There is a lot to do and see around Eidfjord Gjestgiveri. To start with, there is the Vøringfossen. This is one of the most spectacular waterfalls in Norway and is only ten minutes’ drive away.
Since the early 1800s, this waterfall has been a nationally important tourist attraction in Norway. Whereas today a modern road gives fast and easy access to the Vøringfossen, in the old days, tourists had to use a horse and carriage along a narrow, winding gravel road from Eidfjord to the waterfall. From Fossli Hotel at the top you have a spectacular view of Vøringfossen, which plummets 180 metres into the Måbø valley below. There is a spectacular walk to the foot of the waterfall, which you can do on your own or with a guide. It might be advisable to take rain-proof clothing with you.
Another beautiful place to visit near Eidfjord is Kjeåsen, a farm which is placed like an eagle’s nest, 600 metres high, on the very edge of the mountain side in Sima valley. It seems almost impossible that people live at such a place, but this farm is still in operation, albeit on a limited scale. From Kjeåsen, you have a stunning view across the Hardangerfjord and a large part of Eidfjord. In the old days, this farm was only accessible via a small, dangerous footpath winding to the top of the mountainside. During the early 1970s, a road was built to Kjeåsen for the purpose of providing access for the construction of the Sima hydroelectric power station. Since then, Kjeåsen has been accessible by car. However, for those who like a challenge, you can still walk and climb to Kjeåsen using the old path. This is a memorable experience.
One of the most enjoyable activities is a hike across the Hardangervidda. This is the largest mountain plateau in Europe with an surface area of more than 8,000 square kilometres. Since 1981, 3,422 square kilometres of this area has been protected and this area is known as the Hardangervidda National Park. In the National Park you will find a very wide range of animals and plants, such as reindeer, fox and various kinds of birds. There are no roads, only footpaths. DNT, the Norwegian tourist organization, maintains a wide network of paths, which take you from cabin to cabin in one of Europe’s largest unspoilt areas. If you wish, we can help you plan a trip across the Hardangervidda.
Those of you who are looking for more challenging activities, can contact Flat Earth? in Øvre Eidfjord and Hardanger Opplevelse in Odda
This is only a small part of what you can do and see in and around Eidfjord. We also recommend:
- Superb local fishing
- Hardangervidda Nature Centre
- Sima hydro-electric power station
- Hardanger Golf
- Bergslien Museum
- an old church from the Middle ages (in the centre of Eidfjord)
- Hereid, burial grounds from the Viking age
- and much more ...