To install click the Add extension button. That's it.

The source code for the WIKI 2 extension is being checked by specialists of the Mozilla Foundation, Google, and Apple. You could also do it yourself at any point in time.

Kelly Slayton
Congratulations on this excellent venture… what a great idea!
Alexander Grigorievskiy
I use WIKI 2 every day and almost forgot how the original Wikipedia looks like.
What we do. Every page goes through several hundred of perfecting techniques; in live mode. Quite the same Wikipedia. Just better.


From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

View of the inner part of the fjord, seen from Odda
Bergen Hardangerfjord.png
Hardangerfjord is located in Vestland
LocationVestland county, Norway
Coordinates60°10′N 6°00′E / 60.167°N 6.000°E / 60.167; 6.000
Basin countriesNorway
Max. length179 kilometres (111 mi)
Max. width2 to 10 kilometres (1.2 to 6.2 mi)
Max. depth860 metres (2,820 ft)
SettlementsOdda, Leirvik

The Hardangerfjord (English: Hardanger Fjord)[1][2][3] is the fifth[4] longest fjord in the world, and the second longest fjord in Norway. It is located in Vestland county in the Hardanger region. The fjord stretches 179 kilometres (111 mi) from the Atlantic Ocean into the mountainous interior of Norway along the Hardangervidda plateau. The innermost point of the fjord reaches the town of Odda.[5]


The Hardangerfjord starts at the Atlantic Ocean about 80 kilometres (50 mi) south of the city of Bergen. Here the fjord heads in a northeasterly direction between the island of Bømlo and the mainland. It passes by the larger islands of Stord, Tysnesøya, and Varaldsøy on the north/west side and the Folgefonna peninsula on the south/east side. Once it is surrounded by the mainland, it begins to branch off into smaller fjords that reach inwards towards the grand Hardangervidda mountain plateau. The longest branch of the Hardangerfjord is Sørfjorden which cuts south about 50 kilometres (31 mi) from the main fjord. Its maximum depth is more than 860 metres (2,820 ft) just outside the village of Norheimsund in the middle of the fjord.[6][5]

Norway's third largest glacier is found on the Folgefonna peninsula, along of the Hardangerfjord.[5] With its three parts, the Folgefonna glacier covers an area of 220 km2 (85 sq mi), and in 2005 it became protected as Folgefonna National Park.

The area of the fjord is divided among several municipalities in Vestland county: Bømlo, Eidfjord, Etne, Kvam, Kvinnherad, Stord, Sveio, Tysnes, Ullensvang, Ulvik, and Voss. The total number of inhabitants living in all these municipalities along the fjord is only slightly more than 70,000 - on a total area of 8,471 square kilometres (3,271 sq mi).


About 8,000 BC, the Scandinavian land mass started to rise up as enormous glacial ice started to melt. The lower parts of the valleys became flooded, and so created what we today know as the Hardangerfjord. The valley was originally not only made through glacial erosion but by the high pressure melting water which pushed its way beneath the ice.

The history of the fjord goes far beyond its Viking history, back to the time of hunters on the surrounding mountains, and later on, farming along this fertile area which today is considered the "fruit orchard of Norway".[7] Later the fjord became the birthplace for a large tourism influx to Norway, and in 1875 Thomas Cook started weekly cruise departures from London to the Hardangerfjord, due to its spectacular nature, glaciers, and grand waterfalls. Soon after this many of the major waterfalls became the power source for large industries in fjord settlements such as the town of Odda.[8]


Today, the Hardangerfjord is witness to a renaissance in tourism and new infrastructure for travelers has once again become an industry for the local communities along the fjord.

The fjord has good conditions for fish farming. Fish farms yearly produce more than 40,000 tons of salmon and rainbow trout (2002) and makes the Hardangerfjord one of four major fish farming regions in the world.

Hardangerfjord's melt-water is also bottled at source to form the product Isklar, sold worldwide.


Hardangerfjord at Norheimsund
Hardangerfjord at Norheimsund
Hardangerfjord sunset
Hardangerfjord sunset

There are many fjord arms that branch off of the main Hardangerfjord. There are also certain sections of the main fjord that have special names. Below is a list of the sections of the fjord and the arms that branch off them.[6][5] From west to east:

Bømlafjorden (west entrance to the fjord)
  • Børøyfjorden (branches to the north)
  • Stokksundet (branches to the north)
  • Bjøafjorden (branches to the south)
Husnesfjorden (around the Husnes area)
Onarheimsfjorden (around the Onarheim area)
  • Lukksundet (branches to the north)
Kvinnheradsfjorden (around the Rosendal area)
  • Øynefjorden (branches to the north)
Sildefjorden (around the island of Varaldsøy)
Hissfjorden (around the Kysnesstranda area)
  • Strandebarmsbukta (bay to the north)
Ytre Samlafjorden (around the Norheimsund area)
Indre Samlafjorden (around the Ålvik area)
Utnefjorden (around the Utne area)
Eid Fjord (around the Eidfjord area)
  • Osa Fjord (branches to the north)
    • Ulvikafjorden (branches off the Osa Fjord to the northwest)
  • Simadal Fjord (branches to the northeast)

See also


  1. ^ Bundy, David (2009). Visions of Apostolic Mission: Scandinavian Pentecostal Mission to 1935. Uppsala: Acta Universitatis Upsaliensis. p. 138.
  2. ^ Ansari, Nuha E. (2004). Fodor's Scandinavia. New York: Fodor's. p. 473.
  3. ^ Barton, Hildor Arnold (2003). Sweden and Visions of Norway: Politics and Culture, 1814–1905. Carbondale, IL: Southern Illinois University Press. p. 113.
  4. ^ "verdens lengste fjorder". Store norske leksikon. Retrieved 2020-11-27.
  5. ^ a b c d Chisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). "Hardanger Fjord" . Encyclopædia Britannica (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press.
  6. ^ a b Store norske leksikon. "Hardangerfjorden" (in Norwegian). Retrieved 2014-06-30.
  7. ^ "The Hardangerfjord". Retrieved 2014-06-30.
  8. ^ "Key facts about the Hardangerfjord Region". Retrieved 2014-06-30.

External links

This page was last edited on 3 August 2021, at 20:32
Basis of this page is in Wikipedia. Text is available under the CC BY-SA 3.0 Unported License. Non-text media are available under their specified licenses. Wikipedia® is a registered trademark of the Wikimedia Foundation, Inc. WIKI 2 is an independent company and has no affiliation with Wikimedia Foundation.