RIB Fjord Safari

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The RIB Boat Tour is a leisurely cruise over the beautiful Sørfjorden and offers not only amazing views but also plenty of stories about local history, culture and the surrounding nature. If you are looking for a small adventure after a long day of hiking, a relaxing tour to enjoy the beautiful scenery, you want to have great alternative for a rainy day, then this cruise is the perfect activity for you.

For the period 11.feb-30 may and 18 sept -29 oct:

Departure Odda 09:00, 11.00 Departure Ullensvang Hotel 15:00, 17:00

For the period 1 June-17 sept:

Departure from both Ullensvang Hotel and Odda at 09:00, 15:00

During the main season, the departure 11.00 is replaced with the tour RIB Fjordsafari with Sider tasting. The departure 17.00 is replaced with the tour Fjordsafari Sider Delux.

1050
NOK*
1.5
h
RIB Fjord Safari
Suitable for all
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Meetup point

Odda Tourist Information
Torget 2
5750 Odda

and

Hotel Ullensvang
Ullensvangvegen 865
5781 Lofthus

About the

tour

The RIB is an abbreviation for “rigid inflatable boat” and it is the fastest boat on this end of the Hardangerfjord. You can choose to start your RIB tour in downtown Odda or by Hotel Ullensvang in Lofthus. Once in the RIB, you lean back and enjoy the ride, jump the waves – if there are any – and feel the wind in your face. With a bit of luck, you might spot some porpoise whales or even one of the golden eagles nesting by the steep cliffs along the fjord.  

This boat ride is simply the ideal way to learn a lot about the Trolltunga region in a short amount of time. Over two hours your skipper/guide takes you to some of the most interesting spots and attractions by the fjord and shares many fun facts and fascinating stories about the glacier, farming tradition, industrial heritage of the area and much more.

If you wish to take a longer tour with more insights and a real taste of Hardanger, we recommend looking into the RIB Boat Fjord Tour with included Cider Tasting. It is possible to book a one-way ticket, Odda-Lofthus/Lofthus-Odda.

What's included?

Professional and certified Guide, Skipper & Storyteller carrying safety, rescue and first aid equipment

Flotation suit

Self-inflating life jacket

Goggles

Information about local nature and history

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Difficulty and requirements

Level of difficulty: Suitable for all

The only physical challenge you might be facing on this tour is the descent into the boat and the ascent back onto the pier after the tour. Especially at low tide this might require climbing a wooden ladder which can be slippery when wet. Please inform your guide of any medical conditions that might impact you during your tour or in an emergency.

Requirements:

  • Minimum age to participate: 8 years, children under the age of 12 must be accompanied by a responsible adult
  • Biggest clothing size: XXXL
  • Minimum number of 2 participants for the tour to run
Duration and distance

Approximately 1,5hrs • 30nm/50km return • Descent and accent only into and out of the boat

Meet up

We recommend being at the meeting point 10 minutes before the official meeting time. Please use the bathroom before the tour.

11 February-31 May:

  • 9am, 11am. Meet your guide and travel companions by Tourist Information in Odda city centre
  • 3pm, 5pm. Meet your guide and travel companions by the pier in the garden of Hotel Ullensvang in Lofthus (you need to walk through the hotel to get there – please ask at reception if in doubt)

1 June – 29 October:  

9am and 3pm. Based on your choice in the booking meet your guide and travel companions:

  • by Tourist Information in the Odda city centre OR
  • by the pier in the garden of Hotel Ullensvang in Lofthus

The departure at 11am is replaced with the tour RIB Fjord Safari with Sider tasting and the departure at 5pm is replaced with the tour RIB Fjord Safari Sider Deluxe.

Weather

The RIB Boat Fjord Tour is one of the activities where weather does not matter. We run the tour in all weather conditions and every type of weather has its moments of beauty. Of course, we will adapt our driving style to the wind, rain and wave conditions.  


You should adapt your clothing according to these conditions. Even though the floatation suits keep you nice and warm, be aware that you do not move much, and the wind will cool you down quite a bit.  


Nevertheless, the RIB Boat Fjord Safari is the perfect bad weather alternative and always an experience.

What to bring

Depending on the weather conditions:  

  • Sunscreen  
  • Sunglasses  
  • Head band or beanie (always good to have, even on a warmer day)
  • Buff or scarf  
  • Gloves or mittens
  • Camera or phone
Additional info

Note: the boat can carry up to 12 people.  

For group bookings (more than 10 people), please contact fill out the Group Requests form.  

For private and personalized tours, please contact us via email or through our contact form. We are flexible and happy to cater for your special requests!

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FAQ

Can I bring my bag/backpack to RIB tour?

Yes, you can bring your bag or backpack. There are compartments underneath the seats to store smaller bags or backpacks. Please note that they might be wet though. Alternatively, you can leave your bag at our base in Odda or Lofthus, where we will lock the door.

Can I use bathroom during the tour?

No, there is no possibility during the tour. Therefore, we kindly ask you to use the bathroom before you meet your guide. There are public toilets at the tourist info, by the bus station, in the shopping mall SØRFJORDSENTERET in Odda and at Hotel Ullensvang in Lofthus.

Will my camera get wet?

Yes, if it is raining. Make sure you bring a cover. Depending on the tour and the conditions there might be other situations where you or your camera could get wet, your skipper will advise you beforehand so you can store things away on time.

How fast does the boat can go?

Top speed is around 45 knots/83 kph/52 mph (when boat and fuel tank are almost empty). Cruising speed is around 25-30 knots/45-55 kph/25-35 mph.

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