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Hardanger Coastal Trails Hardanger Coastal
Trails (HCT) was created in 2008. Coastal trails are to be found
many places along the coast of Norway. HCT is a cooperation between
the Association Forbundet KYSTEN, the Norwegian Trekking
Association and the Norwegian Outdoor Recreational Board. Most of
the coastal trails are run by a local chapter of one of the three
mother organizations. Hardanger Coastal Trails is run by Hardanger
Maritime Center, which is unusual. The reason for this is that our
facilities are open, and available to receive you, all summer, when
you want to rent one of our boats. We will send you off with
advice, safety equipment and maps, and we will gladly help you to
plan your trip before you leave. During our regular season, the
Center has staff available from 10am to 5pm. Our people are trained
to give guidance, so that you can have a satisfying trip with our
rowboats. You will receive thorough instructions before we send you
The length of the
trip does not matter.
The most common sort of trips, with our rowboats, are day
trips. Only experienced rowers set off for trips that last several
days on the fjord. We do have several places along the fjord where
you could spend the night, after a day of rowing.
Sandvenholmen lies in the
harbor basin outside of Norheimsund. It is only 400m from the
Center. Many people find this a long enough trip, and a very
satisfying one! Out on the islet there is a floating pier, a new
barbeque pit, and a teepee-like shelter. Everything lies on
municipal property, and is available to the public. Out there, you
can relax in a field and look out over the fjord towards the
glacier, Folgefonna, while enjoying the sight of your children
playing along the beach. Even though the islet lies in the middle
of the harbor basin, it is a peaceful place where calm
We are experienced at teaching people the art of rowing.
There are just a few pointers you must remember. It turns out that
people often find the rhythm of rowing quite quickly. We usually
say that rowing is "Norse pilates". It feels good to row, and you
won't get tired, if you just remember to include a resting pause in
Rowing in groups, is
a fun activity
We also have experienced rowers who can join you on a
trip, if you want. You have to arrange for this a bit in advance,
however. The trip can include one or more boats. Using all the
rowboats we could accomodate up to 28 people. First you learn to
row and find the rhythm in your body. After a bit of rowing, we can
take a break, with a picnic, barbeque, or some other activity out
on Sandvenholmen, and then return to the Center. Such trips are a
lot of fun.
We have four boats for rent: two færingar (two pairs of
oars) and two slightly larger boats: a seksæring (three pairs of
oars) and an åttæring (four pairs).
The Hardangerfærig has two pairs of oars and can
accommodate 4 adults.
The Kystledsbåt also has two pairs of oars, but has more
cargo space and can accommodate five adults.
The Seksæring belongs to Hardanger Coastal Trails, and
has three pairs of oars and room for 8 adults. This boat is
especially good for two adults and several children, if you plan a
slightly longer trip, and have some equipment with you. The
Seksæring is called "Row-berta".
The Åttæring was built to commemorate the millennium in
2000. It has four pairs of oars. It is our largest rowboat, and has
room for ten adults.
The boats are equipped with what you need, to have an
enjoyable trip out on the fjord.
Each boat has rope for tying up when you come to land, and a
bailing scoop. We will send an anchor with you if you plan a longer
trip. Life-vests and fishing gear can be rented, for an additional