Hardangerfjord is the world’s third largest, almost 180km long. It is more a collection of destinations than a destination in itself – in it and along its shores you will find glaciers, fruit orchards, salmon farms, powerful waterfalls and some of the best hikes in Norway, including the famous Troll’s Tongue. The soil is more arable along Hardangerfjord than many of its northern neighbours, so in spring and early summer the cherry, plum and apple trees are in bloom. Snow persists in the nearby mountains until quite late, so if hiking (but not trudging through deep snow) is what you are coming here for you would be wise to wait until July. The town of Odda is the place to organize hikes, although much of it can be done independently. As with much of Norway’s nature, its attractiveness changes dramatically with the weather, so be prepared to hang around for a few days in the hope of glimpsing the sun – it really is worth it!