Lønahorgi cultural hike

Immediately north of Voss lies the impressive mountain called Lønahorgi, or just "Horgi". Rising to 1410 meters above sea level, this mountain isn't quite the highest one in Voss. But none of its mountain neigbours can match it in terms of accessibility, esthetics and character. 

We think the east side of the mountain has most to offer. Our multilingual and competent guides are happy to take you on various types of hikes, depending on your wishes and ambitions. We offer both family-friendly hikes on old paths used for mountain farming, as well as demanding peak ascents. Below you'll find closer descriptions of three different trips.    


The cultural landscape below Lønahorgi

This is a relatively easy hike through lovely terrain, suitable for families with children. From our starting point near the old farm called Staup, we follow a good path through the forest to the mountain farm called Moldbakken. On the way there, we admire the potholes in the river Moldåni. Our guide will share with you the stories of this place, including the local cultural history. At Moldbakken, we are probably greeted by grazing farm animals, joining us while absorbing the pleasant view of the farmland below.  

From Moldbakken, the hike continues towards the tree-line. Up above the mountain farm called Breiming, we step into the big amphitheatre of a valley named Årdalen. We get to admire the impressive, sheer cliffs of Lønahorgi in front of us, as well as the increasingly lovely view to the east. We decide wether we want to continue our hike towards the ridge called Svartahorgi (1037), or just settle for an extended lunch break in the meadows. We return back the same way, and pay a visit to the beautiful cluster of farm buildings at Staup. Perhaps you'd like to try a quick, refreshing bath in one of the potholes? Highly recommended. 

 

Season and availability

Daily departures from May 10 to November 15.

During the busiest weeks of summer, we might not have available guides every day. Please don’t hesitate to send us an email if it looks like the trip is unavailable online. We’ll try to find a solution for you.

Reasons to go

This is a fairly easy hike in lovely, varied terrain. We enjoy a scenery of waterfalls, cliffs, open forests and cultural landscape with grazing farm animals. The nature has a more pristine character on this side of Lønahorgi. 

Learn about local farming and cultural traditions as we pass several mountain farms, including Staup. 

 

Physical requirements

This is considered a non-technical and family-friendly hike. This trip is suitable for healthy people with some basic hiking experience.   

Necessary equipment

On this hike you will need the following equipment:

  • Sturdy hiking shoes or hiking boots.

  • Waterproof clothing (shell layer).

  • Small rucksack (20 litres).

  • An extra t-shirt and an extra sweater.

  • Beanie or knit cap.

  • Sunglasses and sun lotion

  • Some snacks or packed lunch and a water bottle.

  • Trekking poles are recommended.

  • You might also bring swimwear and a towel, if you’d like a swim on the return.

Meeting point and practical details

​Meet at our guide's office on the first floor of Tre Brør Café near the town square at 10 a.m.

This trip corresponds well with the train departing Bergen at 8.39 a.m, arriving Voss at 9.53 a.m.

We catch a bus departing Voss City Hall at 10.10 a.m. The bus ride takes around 15 minutes. If you'd rather use your private car to get to the meeting point, feel free to make arrangements directly with your guide.  

We’ll be back at Voss around 4 p.m.

Prices and terms

The price for adults is NOK 1150 per person. The price for children aged 8-14 is NOK 650 per person. The minimum age is 8 years old. To book this trip, please select the below button  "Book cultural hike now".

 

Group sizes: 1-12 participants. Groups of more than five earn a 20 % group discount.

Included in the price:

  • An experienced, multilingual guide during your trip.

  • A light meal of locally crafted food, including hot drinks – prepared on a stove.

  • All necessary safety equipment.

  • Access to extra clothing and trekking poles free of charge.

  • Transportation by public bus service to the starting point and back.

 

Not included in the price: 

Transportation to of from Voss.  

By booking this trip, you acknowledge that you have read and agreed upon our Terms of service and our Risk and liability statement.

A note on responsible travel and sustainability

Wild Voss make a continuous effort in reducing the ecological impact of our trips and activities. We aim to follow the latest GSTC criteria for sustainable travel. As a participant on one of our trips, you should know the following:

  • We follow the Leave No Trace principles.

  • We make use of zero-emission infrastructure whenever possible. 

  • Our trips are on foot, skis or snowshoes, causing no emissions and limiting the impact on nature and eco systems.

  • Our guide will share knowledge about local culture, sites we visit and local customs.

  • We support responsible local businesses.

  • Your guide will advocate low-impact travel and raise the participants’ awareness of local wildlife.

  • We abide by laws and regulations concerning travel in free nature and cultural landscape.

  • We seek to minimize waste, and choose products and packaging with long life spans.

Trip details

Estimated total distance: 6-8 km, depending on our ambition level.

Estimated total duration: 4-5 hours, excluding bus transport. 

Total ascent: 600 metres  (to Årdalen). 

Trip grading: Moderate. Rough terrain near the tree line.  

Family friendly: Yes, suitable for children aged 8 and above.

Accessible by public transportation: Yes.  

How do I get there with a private car?

From Voss, follow E16 north towards Løno, around 9 km. At the Smalahovetunet exit (signs), exit left and follow the steep, gravel road up to the parking near Staup

 

Reservations, questions or inquiries

Please call Øystein on +47 93484041 or email us at post@wildvoss.no 

Photo credits

Svein Ulvund - http://www.vossnow.net/