Eidfjord, Norway

Introduction to Eidfjord, Norway

Eidfjord is a picturesque village set within the breathtaking Hardangerfjord. It's a gateway to some of the region's most spectacular highlights, including the Hardangervidda Nature Centre and the Voringfossen Waterfall.

Eidfjord could quite possibly be the most excruciatingly beautiful place in the fjords. Set amongst a back-drop of soaring mountains, engraved with rivers and waterfalls running deep through the villages below, you will not be cheated for photo ops. There is a very tranquil feel to Eidfjord, the lush gardens and fields run for miles, meandering through clusters of wood-slat homes in ice-cream hues.

There are two churches here, one of which can be dated back to 1309, with many crumbling and historic graves and wonderful shrub-land to be explored. Look out for the train as it trundles through the lanes, with visitors perched in its carriages peering out at the snow-sprinkled peaks. This is a great way to discover pockets of Eidfjord you may not have otherwise known were there, with chances to hop on and off to get right in the thick of it.

For those keen sports enthusiasts, kayaking down the fjords is a must-do. With the mountains flanking you on both sides and the open-water stretching as far as the eye can see, you will not find a more dramatic backdrop. Alternatively, grab your camera and head for the infamous Voringfossen waterfall, a tumbling natural beauty set deep in the mountains of Måbødalen Valley.

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Eidfjord is a quintessential Norwegian Fjord town perched at the end of the glassy Hardangerfjord. Docking right in the heart of the town, it is easy to explore on your own. However, if you are looking for something a little more memorable, then why not join a tour to visit some of the area's most fantastic sights, such as the Vøringfoss Waterfall.

Below is a list of some of the shore tours that Fred. Olsen recommends to really make the most of your stay in this beautiful Norwegian port.

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Wine in Hardangerfjord

A TASTE OF THE HARDANGERFJORD (TOUR C)

Must do tour
  • Traverse the impressive Hardanger Suspension Bridge
  • Taste apple juice and cider from the orchard
  • Enjoy views of the spectacular Hardangerfjord
Price£110.00 - £130.00
DurationApproximately 3.5 hours
LimitationLimited capacity
Walking level 1 - minimal or no walkingMinimal or no walking
Refreshments includedRefreshments included

This tour will give you a ‘Taste of Hardangerfjord’. Hardanger is often called ‘The Orchard of Norway’ and on this tour you will visit the Lekve Juice and Cider Farm, situated beside the Hardangerfjord in the village of Ulvik.

Enjoy a leisurely drive via the new Hardanger suspension bridge to Ulvik. Along the way you can admire this beautiful area and the Espelandfoss Waterfall, with a total fall of 130 metres (426 feet) and vertical drop of 100 metres (328 feet). Upon arrival here, you can enjoy an easy walk from the coach to the waterfall.

Continue to the Lekve Juice and Cider Farm. Using traditional recipes, first class juice and cider are produced with modern equipment and production of apple brandy has recently commenced. Enjoy a guided tour here, followed by a presentation of local juice, cider and brandy. All too soon it will be time to make the return journey to Eidfjord, travelling again through the beautiful fjordland scenery.

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Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? You will spend approximately one and a half hours at the Cider Farm, which will include some walking over uneven and sloped ground. This tour is suitable for guests with limited mobility and wheelchair users providing guests can board the coach unaided. Please note that at the stop at Espedalfossen, the path will be difficult to manage for wheelchair users.


Kayaking Tour

EIDFJORD KAYAKING (TOUR D)

  • The beautiful Eidfjord is ideal for kayaking
  • Experience the height of the towering mountains from below
  • Enjoy this once-in-a-lifetime experience
Activity Tour
Price£50.00 - £75.00
DurationApproximately 3 hours
LimitationLimited Capacity
Walking level 1 - minimal or no walkingMinimal or no walking

This tour offers a unique opportunity for a closer encounter with the Eidfjord - part of the Hardangerfjord. The fjord is sheltered by mountains and is therefore perfect for kayaking.

