Lofthus Stone Church
The exceptional Hardangervidda Natursenter is a superlative introduction to one of Norway's most beautiful national parks. The centre shows a must-see 19- minute movie with dramatic panoramic footage of the park; if you can't visit the inner depths of the park on foot, this is the next best thing.
Above all other sights in the region, Kjeåsen Farm, 6km northeast of Eidfjord and close to the treeline 530m above the valley floor, should not be missed. According to some accounts, there has been a farm here for 400 years, although vehicle access was only possible with the construction of the road in 1975.
Plunging almost 300m off the Hardangervidda Plateau to the valley floor below, these falls, 12km north of Eidfjord in the Simadalen valley, are among the highest in Norway. To reach the trailhead, drive as far as Tveit and park just after the last house. The hike to the falls and back takes 1½ hours.
The tourist office can point you in the direction of a number of nearby Viking burial mounds and has route maps for Nkr10. There are more than 350 burial mounds in the area dating as far back as 1600 years. Another way to reach these mounds is with Troll Train , a cutesy train on wheels that takes you up to the Hæreid Plateau, where the most accessible graves are.
Hardanger-fjord is renowned as a fruit-growing region, especially for its apples. Summer is a great time to visit this farm, a short distance east of Øystese, with strawberries becoming ripe in June, while July is all about raspberries, cherries, plums, apples and pears.
One of the best art galleries in the Norwegian fjord country, the Kunsthuset Kabuso attracts artists of world renown – in recent years, Damien Hirst, Matthew Barney and Candice Breitz have all exhibited here. In addition to cutting-edge contemporary artists, it also showcases traditional arts.
Adjacent to the Kunsthuset Kabuso and overseen by the same people, this octagonal gallery is dedicated to the renowned Norwegian sculptor of the same name (1867–1927), who was born in Øystese.
Just 1km west of Norheimsund along Rv7, this 50m-high waterfall is a far cry from Norway's highest, but it does offer the chance to walk behind the water. It can get overcrowded with tour buses in summer; inexplicably, this is one of the most visited natural sites in Norway.
This engaging museum keeps alive the local boat-building tradition and is home to old wooden boats, exhibitions on restoration procedures and rope-making, as well as temporary exhibitions. Children can also try their hand at building a boat.
At the summit after a steep 20km drive, and where Hardangervidda begins, is the stunning, 182m-high Vøringfoss . There are actually numerous waterfalls here, which together are called Vøringsfossen. They plunge over the plateau's rim and down into the canyon – the main section has a vertiginous drop of 145m.
Norway seems to make a speciality of extraordinary rock platforms offering both panoramic views and postcard-perfect photo opportunities. Up there with all the others is Trolltunga, a narrow finger of rock that hangs out over the void high above the lake Ringe-dalsvatnet.
Voss’ stone church occupies the site of an ancient pagan temple. A Gothic-style stone church was built here in the mid-13th century. Although the original stone altar and unique wooden spire remain, the Lutheran Reformation of 1536 saw the removal of many original features. The 1923 stained-glass work commemorates the 900th anniversary of Christianity in Voss.