Among the snow-covered mountains, the magnificent waterfalls and the Folgefonna glacier, sits the superyacht port of Lofthus; the perfect base for a rich variety of experiences.
The port is owned by the multi-award-winning Hotel Ullensvang, which has been managed by the same family since 1846. It has developed from a modest guest house to a unique, first class hotel on the banks of the Hardanger Fjord, the 'Queen of Fjords'. The management will personally welcome superyacht guests, assuring them of a discrete service and access to the hotel's many facilities including the excellent bar, restaurant and wine cellar.
Lofthus is the ideal base camp for excursions. You can view awesome waterfalls, take helicopter flights over the Folgefonna glacier and see the famous 'Trolltunga' viewpoint. If adventure is your thing, you can partake in kayaking, rafting, summer downhill skiing, glacier walking and go-karting. Or for something more relaxing, how about a visit to one of the region's many fruit farms to try the freshest of produce.
The musical heritage of Norway has deep roots in the Hardanger area and is one of the reasons why the composer Edvard Grieg chose to live here. The International Hardanger Music Festival takes place during Whitsun every year, and private concerts and folklore dancing can be arranged.
The area has its fair share of celebrity visitors and a frequent guest is Norway's Queen Sonja. We hope that your stay in Lofthus will be like hers – a most memorable one.
Lofthus is the ideal destination to experience some of the most famous and exciting waterfalls in Norway.
In addition to the stunning fjords and the surrounding mountains, waterfalls consistently prove to be another top attraction amongst the many wonders of Norwegian nature and the Hardangerfjord region in particular is blessed with some of the best known of these breathtaking cascades.
Steinsdalsfossen is situated at the small village of Norheimsund (55 nm from Bergen, 60 nm from Bekkjarvik and 27 nm from Rosendal).
One of the most visited tourist sites in Norway, Steinsdalsfossen benefits greatly from a path that allows you to walk behind the thundering water whilst remaining completely dry. At 46 m high and with a main drop of 20 m, Steinsdalsfossen has the greatest volume when the snows melt throughout May and June.
When arriving by yacht, visitors can moor alongside the local quay at Norheimsund and then take a very short car journey to view Steinsdalsfossen up close. After viewing this towering wonder of nature, visitors can return to the quay and relax while taking refreshments or a meal at the historic Thon Hotel Sandven, situated nearby.
From Norheimsund yachts can journey 12 nm to Fyksesund to view the Kalrassen waterfall (note this involves passing under a bridge of 26.5 m). At Kalrassen, if the water levels are high enough, you can get your yacht so close to the waterfall that the guests can (at their own risk) fill their bottles or glasses with the ice cold natural water.
A 25 nm cruise From Fyksesund brings a yacht to Lofthus, where visitors can moor at the superyacht-quay of the fabulous Ullensvang Hotel. From this superb luxurious base, guests can take advantage of the many facilities that the hotel offers, including an unbelievable wine cellar stocked with some of the finest vintages. This wine crypt is available for hire as a private dining room and provides the setting for a quite unique dining experience that simply cannot be reproduced anywhere else in the world.
Using the Ullensvang Hotel as your base, many of the region’s spectacular waterfalls can be reached within an hour’s car drive, including Låtefossen, Langfossen and Vøringsfossen.
Vøringsfossen is probably Norway’s most famous waterfall with its massive drop of 182 m, of which 145 m is a direct fall. This monster cascade is easily reached by both car and helicopter but should you choose the helicopter option you get the added advantage of flying directly over the dazzling Folgefonna glacier before landing at a specially constructed helipad situated very close to the waterfall.
Surrounding all of these magnificent wonders of nature is the fantastic countryside of the Hardangerfjord – a variety of beautiful scenery and a living cultural landscape which reaches centuries back in time.