Just a short walk from your ship, receive a safety briefing from your instructor and set out for a kayaking adventure in sublime surroundings. During the kayaking, your instructor will tell you about the creation of the fjord landscape as you experience it at close hand.

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Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? Life jackets will be provided. Light sandals or trainers are recommended. Please come dressed for the weather conditions on the day and bear in mind that it can be chilly on the open water. The kayaks used will be double sea kayaks – children aged ten and over can participate but must be accompanied by an adult in the kayak. You will spend approximately two and a half hours on the water, so guests need to be fairly active to participate. Please note that guests taller than 1.95 metres (six foot, four inches) may have difficulty stretching their legs out fully in the kayaks. The minimum weight per kayak is 40 kilograms (88 pounds) and the maximum weight per person is 100 kilograms (220 pounds). This tour is dependent on the weather and can be cancelled at short notice for safety reasons (a full refund would be given).


FROM FJORD TO TABLE (TOUR EXC)

  • Relax on a fishing trip in the peaceful Hardangerfjord
  • Admire stunning vistas of towering mountains
  • Enjoy a freshly prepared meal in Eidfjord’s oldest guest house
Boat Tour
Price£395.00 - £405.00
DurationApproximately 5 hours
Walking level 1 - minimal or no walkingMinimal or no walking
Snack includedSnack included
Refreshments includedRefreshments included

Don’t miss this chance to experience the Hardangerfjord from a different perspective on this fishing expedition – throw in your line, sit back and enjoy your stunning surroundings.

You will join a fishing boat which is chartered especially for a small Fred. Olsen group, and is equipped with all the fishing gear you need. Your experienced local skipper will steer the course for a short cruise on a scenic route, in between the steep mountains, to one of the area’s best fishing spots. Cod, mackerel and trout are commonly caught in the area.

Following your fishing trip, you will go ashore to the new restaurant Sjel & Gane, which is located in the newly renovated Heggjagarden – Eidfjord’s oldest guest house dating back to 1720. Here you will have the opportunity to prepare a nice meal under the guidance of one of their professional chefs, using the catch of the day as well as a selection of local products.

Enjoy your well-earned lunch before the short walk back to your awaiting ship.

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Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? This tour involves minimal walking, however all guests must be able to get on and off the boat unaided. Due to the number of steps within the restaurant, this tour is not suitable for wheelchair users. There is a walk of approximately 30 metres (100 feet) from the fishing boat to the restaurant. Whilst you will be cruising the Hardangerfjord on your ship, this tour is for those guests that wish to experience the fjord from a different perspective, on a smaller vessel. Some refreshments will be served on board the boat. In the unfortunate event that nothing is caught during your fishing trip, lunch will be prepared from the range of fresh seafood that is always available at the restaurant – this would usually be salmon, halibut, cod, trout, scallops or crayfish. For reference, no drinks will be served with lunch, but are available to purchase at your own expense. Sensible footwear and warm, waterproof clothing should be worn – layers are best as it can be cold travelling along the water. Please notify us at least 48 hours before departure if you have any dietary requests. This tour is open to guests simply wishing to enjoy the magnificent surroundings - the price will be the same. You will be on the fishing boat for a maximum of two hours. For reference, there are no toilet facilities on board the fishing boat.


Hardanger Music Festival, Norway

HARDANGER MUSIC FESTIVAL

  • Enjoy the unique Hardanger Music Festival
  • An enchanting, classical programme will be performed
  • Be captivated by the Scandinavian musicians
Activity Tour
Price£55.00 - £65.00
DurationApproximately 3 hours
Walking level 1 - minimal or no walkingMinimal or no walking

Hardanger Music Festival takes place in beautiful surroundings, presenting top class musicians and dancers every year. As this event will be taking place during your call to Eidfjord, we have secured a limited number of tickets for a special classical concert.

