10 Things to Do in Kvam That You Shouldn't Miss

July 31, 2017 Jeremy Dunfee

Kvam is a municipality in Hordaland county, Norway. The municipality is located along the Hardangerfjorden in the traditional district of Hardanger. The administrative centre of the municipality is the village of Norheimsund.
Restaurants in Kvam

1. Steinsdalsfossen Waterfall

Mo ved Steinsdalen, Norheimsund, Kvam 5600, Norway +47 56 55 16 77
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Steinsdalsfossen Waterfall

2 kms from Norheimsund direction Bergen, just by route 7. One of the best known and photographed Waterfalls of the country, where you can walk under and behind the waterfall. Stone monument astrophysicist Svein Rosseland. Represented Norway on Expo 2000.

Reviewed By Michael N - Tel Aviv, Israel

We are staying in Oystese on the Hardangerfjord and spent the day in that region.
The Steindalsfossen was a 12 minute drive and well worth the visit.
The waterfall is not huge but the water current is quite powerful and impressive. The small river just "drops" off the top of the mountain ridge creating this waterfall - the water quickly flows and merges into the river at the bottom.
There is a little walkway along the waterfall, underneath it and up to a small Terrace where the falls can be viewed with the neighbouring valley in the background.
Excellent place to take lots of pics.
At the entrance are 2 souvenir shops also selling coffee/light food.

2. Hardanger Akvasenter

Fyksesundvegen 743 | Hardanger, Steinsto, Kvam 5612, Norway +47 970 17 537
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Hardanger Akvasenter

On a fully operational salmon farm our visitors get the opportunity to gain insight into one of Norway's main exports. The center contains an exhibition with underwater cameras, videos and other exhibits explaining the life of a salmon and modern day aquaculture. Daily departures from "Steinsto quay" throughout the season.Mid June-mid August. Tue-Sun. Groups by booking off season.

Reviewed By Tamir_Caspi - Rishpon, Israel

We (2) visited the Hardanger Akvasenter in last May (2015). It is indeed a must-know visit, and a very very pleasant one. The road there is magnificent, and the views exceptional. The farm is located in the fjord water, and it is indeed a very lovely sight by itself. You get there by a short walk (150m. approximately) over a floating bridge over the water. The facts are of real interest, and beside the knowledge that most Salmons are from pools (and not the sea), you may learn everything on how do they make it for the past ~30 years, when aqua agriculture has been developed in Norway (Are these better than those from the sea?). Simen, our very knowledgeable guide was very attentive, so kind and you might easily see how much he is committed and proud with what they are doing there. Very Interesting, very much enjoyable and lovely experience, everyone in the Hardngerfjorden should have. Plan ahead and allow enough time for the visit (2-3hr.).

3. The Art Centre Kabuso

Hardangerfjordvegen 626 | Oystese, Oystese 5610, Norway +47 56 55 39 00
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The Art Centre Kabuso

NEW! James Turrell's light installation Hardanger Skyspace! Temporary Exhibitions and Concerts throughout the year. Ingebrigt Vik Museum is a collection of works by one of Norway's finest sculptors. You may see films of Vik, writer Olav H. Hauge and composer Geirr Tveitt on request. Café with home made cakes, light lunch, coffe etc. Sculpture park, museum shop and children's corner. Lovely view of the Hardangerfjord and Folgefonna glacier.

Reviewed By 1302travel - Bergen, Norway

We visited during the off-season but the staff were very friendly and obviously had both knowledge and passion for the works of Ingebrigt Vik. The 25 minute film is a must before visiting the scuptures next door. (A few corrections in the translation from Norwegian to English in the movie were kind of funny but should be weeded out: It's fuss, not fuzz) But apart from that I would recommend a visit here both because the surroundings have shaped the scuptor and one also learns about life for Norwegians as well. Recommended.

4. Hardanger Maritime Museum

Sandvenvegen 56 | Hardanger, Kvam 5600, Norway +47 474 79 839
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Hardanger Maritime Museum

A living Museum of boatbuilding. The museum is open every day during the summer. You can watch the craftsmen at work and hear about the boatbuilding and craftsmanship. Try your own skills in the Activity Route. You can attend Exhibitions and films telling different parts of Norways maritime history.In the traditional ropemaker's workshop rope is made for boats from all over the country. Here you'll also find a nice exhibition on traditional ropemaking. There is a pleasant harbour-view cafe where we serve excellent coffee, tea and home made food. Hardanger Maritime Museum is a national centre of expertise which is committed to boat preservation, is an outdoor-pursuits centre, a craft training centre and a guardian of old craft traditions. Opening times off-season by arrangement.

Reviewed By Thomas M - Shanghai, China

The place is a small working shipyard, specialized in traditional wooden boats and building boats in the tradition of the vikings. You can see really how boats are built and all the crafts necessary to build a traditional ship incl a forge, an iron workshop and a ropeway. What is even greater: you can try a lot of these crafts yourself like make your own rope or learn how to put together planks in a boat.
As a real nice bonus you can lend a traditional rowing boat (included in the price) and try it yourself on the fjord.
Overall a great and very interactive experience!

