Lofthus is commonly referred to as “the orchard of Hardanger”, a name this delightful village takes care of and deserves. With some 600 inhabitants, the village lies on the eastern banks of the Sørfjord, an arm of the Hardangerfjord, at the foot of the Hardangervidda mountain plain and with views of majestic mountains and the Folgefonna glacier in the west.
The blossoming of the orchards in Hardanger is well known as the most beautiful sight in the spring. It is hard to imagine the magically, wonderful sight of the shimmering blue waters of the fjord, lush, green meadows, snow-capped mountains and 600,000 fruit trees in full blossom – this is something that has to be experienced. 512,000 of the region's fruit trees can be found in Ullensvang in Lofthus.
The blossoming orchards in Hardanger are at their best in May and June. Normally, the orchards blossom during the last two weeks of May, but this may vary. The trees have also been known, very infrequently, to blossom at the end of April and start of May.
The first fruit trees in Hardanger were planted in Lofthus some time between the year 1200 and 1210 by monks at the Cistercian monastery. These were the same monks who built the well-known tourist attraction, the Monk Steps.
If you would like to stay at the hotel during the blossoming season, then we recommend booking early. May to September is our peak season and we recommend that you book a room well in advance so you are guaranteed a wonderful stay at Hotel Ullensvang.