 

Closing Concert at the Hardanger Music Festival

 “Overtones” 

Concert duration 75 minutes

Location - Hardangerhallen, Hotell Ullensvang, Lofthus

 

Johannes Brahms Trio in A-minor

Franz Schubert

Trio Mediæval 

Norwegian Youth Choir: Folktunes from Hardanger

 

Beautiful Lofthus is an approximate 40 minute drive from Eidfjord. This concert will be a true highlight of the festival. 

PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS FESTIVAL WILL ONLY BE AVAILABLE FOR CRUISE W1604

Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR IS RIGHT FOR YOU? We have a limited number of pre booked tickets available for this special concert, which is organised as part of the Hardanger Music Festival. Please note that it will not be possible to purchase tickets on the day. There will be a minimal amount of walking and there will be a lift in the hotel reception to take guests to the Hall should you have mobility problems. The venue will accommodate wheelchair users as long as the guests can board the coach unaided.

 


Waterfall in Hardangerfjord, Norway

HARDANGERVIDDA NATURE CENTRE & VØRINGFOSS WATERFALL (TOUR A)

  • Admire the Vøringfoss Waterfall
  • Traverse the largest mountain plateau in Europe, which stands 750 metres (2,460 feet) above sea level
  • Explore the Nature Centre and watch an unforgettable film
Activity Tour Panoramic Coach Tour
Price£65.00 - £85.00
DurationApproximately 3.5 hours
Walking level 1 - minimal or no walkingMinimal or no walking
Refreshments includedRefreshments included
Free time includedFree time included

Experience the Hardangervidda National Park, with all its natural charms, and learn about the climate and environment at the Nature Centre.

From Eidfjord, follow the Eid River, known for salmon and trout fishing, and stop at the Hardangervidda Nature Centre. Focusing on the Hardangervidda National Park, there are exhibitions and interactive displays here; a widescreen film can be enjoyed, which shows viewers the local mountains, waterfalls and fjord, and there is also a modern aquarium home to fish from the Hardangervidda mountain plateau.

Continue through the Måbødal Valley. The new road primarily traverses long, modern tunnels, but parts of the old road, with its ancient stone bridges, occasionally come into view. Next you reach the Hardangervidda mountain plateau - here all wildlife and vegetation is protected by law, and the much sought after mountain cloudberry grows at this altitude. You will stop at the Fossli Hotel to view the beautiful Vøringfoss Waterfall, which has a vertical drop of approximately 180 metres (590 feet). Next proceed to Sysen Dam, where you can walk to the dam to admire the view of the Hardanger Glacier at the far end of the lake (weather permitting).

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Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? The Nature Centre is wheelchair accessible, with a lift to all floors. After viewing the film at the Nature Centre (there are steps in the auditorium), you will have free time to look around so walking is at your own discretion. It should be noted that during the film there have been reports of people feeling motion sickness due to the camera movement. Walking at the dam is optional – guests may remain on the coach if they wish. There is a short but rather steep (and sometimes slippery) optional walk to see the view at Fossli, with 12 uneven steps (with a handrail) to negotiate, however it is possible to admire the scenery from the upper area. For reference, the hotel may not be open at the time of our call, and the visit to Sysen Dam may be removed from the itinerary in the event of road closures or inclement weather. Please note this tour includes a journey with tunnels, therefore it may not be suitable for guests who suffer from claustrophobia. The tour may operate in reverse order. Please note that an area close to the waterfall will be undergoing some renovations during your visit, therefore the work may limit your view of the waterfall.

 

SYMBOLS: Free time, refreshments, toilets & minimal walking, steps


Hardangervidda Nature Centre

HARDANGERVIDDA SIGHTSEEING & HALNE LAKE (TOUR L)

  • Visit the Hardangervidda mountain plateau – the largest mountain plateau in Europe
  • Enjoy panoramic views of beautiful Halne Lake
  • Admire the stunning Vøringfoss Waterfall
Panoramic Coach Tour
Price£70.00 - £90.00
DurationApproximately 4 hours
Walking level 1 - minimal or no walkingMinimal or no walking
Refreshments includedRefreshments included

Travel through the beautiful Hardangerfjord to appreciate its beauty, and keep your eyes peeled for breathtaking waterfalls, roaming wildlife and a glimpse of glaciers.

