Sørfjorden (Hardanger)

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Sørfjorden
Odda i februar 2004.jpg
View of the fjord, seen from Odda
Sørfjorden (Hardanger) is located in Hordaland
Sørfjorden (Hardanger)
Sørfjorden (Hardanger)
Location in Hordaland county
Location Hordaland county, Norway
Coordinates 60°11′02″N 6°34′16″E / 60.1839°N 6.5711°E / 60.1839; 6.5711Coordinates: 60°11′02″N 6°34′16″E / 60.1839°N 6.5711°E / 60.1839; 6.5711
Primary outflows Hardangerfjorden
Basin countries Norway
Max. length 38 kilometres (24 mi)
Max. width 2.8 kilometres (1.7 mi)
Settlements Odda, Lofthus, Kinsarvik

Sørfjorden is a 38-kilometre (24 mi) long fjord that is one of the innermost branches of the main Hardangerfjorden in Hordaland county, Norway. It is the longest arm that branches off of the Hardangerfjord. Sørfjorden stretches from just north of the village of Kinsarvik straight south to the industrial town of Odda. The Folgefonna glacier and Folgefonna National Park are located just to the west of the fjord and the Hardangervidda mountain plateau lies to its east.[1]

Some of the notable villages that line the sides of the fjord include (north to south): Kinsarvik, Lofthus, Vikebygd, Tyssedal, Eitrheim, and Odda. Norwegian National Road 13 follows the eastern shoreline of the fjord. All the villages along the fjord are filled with fruit farms and orchards, growing fruits like apples and cherries.

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