The pearl Rosendal

3-day tour. Kayaking and blue ice trip on Folgefonna glacier. Hike to Malmangernuten in Rosendal.

There are a lot of highlights on this tour. You paddle on a small lake at the foot of the Folgefonna glacier. You park the kayaks on the shore near the glacier, put on glacier equipment and are ready for a fairy tale experience on blue ice. You can choose if you would like to do a gentle hike on the glacier or try ice climbing – or both! From Rosendal, you hike on your own to Malmangernuten and pay a visit to the Barony Rosendal.


The small village of Rosendal is a gem, and it is perfect for families and groups of friends with slightly different interests and levels of physical fitness. There is something that suits everyone! Rosendal is beautifully situated by the Hardangerfjord between the mountains Skålafjell, Melderskin and Malmangernuten.

The Barony Rosendal is the smallest castle in Scandinavia, the only one of its kind in Norway and a major attraction in Fjord Norway. It is famous for its magnificent Renaissance garden and its rich calendar of cultural events, including concerts, courtyard theatre and art exhibitions.


There are both easy and more demanding hikes in the area around Rosendal. The glacier trip on Folgefonna can be customised to include demanding climbing, or, if you prefer, an easier walk on the glacier. You paddle in stable double kayaks that are suitable for beginners. Single kayaks are also available.


In the cultural village of Rosendal, you stay at Rosendal Turisthotell, a small, charming hotel built in 1887, surrounded by the fjord, mountains, glacier and waterfalls. The hotel has undergone extensive refurbishment. Its identity is old meets new, redesign and design, knitting, homeliness and a good atmosphere.

The tour requires that you are over 15 years of age and have a normal level of fitness, but does not require any previous kayaking experience. 



Photo: Ståle Sundfjord, Bjarne Øymyr, Folgefonni Breførarlag / Eksponert Media, Rosendal Turisthotell / Bodill Haga og Rosendal Turisthotell / Signe Schineller.

Day 1: Bergen – Rosendal 

The tour starts in Bergen. You take the express boat to beautiful Rosendal. On the boat trip, you will see the spectacular fjords, the Bjørnefjord and the Hardangerfjord. You will also pass the archipelago off Bergen. 

Soon after arrival in Rosendal, it is time to hike to Malmangernuten (classification: red, challenging). The hike takes about two hours up and two hours down and gives you a wonderful view of Rosendal, the fjord and Hatteberg waterfall. 

There is an information board at the car park and you follow a clearly-marked path. You hike on you own.

In Rosendal, there are a variety of hiking options. For a more demanding tour, it is also possible to go on a seven-hour hike to Melderskin (classification: black, expert). You can also do shorter hikes to Hattebergsdalen, 1 hour (classification: green, easy) or Myrdal lake, 3 hours (classification: green, easy).
Accommodation: Rosendal Turisthotell – the hotel is very close to the boat.

Day 2: Rosendal – Glacier Kayak 

The kayak and glacier guides meet you near the hotel. A 40-minute minibus trip takes you to the starting point for the day’s activities (850 metres above sea level - 2789 ft.). The first activity is a kayaking trip on the glacier lake. Dry suits are provided to ensure safety as the water is cold. If we are lucky, there will be chunks of ice on the lake on our way to the Møsevass glacier. The sight of chunks of blue ice breaking off into the lake is magnificent. The kayaking trip covers a distance of about 3 km (1,9 miles), we paddle along the shore on our way to the glacier. We park the kayaks on the shore near the glacier, put on glacier equipment and are ready for a fairy tale adventure on blue ice. We can go on a gentle hike on the ice and soak up the elements or we can go on a real ice-climbing adventure. It depends on your wishes and the ice conditions. The temperature is normally between 5 and 15 degrees Celsius (41-59 degrees Fahrenheit) on the glacier.

Duration app. 6-8 hours. The total paddle tour is about 5 km (3,1 miles); glacier hike 2-5 km (1,2-3,1 miles). Lunch will be served on the tour.
Accommodation: Rosendal Turisthotell

Day 3: Rosendal – Bergen 

Today, you spend a quiet day in the beautiful village of Rosendal. We recommend a visit to the Barony Rosendal – Scandinavia's smallest castle. You can also visit the Stone Park and the new Folgefonn Centre, or you can stroll around Hatteberg waterfall.

In the afternoon, you return by boat to Bergen. Departure from Rosendal. 

Included in the price

•    The tour starts and ends at Strandkaiterminalen in Bergen
•    Return trip on express boat Bergen-Rosendal
•    Guided glacier kayak tour, including kayak and glacier equipment. Lunch is included.
•    Breakfast day 2 and 3
•    Accommodation in a double room with bath 

For the glacier kayaking trip - clothes you should wear

  • Wool underwear
  • Fleece clothing
  • Gloves (bring an extra pair for the glacier hike in case they get wet)
  • A cap and warm hat
  • Sunglasses and sun lotion

Bring to the glacier hike

  • Warm/wind/waterproof clothing
  • Hiking boots
  • Gloves
  • Warm hat

All your clothing may get wet, so please bring extra clothing so you can change after the trip if necessary. You should also bring a towel. A warm shower is not available. 

The guide company provides all the necessary kayaking equipment and glacier equipment (crampons, harness, helmet, ice axe and ropes). They can also bring hiking boots for you, so tell us your shoe size when you book the tour.

Lunch is included.

Hike to Malmangernuten

  • Sturdy hiking boots
  • Small daypack
  • Summer clothes
  • Warm clothes, warm hat and gloves (in summer the temperature can vary from 5 to 30 degrees Celsius in Western Norway)
  • Waterproof jacket and trousers
  • A cap
  • Sunglasses and sun lotion
  • Extra wool socks
  • Food for 4 hours
  • Water
  • Some snacks / chocolate


  • Rosendal
  • The Bjørnefjord
  • The Hardangerfjord
  • Kayaking tour on Møsevatn lake at the foot of the Folgefonna glacier
  • Glacier hike on Folgefonna
  • Hike to Malmangernuten
  • The Barony Rosendal – Scandinavia's smallest castle
  • The Stone Park in Rosendal


  1. Bergen
  2. Rosendal