Norheimsund is an attractive village set on the banks of Hardangerfjord. Built around a picturesque harbour and surrounded by forested mountains and snow-capped peaks, it’s one of the prettiest villages on the fjord. Relax in the village or use Norheimsund as a base for exploring waterfalls, glaciers and other charming villages in the Hardanger region.
Things to do in Norheimsund
The scenic harbour and breezy waterfront esplanade give Norheimsund a picture-postcard feel. Sightseeing boats depart from the harbour and sail to the nearby village of Eidfjord. The scenic cruises are a great way to enjoy Hardangerfjord, which is known as the Queen of the Fjords.
Visit the Hardanger Maritime Centre to learn about the long history of shipbuilding in Norheimsund. The museum maintains several historic vessels, including the M/K Vikingen cutter built in 1915 and the American-inspired M/Y Faun cruiser made from oak and pine. Kids love taking part in the wood whittling and rope rigging workshops. The museum also rents wooden rowboats, which are a great way to explore the fjord and visit a nearby islet called Sandvenholmen.
Steinsdalfossen tumbles 46 metres down a grass-covered cliffside and is a popular day trip from Norheimsund. A walking path leads up to the waterfall and takes you through a hidden passageway behind the cascade. Pack a picnic and enjoy lunch in the grassy meadow overlooking the falls.
Fertile soil and a sunny climate make the Hardanger region prime apple-growing territory. Cider tours are a great way to discover the postcard-perfect countryside and visit some of the most popular orchards and cideries.
Getting around Norheimsund
Norheimsund is pedestrian-friendly and easy to get around on foot. The village is a 1.5-hour drive from Bergen and 10 minutes from the nearby village of Øystese. Rental cars offer the freedom to visit Norheimsund and explore the Hardanger region at your own pace.