Welcome to the Hardangerfjord region
The Hardangerfjord region has been an important European tourist destination since the 19th century. The area offers spectaclar nature and living culture, and is a perfect choice for active or more relaxing holidays. The Hardangerfjord is 179 km long and is the 3rd longest fjord in the world. Greatest depth is 900 meters. The definition of a fjord is a long, narrow inlet from the sea with steep sides or cliffs, created by glacial erosion during the ice ages.
The National Tourist Routes are carefully selected touring routes through the most scenic parts of Norway. In the Hardangerfjord region there are two routes - Hardangervidda and Hardanger.
Some of the most amazing hikes in Norway are in the Hardangerfjord region- Trolltunga, the four waterfalls trail in Husedalen valley, HM Queen Sonja's panoramic hiking trail and the Hardangervidda National Park.
Hardanger is a region with a living cultural heritage. The Hardanger fiddle, the traditional Hardanger folk costume and Hardanger embroidery are all well known in Norway and regarded as national symbols.
During the 13th century growing apples was introduced in Hardanger by monks from England. Today 40% of all Norwegian fruit is grown in the Hardangerfjord region including apples, sweet cherries, pears and plums.