In the municipality of Kvinnherad, which is located where the sea becomes a fjord, the contrasts are impressive. By taking the Rødne boat from Bergen to Rosendal, you will experience this remarkable transition from sea to fjord at close range. See how the open and dramatic coastal landscape merges into the so-called Rosendal Alps, a landscape characterized by high, steep mountains. Melderskin, Gygrastolen, and Ulvanosa are particularly striking peaks that you will notice.
The glacier lake Bondhusvatnet, near Sundal, and the Bondhus glacier are also impressive and worth a visit. There are beautiful hiking trails both here and in other parts of Kvinnherad. Regardless of whether you are planning longer or shorter hikes, the alternatives are many. Should you prefer to explore the area by bike or by boat on lake Myrdalsvatnet, you can rent equipment from the tourist information in Rosendal.
If you want to make the most out of your visit, we recommend a guided tour. The professional Folgefonni Glacier Team guides are ready to show you the very best of this mighty nature. How about a kayak tour on a glacier lake with a direct view of the adjacent iceberg?
You should also not miss the Baroniet Rosendal. The castle from 1665 is known for its well-tended landscape park and its rich cultural program. But you can also come to just enjoy a light meal in the cozy garden café. And while talking about cozy cafés, you should also check out Elins Matgleder in Rosendal. Elin’s restaurant and café serve tasteful dishes and sell homemade delicacies such as juices and jams.
Regarding historical buildings - you should also pay a visit to the Halsnøy Monastery from about 1100. In beautiful surroundings, it is located at the beginning of the Hardangerfjord. The monastery is part of the Sunnhordland Museum.
Another attraction is the farm Guddalstunet, which received the “Olavsrosa” award in 1993. Here you can visit the Gallery G. Guddal, an art gallery also offering accommodation and a café. The gallery has a varied program and has changing exhibitions with works by both well-known and less-known artists.
Are you still unsure what to do? Then we recommend you to visit the tourist information in Rosendal. In the same building, you will also find the Folgefonn Center with exciting and interactive exhibitions. Here you will learn more about the Folgefonna National Park, life in the Hardangerfjord, the water cycle, and climate changes. In addition to the Folgefonn Center, also the Stonepark is perfect for families with small children. In short walking distance from Rosendal town center, the Stonepark offers a large stone collection, sculptures, and a dinosaur house.
In Kvinnherad, you will find various accommodation options, everything from modern hotels to traditional providers focusing on sustainability. A complete overview you can find here.
Welcome to Kvinnherad – combining some of the best Norway has to offer!