From Eidfjord, you will follow the Eid River, known best for salmon and trout fishing, and continue through the Måbødal Valley. This new road primarily traverses long tunnels, but parts of the old road, with its ancient stone bridges, occasionally come into view. The road will lead you to the Hardangervidda mountain plateau – the largest mountain plateau in Europe. The wildlife and vegetation here is protected by law, and the much sought after mountain cloudberry grows at this altitude. After enjoying the wonderful views, you will proceed to the Sysen Dam, where on a clear day you can admire the view of the Hardanger Glacier located at the end of the lake.

Your drive continues in the plateau area before you stop at Halne Fjellstova, a traditional family-owned and operated mountain lodge. The lodge offers beautiful views overlooking the 12 kilometre (eight mile) long Halne Lake. Feeling refreshed, you will travel back to Eidfjord, enjoying a brief stop en route at the Fossli Hotel to view the beautiful Vøringfoss Waterfall, before arriving back at your awaiting ship.

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Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? This tour may be cancelled in the event of inclement weather or if road closures are in place. There is a short but rather steep, optional walk to see the view at Fossli, with 12 uneven steps (with a handrail) to negotiate. For reference, the hotel may not be open at the time of our call. A warm jumper or jacket is advisable as you will be travelling at height. Please note this tour includes a journey with tunnels, therefore it may not be suitable for guests who suffer from claustrophobia. The tour may operate in reverse order. Please note that an area close to the waterfall will be undergoing some renovations during your visit, therefore the work may limit your view of the waterfall.

 


Hiking in the Varden

HIKE TO HAEREID (TOUR M)

  • Appreciate the wonderful scenery during a guided hike
  • Discover the Viking history that surrounds the Hardangerfjord
  • Visit the ancient Viking burial ground - the largest burial area in Western Norway
Activity Tour
Price£55.00 - £85.00
DurationApproximately 3 Hours
Walking level 3 - extensive walkingExtensive walking
Refreshments includedRefreshments included

Embark on a pleasant hike to learn more about Viking history dating back to 400-1000 AD.

You will start your hike from the quayside with your local guide and head for Hæreid, Western Norway’s largest area of burial mounds from the Iron Age and Viking periods. It is also home to almost 400 graves from 400-1000 AD, which are located on the Hæreid plateau.  Enjoy some time to explore the settlement before hiking down to a local café for refreshments.

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Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? TOUR NOTES: We would like to point out that it is possible for guests to do this tour independently (maps are available from the Eidfjord Visitor Information Centre); this tour is for those guests who would like to be accompanied by a knowledgeable guide. Guests must be fairly active; the distance covered will be six kilometres (three and a half miles), on some uphill, but fairly level ground. A warm jumper or jacket, good walking shoes are advisable and a bottle of water will be a handy addition to your bag.

 


RAFTING & CANOEING (TOUR FAM1)

• Enjoy an exhilarating rafting experience
• Appreciate the scenery of Eidfjord Lake from the water in a canoe
 

Activity Tour
Price£90.00 - £100.00
DurationApproximately 6 hours
Walking level 2 - moderate walkingModerate walking
Refreshments includedRefreshments included

Experience two different activities on this adventurous tour.

You will be met at the quayside, and transferred to Øvre Eidfjord, approximately seven kilometres (four and a half miles) from the cruise port.

You will be kitted out with everything you need before you go with your rafting instructor to learn safety and paddle techniques on flat water. Once you have mastered the skills, it is time to take to the river for your rafting experience. Each raft is made for two to three people, and you will get to raft down the same section of river twice – first to practise your new skills, and second time as experienced rafters.

