In Eidfjord, you find many attractions created by nature and our ancestors, and also many modern attractions,that appeal to people of all ages. This guide gives a short overview of these attractions – you can get more information at the Eidfjord tourist information centre.
Kjeåsen mountain farm The well-known Kjeåsen mountain farm lies as an eagle’s nest in the very steep mountainside, 530 metres above the Simadalsfjord. Drive around 1.5 kilometres past Sima hydroelectric power plant, and then take the first road to the left. The road to Kjeåsen is five-kilometres-long. Half of the road goes through a tunnel without lights. Kjeåsen lies to the left of the tunnel opening. Hourly driving: Driving up the road on the hour every hour. Driving down the road every 30 minutes past the hour. Group price. Footpath up the steep mountainside (about 1.5-2 hours each way).
Sima hydroelectric power plant Sima hydroelectric power plant is one of the largest hydroelectric power plants in Europe. The power plant’s main hall lies 700 metres into the mountain and is 200-metres-long, 20-metres-wide and 40-metres-high. The plant offers guided tours that include a film about the construction of the power plant and a tour of the power station hall. The whole tour takes about an hour. Sima hydroelectric power plant lies in Simadalen, around seven kilometres from Eidfjord. Follow the signs to the plant. Opening times: 15 June – 15 August: 10.00am, 12 noon and 2.00pm. From 1 July also at 3.30pm. Open for groups throughout the year by agreement. Contact the tourist information centre for more information and booking. Telephone: +47 53 67 34 00.
Hæreid – Viking Graves Western Norway’s largest burial mounds from the Iron Age and Viking periods with 350 graves from AD400-1000. Part of a fascinating cultural landscape. The burial mounds are located on the Hæreid plateau, around 20 minutes walk from the centre of Eidfjord. Access also by car. Information guide with map from the tourist information centre.
Hardangervidda Naturecentre Eidfjord is a modern and wildly exciting nature- and cultural historic exhibit centre for norwegian nature, climate and environment. Live exhibitions on 3 floors, aquariums and interactive stations. View the great panoramic movie, produced by Ivo Caprino, on 5 large screens. You will experience an exciting trip with helicopter above high mountains, deep valleys, breathtaking waterfalls, wild reindeer and untouched glaciers- an experience for the whole family. Souvenirshop and touristinformation. Hardangerviddahallen Restaurant and Café. Offers traditional food. Souvenir shop and tourist information. Opening hours: Apr – Oct: 10am – 6pm, Jun 15th – Aug 20th: 9am – 8pm Open for groups all year.
Gallery Nils Bergslien Eidfjord kommune has built an excellent gallery, adjacent to Quality Hotel & Resort Vøringfoss, for the unique work of the painter Nils Bergslien. In addition,the gallery has room for other art exhibitions. Gallery Nils Bergslien is located in the centre of Eidfjord. For details of exhibitions and opening times, contact Eidfjord tourist information centre or Eidfjord kommune. Telephone: +47 53 67 35 00. Free entry!!
Vøringfossen waterfall Vøringfossen is Norway’s most visited natural tourist attraction. It has a total fall of 182 metres, including a vertical fall of 145 metres. The best location to see the waterfall is by Fossli Hotel, which lies 20 kilometres from Eidfjord at the top of Måbødalen. Turn off the Rv 7 road at the access road to Fossli Hotel/Vøringfossen.
Eidfjord Old Church Stone church from 1309. a Jacobs church. The story tells of a domineering and powerful Rike-Ragna who built the church to pay for her sins. Eidfjord Old Church is located at Lægreid in Eidfjord. Easy access. Car and bus parking. Open for groups all year by appointment, contact the touristinformation office.
Skytjefossen Skytjefossen waterfall has a free fall of 300 metres and is one of the highest waterfalls in Norway. The waterfall lies innermost in Simadalen, around 12 kilometres from the centre of Eidfjord. Follow the road from Eidfjord into the valley past the last house at Tveit (parking). Walk from Tveit to Skytjefossen, around one-and-a-half hours there and back.
Eidfjord offers activities for every taste. There are possibilities for physical activities, or alternatively to enjoy the peace and quiet. This guide gives you an overview of some of the things you can do in Eidfjord. There is much to explore here. Eidfjord is surrounded by waterfalls and is described as maybe the worlds best place for iceclimbing,
The tourist information recommends the Sightseeing in Eidfjord wild and beautiful tour. A 3-hour sightseeing tour in Eidfjord, including admission to the Hardangervidda Nature Centre and a tour up the Måbødalen valley with breathtaking views of the impressive Vøringsfossen waterfall. Tickets sold at Tidereiser or the Eidfjord Tourist Information Office. The tourist information and FlatEarth also rents out bikes.
In warm weather there is a beach located a kilometre from Eidfjord in the direction of Simadalen instead. Family-friendly beach three kilometres from the centre of Eidfjord in the direction of Simadalen. Hardangertun Family Park with leisure pool, 29 kilometres from the centre of Eidfjord.
It’s also possible to rent Canoes and Boats. Try Flatearth or Sæbo Camping for the former, and Vik Pensjonat or Eidfjord Fjell & Fjord Hotel for the latter. You could also sail on a minicruise along the beautiful Hardangerfjord with TIDE’s rapidboat “Vøringen”. It’s also possible to book a fjordcruise with the boat ”Lady Anne”. For further information, contact the tourist information centre, tel +47 53 67 34 00.
- Eidfjord Spa,Sjobakkane 10, ☎ +47 91 11 81 50. Give yourself a wonderful, de-stressing Spa treatment
- Hardangervidda Golfpark,Kloppedalsveien 5, Paradis, ☎ +47 53 66 57 79. Driving range and six-hole golf course on Hardangervidda, 750 metres above sea level.
Tour and activity providers
- Eidfjord Aktiv,Lægreidsvegen 9, ☎ +47 41 55 04 04. Offers activities fall, winter and spring, for instance: horse and carriage trips, sleigh rides, snow shoe trips, baking, guided tours
- FlatEarth,vre Eidfjord, ☎ +47 47 60 68 47. Offers activities that give unforgettable experiences in the local area like Climbing, scrambling, waterfall jumping, rafting and glacier walking. Also rents out bikes
- Hardanger Active,Gamlenaustvegen 15, ☎ +47 906 03 190. Activities for both children and adults, like artwork, geocaching and photo workshops.
Well-prepared footpaths, central Eidfjord and Øvre Eidfjord. Easy walking. Maps at the tourist information centre and the Hardangervidda Naturecentre.
- Måbøgaldane, Måbødalen. Old path up Måbødalen – total length five kilometres. Experience 400 years of road building traditions, from footpaths to the most modern engineering achievements. Tour tip: Go up Måbødalen and down the old road in Måbødalen. Around three-and-a-half hours.
- Simadal, Well-prepared footpath along Simadals river. Information at the tourist information centre. If you want to see one of Norway’s highest waterfalls, Skytjefossen, you must drive to Tveit. You can park here and follow the road to the waterfall.
- Sysendalen, Hardangervidda, Fine walks along footpaths and rides along cycle paths. An excellent and popular area for outings, fishing and berry picking.