Best Instagram spots in Ulvik

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.

Ulvik church, which is painted white and made of wood, surrounded by gravestones

Ulvik church

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.

Small hut overlooking the still fjord

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.

a gorgeous view of Hardangerfjord with mountains in the background overlooked by blue sky

There are many streams and waterfalls close by, bringing water down from the mountains.

A mountain stream with trees either side


If you walk along the fjord it turns inland slightly and takes you through a tunnel.

A view outside from a dark tunnel

The flora and fauna are everywhere, with many beautiful flowers in full bloom from spring onwards.

A pink flower

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.

A small rowing boat in the foreground with Handangerfjord behind and snow-topped mountains in the distance

There are apple orchards and cherry farms which produce many types of fruit and cider, encouraging visitors to try samples.

View across Hardangerfjord to Ulvik with green mountains in the background

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.

 

The top of Osa mountain, showing a winding road surrounded by rocks and a mountain lake

Osafjell, or Osa Mountain

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/

Den Grone Kaffe next to a still Handangerfjord with green hills and snow-topped mountains in the background

Where to stay

There are various places to stay including the large Brakanes Hotel situated right on the fjord.  Check availability here

The Brakanes Hotel which overlooks the fjord with green mountains in the background

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

Handanger Gjesthus, a white wooden hotel

Grass roofed cabins which overlook the fjord with snow topped mountains in the background

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.



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6 Comments

  1. April 25, 2018 / 1:51 pm

    This is such a pretty town! I need to explore Norway more, so I’m going to add this to my list of places to visit!

    • AliRichards
      Author
      April 25, 2018 / 2:15 pm

      Thanks for reading and yes you must visit Norway if you can!

  2. April 25, 2018 / 8:26 pm

    These pictures are gorgeous, Ali! It looks like such a pretty place!

    • AliRichards
      Author
      April 25, 2018 / 9:35 pm

      It really is, the scenery is stunning. Thanks for reading!

  3. November 13, 2018 / 8:57 am

    Norway is spectacular. The views are amazing..

    • AliRichards
      Author
      November 13, 2018 / 10:08 pm

      It certainly is! I’m so lucky to have family out there and can’t wait to go back…

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