Sunnhordland – a multifaceted coastal adventure
Text: Julie Linden
The coastal gem of Sunnhordland offers an endlessly varied landscape, perfectly suited for a wide range of activities and experiences. Boasting historical locations like the idyllic Bekkjarvik Gjestgiveri and the picturesque Haaheim Gaard, Sunnhordland guarantees a stay that breathes relaxation, authenticity and adventure.
“You’ll find dramatic nature sceneries, from glaciers and mountains to islands and beaches. The breadth and variety of experiences is characteristic of our region,” says Bodil Haga from Visit Sunnhordland of the western, coastal region south of Bergen.
The extraordinary range of nature experiences includes the mouth of the world-famous Hardangerfjord and surrounding islands, mountains with unmatched hiking opportunities, bike routes along the fjords, and Folgefonna National Park with its stunning glaciers. The new Folgefonn Centre in Rosendal provides an immersive and interactive centre for knowledge building on the National Park, aquatic life in the Hardangerfjord, sustainable use of natural resources, and climate change.
“We’re all about fantastic, contrasting experiences – from relaxing stays at a cosy guesthouse to kayaking on the fjord with views of the glacier and visiting the Folgefonn Centre’s exhibitions, there is something for everyone,” says Haga.
As for that relaxing stay, Sunnhordland offers plenty of options. Established in 1600, the idyllic Bekkjarvik Gjestgiveri boasts an impressive historic timeline that stretches back to King Christian IV’s reign. This welcoming retreat offers a serene break in gorgeous fjord sceneries, with local activities such as island hopping, fishing and historic walks. As for dining, your every need is catered to by the excellent kitchen. Having won gold at Bocuse d’Or in 2015, head chefs Ørjan and Arnt Johannessen create menus of the highest quality, using local and seasonal ingredients – including seafood from local fishermen.
Romantic and rustic Haaheim Gaard offers a welcoming space for couple getaways and group trips, including conferences. Relax in the manor’s bar or salon, and enjoy some well-deserved rest in one of the country chic rooms, decorated with historically accurate designs and rustic details. Enjoy Haaheim’s farm shop with local produce and gifts, and the restaurant’s immaculate tasting menu of local foods. The winter garden and concert salon offer additional spaces to come together and enjoy the peaceful bliss of Sunnhordland’s finest gems.
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