Odda is a magical place which captures the imagination. Located 134 kilometres from the Norwegian city of Bergen, it is in the very heart of the Fjords. One of the most exciting highlights of Odda is a visit to Trolltunga, an awe-inspiring vantage point overlooking one of Norway’s most spectacular fjords. Odda is the perfect place for nature lovers and outdoor enthusiasts who enjoy cycling, hiking and fishing.
In addition to Trolltunga, another area of great interest is Boyabreen Glacier. Easily marked pathways make it a wonderful place for hiking. Follow the terrain, a mix of rocks and verdant green, pass waterfalls and enjoy incredible panoramic vistas. Those looking for a more extensive route should head for Hardangervidda National Park. Choose from a variety of hiking trails of varying lengths. With many lakes, the plateau is the perfect place for those who enjoy a spot of camping or fishing. The national park is also home to the largest wild reindeer herds in Europe, and a vast array of plant species. Visitors interested in discovering more about Norwegian culture can visit Røldal Stave Church. The church is a beautiful wooden structure which was one of the most important sites of pilgrimage during medieval times. According to local legend, the church “sweats” each year in July and this has healing powers. The interior is sparsely decorated with wooden pews, yet features incredible artwork on the walls. It has an ambience which harks back to the era in which it was built. Odda offers many diverse dining options for visitors. Choose from trendy, urban coffee shops to fine dining featuring delicious local produce.
There are bus services and taxis available to transport visitors around Odda. Most of them arrive and depart from Odda Bus Station in the heart of the city. Taxis are readily available from the bus hub or can be booked in advance. Travelling from Bergen to Odda by car takes approximately 2 hours 45 minutes. Express buses also run from Bergen, Voss, Oslo and many other Norwegian cities.
Odda has been populated for many years, although it was in the 19th century it became a prominent tourist destination. Visits from overseas pioneers led to the construction of accommodation and housing. The main tourist attractions back then, are much the same as they are today, Hardangervidda and Buarbreen and Folgefonna glaciers. Today, little has changed, visitors still arrive to marvel at the natural beauty of this wondrous area.