After working up an appetite, the group will take the approximate five-minute walk to Eidfjord Lake, where your guide will make a fire on the small beach and prepare lunch.

Refreshed, you will take to the water once again, this time in a canoe. Your guide will accompany you as you paddle at an easy and relaxed pace, enjoying the wonderful landscape that surrounds you.

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Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? This is an activity tour, however no special skills or experience are required - all guests must be physically fit and able to paddle both the raft and canoe.  Before booking, please ensure that your travel insurance covers you for participating. The minimum age to participate in this tour is eight years old, with each child to be accompanied by an adult. Guests wishing to take part in these activities should weigh a minimum of 40kg (six and a quarter stone) and maximum 90kg (14 stone). The river that you will be rafting requires basic skills - grade 1-2. Buoyancy aids, wet suit, helmet, vest, and neoprene boots will be provided to all guests, and must be worn. Participants are advised to come already wearing your swimming costume underneath casual clothes, and to bring a towel. Please note that this tour may be cancelled in the event of strong winds or thunderstorm – in which case a full refund will be given. The tour may operate in reverse order. Please advise us at time of booking if you have any dietary requests. For reference, this tour has a cancellation deadline – usually five days prior to arrival – after this date the tour will be on a request basis, and will be non-refundable. All participating adults will be required to sign an insurance waiver before taking part in this tour.


SNOWSHOE TOUR & RESCUE SEARCH (TOUR N)

  • Explore the Hardangervidda plateau in snow shoes
  • Experience elements of an Arctic expedition
  • Try your hand at mountain rescue techniques
Activity Tour
Price£90.00 - £100.00
DurationApproximately 2½ hours
Walking level 3 - extensive walkingExtensive walking
Refreshments includedRefreshments included

Admire the stunning wild beauty of the Hardangervidda Plateau, whilst participating in a safe ‘polar expedition’!

You will be met at the pier by your guide, who will accompany you on the approximate 20 minute minivan transfer to the Hardangervidda mountain plateau. After a short introduction to snow shoe walking, you will embark on a short tour of the area.

During your tour, you will be shown how to pull a traditional Norwegian pulk – a small toboggan used to transport supplies or people – and given the opportunity to try pulling it for yourself. The tour has a number of elements of a polar expedition, but within a safer and less demanding environment. You will receive demonstrations of how to use mountain rescue devices such as avalanche search equipment; and again have the opportunity to try the techniques.

Arriving back at the snow camp, you have the opportunity to relax on a warm reindeer skin whilst enjoying a hot drink; before returning to the ship with memories of this once in a lifetime experience!

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Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? Please note that this tour is very dependent on favourable snow conditions. Unfortunately, should there be a lack of snow then this tour will be cancelled and refunded in full. Likewise, if the weather is inclement, the tour provider reserves the right to cancel the tour in order not to compromise the safety of participants. Due to the type of terrain encountered, this tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility or wheelchair users. The minimum age to participate in this tour is 10 years old. A standard level of fitness and good balance is required to take part – the ground will be slightly hilly and snow-covered. You will be walking for a maximum of one and a half hours. Please ensure you remain with the group at all times and watch out for steep slopes beside the area you walk on and for tree branches and roots. You will require warm clothing (layers are best), sturdy, warm and waterproof shoes, gloves and a hat. Sunglasses may be a useful addition to your bag. Whilst a hot drink will be provided, it is advisable to bring a bottle of water. Please note that there are no toilet facilities on this tour. As the drive may take you through a tunnel, it may prove to be unsuitable for guests who suffer from claustrophobia.


Nature power station in Eidfjord

THE POWER OF NATURE (TOUR B)

  • Visit one of the largest hydroelectric power plants in Europe
  • View 700 metres (2,296 feet) inside the mountain as you discover the wonders of the power plant
  • Admire the view of Simafjord from Kjeasen Mountain
Price£55.00 - £70.00
DurationApproximately 3 hours
LimitationLimited capacity
Walking level 2 - moderate walkingModerate walking

Sima Power Plant, situated at the end of the Hardangerfjord in Sima Valley, is the biggest power production unit in Norway, and it is open to the public.

