Folgefonn centre

Since Folgefonna national park was opened by Queen Sonja in 2005 we have had a national park centre in Rosendal open during the summer.

In 2017 the Folgefonn centre opened. This is a centre that covers more disciplines than before, as the center now enjoyes substantive support from the Norwegian Institute of Marine Research, Bjerknessenteret/University of Bergen in additions to the Folgefonna National Park visitor Centre.

In the interactive exhibitions you can see and learn more about life in the Hardanger fjord, Folgefonna national park and climate changes. We hope that a visit will make you more interested in the “big picure” but also inspire you through the stories we tell.

You will also be able to learn about Norways 46 national parks in the centre.

Exhibits include:

  • The global water cycle
  • Folgefonna glacier
  • The atmosphere, low pressure systems and precipitation
  • Water
  • Water histories around the world
  • Energy
  • The Hardangerfjord
  • Villages near Folgefonna – the people and their landscape
  • Folgefonna National Park
  • The norwegian national parks
  • Biodiversity – the flora, fauna, rivers and streams of the Folgefonn Peninsula
  • Adventures on the Folgefonna Glacier
  • Our climate and climate researchers
  • Extreme precipitation and natural disasters
  • From the depths of the Hardangerfjord and the sea
  • The ocean and the fjord communicate
  • The ocean and climate change
  • New treasures from the ocean
  • Sea animals that “see” in the dark
  • Sex in the sea
  • Sustainable food production


Four films are shown at the centre:

  • “Of Water it is created” – A Journey in the Waterscape of Western Norway
  • “The Drama of the Mountains” – geology
  • “The Life of the Hardangerfjord”
  • “The Roar of the Rutting Stags”

Gateways and attractions

In the 3 municipalities around Folgefonna we have 5 gateways where you can get information on the national park. We have also some suggested attractions around Folgefonna for you.

Jettegrytene in Rullestadjuvet gorge, foto Espen Mills


When you have seen the Folgefonn centre and the film “Drama of the mountains” we recommend that you pay the Stone park in Rosendal a visit, and the other stone exhibitions at Nå, Rullestad or Langfoss.

Thulitt Steinparken Rosendal
Thulitt Stone park in Rosendal


Hiking in Kvinnherad municipality
Glacier hikes on the Folgefonna
Glacier and kayak trip by Folgefonna
Horse back riding in the Åkra mountains


Visitor centre Folgefonna national park

  • at the Folgefonn centre in Rosendal

Telephone: +47 53 48 42 80


Practical information


15. januar – 12. april
mon – fri 10.30 -14.30

13.april – 29. mai
mon – fri 10.30 – 14.30
sat-sun 12.30 – 16.30

30. may – 1. sept
every day 10.00 – 18.00

2. sept – 30. sept.
mon – fri 10.30 – 14.30
sat-sun 12.30 – 16.30

1. oktober – 15. desember
mon-fri 10.30 – 14.30


Bondhusdalen valley

Those who have been here, consider Bondhusdalen to be the most beautiful of the many valleys below the Folgefonna glacier. The highlight is the stunning icefall at the head of the valley, reflected in the lake of glacial meltwater.

Rosendal Stone Park

If you want to scratch beneath the surface and really understand Folgefonna National Park and its surroundings, then you should visit Rosendal Stone Park. It is situated just a 10-minute walk from Rosendal village centre and harbour.

Malmanger Farm and Vicarage

The history of Malmanger Farm and Vicarage stretches back perhaps more than a thousand years. Eight of the buildings are listed. The old smokehouse, built before 1625, is one of the oldest buildings in the Kvinnherad region.

The historic hiking trail across Folgefonna glacier

The historic trail across Folgefonna is the trail that the first tourists that came to the region in the mid 1800s.
The trail goes between Sundal and Odda.

About the national park

Folgefonna, the third largest glacier on mainland Norway, is the heart of the national park. Exotic and dramatic, this magnificent glacier has drawn tourists since 1833. Here are glacier tongues and icefalls, wild valleys, and raging rivers of rushing meltwater and scenic summer pastures.