5. The Goldfish Lake

Skar, Kvam 5610, Norway +47 56 55 31 84
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The Goldfish Lake

The Goldfish Lake or Skarsvatnet, 5 km from oystese direction Porsmyr/Fyksesund. It gets its name from the colour of the fish, gullfiskvederbuk, imported from the Congo and stocked into the little lake in 1914 by doctor Klaus Hansen and Munch Soegaard. This fish is a rare specie in Europe. Location ideal for picnic. Bathing facilities and good parking conditions.

Reviewed By Michael N - Tel Aviv, Israel

It is unlikely that one will stumble onto this place accidentally- as it is literally in the middle of nowhere. There are signs pointing to Gullfiskvatnet - Gold Fish Lake - but even when we got there we had a hard time locating where you actually access the lake - it was completely abandoned.
We did finally find it. It has a small wood shed with 2 picnic tables and access to the lake. There were a few ducks and a bunch of large gold fish (not the small ones used in home aquariums). Both ducks and fish must be overfed - they showed limited interest in breadcrumbs thrown their way.
Pleasant place for a picnic if you are close by - wouldn't bother otherwise.

6. Kvamskogen

Kvamskogen, Kvam 5600, Norway +47 56 55 59 10
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Kvamskogen

Kvamskogen Mountains and skieldorado 1 hr from Bergen, 10 -15 min. from Norheimsund/oystese. Alpine and cross-country. Sledging for adults and children, halfpipe slope. More than 30 slalom courses, 3 with floodlights. 17 ski lifts/tows, 3 tows for children. 50 km prepared and marked ski tracks. Ski hire. Starting point for shorter and longer trips rest of the year as well.

Reviewed By Per G

Kvamskogen er et eldorado for turgåere både sommer og vinter. Kort vei fra Bergen. Nydelig natur. Norheimsund og Øystese ligger et "steinkast" unna. Fruktblomstringen i Hardanger er så vakker at det tar pusten fra deg.

7. Furedalen Alpin

Furedalen, Kvam 5600, Norway +47 56 55 89 49
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Furedalen Alpin

Furedalen offers 2 large ski tows, each 950 metres, and a supervised children’s ski tow in a protected area. Total capacity is 3050 people per hour. There are 6 alpine slopes which provide a total length of 7.7 km and different levels of difficulty, and there are 205 metres from the top to the large ski tows. The highest altitude at which you can ski is 575 metres above sea level. There is a flood lit slope on the left hand side. In addition to alpine, you can enjoy snowboarding and telemark skiing. For the children there is a toboggan run. There is a Ski Pub and a ski lounge where you can warm up when the alpine slopes in Furedalen are open. You can hire skis – both alpine and telemark, as well as snowboards. Ski school for children and adults during the weekends and holidays, with a total of 8 experienced ski instructors. You'll find ample parking facilities by the main road. We have 20 snow canons to provide snow in the ski tow areas on both right and left slopes.

Reviewed By 593kamillah

Very good ski resort for families with kids, but also for adults. Ski slopes for beginners and till advanced with good skills on sharp hills. Café with warm food and toilet. Ski's and rest of equipment you can borrow on place. No hotel but many private cottages to rent around. 1 hr from Bergen

8. Petroglyphs at Strandebarm

Norheimsund | Vikøyvegen, fylkesvei 49, Kvam 5620, Norway +47 56 55 59 10

Two sites by route 49 towards Strandebarm, 9 km from Norheimsund. One site with several Viking ships about 3.000 years old. Easily accessible on foot with a path leading down to the fjord from the car park. A beautiful carved deer at Bjelkanes near Fyksesund, 7 km to the east of oystese near route 7. More carvings may be studied from the fjord. A smaller carving of ships in Vikehelleren at Sogestien in Fitjadalen.

9. The Kinch House

Strandebarm, Kvam 5630, Norway +47 56 55 59 10

Old house in Swiss style. Home of the author Hans E. Kinck. His father, Theodor, was a doctor and skilled photographer. Later the sculptor and wood-carver Johannes Tvedt and the painter Frida Rusti lived in the house. Works and articles from these persons are exhibited in the house. Open by appointment with the tourist office.

10. Borgstova at Vikoy Rectory

Vikoy prestegard, Kvam 5600, Norway +47 56 55 30 00

Borgstova at Vikoy vicarage is also known as the Tidemand-room because the famous artist Adolph Tidemand stayed there on several occasions. This was where he found inspiration for many of his renowned works, such as Haugianerne. The smoking room interior dates back to the mid 1800s, and the neighbouring eldhus cookhouse was where the local speciality krotakaker were made. The guide at Borgstova can also give you a tour of the School Museum. The museum is located close to Vikoy church and Borgstova, and the School House, which was in use until 1954, dates back to 1886. The interior is from 1930 and comprises school equipment and books. Tours of the museums outside opening hours are by appointment only. Please contact the Cultural Office, tel 56 55 30 00 or e-mail [email protected]

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