What to do when the kids are bored and the summer weather is bad – go for a road trip!
Last summer we spent a week up in the mountains of the Odda municipal. I was hoping to do a lot of hiking, but the weather wasn’t very good and the kids didn’t share my enthusiasm for hiking, so we went on a road trip to the town Odda.
Låtefoss waterfall a spectacular and wet view as we drove over the old, stone bridge.
Odda is a small town in the Odda municipal, situated innermost in Sørfjorden, an arm of the beautiful Hardangerfjord. The large Folgefonna glacier lies just west of Odda, high up in the mountains. The population of the town today is about 5000, but it was more in the 1960’s. The town grew up around smelters built at the head of the Sørfjord branch of the main Hardangerfjord in the mid-twentieth century, drawing migrants from different parts of Norway. The carbide production and the subsequent production of cyanamide was started in 1908 after the hydroelectric power plant was built in nearby Tyssedal. The power plant provided the necessary electricity for the arc furnaces. The plant was the largest in the world and remained operational until 2003 when the plant was closed.
The old smelting plant
The Odda municipality is 1,648-square-kilometre with main attractions as Trolltunga -spectacular rock formation with fantastic view, Buer glacier, Låtefoss waterfall, Hardangervidda, Folgefonna, Norwegian Museum of Hydropower and Industry and the stavechurch in Røldal. With fjord, mountains, waterfalls and glacier – Odda has the best of Norwegian nature and can offer a wide range of activities outdoors, i.e. guided glacier tours, climbing in Via Ferrata routes, an eldorado for hiking and the wintersport paradise of Røldal. No wonder I like Odda…..
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