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The dramatic nature scenery surrounding the city makes it perfect for all the outdoor lovers. The numerous hikes, lakes and waterfalls are just part of the things to do in Odda.

Living in the middle of the mountains (basically in the middle of nowhere) is pretty fun until the moment you need milk or bread. In our case, the closest store was 4 km away from our place. That store was pretty small, and we often couldn’t find everything we needed. In moments like this one, we had to drive to the city of Odda. Situated 40 km away from Røldal. As we drove there pretty often, we could see the difference in the climate. Even though very high mountains surround the city, it is situated in the low part of them, and the weather is different than the surrounding areas. It was often warmer and sunnier.

Fjords & Scenic Routes

Odda occupies the end of the lesser-known Sørfjord, a narrow 38km long branch fjord of the Hardangerfjord. The Hardangerfjord is the fifth-longest fjord in the world and the second-longest fjord in Norway. The road following along the fjord with a destination to the city is part of the Hardanger national scenic route. Along the way toward the picturesque small town, you will find yourself surrounded by fruit farms, where fruits can be purchased. The city is caught between two national parks of Hardangervidda and Folgefonna. With this impressive scenery of mountains and fjords, it is needless to say that the city is a very popular destination for the outdoors lovers. It is hard to imagine that even though you are standing between those high, enormous mountains, the sea is just in front of you.