The production hall itself is situated 700 metres (2,296 feet) inside a mountain, and the production room is 200 metres (656 feet) long, 20 metres (65 feet) wide and 40 metres (131 feet) high. Sima has four main water reservoirs, holding some 660 million cubic metres of water. The complete system is more than 27 kilometres (16 miles) long. After your guided visit around the power plant, you will continue on a road that zigzags up the mountainside.

Sit back in comfort as your driver skilfully negotiates the hairpin bends. The road is narrow, and half of it runs through a steep and dark tunnel which was built in connection with the construction of Sima Power Plant. Because of the narrow road, there are rules to abide by: you can drive upwards every hour, and downwards every half an hour between 9am and 5.30pm. The drive will take ten minutes. Next, you will arrive at a spectacular viewpoint located at the top of the mountain, where you will have time to admire the breathtaking scenery before travelling back along the shores of the fjord and the bay of Simafjord.

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Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? This tour involves some walking at the Sima Power Plant Information Centre – approximately 50 metres (164 feet) in the production room, and at the viewpoint over uneven ground; as well some steps to negotiate and therefore this tour is not considered suitable for guests with limited mobility or wheelchair users. Please note all guests must be able to board the coach unaided. This tour includes a journey with hairpin bends and tunnels, therefore it may not be suitable for guests who suffer from vertigo or claustrophobia.


Explore Eidfjord, Norway On Your Own

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Fred. Olsen's smaller ships dock right in the heart of Eidfjord, meaning you are just minutes away from the centre of this quaint Fjord town. And for those who prefer to explore on their own, there are a couple of must dos to ensure you make the most of your time here:

Tourist Information: The Tourist Information Office is conveniently located on the dockside. Here will you find a wealth of information on the local area, as well as suggested places to visit whilst in port. From here you can acquire a map and follow some of the scenic walks on offer in this pretty area of the Hardangerfjord.

Trolltrain: The Trolltrain is located close to the Tourist Information office and is a great way to see the whole of this pretty town without the need for walking. The train journey takes approximately an hour but en route there are usually photo opportunities at pre-historic burial grounds, the old church of Eidfjord as well as great panaramic views across the Hardangerfjord.

Eidfjord Old Church: Approximately 600m metre uphill walk takes you to the picturesque old church. Surrounded by mountains, the old church is stone built and dates back to 1309AD.

Trebua: Located in close proximity to the Old Church, Trebua houses a great collection of locally handmade wood carvings and fiddles.

Art Gallery N. Bergslien: Located next to the Quality Hotel Vøringfoss, this art gallery houses a unique collection of Bergslien paintings, as well as art from a range of different artists. Opening hours and information are available from the Tourist Information located on the quayside.

Top Tips in Eidfjord, Norway

Staying in port - exploring by road train

One of the best ways to explore the local area is via the Trolltrain. This road train journey starts just a few hundred metres from the dockside and takes you on a journey around this pretty town. You will have the chance to see ancient burial grounds with plenty of opportunities for photos, including mesmerising views across the glassy waters of the Hardangerfjord.

One of the last stops is the picturesque stone-built old church and Trebua wood workshop. For those feeling energetic, you will have the opportunity to walk back down the hill to the port, taking in the fresh mountain air and beautiful surroundings. The walk is approximately 10 minutes and is all downhill.

Tickets for the Troll train can be purchased from the Tourist Information Office.

Taking a tour - Vøringsfossen waterfall

One of the must do experiences when in Eidfjord is the spectacular Vøringsfossen waterfall. It is one of the most famous waterfalls in Norway and stands an impressive 182 metres tall with a freefall of approximately 145 metres. It is 20km from port and Fred. Olsen offers optional shore tours to this fantastic natural wonder.

 

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