Picture yourself wandering through misty mountain valleys, along bubbling creeks and across wooden bridges. In the distance, a raven sends its gloomy call across the mountains. After a steep uphill, you enter flat ground of grass and moss. The fog suddenly lifts, and in front of you lies a small cabin, spectacularly placed near the edge of a cliff. Behind it you catch a glimpse of a narrow fjord, and near the horison: a perfectly white glacier. Welcome to Kiellandbu, a place of mountain magic.
We start the hike at near Hodnaberg Powerplant, close to the lake called Hamlagrøvatnet. This means we are in the mountains right from the start. At first we follow a gravel road southwards, gaining altitude. Then we exit onto a marked path that forks near Kvålsdalstjørni. We cross a sway bridge with a crystal clear river underneath, then follow the path south through Hardingaskardet. Traversing steeply up the hill towards Sveindalseggi, we can enjoy the increasingly wild scenery around us. We arrive at Kiellandbu after about 2,5 hours. Here we enjoy our lunch and marvel at the amazing view.
On the return trip we either follow the same path back to Hodnaberg, or traverse Sveindalsnuten (1065) to enjoy the views. Maybe you might fancy a swim in a cool, clear mountain lake?
Reasons to go
This place is a true gem. Easily accessible, no crowds, varied and authentic mountain scenery and an immensely beautiful view from Kiellandbu. Lovely rivers and mountain farms, with colourful mountain flowers accompanying us along the way.
We have guides speaking English, French, German, Spanish and Italian. Please let us know if you have language preferences, and we’ll try to accommodate you.
Season and availability
Daily departures from June 1 to November 1.
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.
This is considered a non-technical and family-friendly hike. This trip is suitable for healthy people with some basic hiking experience. The route follows a fairly good path marked with red T’s. Early in the season there might still be some patches of snow left in the upper sections, and you should expect a few muddy sections.
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
This trip is easy to combine with a stay in Bergen. If you arrive by train from Bergen on the day of departure, we’ll meet at Voss station at 10 a.m. If you’re already stationed in Voss, we’ll meet outside our office at Tre Brør Café near the town square at 9.30 a.m.
We’ll be back at Voss around 5 p.m.
Prices and terms
The price for adults is NOK 1290 per person. The price for children aged 9-14 is NOK 750 per person. The minimum age is 9 years old.
Group sizes: 1-12 participants. Groups of more than five earn a 20 % group discount.
Included in the price:
Not included in the price:
Transportation to Voss.
By booking this trip, you acknowledge that you have read and agreed upon our Terms of service and our Risk and liability statement.
- 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 to the starting point and back to Voss, if needed.
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.
How to get to the starting point at Hamlagrø
From Voss, follow E16 towards Bulken. Exit right towards Bulken, then right towards Hamlagrø after crossing the bridge above E16. Follow road number 314 towards Hamlagrø for 12 km, passing through pleasant scenery on the way. Exit left to Hodnaberg. Approximately 30 min drive from Voss.
Reservations, questions or inquiries
Please call Øystein on +47 93484041 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Kiellandbu trip details
Estimated total distance: 12 km.
Estimated total duration: 6 hours car to car, including breaks.
Total ascent: 350 meters.
Trip grading: Easy to moderate.
Family friendly: Yes, suitable for kids aged 9 and above.