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The scenery and the cultural history of Hardanger form the backdrop of the Hardanger Music Festival, taking place just when the blooming of the fruit trees is at its peak in May...
The Hardanger Music Festival is a chamber music festival taking place every year around White Sunday / Pentecost. The Hardanger Music Festival features top level artists in a unique setting. The performances take place at different scenic locations along the fjord. The programme presents a wide artistic variety with particular emphasis on classical chamber music, and Norwegian folk music. The dramatic and beatiful landscape of the Hardangerfjord adds to the uniqueness of Hardanger Music Festival. Composer Edvard Grieg spent many a happy summer in the area, where he encountered local culture and music, which inspired and influenced his works. The main theme of this year's festival is Vienna 1900.
Getting to Hardanger, and the festival, is a beautiful and exciting journey, any way you choose!
From Oslo, you may follow Route 7 crossing the Hardangervidda mountain plateau or Route 134 crossing Haukeli.From Bergen Route 7 (scenic), or route 16 via Voss. From Kristiansand Route 9 through Setesdalen
The "Bergensbana" line runs between Oslo and Bergen. Timetables and fares, please follow this link to Norwegian State Railroads
Skyss operates bus services from Bergen, Voss and Geilo to Hardanger. They also have a local service between various villages and places in hardanger. NOR-WAY express bus has routes linking Hardanger with Oslo, Sandefjord, Larvik, Kristiansand, Haugesund and other destinations.
For accomodation in Hardanger please follow this link.