DAY TOUR TO ROSENDAL
ROUND TOUR FROM BERGEN
Duration - 7,5 hours
Tour starts at Bergen Express Boat Terminal
Avaiable all year
Hardangerfjord Express Cruise, Bergen - Rosendal - Bergen
Hardangerfjord Express Cruise
Let us take you through some of western Norway’s most striking scenery, with grand mountains rising from the fjords and imposing waterfalls. The express cruise is the easiest and fastest way to get from Bergen to the village of Rosendal. This is where you’ll find some of the region’s star attractions: dazzling Hardangerfjord, spectacular scenic cliff Trolltunga and Folgefonna National Park with the country’s third largest glacier. Not in the least: Barony Rosendal, with roots in the 1600s, Scandinavia’s smallest castle in an idyllic setting with lovely, fragrant gardens as well as cafes and a restaurant.
The modern, comfortable boats have sundecks and kiosks offering refreshments, including beer and wine.
The trip starts with a fjord cruise from Bergen to Rosendal. It takes around two hours each way, and you have around 3 1/2 hours in Rosendal to explore the pretty village and its surroundings. From may to August the Barony is open and you can participate on a guided round tour at the mansion and garden. It's also possible to have lunch in the Barony's Garden Cafe. The Barony is a nice 1.5 km walk from the quay. If you need a taxi, the crew on board can book one for you.
At Folgefonna Center you can learn about Folgefonna National Park, climate change, nature diversity and sustainable use of natural resources. In the interactive exhibition you can learn about the interaction between man and nature. The Folgefonna Center is located close to where the boat docks, in the center of Rosendal. Here you will also find Tourist Information.
The Barony Rosendal:
The Barony is the smallest 'castle' in Scandinavia and the only one of its kind in Norway. Among other things, the Barony is famous for its impressive landscape park and rose garden and for the rich programme of cultural events it hosts, which include concerts, courtyard theatre performances, talks and art exhibitions. There is also a pleasant garden café next to the herb garden. Karen Mowat and Ludvig Rosenkrantz were given the farm Hatteberg in Kvinnherad as a wedding present, and this is where they built the small castle, which they named Rosendal. It was completed in 1665. A visit to the Barony Rosendal gives you the opportunity to wander among different style eras, from 1665 until the last owners left in 1927.
The Barony’s famous rose garden:
The Barony Rosendal is set in beautiful, historical gardens, with a 300-year-old renaissance garden that abounds in roses, a romantic landscape park from the 1850s, and a kitchen and herb garden full of herbs, flowers, vegetables, fruit and berries. The gardens have been developed over the centuries, and feature different garden styles and fashions. Here, you can experience more than 300 years of garden history.
Departure in Bergen:
Strandkaiterminalen, just behind the Tourist Information at the Fish Market
Monday – Friday:
Departure from Bergen: 8.50 am
Saturday and Sunday (May-September)
Departure from Bergen: 11.00 am