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Alongside horticulture, agriculture (particularly sheep) is the primary industry in Hardanger. Consequently, local food traditions are tightly interconnected with the main livelihood in the area, which makes for some spectacular treats and delicacies in the mountainous region. Here are some of our top recommendations for a taste of Ulvik’s cultural and culinary delights.

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1) The fruit- and ciderroute

The only fruit- and ciderroute in Norway is located right here in the heart of Ulvik. The trail stretches along Apalvegen where you can visit the farms Ulvik Frukt & Cideri, Syse Gard and Hardanger Saft- og Siderfabrikk. The farms offer a range of experiences and tasty treats with a strong emphasis on a unique visitor experience. The farms all cultivate fruit, farm produce and cider through traditional means and modern techniques. All the farms have farmyard shops, with delectable samples and scrumptious treats. Tours by appointment. Kádn & Alde While at the fruit- and ciderroute, you ought to stop by local bakery Kádn & Alde. The bakery has a strong focus on sustainability, ecology and tradition, using pure and local produce in their baked goods. The bakery sells a variety of breads, loaves, and sweet desserts.


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2) Kádn & Alde

While at the fruit- and ciderroute, you ought to stop by local bakery Kádn & Alde. The bakery has a strong focus on sustainability, ecology and tradition, using pure and local produce in their baked goods. The bakery sells a variety of breads, loaves, and sweet desserts.

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3) Syse Farm

Syse Farm is one of Norway’s 13 économusees, which is a collection of dynamic trade businesses and experience-venues. Experience the wonders of traditional and local handicraft up close and personal as you venture through the exhibition and tour. The farm cultivates fruit and lamb using transmitted techniques, giving you a true taste of Hardanger’s traditional character. Bring a piece of Ulvik with you from the bountiful farm shop at the basement floor.

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4) World-class poetry at the Olav H. Hauge-center

Olav H. Hauge is one of the most prolific Norwegian poets of the 20th century. His works have been translated into over twenty languages and draw inspiration from his life and the landscape of Ulvik. Discover the poet at the Hauge-center; a museum dedicated to his compelling life and captivating poetry. Poetry and prose from other famous poets are also featured here in interactive exhibits and workshops for visitors of all ages.

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5) Syse Glas

Syse Glas is a local glassblower with a range of stunning, colorful glasswork in her workshop in Ulvik town center. Her products range from everyday drinking glasses and display bowls to intricate, engraved Hardanger wine glasses, lamps and decorative pieces. Drop by the shop for a one-of-a-kind souvenir from Hardanger (and if you’re lucky – you might just catch a glimpse of the artisan herself at work!).

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6) Local crafts at Handelslaget

Handelslaget is a marketplace for local artisans, selling a range of dynamic products. Their selection includes tasty fruit/berry jams and jellies, beautiful knit pieces, hand-dyed yarn and pottery. The shop is a treasure chest of local, unique items. Drop by and treat yourself to something nice or get your hands on a one-of-a-kind gift for someone you love.

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7) Historic culture hikes with local guides

Ulvik has a rich cultural history waiting to be explored. Some interesting gems include the bronze sword from Hallstatt, the development of the local agriculture and the modern industrial annals of Osa. Angr offers guided historical tours and hikes in the area, leading the way to some of the finest viewpoints and experiences Ulvik has to offer.