Top Natural Attractions in Norway

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Top Natural Attractions in Norway

Hordaland county in Norway includes two of the top natural attractions in Norway, Hardangervidda and Hardanger fjord, Norway’s largest national park and the world’s third longest fjord, respectively.

The central mountain plateau in Hardangervidda, Norway’s largest national park is 1,300 meters (4,500ft) above sea level. There are many fine hiking trails, one of which leads past the four giant Husedalen waterfalls which run from the Hardanger plateau down to Sørfjord, an arm of the Hardangerfjord. You can stay overnight in nearby Lofthus or Utne.

Top Natural Attractions in Norway
Hardangervidda is Norway’s largest national park. Photo: Hardangervidda.no

Related: The Most Famous Waterfall in Norway

In days gone by, the fjords provided west Norway’s main transport arteries, and Utne was an important junction between east and west. Its economy once centered on the apple, pear and cherry orchards that still cover the slopes of the Sørfjord; but it was also kept afloat by fishing and its charming painted furniture production which you can still enjoy at the Utne Hotel in Norway.

Top Natural Attractions in Norway
Utne Hotel. Photo: Hardanger.no

The open-air Hardanger Folk Museum sums up Hardanger life over the past centuries with historic houses, boats, shops and a school.

A ferry service connects Utne with Kinsarvik on the east side of Sørfjord, or else Kvanndal, where you can connect with Route 7 to Bergen. Heading northwest on Route 13, you’ll find a beautiful stretch of water, Eidfjord. It cuts far into the dramatic landscape that includes the beautiful Sykkjedalsfossen waterfall.

Feature image (on top): Husedalen waterfalls. Photo: Hardagervidda.no

Top Natural Attractions in Norway, written by Tor Kjolberg


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Journalist, PR and marketing consultant Tor Kjolberg has several degrees in marketing management. He started out as a marketing manager in Scandinavian companies and his last engagement before going solo was as director in one of Norway’s largest corporations. Tor realized early on that writing engaging stories was more efficient and far cheaper than paying for ads. He wrote hundreds of articles on products and services offered by the companies he worked for. Thus, he was attuned to the fact that storytelling was his passion.