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Balaifossen

Country
Norway
State
Hordaland
City
Osafjorden
Type of Location
Water Fall
About Location

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Places to Visit
How to Reach

By Plane

Hordaland has two airports of interest to the traveller; Bergen Airport, Flesland, Norway's second largest airport, and Stord Airport, Sørstokken. Bergen Airport has flights to all major and several smaller Norwegian airports; the Bergen-Oslo route is among the 10 most busy in Europe. It also has regular direct flights to many European destinations, as well as to Narita International Airport in Tokyo. Stord Airport is vastly smaller, and has regular flights to Oslo and Aarhus in Denmark.

By Train

Trains go from Bergen to Oslo, and a large part of the railway line goes through Hordaland. Among the stations are Dale, Voss and Finse, the highest station on the line. Local trains stopping at all stations are fairly frequent between Bergen and Voss and have open seating. Express trains don't stop at all stations, and seats there are frequently reserved, especially on Fridays and Sundays you may have trouble getting a seat. Trains are operated by the Norwegian national rail company, NSB.

By Ferry

Passenger boats along the coast are an option, especially if you are visiting islands such as Stord. Even if you are travelling by road, chances are good that you will come to a stretch of water where there is no bridge, and you will need a car ferry to get across. The frequency varies considerably, car ferries are part of the Norwegian road infrastructure and are usually, but not always, fairly frequent. The fast passenger boats are not so frequent. Most boats are operated by the transportation company Tide and schedules can be obtained from their website (unfortunately, only in Norwegian) passenger boat schedules, ferry schedules.

By Bus

If you need a bus, there are some express busses operated by NORWAY Bus express, and more local busses operated by Tide. Outside of Bergen and its vicinity you will probably find busses to be rather infrequent, but the network does cover most areas.

Key places to visit
Voringfoss Waterfall, Odda valley, Laerdal Tunnel, Hardangervidda National Park


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Places to Visit

Voringfoss Waterfall

Voringfoss Waterfall is a magnificent, well-accessible waterfall in Norway . It is situated on the Hardangervidda plateau. The  Voringfoss Waterfall is 183 m high. There is another, approximately the same high waterfall on the other side, and they both join together and empty at the same place. The best view of the two waterfalls is at the lookout point near the Fossli Hotel. You can get there on the branch road from Road No.7, approximately 18 km from Eidfjord

Odda valley

Odda valley  is situated in Central Norway. It has a numerous waterfalls, created by melt water from the glacier. A ravine between Hardangervidda National park and Folgefonna glacier. In this unique valley there are numerous waterfalls within a distance of 10 km; Tjørnadalsfoss, Strandfoss, Vidfoss, Espelandsfoss and Låtefoss. Låtefoss is the famous twin-waterfall 164m/540ft high, close to route 13. At the southern end of the waterfall, there is a path leading to where the ruins of the hotel estate.The Trallebanen railway, 960 meters up to the Hardangervidda mountain plateau is not open to public any more. So the only way is to walk up there. You can also make Glacier walks on the Folgefonna glacier and Buerbreen glacier arm. Visit the architectural jewel of the Tyssedal Power Station and the Norwegian Hydropower and Industrial Museum. Odda town with population of 10.000 is an industrial one at the south end of the Sorfjord.

Laerdal Tunnel

Lærdal Tunnel  is 24.5 km long and was opened to the public in 2000. Its construction has already started or in 1995. Until then, the greatest Gotthard Road Tunnel in Switzerland. It is now up to third place. The second is China's longest tunnel Zhongnanshan Tunnel. It is interesting that Lærdal Tunnel think about driving. Its special construction of the tunnel is divided into four sections. These sections separated by three large mountain caves, which are beautifully colored lighting. They interrupt routine trip and providing a pleasant view of the possibility of a short rest. Practical information

Hardangervidda National Park

Hardangervidda is Norway's largest national park which was designated as a national park in 1981. It covers an area of 3,422 square kilometres. The park protects much of the plateau Hardangervidda. The whole of the Hardangervidda is above the tree line, and therefore it is treeless and its vegetation is sparse. Its reindeer flock is one of the largest in the world. The edges of the park are accessible from 3 cardinal points. There are no roads running directly through the park. However, the park maintains a net of well-signed tourist paths, whose total length is approx. 1,200 kilometres. Hardangervidda also maintains a net of huts and shelters (with or without staff) which visitors can have at their own disposal in the summer.

Right Time to Visit

October - December

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