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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.
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.
This trip is suitable for healthy, reasonably fit people with some hiking experience.
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.
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.
Panoramic view of the Hardangerfjord region
Unique landscape characteristics
Scenic path through changing terrain
The last 25 minutes of the drive to Tjoflot