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Experience Voss and Hardanger and taste your way through a delicious selection of ciders from Hardanger!
The only "Fruit and Cider route" in Norway can be found in Ulvik in Hardanger. The route connects the three fruit farms Hakastad Gard/Ulvik Frukt og Cideri, Syse Gard and Lekve Gard/Hardanger Saft og Siderfabrikk, all within walking distance from each other.
Join in for a unique peek "behind the scenes", enjoy a tasting of delicous local cider and sample some scrumptious goods from the farmyard shops. In this tour we have included two nights at Fleischer's Hotel in Voss accompanied by a cider tasting and a guided tour at one or two of the farms. The farms will vary depending on which day you choose to travel.
Day 1: Arrival in Voss and check-in at Fleischer's Hotel
For over 150 years, Fleischer’s Hotel has been a fantastic place to experience Norway’s many natural wonders. Fredrik Lyth Ørum Fleischer opened the hotel in 1864, and it has been operated by five generations of Fleischers ever since. This Swiss-style hotel has entertained royalty for decades, with its walls showcasing the artifacts and documents of its esteemed guests. Conveniently located right next to the train station it is easy to get here whether you travel from Eastern or Western Norway.
After a day out exploring, feel free to relax in the hotel's wellness area with a swimming pool, children's pool, jacuzzi, sauna and gym. Enjoy the facilities and historic surroundings and end each day with a local dinner (served at 7 pm).
Day 2: Day trip from Voss to Ulvik
Start the day with a delicious breakfast in the hotel's restaurant before you make your way to the bus stop just below Voss station. Bus #945 with departure at 10:05 am will take you from Voss to Ulvik. Arrival at Ulvik at approx. 11:10.
Note that bus tickets are NOT included. You can use the Skyss Ticket app to travel by Skyss buses in Vestland, boat in Hordaland, light rail in Bergen and local trains between Bergen and Voss. Tickets can also be bought at the bus terminal in Voss. Choose departure from Voss station to Ulvik. It is also possible to drive to the farms, all the tastings have an alcohol free alternative.
Upon arrival in Ulvik you can start the tour on your own from the Tourist information / centre of Ulvik where you walk along the fjord to the start of Apalvegen. There is a 30-45 minutes walk from the center to the farms - approx. 1300 meters. You then turn left and follow the sign that says "Fruit and Siderruta" and continue up towards the first farm, located about 10 minutes away. See map here.
Cider tasting and farm visits
In this tour we have included two cider tastings with guided tours at 12:30 and 15:00. The first tasting will be at Ulvik Frukt & Cideri, for the second tasting you can choose between Syse Gard and Hardanger Saft & Siderfabrikk. Between the tastings you can also visit the farm shops, which are open Monday through Saturday from 10:00-17:00.
The Fruit and Cider Route is a collaboration between Hardanger Saft- og Siderfabrikk, Syse Farm, and Ulvik Frukt & Cideri. Yearly, the group hosts festivals in May (Siderslepp; celebrating their ciders) and October (Fruktslepp; celebrating the fruit harvest). All farms have outlets selling cider and other farm produce, such as fresh fruit, meat and apple juice, so we do recommend visiting all three.
After learning more about the different farms and enjoying some refreshing cider, you walk through beautiful orchards back to Ulvik. The walk to Ulvik takes about 30/45 min. depending on which farm you start from.
From Ulvik, you can take the bus to Voss from the bus stop at Ulvik sentrum. Departure from Ulvik is at 17:38 by bus #945. Arrival at Voss station 18:40. Note that there will be a short bus exchange at Granvin terminal to bus #990. You can also take the bus from other bus stops in the area. See skyss.no for updated routes and more information.
Back at the hotel, a good 3 course dinner with local products awaits, before your head finally hits the pillow after an exciting day in Ulvik.
Departure Voss at 10:05
Arrival Ulvik at 11:10
First tasting in Ulvik at 12:30
Second tasting in Ulvik at 15:00
Departure Ulvik at 17:38 (from Ulvik sentrum)
Arrival in Voss at 18:40
Day 3 - Check out and new adventures
After a good night’s sleep, round off your short break with a hearty breakfast served with local apple juice.