A lot of people use Voss as a base for day trips or even trips over several days. Voss has much to offer by itself, however, your trip does not have to end at Voss. With Voss as a base, you can see the best parts of what Norway’s nature offer. Many of these trips you can do by yourselves, but there are also guided tours available, depending on your wishes. To find more details about the places we mention below, we recommend checking out Tripadvisor. If you want to experience more of the culture at Voss, we recommend the Cultural guide to Voss.
Trips with the cabin as a starting point
If you have brought your hiking boots or skis at winter, you don’t have to go far to experience the natural elements. Just behind the cabin, several hikes, shorter and longer are available. Be prepared for a steep start on the trip.
When you arrive at Voss and the cabin, you will certainly notice Lønahorgi with its 1410 meters towering over Voss. The trip here gives you a panoramic view of Vossa, and on clear days you can see glaciers and the fjord in the distance. The starting point for the trip can be the cabin, or the top of the Voss Gondola, which provides the least demanding route. The path towards Lønahorgi is signposted from the top of the Voss Gondola and is well marked all the way. The trip is long, depending on which starting point you choose, it is about 20 km round trip. If you are ready for a really long summit trip, you can go on this trip all the way from Voss Sentrum.
A shorter trip, with the same starting points, would be Hangurstoppen. The walk to the top is rather steep but will reward you with great views when you reach the top. You can get here also by the Voss Gondola, and there is a nice restaurant here for food and drinks. If you don’t want the hike, you can take the Gondola from the railwaystation.
This is a short and easy walk to the foot of the mighty Stalheimsfossen waterfall. The trail starts at an information board at the bottom of Stalheimskleiva. The trail is wide and easy to walk, well adapted for both wheelchairs and prams.
The proximity to the river makes it a great nature experience to walk here. In the end, you arrive at a viewpoint where you can enjoy the waterfall at a safe distance. The waterfall has a total drop of 126 meters.
Would you like to experience one of the world’s most spectacular train journeys?
In Western Norway, at the innermost banks of the Aurlandsfjord, you’ll find the small village of Flåm. The Flåm Railway is part of the famous Norway in a Nutshell roundtrip between Oslo and Bergen. From Flåm you can also ride this historic train to Myrdal.
When arriving at Flåm, we suggest you start by visiting the fantastic Stegastein viewpoint, 650 meters above the Aurlandsfjord. The viewpoint is part of the National Scenic Route that runs from Aurland to Lærdal.
You can also relax on one of the fjord cruises that will take you through the fjords, letting you experience the mountains from sea level. Feel the majestic mountains towering above you.
Or get stunning views and plenty of air under your feet from The longest zipline in the Nordic countries, with its 1381 meters!
350 meters above the ground, fly along at 100 kilometers per hour through beautiful, pristine nature.
You can get to Odda by car or bus. Odda will give you some of the best experiences Norway can offer. From Odda you will find Folgefonna which is the third largest glacier on the Norwegian mainland and has been an attraction for tourists since 1833. Today it forms the core of Folgefonna National Park. Both inside and outside the park, there are several icefalls and glaciers, coarse-grained valleys, and cascading rivers with ice-green meltwater.
Trolltunga (Troll’s tongue)
Trolltunga, the most spectacular rock formation in Norway, protrudes from the rock 700 meters above Ringedalsvatnet. The small stone plateau is part of the western end of the Hardangervidda and was formed by the ice that covered large parts of Scandinavia through several ice ages. The trip up to Trolltunga is long and demanding, but you get paid for the effort – up there awaits a magnificent view. The estimated walking time is 8-12 hours. Hikers must be in good physical shape and have the proper equipment.
The trip to Buarbreen goes through a varied landscape. You start at Buer Gard and follow the walking path through. In a slight climb, a section follows through cultural pastures, to the first vantage point which is Gletthaug. From there you continue through a small forest, you meet a lot of bridges and a floating suspension bridge.
From this bridge, you have a beautiful view of the glacier and through Buardalen. This area is wild and beautiful with a lot of water and foaming rivers.
Furebergfossen is located along Rv 551 between Årsnes and Sunndal, at the mouth of the Maurangerfjord. The mighty waterfall, has a free fall of 20 m. The road almost passes through the waterfall so it can’t be missed.
From Flåm you can take the train to Myrdal on a historic train ride with “Flåmsbana”. This trip has been described as one of the most beautiful train journeys in the world and is one of the biggest tourist attractions in Norway. The train runs from the end of Aurlandsfjorden, a fjord arm to Sognefjorden, up to the high mountains at Myrdal Station. The journey through Flåmsdalen shows the nature of Western Norway from its very best side.
Myrdalsfossen (Giant Waterfall)
Myrdalsfossen was an unofficial name of a huge waterfall near Myrdal, in the river Myrdøla at Myrdal.
The best way to visit the waterfall is to take the Flåmbanen to Myrdal and then decline to Flåm on foot. Almost all the way, if you descend by foot, you walk along a waterfall that plunges down into several steps.