Låtefoss – Photo: Scott Sporleder/Fjord Norway

Attractions near Odda

Trolltunga is an adventure to be savoured. Because it is an all-day hike, we strongly recommend a two-night stay nearby. You need an early morning start, and afterward you will surely want to celebrate the shared experience with your fellow travellers.

Likewise our region is not to be rushed. Amazing sights and natural attractions await you.

Already in the 19th century, Odda was one of Norway’s prime tourist destinations. As steamships from afar sailed along the Hardangerfjord, passengers stood on deck marvelling at flowering fruit trees beneath snow-topped mountains and dazzling glaciers, mirrored in an emerald fjord. Horse-drawn carriages brought the travellers to stunning waterfalls and panoramic viewpoints.

Standing at Låtefossen falls, you will understand why they voyaged here. You too can take a Cider Safari cruise on the fjord, combined with cider-tasting and an orchard tour with a local apple grower. See the 750 year old stave church in Røldal, explore the pristine Folgefonna National Park, and go downhill skiing even in July! For a really exotic adventure, join an experienced guide for a glacier trek.

And near Trolltunga, be sure to visit the museum in Tyssedal that documents the birth of Norwegian hydropower and the story of our industrial pioneers.

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Attractions around Odda:

Låtefoss Waterfall

Låtefossen is the main attraction in Oddadalen, also known as “the Valley of Waterfalls”. The Låtefossen twin waterfalls were a popular tourist attraction as early as during the 19th century. The 165 m drop waterfall is easily accessible by route 13. Water from the waterfall showers the road before it runs underneath the old stone bridge. It then runs into the Opo river meandering through Oddadalen, which has seven waterfalls over a distance of 10 km.

Photo:  Scott Sporleder / Fjord Norway

Norwegian Museum of Hydro Power and Industry

The beautiful power station at the fjord is a monument of the hydropower adventure that started in 1906. Today it is a museum with guided tours, films and exhibits. Museum shop and cafe.

Photo:  Dag Endre Opedal

Røldal Stave Church

The church was built between 1200 and 1250, and is famous for its healing crucifix still in the church. According to legend it sweats once a year on “Olsok” (July 6th after the Julian calendar), and the sweat has healing power.

Photo:  Willy Haraldsen

The Valley of Waterfalls

Oddadalen – a beautiful piece of untouched countryside along Route 13! In this unique valley the waterfalls are lined up like pearls on a string within a radius of only a few kilometres.

Photo:  Fotograf Øygarden

Buarbreen 

The Farm at Buer is Odda’s gateway to Folgefonna National Park. As an ideal starting point for trips to both Buarbreen and Reinanuten, Buer has been a popular destination as long as it has been tourists in Hardanger.

Photo:  A. Henrickson

The Folgefonna National Park

Folgefonna, the third largest glacier on mainland Norway, is the heart of the national park. Exotic and dramatic, this magnificent glacier has drawn tourists since 1833. Here are glacier tongues and icefalls, wild valleys, and raging rivers of rushing meltwater and scenic summer pastures.

Folgefonna actually consists of three glaciers: Nordfonna, Midtfonna and Sørfonna, as well as numerous tiny glaciers, altogether covering a total of 207 km2. Measurements show that the glacier is almost 400 metres at its thickest, and at its highest point annual precipitation is 5500 mm.

Photo:  A.G. Vestrheim