The lodge was such a uniquely decorated, charming, relaxing inn surrounded by beautiful mountains and waterfalls! The food was healthy and delicious, our 3 year old child loved it. Every corner of the lodge "invited" us to sit down and read a book while drinking a glass of local cider. Caroline and Harald were lovely, wonderful and helpful in offering tips about local activities & restaurants and helping all their guests feel welcome.
Fantastic staff, Harald, Caroline and Kristin made our stay to a memorable one. The hotel is an old building which they have taken well care of by finding back to the old atmosphere by hard work. Their thoughts of using local ingredients and food make the stay even more amazing. Cider wine from local farmers, local beer, cheese, vegetables, home made bread, jam, served outside by the Fjord, or in the garden - wow. Their stories, their service, their presence- we felt we stayed in their private home🤩 We can warmly recommend this “diamond” in Sunndal in the Hardangerfjord - close to the glazier Folgefonna and the beautiful Hardanger nature🇳🇴
We had a fantastic time at Hardanger Fjord Lodge. The lodge is a lovingly restored inn close to hiking and boating on the Hardanger Fjord. Caroline and Harald are attentive hosts who offer great food (an extensive breakfast spread and delicious dinners) and a warm welcome. When I arrived with my son there was a group returning to the inn; rather than having us wait, Harald sent us out in a rowboat on the fjord with a bottle of apple cider. Don't miss the sauna!
By far the best stay in Norway we have experienced. Caroline and Harold are the most friendly hosts and make you feel so welcome and at home. The breakfast and dinner are very good, both accompanied by their delicious home made bread. Right outside the house there are different Beautiful hiking trails. We realy loved our stay here and are thankful to have met Caroline and Harold.
REVIEW - HARDANGER FJORD LODGE By Gregg and Lucy Our love affair with Hardanger Fjord Lodge began a few hours after booking, when we emailed to ask some advice on local activities we might enjoy during our three-night stay. “There is a hike to the glacier above our village and a climb up a waterfall you can walk to from the lodge,” was the warm reply from the owner Harald. “And we also have a small wooden rowing boat you can take out on our Fjord with a bottle of local apple juice if you like.” This quick note from Harald, who we learned opened Hardanger Fjord Lodge with his wife Caroline this year following a painstaking but rewarding renovation project, turned out to be typical of the proprietors’ eagerness for all guests to feel special - and their mission to make sure every customer has access to the breathtaking scenery of the area in the best possible way. As we were arriving at 8pm, following a 2.5 hour drive from Bergen Airport, we had pre-arranged dinner upon arrival. We dined at the lodge all three nights and it never disappointed. Each evening meal was freshly home-cooked, prepared by chef Kristen who has a palpable passion for food and sources her own spices and herbs from nearby woodlands. Dishes included a hearty, aromatic and slightly spicy fish soup with bread and butter; a rich chicken stew packed with el dente vegetables; and a simple, local, baked cod with salt and pepper and butter. The local ‘Alde’ cider, which is proudly produced by a small, family-run operation on the Fjord, was our tipple of choice with dinners. Breakfasts were always a smorgasbord of fruits, cold cuts and interesting breads and cereals and there was lots of opportunity to sample Norwegian fare (a fermented tea called Kombucha was a personal favourite of ours). The quality of food was complemented by the comfortable environment in which it was consumed. Harald and Caroline bought Hardanger Fjord Lodge last year from a family who had lived there for many generations. “The walls have history and I think you can feel it,” explained Caroline when asked about the renovation and impeccably creative use of space. There is an incredibly homely feel to Hardanger Fjord Lodge but it oozes character and style in every corner; every piece of furniture and adornment has been sourced and hand-picked by the owners (indeed personally collected by van by them from the length and breadth of Norway). And we learned that there’s a story attached to almost everything. The rooms are small but clean and well-thought-out and our one reservation prior to booking (shared toilets and bathrooms) proved to be no issue at all. The feel of Hardanger Fjord Lodge is in keeping with its surroundings and a big part of its charm lays in the fact that it’s right on the fjord. Around 10pm on our evening of arrival, we had a sauna by the fjord-side and jumped in to enjoy the breathtakingly cold water in the semi-darkness. Harald’s recommendations were a perfect way to explore the local area. We took a 4k hike past lakes and waterfalls on a gloriously sunny day, filled our water bottles from the fresh water of the stream and climbed to enjoy the view of the glacier from a clearing at the top of a wooded mountain. The lodge is also a short drive from the famous Trolltunga mountain hike - a 28k long trail with a 1000m ascent that took a total of 11 hours to get up and down. It’s tough but the Trolltunga headland, so-called because of its Instagram-friendly resemblance to a troll’s tongue jutting out over the lakes and valleys below, is well worth the slog. We set off from Hardanger Fjord Lodge at 6.30am on this day and Kristen had prepared a special breakfast for us, as well as a take-away ‘Trolltunga Power Pack’ consisting of sandwiches and other treats. The most special moment for us was the afternoon we took out the small wooden rowing boat. For us it was the perfect setting for a marriage proposal ... and the start of our engagement. But even without that personal joy and excitement, the basic and somewhat humble Hardanger rowing boat experience is one not to be missed. There were so many elements that made this stay motivate us to write this piece - our first ever Trip Adviser review - but the natural settings, the people, the design, the food and the laid-back, clean-living vibes all add up to something incredibly special and make Hardanger Fjord Lodge well deserving of a five star rating.…