Tour 2: Voss – Jondal – Rosendal
© Reisemål Hardanger Fjord as
© Reisemål Hardanger Fjord as
© Reisemål Hardanger Fjord / Kristin Hove
© Christian Hauge / Innovation Norway
© Reisemål Hardanger Fjord / Dahle
© Samarbeidsrådet for Sunnhordland/Rosendal Turist Service
Prepare for an excursion that starts at the inland village of Voss, with a great downhill road that winds its way between steep mountainsides. Skjervefossen falls is one of many scenic attractions.
After crossing the mountains, you reach fjordside Granvin. A ways farther along the road, you take the Kvanndal–Utne ferry across the Hardangerfjord, ending Day One after cycling to Jondal. On Day Two you can look forward to a road through woodlands and along the fjord, with nice rests during two scenic ferry crossings – your destination is Rosendal.
Day 1: Voss – Jondal:
Voss – Granvin:
Your tour begins along the old railway, which is now a bicycle path paralleling the Hardanger Road. Aim your front wheel in the direction of Granvin. When the bicycle path reaches the new tunnel, turn onto the old road – an exhilarating downhill run past the beautiful Skjervefossen falls. At Granvinvannet lake, turn right at Seim horse-riding centre, continuing along the western shore of lake towards Granvin. The village of Granvin is situated at the head of one of the many fjord arms of Hardanger.
Granvin – Kvanndal:
As you follow the road toward Kvanndal, and the fjord arm approaches the Hardangerfjord, your view expands into an unbroken southern panorama.
Kvanndal – Utne: ferry crossing
From Kvanndal take the ferry across the fjord to Utne. The ferry takes 20 minutes, and there are two departures every hour.
The fjordside village of Utne is the halfway point of your journey. A key attraction in Utne is the Hardanger Folk Museum. If you wish to spend the night in the village, we recommend the historical Utne Hotel, the oldest hotel in Norway.
Utne – Herand:
From Utne, the road veers westward and follows the Hardangerfjord proper, narrowing and winding its way past lush orchards and old farmhouses. Although most of this road is close to the shore, there is a small pass (250 m) before the last downhill run to the village of Herand.
Herand has been named the most handsome village in Norway, thanks in part to its well-preserved cultural landscape and magnificent setting. Attractions include Bronze Age petroglyphs, a cultural trail and a water-driven sash saw – but there’s much more. For delicious food, head for Restaurant Meieriet.
Herand – Jondal:
The next leg of your journey is a scenic road that hugs the fjord, all the way to Jondal. At Hereiane, you can see contorted pines clutching the rocky slopes that extend down to the fjord.
The final destination for your cycling adventure is Jondal, the Folgefonna Park village. Nearby is an alpine centre where you can ski the glacier even in the summer! Other activities in Jondal include kayaking on the fjord. By the way, you’re welcome to drop by Cycling in Hardanger’s main office.
Day 2 Jondal- Rosendal 60 km:
Jondal – Tørvikbygd : ferry crossing
The ferry to Tørvikbygd takes 20 minutes, with departures every hour.
Tørvikbygd – Gjermundshavn:
From Tørvikbygd follow the signs toward Gjermundshavn. The road passes through green pastures and beautiful woodlands along the fjord.
Gjermundshavn-Årsnes: ferry crossing
At Gjermundshavn, take the ferry to Årsnes, which takes 20 minutes and leaves every half hour. Be sure to find a window spot or a good place on deck, so you can enjoy the beautiful view of the island of Varaldsøy.
Årsnes – Rosendal:
From Årsnes it’s only a 10-kilometre ride to Rosendal, between woodlands and the fjord, with a great westward view.
Rosendal offers many attractions, including Rosendal Barony, the Stone Park and Folgefonna National Park Centre. From Rosendal you can catch the express boat to Bergen and Bergen Airport Flesland. There are two daily departures.