Oksen - where the fjords meet

Standing tall and proud, the mountain called Oksen provides a spectacular view of the whole Hardanger region. From its peak we get an exceptional birds eye perspective of four surrounding fjords, two glaciers, the impressive Hardanger bridge and the lush greens of the Hardanger villages.   Trip outline: From the farm called Tjoflot, we follow a trail that winds its way steeply through the forest. As we approach the tree line, the view becomes increasingly beautiful. After about an hour’s walk, we reach the mountain farm called Vindhovden, a perfect spot for a lunch break. From Vindhovden we continue along a path with some steep sections, towards the top of Oksen at 1241 meters above sea level. As we gain altitude, the horison widens, until we get to enjoy the summit panorama.   Physical requirements: This trip is suitable for healthy, reasonably fit people with some hiking experience.   Necessary equipment: Sturdy hiking shoes or hiking boots, waterproof clothing (shell layer), an extra shirt, an extra sweater, beanie or knit cap, sunglasses, sun lotion and and at least 1 litre of water. Trekking poles are recommended.   Trip details: Estimated distance: 10 km. Estimated duration: 6-7 hours car to car, including breaks. Trip grading: Moderately strenous. Some steep sections. Family friendly: Up to Vindhovden: yes. Rest of trip: Suitable for children aged 12+. How to get there: From Voss, follow Rv 13 towards Granvin. Enter the long Vallaviktunnel. Follow signs towards Ulvik in the roundabout. After exiting the tunnel, exit right onto Fv 302 along the fjord towards Tjoflot. Approximately 1hr drive total, partially on a scenic route. Meeting point: At the parking area near Tjoflot, no later than 9 a.m. Please remember to pay the parking fee of NOK 30,- (cash only). Transport service: Yes, but limited. Please ask about a pick-up and transport service upon booking. An additional cost of NOK 100,- will apply. Price: NOK 590,- per person.

Round trip to Gråsidetoppen: A Voss Panorama

Travellers visiting Voss will sooner or later have their eyes drawn south towards the line of snowy mountains overlooking Vangsvatnet. This beautiful line of  mountains hints at what contrasts the wild nature around Voss has to offer: harsh mountains with eternal snow, framed by forested hills, bubbling streams and old, charming mountain farms.  On this trip we explore these contrasts, enjoing a round trip that also gives us a superb view of Voss and its surroundings. We follow a path rarely used towards Gråsidetoppen, 1307 metres above sea level. On our way down we visit the inviting, self-catered cabin called Roset. If you are looking for a varied, beatiful and demanding trip through the Voss mountains, this is it!   Trip outline: We start from Hindartveit, a small, idyllic farm in the forested hills overlooking Voss. Following a gravel road towards Smågiljane, we gradually weave our way into the lush mountain forest. Pathfinding is difficult in this area, so trusting local expertise is crucial. We gain the terrain feature known as Rapjahalsen and continue up into Ulvaskaret («wolf’s col»). From here, a wild mountain scenery of snow patches, lakes and rock opens up in front of us. It is not uncommon to observe wild animals such as reindeer in this area. We now head east across Gråsidetoppen (1307), taking in the marvellous view of our surroundings. From our elevated position, Voss appears small, nestled between big mountains. Further east we gain the marked path towards the lovely self-catered cabin at Roset. After a rest, we follow the path back down to our cars.   Physical requirements: This trip is suitable for healthy, fit people with some previous mountain hiking experience.   Necessary equipment: Sturdy hiking shoes or hiking boots, waterproof clothing (shell layer), an extra shirt, an extra sweater, beanie or knit cap, gloves/mittens, sunglasses, sun lotion and and at least 1 litre of water. Trekking poles are recommended.   Trip details: Estimated distance: 17 km. Total ascent: 900 meters. Estimated duration: 8-9 hours, including breaks. Trip grading: Strenous. Some steep sections. Some snow fields. Exposed to inclement weather. Family friendly: Not suitable for children. How to get there: From Voss, follow signs towards Gjernes (Gjernesvegen), past Bordalsgjelet (bridge). After another 500 meters, exit left towards Gjelle. A winding road takes you to the farm called Gjelle. Continue for 300 metres, then exit right on a gravel road towards Hindartveit. Around 10-12 minutes drive in total. Remember to pay the parking fee. Meeting point: Near Hindartveit, no later than 8.30 a.m. Transport service: Yes, but limited. Please ask about a pick-up and transport service upon booking. An additional cost of NOK 100,- will apply. Price: NOK 690,- per person.

