Located on the edge of the famous Hardangerfjord (Norway’s second largest fjord, which spans an impressive 179 kilometres), Eidfjord is a small picturesque town set amongst some of the most spectacular natural scenery in the world.
The fjord, mountains and waterfalls can all be reached within 30 minutes from the centre of town, making Eidfjord the perfect jumping off point from which to explore all that Norway has to offer. It’s also home to the biggest Viking burial mound in all of Scandinavia.
With history, nature and a selection of top-shelf cafés and restaurants along its charming streets, Eidfjord is one of Norway’s most popular towns for foreign visitors.
Cruise ships dock at the new cruise port located right in the heart of Eidfjord. From the port, passengers can walk straight into town in a matter of minutes. Alternatively, a range of transport options, including taxis, buses and rental cars, can be accessed to explore more of the outlying region.
The new port at Eidfjord was built in 2005 and can accommodate cruise ships up to 350 metres in length. It’s also equipped with all the facilities cruise passengers need to make the most of their first hour or so in Eidfjord.
- Public toilets
- Internet access
- Tourist information centre
- Banks and ATMs
- Cafés and restaurants
How to Get Around
Eidfjord itself is quite small and can easily be explored on foot. However, taxis or hire cars are needed to visit some of the region’s most popular attractions. Taxis can be ordered upon arrival in Eidfjord. There are also a number of public bus services and car hire offices in town.
Travel times from the cruise port:
- It is a 20 minute journey to the Viking Burial Mounds. Alternatively, there is a more scenic and interesting 1 hour walking trek that also leads here.
- It is a 10 minute journey to the Viking Burial Mounds.
- It is a 20 minute journey to the start of the walking trail to Kjeåsen Farm. The walk up to the farm then takes between 1 and 2 hours.
- It is a 45 minute journey to the Vøringsfossen Waterfall.
- Currency - The local currency in Eidfjord is the Norwegian Krone (NOK). Coins come in 50 øre (1/2 krone), 1, 5, 10 and 20 kroner denominations, while notes come in 50, 100, 200, 500 and 1,000 kroner denominations.
- Time Zone - Eidfjord runs on Central European Time (CET), which is 1 hour ahead of Coordinated Universal Time (UTC).
- Weather - Eidfjord enjoys a temperate climate with frequent rainfall throughout the year. In fact, the town sees around 1,354mm of rain annually and experiences the heaviest downfall during October. The warmest time to visit Eidfjord is during July, when temperatures average around 15 degrees Celsius. The coldest month of the year is January, when the mercury dips to around -1.5 degrees Celsius on average.
- Viking Burial Mounds - Spend a couple of hours amongst the largest ancient burial site in western Norway at the Viking Burial Mounds. Dating from around 400 to 1000AD and consisting of over 350 individual burial mounds spread out over the Hæreid Plateau, the mounds can be explored via a 90 minute walking trail (maps available from the tourist office). The Viking Burial Mounds are open all year long.
- Vøringsfossen - With a total drop of 182 metres and set amongst some of the most spectacular natural scenery your eyes have ever seen, the Vøringsfossen Waterfall is the most popular waterfall in Norway and easily one of the country’s most popular tourist attractions. Visitors to the falls can take in the sublime views from an upper and lower lookout, watching as the falling water eventually meets the Mabodalen Valley before finally being consumed by the Bjoreio River. Don’t forget to pay a visit to the Hardangervidda Nature Centre located at the bottom of the Mabodalen Valley to learn all about this natural spectacle.
- Kjeåsen Farm - Perched on a mountain ledge some 600 metres above the ground and offering commanding views of the glistening Simadalsfjord, the Kjeåsen Farm is located only 6 kilometres northeast of Eidfjord and is definitely a highlight of the region. The farm is open every day during summer; however, be sure to leave by 5pm so as to respect the privacy of the farm’s only resident: a woman who has been living here for over 40 years – all on her own. The views here are simply magnificent, so don’t forget to pack your camera and charge your batteries.