Some things belong together! It is the same with fruit and Hardanger. It was not without reason that monks in the region began growing fruit here as early as 1300. The unique climate along the Hardangerfjord provides optimal conditions for producing apples of very high quality. And with impeccable raw materials, the apple juice and the cider made from it cannot be better.
The well-known Hardanger apples have been pressed and processed to perfection for generations. In recent years, however, the popularity, quality, and standard of Hardanger Cider have reached new heights. The product has won multiple awards both nationally and internationally. Just like “Champagne”, “Cider from Hardanger” is a geographically protected brand name. The cider, which is fermented from apple juice, is characterized by its light, sour and aromatic apple taste.
At the numerous cider farms in the region, you will learn more about the history and the taste of these unique apples. How about combining the best of two worlds? The cider safari on the Sørfjorden, a part of the Hardangerfjord, is sailed with the hybrid ship “Vision of the Fjords” and offers tailor-made round trips with Fjord Cruise and farm visits with cider tastings. Or maybe you should visit Ulvik, where you can follow Norway’s only fruit and cider route? Or would you like to take a RIB speedboat trip into the spectacular Fyksesund fjord, which also allows you to visit the Steinstø fruit farm? There are many alternatives, and you will not be disappointed.
As Olav Bleie, the man behind the best-selling cider in Norway - Alde Cidre, himself says:
- If the popularity of Hardanger Cider continues to grow, there will soon be not enough apple trees in Hardanger.
Experience Hardanger Cider and learn more about the production, its culture, and history.