Eidfjord, Norway

2018 HAL Voyage of the Vikings

Friday, August 3, 2018

 

The whole point of going to Eidfjord, Norway is to cruise the Hardanger Fjord!  The scenery is probably spectacular, but we were there on a cold, rainy, overcast day.  We also traversed the fjord very early in the morning and mid-evening for the return to the North Sea so the light for photography wasn’t very good.  Sorry about the dull photos.

The cruise port in Eidfjord is purpose built for tourism.  There is a hotel, information center, super market, and large dock for a single cruise ship along with anchorage for another with a small tender dock conveniently located near everything.  The town welcomes more than 500,000 visitors a year but has only 900 regular inhabitants!  The main attractions are walks along the glaciers within the nearby Hardanger Mountain Plateau National Park, kayaking in the fjord, and the Voringsfossen Waterfall which towers 597 feet.

There is a little “Troll Train” that will take you on a 1-hour tour of the town including the Old Church and Viking gravesites from the Iron Age dating AD400 to 1000 ($11.00/pp outside the Information Center.)

Because the fjord cruising takes several hours itself, the time in town is pretty short (we were only there for 5 hours.)

We did our best to see a lot!

Hardanger Fjord.
Hardanger Fjord.
Hardanger Fjord
Hardanger Fjord
Hardanger Fjord
Hardanger Fjord
Hardanger Fjord
Hardanger Fjord
Anchored in the Hardanger Fjord.  The first tender is going to the dock.
Anchored in the Hardanger Fjord. The first tender is going to the dock.
Anchored in the Hardanger Fjord along with the Aidabelle.
Anchored in the Hardanger Fjord along with the Aidabelle on the dock.
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MS Roterdam anchored in the Hardanger Fjord. At least the tender dock is only a short distance away.
But it is cold and rainy.
But it is cold and rainy.
Quality Hotel is dockside.
Quality Hotel is dockside.
Inside the Quality Hotel, WIFI is available as well as a gift shop.
Inside the Quality Hotel, WIFI is available as well as a gift shop.
The Quality Hotel also has a restaurant and bar.
The Quality Hotel also has a restaurant and bar (my glass of wine was $17.60; Rog’s beer $12.80 for a pint.)  It is expensive visiting the end of the earth!
The Co-op Market is next door to the hotel.
The Co-op Market is next door to the hotel.
Eidfjord
Eidfjord
View of town from the tender dock.
View of town from the tender dock.
Cafe and Turf House
A Cafe and a Turf House
Eidfjord Gamle Kyrkje, 1309
Eidfjord Gamle Kyrkje, 1309
The altar of the Eidfjord Gamle Kyrkje
The altar of the Eidfjord Gamle Kyrkje
Eidfjord town view.
Eidfjord town view.
Another view of the town of Eidfjord.
Another view of the town of Eidfjord.

 

After returning down the fjord to the North Sea, we are, now, on our way to Rotterdam, Netherlands.

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