Kinsarvik

Kinsarvik is the administrative centre of the municipality of Ullensvang. The village is located at the end of a small bay at the confluence of the Sørfjorden and Eidfjorden where they join to form the main branch of the Hardangerfjorden. The village lies along the Norwegian National Road 13 and it has a ferry port with regular routes that connect it to Utne and Kvanndal across the fjord.

Due to its important location along the Hardangerfjorden, Kinsarvik has been an important location since the Viking age. Kinsarvik has been the site of Kinsarvik Church since the 12th century, serving the people of the whole region.

Kinsarvik sits at the end of the Husedalen valley. The wild Kinso river runs through the village, and the rivers is what gives name to Kinsarvik. Its name stems from “kinn” which means “steep mountainside” (the valley has steep mountainsides) and so “Kinsarvik” simply means “The Bay of Kinso”. The Kinso River drops 1,100 meters from the vast Hardangervidda plateau through the Husedalen valley before emptying into the sea level fjord at Kinsarvik.

Along the way there are 4 spectacular waterfalls. The waterfalls can be viewed after 4–6 hours of hiking. Tveitafossen waterfalls, Nyastølfossen waterfalls, Nykkjesøyfossen waterfalls and Søtefossen waterfalls. Kinsarvik is also a major access point many longer treks into the Hardangervidda National Park.

Kinsarvik functions as a base camp for tourists visiting the surrounding areas and has several camping grounds and a hotel. Kinsarvik Båthavn is a small marina located in the village..

The shores of the fjords in this area are thick with fruit trees, primarily cherry and apple trees. There are spikes in tourism for the flowering and harvest of these trees.