Eidfjord Cruise Port

Port of Eidfjord: An Overview

Tucked under the granite cliffs of Europe's largest mountain plateau and surrounded by an icy fjord and a river that's fly-fishing heaven for those in search of trout and salmon, this community of 900 residents in Western Norway is yards from the small pier and easily explored in an hour.

The Art Gallery N. Bergslien holds fascinating paintings by Norwegian painter Nils Bergslien (1853-1928), which depict the landscape and daily life of his time, while several shops sell local knitwear and crafts.

Most visitors head for the region's natural wonders, which can be viewed by bus tours, helicopters or an hourlong ride on the "troll train." The Eidfjord (pronounced "Ayd-fjord") tourist office offers information on easy-to-access hiking trails, as well as free Wi-Fi.

Don't Miss

Voringfossen Waterfall: Take a coach or bus tour 30 minutes outside town to the dramatic multi-tiered Voringfossen waterfall, which cascades approximately 600 feet into a stunning granite canyon below. Tours often include a stop at Hardangervidda Nature Center, too, which showcases the flora and fauna of the area, including wild reindeer (stuffed ones). Stop for coffee and waffles at the 19th-century Fossli Hotel overlooking the falls, where famed composer Edvard Grieg once stayed and wrote his Opus 66.

Currency & Best Way to Get Money

Norway's currency is the krone. Credit cards are widely accepted and an ATM can be found a few hundred feet from the pier, by the Coop supermarket just past the tourist office. For current currency conversion figures, visit www.xe.com.

Language

Norwegian is the official language, but English is widely spoken.

  • Eidfjord: Balmoral
    sparkieplug24
    We did a kayaking tour here and this was excellent. The town itself didn't seem to have very much in it however its still stunning place to visit ... Read more
  • Eidfjord: Balmoral
    WalkerC
    Very small town at the top of the Hardanger fjord. Few shops including a nice yarn/gift store. Look out for the ladies selling hand knitting and hand quilted items on a stall near the shops - lovely items at reasonable prices for the work involved. ... Read more
  • Eidfjord: Viking Star
    Banditspikealfie
    The port was very pretty...the tour was pretty awful. We ended up sitting on a wall with the other people from the ship...almost nothing to see at the Nature Center. ... Read more
  • Eidfjord: Koningsdam
    yayaquilts
    We weren't able to go see the famous waterfall as all the tour buses were booked (should probably book in advance of one's cruise). So, we took the small train, the Troll Tram which took us up the mountain to view the valley, the fjord. We also ... Read more
  • Eidfjord: Viking Sky
    MississaugaChris
    enjoyable day trip to the plateau on bus and train. Perhaps a little less travelling and more walking would have been better for us ... Read more