Between the end of the Ryflyke national tourist highway in Røldal and before coming to the magnificent Hardangerfjord is a stretch of road past the tumbling Låtefossen, around the hydro-electic resevoir of Ringedalsvatnet and along the Sørfjorden, a narrow arm of the Hardangerfjord. The Sørfjorden is most known for being the trailhead of the fear-of-heights-inducing Trolltunga or troll’s tongue, the third of Norway’s golden crown of hiking: Kjerag, Trolltunga, and Preikestolen. No surprise, it was also snowed in, accessible only via snow-shoe hiking, so we drove on along the fjord after stopping to admire the view of the double Låtefossen as they joined together right as they passed under the stone-arched bridge for the highway. We were not jealous of the wet and shivering motorcyclists we saw there and were very pleased with our decision to rent a little hybrid car for the roadtrip instead of going on Father Adventure’s Vstrom as originally planned.
The Sørfjorden is also well-known for its flowering fruit trees, with tourists coming from places like Asia to admire the apple blossoms along the hillsides.