Round trip to Gråsidetoppen: A Voss Panorama

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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.

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Highlights

Impressive view of Voss and its surroundings

Panoramic view of surrounding mountains and glaciers

Crossing snowfields and creeks

Chance of encountering wildlife

Hiking through pristine mountain landscape

Route

  1. Vossevangen