Odda - The only real city in the region. Industrial city settled in the far end of Sørfjorden.
Norheimsund - Commercial center of the region. Entrance point when arriving from Bergen.
Øystese - Commercial center. Almost merged with Norheimsund.
Ulvik - Small village in the deep end of the Hardangerfjord.
Granvin - Small village. Entrance point when arriving from Voss.
Eidfjord - Small village. Entrance point when arriving from Oslo.
Lofthus - Small village. Home to the anual cherry-festival
Hardangervidda - Largest mountain platou in Europe and the largest national park in Norway.
Folgefonna - Glacier located on the east side of the Hardangerfjord
Kvamskogen - Mountain area. Home to several skiing resorts.
When thinking of Norway, most people think of fjords and mountains, and to that degree, Hardanger is one the most stereotypical Norwegian areas in Norway. The region covers the area from Kvam in the west, up north along the Hardangerfjord to Granvin and Ulvik in the north, Eidfjord in the east, and down along the Sørfjord to Odda in the south. Roads cling to the mountainsides along the fjord, and there are three ferries crossing the fjords. Apart from the grand nature, the region is most famous for it's huge fruit production. Farms growing apples, pears, cherries and plums cover almost all the fields along the fjords. This makes the region a spectacular travel location during the fruit blooming in May and early June. The region is also home of several notable artists, musicians and writers. The mountain-areas of the region are good locations for skiing and winter sports. The Folgefonna glacier also has a summer-ski center.
There are no boat lines serving Hardanger, however you can easily sail here in your own boat. Follow the Hardangerfjord to Norheimsund where you will find a well equiped guest-harbor.
The easiest way of getting around once you reach Hardanger, is by using a car. However Skyss] operates several local bus-lines which covers the entire region. If you bring a bicycle, the area is well suited for biking trips. Hiking in Hardanger is also recommended.