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Eidfjord Guided tour: 3 stunning locations you must visit

Eidfjord is a popular destination among cruise-goers, and for a good reason. In this post, we will cover 3 stunning locations in Eidfjord: The amazing Vøringsfossen Waterfall, the impressive Sysen Dam, and of course the stunning Hardangervidda. We will share some insights to help you make the most of your time at each location.

In case you would like to explore all three attractions, it is good to know that we visit them all in our Guided Tour.

1. Visit the Vøringsfossen Waterfall in Eidfjord

The Vøringsfossen waterfall is one of the most popular waterfalls in Norway and is the main attraction in Eidfjord. It can be considered a crowd-pleaser, whether you're a hiker, photographer, or simply someone who wants to enjoy the beautiful scenery.

There are a couple of things you should know in order to get the most out of your visit, which we will break down below

Easy accessible Viewing Platforms at Vøringsfossen waterfall

Visiting the waterfall is a low-effort, high-reward activity. The viewing platform is easily accessible and flat, making it possible for wheelchair users to experience the impressive sight of the waterfall thundering down into the Måbø Valley.

From the main viewing platform located in front of the Fossli Hotel, visitors can enjoy a spacious and unobstructed view of the waterfall from above, with plenty of easy photo opportunities.

Next to the main viewing platform, you will find another easily accessible viewing platform. However, this part is no longer wheelchair-user-friendly. Moving to this area will allow you to see the valley and waterfall from a different angle.

Person at viewpoint in Eidfjord overlooking the green Måbødalen valleyvalley

Things to do at the Vøringsfossen waterfall in Eidfjord

If you're feeling a bit more adventurous, then you might want to go on a short hike. Next to the main viewing platform, there's a steep path leading down. The difficulty level is hard to describe, as it depends on your physical fitness and what you're used to.

By Norwegian standards, it's considered easy, but it's worth noting that in Norway, we label something a 'walking path' when someone has walked there before you.

Additionally, this route is a bit steep and unpaved, but it does have handrails to hold on to if needed – 'unnecessary luxury,' as a Norwegian would say.

Before you get worried, I've seen many people taking this path, of all ages and fitness levels. I even saw someone going down on crutches, and yes, that person also walked back up.

Taking this route will allow you to cross an additional 99 steps via a walking bridge above the waterfall.

Bird eye perspective: the walking bridge over the Vøringsfossen waterfall

Take a break at the Fossli Hotel

During the summer, Fossli Hotel is a wonderful place to soak in the sun and savor coffee and cake. It doesn't require any hiking and is an excellent choice if you're looking for a relaxed experience.

This visit is quite special; the hotel is still operated by the great-grandson of its founder, Ola Garen. The hotel, built in an Art Deco style (jugendstil), hosted its first guests in 1887.

One of its notable guests was the Norwegian composer Edvard Grieg, who resided in Eidfjord in the Fossli hotel during the summer of 1896 and composed some of his music here. If you're curious, you can check out his piano, which was crafted by the Zimmermann factory.

How much time should you spend at the Vøringsfossen waterfall?

If you want to enjoy this location rush-free you should spend here between 60 and 75 minutes. Based on our tour-guiding experience this is just perfect, neither too long nor too short.

2. Vist the Sysen Dam in Eidfjord

Describing this spot as a hidden gem might be a bit of a stretch, given that this colossal dam, stretching 157 meters long and rising 81 meters high, stands proudly next to the road – a sight that's hard to miss. The bus journey leading up to the dam feels like taking a back road. On the top, you'll be treated to a breathtaking panorama over the vast Hardangervidda on one side, while on the other, a massive reservoir is visible that helps to create energy for the Sy-Sima Hydroelectric Power Station.

Walking across the Sysen Dam is according to some, quite a thrilling experience. But the treasures aren't limited to the dam alone.

The immediate surroundings are inviting as well, especially for those who have an interest in foraging. The right time of year may reveal an abundance of wild berries. If weather permits, you'll also catch glimpses of the expansive mountainous terrain, complete with the sixth-largest glacier looming in the distance, just beyond the lake's shores.

How much time should you spend at the Sysen Dam?

As we have a rush-free approach in our tours we will spend at least 20 minutes on this stop. This timeframe allows you to walk on the dam and take numerous pictures and partake in activities such as foraging or stone-skipping.

3. Visit the Hardangervidda

Hardangervidda National Park, the largest of its kind in Europe, covers a vast expanse of 8,000 square kilometers in Norway. The journey from Eidfjord to the mountain plateau is a truly memorable experience. In a short span of time, you'll be driven through a remarkable variation of landscapes.

First, you will drive through the narrow passage of Måbødalen. It starts as a lush green landscape but it gradually gives way to an increasingly rugged terrain.

After passing through winding roads and a few tunnels, you'll pass through the treeline and enter the mountain tundra – a raw and treeless wilderness.

Fun fact: More than 95% of Eidfjord's total area is more than 600 meters (1969 feet) above sea level.

The landscape's character can vary depending on the time of your visit. Early or late in the season, you might encounter pockets of snow, while at other times, you'll find yourself surrounded by a lot of flowers and berries.

How much time should you spend at the Hardangervidda?

When considering how much time to spend at the Hardangervidda, around 15 minutes could be sufficient for a visit. However, the duration largely depends on the weather conditions. On chilly days, some visitors may prefer to quickly hop back on the bus after taking a couple of pictures. While on sunny days, people can easily lose track of time and want to stay as long as possible.


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