As the second longest fjord in Norway and the fourth longest in the world, the Hardangerfjord stretches nearly 124 miles (200 km) inland from the Atlantic Ocean. The fjord starts about 50 miles (80 km) south of Bergen and heads northeast while branching off into numerous smaller fjords. Highlights along the fjord include a massive glacier covering more than 77 square miles (200 square kilometers) and the Trolltunga (Troll’s Tongue) rock that hangs 2,300 feet (701 m) above Ringedalsvatnet Lake in the town of Odda at the end of the fjord.
Visitors can take guided walks on the glacier or hike on well-marked paths around the fjord. The hike up to Trolltunga is challenging and not for the faint of heart, but rewards hikers with unbelievable views of the fjord and surrounding area.
There are also several interesting museums along the fjord, including the Hardanger Folk Museum in Ullensvang, the Norwegian Museum of Hydropower and Industry in Odda, and the Hardanger Maritime Museum and Kabuso Art Centre in Kvam.
To visit the Hardangerfjord, fly or take the train to Bergen and continue on to the fjord from there by bus. There are also daily boats from Bergen to the village of Rosendal on the southern shore of the fjord. To explore the fjord by boat, numerous services run guided sightseeing tours, stopping at towns like Herand, Utne, Lofthus, Kinsarvik, and Ulvik.