Hardanger Skyspace

Bergen & the Southwestern Fjords

US light artist James Turrell is known for his fascination with light, and has created a series of 'skyspaces' around the world, which are geometrical viewing chambers with an open roof aperture letting in the light. The Hardanger Skyspace was built beside the fjord; it's only open at sunrise and sunset, and places are limited, so bookings are required.

As the sun sets, the combination of light and colour reframed through the aperture can be quite breathtaking.

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Nearby Bergen & the Southwestern Fjords attractions

1. Kunsthuset Kabuso


The Kunsthuset Kabuso runs a fascinating program that features big-name contemporary artists (Damien Hirst, Matthew Barney and James Turrell have all…

2. Ingebrigt Vik Museum


Under the direction of the Kunsthuset Kabuso, this permanent collection of the work of Ingebrigt Vik (1867–1927), one of Norway's best-loved sculptors, is…

3. Hardanger Maritime Museum

2.36 MILES

This engaging museum keeps alive the local boat-building tradition and is home to old wooden boats, exhibitions on restoration procedures and rope-making,…

4. Steinstø Fruktgard


A high summer pilgrimage to this farm, a short distance east of Øystese, rewards with strawberries ripe in June and a bounty of raspberries, cherries,…

5. Steinsdalfossen


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…

6. Hardanger Folk Museum

14.48 MILES

This excellent open-air museum is a repository for the cultural heritage of the Hardanger region. Wander through its collection of historic homes, boats,…

7. Grieg's Hut

16.02 MILES

The one-time retreat of Norwegian composer Edvard Grieg is in the garden of Hotel Ullensvang.

8. Lofthus Church

16.12 MILES

This stone church dates back to 1250 (although the tower was added in the 1880s) and has some fine stained-glass windows. It's surrounded by an…