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View of the village
View of the village
Utne is located in Hordaland
Location in Hordaland county
Utne is located in Norway
Utne (Norway)
Coordinates: 60°25′21″N 06°37′28″E / 60.42250°N 6.62444°E / 60.42250; 6.62444Coordinates: 60°25′21″N 06°37′28″E / 60.42250°N 6.62444°E / 60.42250; 6.62444
Country Norway
Region Western Norway
County Hordaland
District Hardanger
Municipality Ullensvang
Elevation[1] 2 m (7 ft)
Time zone UTC+01:00 (CET)
 • Summer (DST) UTC+02:00 (CEST)
Post Code 5778 Utne

Utne is a village in Ullensvang municipality in the Hardanger region of Hordaland county, Norway. The village is located on the northern end of the Folgefonn Peninsula, at the confluence of the Sørfjorden and Hardangerfjorden. The village is the site of Utne Church. The village of Alsåker lies about 10 kilometres (6.2 mi) to the west on the northern shore of the peninsula and the village of Vikebygd lies about 20 kilometres (12 mi) to the south along the eastern shore of the peninsula.[2]

Utne is a ferry port with regular ferry routes from Kinsarvik to Kvanndal via Utne, connecting the two sides of the fjord. Utne is also home to the Utne Hotel, Norway's oldest hotel in continuous operation, founded in 1722.[3]


Utne, in Norwegian, probably has some pre-Germanic elements (i.e. before approx. 200 CE). Other place-names in the area also has an element of pre-Germanic and unknown origins. It has been suggested that it derives from "Út-tún", meaning the hamlet or farmstead that is "out". This fits with the village's position at the tip of a peninsula that sticks out into the Hardangerfjorden. This is however uncertain.[4]

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  1. ^ "Utne, Ullensvang" (in Norwegian). yr.no. Retrieved 2014-06-03. 
  2. ^ Store norske leksikon. "Utne" (in Norwegian). Retrieved 2014-06-03. 
  3. ^ "Utne". Bergen Guide. Bergen Promotion. Archived from the original on 2001-08-27. 
  4. ^ Rygh, Oluf (1919). Norske gaardnavne: Nordre Bergenhus amt (in Norwegian) (12 ed.). Kristiania, Norge: W. C. Fabritius & sønners bogtrikkeri. p. 459.