A weekend trip to Odda is simply not enough

The former industrial community is now a vibrant town with activities suitable for anyone who enjoys the outdoors and culture.

A visit to Odda can be logistically challenging – you cannot get here by train or plane. But this hidden quality is exactly why the town, and the region, is one of the most beautiful and best-kept secrets in Western Norway. For those who enjoy historical cultural landscapes and majestic views, a holiday in Odda begins on the journey there, as you snake your way between fjords and mountains. Whether you are driving or taking the bus from Haugesund or Bergen, you will be facing one of the most spectacular drives Norway has to offer.

The industrial history is plain to see throughout the town and just outside the centre, you can find the former Tyssedal Power Plant, part of the Norwegian Museum of Hydro Power and Industry. Tyssedal is also a good starting point for trips to Trolltunga in the village of Skjeggedal, a natural wonder that dominates from 2300 feet above the ground.

Odda can also offer numerous unique and original cultural experiences that you won't find when going on a town break, so expect a busy cultural calendar. Odda also boasts Skalltaket, one of the most unique concert stages in the country. The former industrial building hosts various kinds of events throughout the year.

Each autumn, the town transforms into a literary centre when the Litteratursymposiet event takes over the town. Walks through the town with local authors reveal secrets that not even the locals know, whilst talks from visiting literary stars draw enormous crowds from home and abroad. Don't forget to book your accommodation and tickets early so as not to miss out on this superb cultural event. Also make sure to catch some of the concerts held in conjunction with the symposium.

Despite its relative geographical inaccessibility, you'll find that Odda is a place that really puts itself out there at a human and cultural level. Add the option of outdoor adventures in solitude and the end result will be a holiday fit for royalty.

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