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Approximately 7½ Hours
Hardangerfjord is, without a doubt, one of Norway's favorite fjords. It is framed by mountains that peer into the water to catch a glimpse of their own beautiful reflection.
Leaving the ship in Bergen, you will pass the Fortress of Bergenhus, King Håkon's Hall and the Rosenkrantz Tower. Watch for the gabled buildings of the Hanseatic period and the fish market.
The scenery quickly changes as you leave the city behind. Passing through the community of Os, you will cross Fusafjord by ferry. Look out for the lovely views across Bjørnefjord, with islands and snow-capped mountains in the distance. Venjaneset, on the opposite side, is the first of many small communities you will see, complete with typical West Coast scenery. You will reach the tiny wooden church at Holdhus -- a distinctive landmark dating back to the days of the old stave churches.
At Mundheim, the road links up with the Hardangerfjord. Norwegians call this the Queen of the Fords. Why? See for yourself as you take a one-hour drive along its shores with views of the majestic mountains on the opposite side. On a clear day, you'll glimpse the Folgefonna Glacier, Norway's third-largest glacier. The orchards wear springtime wreaths of blossoms or summertime profusions of fruit and bedeck the fjord in brilliant color.
Break for lunch -- a typical Norwegian buffet with hot and cold dishes, desserts and coffee -- along the way.
You'll also stop at the Steinsdal Waterfall for the thrill of walking under the falls without getting wet; then, ascend the Tokagjel Gorge via a series of tunnels before reaching the Kvamskogen Mountain Plateau. This is a popular recreation and winter ski resort area for the people of Bergen.
Before returning to the city, you will pass Oster Island -- the largest island on Norway's west coast.
This tour involves approximately 125 miles of scenic driving. Restroom facilities are limited before and after lunch. Tour operates subject to meeting a minimum number of participants.