Snowshoeing and stargazing near Voss Resort

Join our guided evening trip on snowshoes into the winter mountains of Voss. We use the chairlift at Voss Resort to gain easy access to the mountain overlooking Voss. We put on head lamps and snowshoes and step away from the resort area. With luck, we get to enjoy the starry sky high above us. At our campsite, we build a bonfire, enjoy a hot drink, a light meal and the deep stillnes of the winter mountains.    ​ Trip outline On this short trip, you get to really enjoy the wonders of winter. The mountains around Voss get a lot of snow during winter. That's why Voss has become one of the top ski destinations of Norway. Just outside the town centre lies Voss Resort, with chair lifts and groomed slopes. A few evenings each week, the resort is open for evening skiing.  ​ We meet near the base of the chair lift, and suit up for an excursion in the winter mountains. We provide all the necessary clothing and warm boots for you. Snow goggles and a head lamp will enable us to find the way even when it snows and blows.  ​ The ride up the chair lift is a fun experience in itself, taking us swiftly above the tree tops to the top of mount Hanguren, 810 meters above sea level. We put on our snowshoes and ski poles, and set out on a relatively easy walk through the snow. Along the way, your guide will talk about Norway, the local culture and make sure you're feeling warm and comfortable.  ​ As we escape the resort area, we turn on our head lamps and make our own trail through the deep snow, trusting our sturdy snowshoes. At our premade campsite, we build a bonfire and enjoy something hot to drink and a bite to eat. A perfect spot for contemplation and leaving the civilised world behind us for a few moments.  ​ We return to the chair lift before closing time, and enjoy a spectacular ride back down to where we started.  ​ ​ Reasons to go For a quick escape into the wintery mountains, this is your perfect adventure. By combining the easy access of the chair lift and the lovely terrain outside of the slopes, we can offer you a non-technical and family-friendly snow experience. With luck, you get to experience a lovely sunset, a marvellous starry sky and enjoy the heat of a blazing bonfire at our secluded campsite.  ​ ​ Season and availability Trips are run every Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from Dec 14 – Mar 15. Closed during Christmas holidays.  ​ ​ Physical requirements This trip is suitable for everybody who would like to get a taste of the deep winter snows of Voss. No previous winter hiking experience required. Participants should expect cold weather and some physical strain due to the deep snow and unfamiliarity with snowshoes.  ​ ​ Necessary equipment If you have, you can bring your own warm winter boots and winter clothing, A small rucksack is convenient, but not necessary. We provide all the necessary clothes and equipment for this trip.  ​ ​ Prices and terms The price is NOK 1290 per person. ​ Included in the price: A full rig of warm winter clothing (woolen underwear, beanie/hat, balaclava, mittens, insulated winter pants and jacket. Warm boots. Snowshoes and skipoles. Headlamp and snow goggles. Lift pass for the chairlift up and down. A light meal served around the bonfire at our campsite. A competent local guide with long experience from winter trips.​ All necessary safety equipment   Not included in the price:  External transport services are not included, but can be arranged upon request. ​ Minimum group size: 3 Maximum group size: 8.  ​ A 20 % group discount is granted to groups of 5 people or more. ​ By booking this trip, you acknowledge that you have read and agreed upon our Terms of service and Risk and liability statement. ​ ​ How to get to the starting point From Voss town centre, you need to make your way to Voss Resort Bavallen. This ski resort is located approximately 5 km to the north of Voss town centre. Having a private car is preferable, or you could call a taxi (+47 56 51 13 40).   ​ ​ Questions or inquiries Please call us on +47 93484041 or email us at post@wildvoss.no 

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