With new flights, summer skiing and some of the world's most spectacular scenery, a summer holiday to the Hardangerfjord region of Norway promises an easily-accessible outdoor adventure, as the Ski Club's Content Editor Chris Madoc-Jones found out back in June 2016.
I had travelled to Norway principally to ski on the Fonna Glacier, high above the fjord-side town of Jondal and a mere 90 minutes from Bergen Airport. However, keen to experience the wider region after two days on the snow of Fonna I ventured out to explore the rest of the region – and as I discovered, the possibilities for outdoor activities are almost limitless.
First however Fonna Glacier Ski Resort has to be mentioned. Following the arrival of new owners, in the past three years it has rapidly become “the place to be” when it comes to summer skiing in Norway. Yes the ski area is relatively small, with one lift providing access to four slopes and a park, but for a couple of days there was more than enough to keep me entertained and get my ski legs ready ahead of the winter. During my visit in late June the snow quality was fantastic thanks to the hard work of Andreas and his piste team, and remains good enough to welcome the Norwegian World Cup race team in August.
A lift pass costs 380NOK pp for one day, or 690NOK pp for two days.