When in western Norway, exploring the dramatic landscapes of Hardanger in Hardangerfjord is essential. Gentle terrains provide delightful hikes, as you loop the third longest fjord on the globe and stand upon world-famous cliff, Trolltunga.
Those embarking on the 10-to-12-hour hike to Trolltunga are wise to rest up in style at Utne Hotel, Norway’s oldest hotel to operate without closure since 1722. Away from the hustle and bustle, this is a place for calm contemplation, crystal-clear air, and fizzy champagne. The next morning, fill up on a hearty breakfast, pack a lunch-bag, then march your way to one of the best views in the region - the one from Trolltunga’s magnificent perch.
Once done, you’ll be ready for hakkasteik (pork, veal and mutton minced meat with barley) and a refreshing Hardanger cider from Hotel Ullensvang. It’s the perfect place to refuel and recharge post-Trolltunga, with exquisite Norwegian fare and a sauna and pool boasting panoramic views of the fjords beyond.