- The Park
The town of Odda is situated at the head of the Sørfjord, a fjord arm of the famous Hardangerfjord. At Odda Service Centre at the Town Hall, which doubles as the Tourist Information Office, you can obtain excellent information about Folgefonna National Park and many other attractions in the region.
The Service Centre displays information boards on a variety of topics, including the nearby wilderness, hiking trails, etc. Nestled between towering mountains at the head of the Sørfjord, an arm of the Hardangerfjord, Odda has a proud industrial heritage; the town played a pioneering role in Norway’s industrialisation.
In the vicinity of the town are many beautiful waterfalls cascading down the mountainsides, and of course it’s not far to Folgefonna glacier. This makes Odda a fine base for exploration.
We recommend two rewarding hikes into Folgefonna National Park. Whether you wish to head for Buardalen or Holmaskjer, you will find parking and information boards at the beginning of the trail. At Egne Hjem, a housing development situated 1.5 km from Odda, there are also picnic tables and toilets. The excellent, well-marked trail to Holmaskjera Lodge is secured with safety ropes and bridges where needed. This lodge is a self-service facility run by DNT, the Norwegian Trekking Association.
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