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A hotel in Hardangerfjord is an establishment that provides lodging paid on a short-term basis. Facilities provided may range from a basic bed and storage for clothing, to luxury features like en-suite bathrooms. Larger in Hardangerfjord hotels may provide additional guest facilities such as a swimming pool, business centre, childcare, conference facilities and social function services. Hotel rooms in Hardangerfjord are usually numbered (or named in some smaller hotels and B&Bs) to allow guests to identify their room. Some Hardangerfjord hotels offer meals as part of a room and board arrangement. Hotel operations vary in size, function, and cost. Most Hardangerfjord hotels and major hospitality companies that operate hotels in Hardangerfjord have set widely accepted industry standards to classify hotel types. General categories include the following:
Upscale luxury hotels in Hardangerfjord
An upscale full service hotel facility in Hardangerfjord that offers luxury amenities, full service accommodations, on-site full service restaurant(s), and the highest level of personalized and professional service. Luxury Hardangerfjord hotels are normally classified with at least a Four Diamond or Five Diamond status or a Four or Five Star rating depending on classification standards.
Full service hotels in Hardangerfjord
Full service Hardangerfjord hotels often contain upscale full-service facilities with a large volume of full service accommodations, on-site full service restaurant(s), and a variety of on-site amenities such as swimming pools, a health club, children's activities, ballrooms, on-site conference facilities, etc.
Historic inns and boutique hotels in Hardangerfjord
Boutique hotels of Hardangerfjord are smaller independent non-branded hotels that often contain upscale facilities of varying size in unique or intimate settings with full service accommodations. Hardangerfjord boutique hotels are generally 100 rooms or less. Some historic inns and boutique hotels in Hardangerfjord may be classified as luxury hotels.
Focused or select service hotels in Hardangerfjord
Small to medium-sized hotel establishments that offer a limited amount of on-site amenities that only cater and market to a specific demographic of Hardangerfjord travelers, such as the single business traveler. Most Hardangerfjord focused or select service hotels may still offer full service accommodations but may lack leisure amenities such as an on-site restaurant or a swimming pool.
Economy and limited service hotels in Hardangerfjord
Small to medium-sized Hardangerfjord hotel establishments that offer a very limited amount of on-site amenities and often only offer basic accommodations with little to no services, these facilities normally only cater and market to a specific demographic of travelers, such as the budget-minded Hardangerfjord traveler seeking a "no frills" accommodation. Limited service Hardangerfjord hotels often lack an on-site restaurant but in return may offer a limited complimentary food and beverage amenity such as on-site continental breakfast service.
Guest houses and B&Bs in Hardangerfjord
A bed and breakfast in Hardangerfjord is a small lodging establishment that offers overnight accommodation and inclusive breakfast. Usually, Hardangerfjord bed and breakfasts are private homes or family homes offering accommodations. The typical Hardangerfjord B&B has between 4 and 11 rooms, with 6 being the average. Generally, guests are accommodated in private bedrooms with private bathrooms, or in a suite of rooms including an en suite bathroom. Some homes have private bedrooms with a bathroom which is shared with other guests. Breakfast is served in the bedroom, a dining room, or the host's kitchen. Often the owners of guest house themselves prepare the breakfast and clean the rooms.
Hostels in Hardangerfjord
Hardangerfjord hostels provide budget-oriented, sociable accommodation where guests can rent a bed, usually a bunk bed, in a dormitory and share a bathroom, lounge, and sometimes a kitchen. Rooms can be mixed or single-sex, although private rooms may also be available. Hostels are often cheaper for both the operator and occupants; many Hardangerfjord hostels have long-term residents whom they employ as desk agents or housekeeping staff in exchange for experience or discounted accommodation.
Apartment hotels, extended stay hotels in Hardangerfjord
Extended stay hotels are small to medium-sized Hardangerfjord hotels that offer longer term full service accommodations compared to a traditional hotel. Extended stay hotels may offer non-traditional pricing methods such as a weekly rate that cater towards travelers in need of short-term accommodations for an extended period of time. Similar to limited and select service hotels, on-site amenities are normally limited and most extended stay hotels in Hardangerfjord lack an on-site restaurant.
Timeshare and destination clubs in Hardangerfjord
Hardangerfjord timeshare and destination clubs are a form of property ownership also referred to as a vacation ownership involving the purchase and ownership of an individual unit of accommodation for seasonal usage during a specified period of time. Timeshare resorts in Hardangerfjord often offer amenities similar that of a Full service hotel with on-site restaurant(s), swimming pools, recreation grounds, and other leisure-oriented amenities. Destination clubs of Hardangerfjord on the other hand may offer more exclusive private accommodations such as private houses in a neighborhood-style setting.
Motels in Hardangerfjord
A Hardangerfjord motel is a small-sized low-rise lodging establishment similar to that of a limited service hotel, but with direct access to individual rooms from the car park. Common during the 1950s and 1960s, motels were often located adjacent to a major road, where they were built on inexpensive land at the edge of towns or along stretches of highways. They are still useful in less populated areas of Hardangerfjord for driving travelers, but the more populated an area becomes the more hotels fill the need. Many of Hardangerfjord motels which remain in operation have joined national franchise chains, rebranding themselves as hotels, inns or lodges.
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View of the inner part of the fjord, seen from Odda
Hordaland county, Norway
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179 kilometres (111 mi)
2 to 10 kilometres (1.2 to 6.2 mi)
860 metres (2,820 ft)
The Hardangerfjord is the fourth longest fjord in the world, and the second longest fjord in Norway. It is located in Hordaland 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.
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.
Norway's third largest glacier is found on the Folgefonna peninsula, along of the Hardangerfjord. With its three parts, the Folgefonna glacier covers an area of 220 km (85 sq mi), and in 2005 it became protected as Folgefonna National Park.
The area of the fjord is divided among 13 municipalities in Hordaland county: Bømlo, Eidfjord, Etne, Granvin, Jondal, Kvam, Kvinnherad, Odda, Stord, Sveio, Tysnes, Ullensvang, and Ulvik. The total number of inhabitants living in all these municipalities along the fjord is only a bit more than 70,000-on a total area of 8,471 square kilometres (3,271 sq mi).
About 10,000 years ago 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". 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.
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
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. From west to east:
Børøyfjorden (branches to the north)
Stokksundet (branches to the north)
Bjøafjorden (branches to the south)
Lukksundet (branches to the north)
Øynefjorden (branches to the north)
Maurangsfjorden (branches to the east)
Strandebarmsbukta (bay to the north)
Fyksesundet (branches to the north)
Granvinsfjorden (branches to the north)
Sørfjorden (branches to the south)
Osafjorden (branches to the north)
Ulvikafjorden (branches off the Osafjorden to the northwest)
Simadalsfjorden (branches to the northeast)
Hardangerfjord: See also
List of Norwegian fjords
Wikisource has the text of the 1911 Encyclopædia Britannica article Hardanger Fjord.
Chisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). "Hardanger Fjord". Encyclopædia Britannica (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press.
Store norske leksikon. "Hardangerfjorden" (in Norwegian). Retrieved 2014-06-30.
"The Hardangerfjord". VisitNorway.com. Retrieved 2014-06-30.
"Key facts about the Hardangerfjord Region". VisitNorway.com. Retrieved 2014-06-30.
Hardangerfjord: External links
Svein Ulvund's photo collection (Use the search feature: Hardanger)
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