Ulvik is a small village in Norway, at the end of Hardangerfjord which is situated between Bergen and Oslo. I’ve visited many times as I’m lucky to have family living there and the scenery is just stunning so I thought I’d share some of the photos on here. Strictly speaking I took these before I was on Instagram, but it’s such a lovely place I was hoping it would inspire others to visit and share their own photos.
In the winter it is covered in snow, but in spring everything turns green, apart from the tops of the mountains which remain snowy all year round.
The fjord is so still and peaceful first thing in the morning so it’s worth getting up early to take a stroll for a stunning view.
There are many streams and waterfalls close by, bringing water down from the mountains.
If you walk along the fjord it turns inland slightly and takes you through a tunnel.
The flora and fauna are everywhere, with many beautiful flowers in full bloom from spring onwards.
What to do there
There are ferry tours from Ulvik to Eidfjord every day between May and September, leaving late morning and returning mid afternoon, or you can hire a boat locally to explore the fjord yourself.
There are apple orchards and cherry farms which produce many types of fruit and cider, encouraging visitors to try samples.
If you have a car then you can drive up into the mountains and have a snowball fight even in the middle of a hot summer! There are areas which make you feel like you’re on another planet, like Osafjell.
To read about things to do in TripAdvisor follow this link
Where to eat
How’s this for a cafe with a view?
Den Grøne Kafé (the Green Cafe) is situated right on the fjord and next to the Eidfjord ferry and is open all year round. It serves tasty snacks and delicious meals, as well as homemade cakes, a variety of drinks and ice lollies. http://www.fjordkafe.no/
Where to stay
There are various places to stay including the large Brakanes Hotel situated right on the fjord. Check availability here
Other options include the Hardanger Gjestehus which has a variety of room types, and also a campsite for tents, motor homes and small cabins. Check availability here
How to get to Ulvik
We usually fly to Bergen which is served by airlines including Norwegian and SAS from a number of UK airports including Gatwick and Manchester. Once you land it’s a 40 minute bus or tram ride to the main railway station where you can catch the train to Voss, which is a scenic journey in itself, passing beautiful mountains, lakes and fjords. Then there are regular buses from Voss to Ulvik which takes around 20-30 minutes.
Are you planning a trip soon? Check out my essential travel accessories blog for ideas.