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