Lying at the heart of the spectacular Hardanger Fjord is Rosendal, marked by its beautiful, rugged landscape and relaxed village feel. This small rural community is surrounded by incredible natural beauty on all sides – from the towering peaks and green fields that the town nestles between, to the striking glaciers and waterfalls that lie all around the region.
Rosendal is a place for natural wonders and old-age charm, and shore excursions may well involve a trip to the Folgefonn glacier and its stunning surrounds that dominate the region. If you're happier to sample a taste of village life and let the dramatic scenery remain just that, there may also be tours of the town and the nearby village of Jondal, as well as the area's historic mansion.
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The chocolate-box Barony Rosendal is a bright white stately home surrounded by beautiful gardens, and a favourite tourist attraction in the area. Take a guided tour of the 17th century house and grounds, where you can find out about life in the manor, the servants' quarters and the adjoining farm through the ages. Enjoy spectacular views of the surrounding mountains, see the art and theatre that the barony often plays host to, and settle down to a snack or a meal in the manor's restaurant or tea room.
Horse and carriage tour
Visitors may have the opportunity to tour Rosendal by traditional horse and carriage, where the gentle pace of the journey allows passengers to take in all the beauty of the surrounding countryside, as well as the age-old charm of the village itself. What better way to see everything that this beautiful, secluded part of the world has to offer?
Folgefonn National Park
With a new tunnel having opened between Rosendal and the nearby town of Jondal, shore excursions may be combined with a sightseeing tour here – giving visitors to the area the chance to see the incredible beauty of Folgefonn National Park. Roaring white waterfalls crash down into clear pools and rivers; fishing boats rest on the rocky shores of still lakes, surrounded by green foothills and snow-capped mountains. And resting at the heart of it all, the gigantic frozen torrent of the Folgefonn glacier. Even better, see this remarkable region by helicopter for a sightseeing tour that you'll never forget.
Shopping in Rosendal
Art lovers will find rich pickings in Rosendal, with a good selection of galleries, art centres and gifts shops in town. Souvenirs are easy to come by – shop around the village for collectibles, fine art, restored books and handmade metalwork and textiles; as well as clothing, aprons, blankets and soaps all made by local people.
Eating out in Rosendal
Rosendal sits right on the waterfront, and its cafes, taverns and restaurants often afford diners some fantastic views of the harbour and the dramatic peaks beyond. Be sure to taste the local catch during your time in this beautiful Norwegian village, too – due to its small size there are few eateries to choose from, but the freshness of the ingredients and the general simplicity of the traditional menus often make for happy diners.