfjord, on which you’ll take a 30-minute cruise to the Ostangvegen region.

Embark on an outing of the Eidfjord region, enjoying the spectacular scenery and exploring some of the area’s local sights—including a tour to Vøringsfossen, Norway’s largest waterfall, and a visit to the Hardangervidda Nature Center.

Tonight’s outstanding accommodations and smorgasbord dinner are at the beautiful Vøringsfoss Hotel, positioned between 3 peaks of the Eidfjord.

Vøringsfoss Hotel

Day 05: Eidfjord – Hardangerfjord – Norheimsund

A delicious Scandinavian breakfast wakes you this morning before you discover more of the majestic fjord landscape along the Eidfjord on your own. In the mid-afternoon, experience a face-to-face, 3-hour encounter with towering mountains, thundering waterfalls, Caribbean-blue waters, and idyllic orchards on a scenic Hardangerfjord cruise.

Once you reach the town of Norheimsund this evening, a beautiful region that houses the Steindalsfossen Waterfall, check in to your fjordside hotel. The rest of the evening is free to explore the quaint, cobblestone-lined streets of this beautiful Norwegian town.

Overnight is at a local historic gem with a spectacular view of the Hardangerfjord and the town.

Thon Hotel Sandven

Day 06: Norheimsund – Bergen

This morning after breakfast, you’ll have some free time to explore the town of Norheimsund and take advantage of some of the local points of interest nearby—the Hardanger Maritime Museum in particular is of note (activities are either free or available for purchase locally).

Check out of your hotel this afternoon, board the local bus, and travel the short distance to Bergen—the gateway to the fjords. You’ll travel through some of the most scenic fjord regions in the country back to your original starting place on this tour of fjord Norway.

Tonight, you’ll have a free evening to once again explore this fascinating and vibrant city with a small-town feel.

Overnight in your hotel; both offer a light complimentary evening meal.

Base 4* Thon Hotel Rosenkrantz / Upgraded 4*+ Clarion Collection Havnekontoret Hotel

Day 07: Depart Bergen

This morning, enjoy a final Norwegian buffet breakfast at your hotel before departing for the airport on your own.


Additional Information

Price includes:

  • 6 nights’ accommodations in Bergen, Voss, Eidfjord, and Norheimsund, including daily Scandinavian buffet breakfast and 1 3-course dinner/smorgasbord buffet (Vøringsfoss Hotel), in centrally-located or first-class hotels (all rooms with private facilities)
  • Train ride on the Bergen rail line from Bergen to Voss, standard class
  • Scheduled bus Voss – Ulvik
  • Fjord cruise Ulvik – Eidfjord
  • 3-hour scheduled coach tour to Vøringsfossen waterfall and Hardangervidda Nature Centre
  • Fjord cruise Hardangerfjord: Eidfjord – Norheimsund (via Lofthus)
  • Scheduled bus Norheimsund – Bergen
  • Detailed Hardangerfjord in a Nutshell® tour itinerary and tour brochure with trip information

Optional excursions:

  • Bergen City Walking Tour with a local English-speaking guide

NOTE: Tour nights and locations can be altered and/or additional nights are available for booking at any hotel on this itinerary.

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P.P. double/twin: Base hotels from $1208 / Upgraded hotels from $1238
Single supplement from: Base $362 / Upgraded $422

Suggestions for Activities and Sights

Please ask us for more information about the tours and excursions listed below.

Bergen – Bergen City Walking Tour

Head out on a city walking tour of Bergen with a local guide! The tour will take you through both Bergen’s most famous sights and the lesser-known, including Bryggen Harbor, the Bergen Fortress area, the train station, and some of Bergen’s most historic landmarks. The guide is very knowledgeable about the history of each place you visit—from Bergen’s founding in 1070 through the Middle Ages and WWII to the present—and there will be ample time for questions. Price: $480.

Tour Information

Tour Type:Independent Tour / Norway in a Nutshell®
Price: from $1208
Duration:7 days
Cities Visited:Bergen - Norheimsund - Lofthus - Eidfjord - Ulvik - Voss - Bergen
Departures: May - June - July - August - September

Tour Map

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