- The Park
You can easily spend weeks exploring the many attractions in and around Folgefonna National Park. You can marvel at the glacier itself, its glacier arms, ice-falls, turquoise-coloured glacial lakes and crystal-clear rivers of raging meltwater, hike the valleys and peer down onto the fjords that the ice has carved throughout the millennia. But look more closely and you will see a varied flora, discover a rich birdlife, and perhaps see some of the shy wildlife that thrives in this region.
The list of official Folgefonna attractions shown below, is a selection of the most spectacular natural highlights and exciting cultural attractions. Included here are wellmarked trails, cultural monuments that reveal varied aspects of a colourful and manylayered history, and exhibitions that offer many fascinating insights. Along the way, you will see excellent information boards that explain what you see and encounter. In addition, of course, you will discover more attractions as you explore Folgefonna National Park and the surrounding area on your own.
From the parking lot at Buer, 8 km outside Odda, you can already see the glacier. A marked trail leads through a lush valley up to the edge of Buerbreen, a majestic glacier arm of Folgefonna. The round-trip walk only takes three hours.
Bondhusdalen is considered the most beautiful of the many valleys below the Folgefonna glacier. Just follow the historic Ice Road from the quay in Sundal. When you reach the end of the gravel road, you will see the icefall at the head of the valley, magnificently reflected in the meltwater lake.
Have you ever stayed in a lodge on the glacier? Waking up to a panorama of ice and sky is an incredible experience! The hike from Tokheim, just outside Odda, takes you up to the edge of Folgefonna glacier, and continues to Holmaskjer Lodge. You can also join a trek across the glacier led by an experienced glacier guide.
Reiseter is the highest-altitude active farm in Hardanger – it’s also the starting point of a rewarding hike. As you walk to Digrahaug, you’ll encounter varied flora, exciting geology and interesting cultural monuments. There’s even a quarry where cooking vessels were carved out of soapstone!
This trail from the fjord to Botnabreen glacier offers hikers an extended exploration of the fascinating interplay between ice and stone. Discover beautiful plants that have adapted to the rough climate and sparse soil below the glacier. Information boards tell you about the flora and how to read the geological history.
The sight of Langfossen falls, which cascades 600 metres down the mountainside before flowing into the Åkrafjord, is unforgettable. You will surely agree with CNN, which placed Langfossen on its list of the World’s 10 Most Beautiful Waterfalls.
Herand is situated on the northern shore of Folgefonnhalvøya. We invite you to wander the village and its surroundings – a journey of discovery through 9000 years of history. Here are petroglyphs, a beautiful cultural landscape, a boatbuilding museum, and a water-driven sash saw still in operation.
Agatunet is a tight cluster of farmhouses, the oldest building dating from 1250. Visitors to this fjordside hamlet may feel as though they’ve stepped back into the Middle Ages. Take a guided tour, wander the orchard and gardens, and visit the charming café.
Explore more than a thousand years of local history at Malmanger Farm and Vicarage. The oldest building dates from 1625. Learn about the fascinating life of Nils Hertzberg, a priest who had many interests in addition to theology.
He carried out local smallpox vaccinations in 1802 and was Norway’s first “climate researcher”!
Rosendal Stone Park invites you to explore 2.5 billion years of our Earth’s history! Large rocks gathered from throughout Folgefonnhalvøya peninsula are displayed along beautiful wooded paths. The minerals are shown both polished and as they naturally occur.
Now you can ski the glacier! Even in the summer you can race down the slopes or ski the cross-country trails, while enjoying an incredible panorama of the fjords and mountains of Hardanger. The alpine centre is also renowned for its great snowboard park.
Rullestad is a hamlet situated on the shore of a lake, between the beautiful mountains east of the Åkrafjord. It’s the perfect base for your explorations in the national park. Here and in the vicinity you can enjoy hiking, fishing and other activities.
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