Voss is a village in the heart of Fjord Norway, Hordaland, that is known to be the adventure capital of Norway.Voss is also known as a winter destination with two ski ski centres and long skiing traditions. In Voss you are surrounded by rivers, mountains, fjord and lakes, and you can choose from a wide range of challenges - at all levels.
If you are planning a vacation in Fjord Norway, you should consider Voss to be your base. From Voss you can easily reach both the Sognefjord and the Hardangerfjord in less than 1 hour. In the area you will also find a wide range of activity providers - including rafting, paragliding, mountain walking and guided excursions. Year-round there is a lot of cultural events, the most famous being The Extreme Sports Week - the worlds biggest extreme sports festival.
Voss has a long history, and have been welcoming international tourists for almost 200 years. Visitors come to experience the magnificent scenery - never-ending vistas of mountains and nearby glaciers and fjords, lakes and fast-flowing whitewater rivers - and to have plenty of active fun year round.
It is easy to get to Voss by train, bus and car from gateways such as Bergen and Oslo with a number of international arrivals. The town is centrally located in South West Norway, only somewhat more than 1 hour from Bergen, 6 hours from Oslo and ”In the Heart of Fjord Norway”, between the famous fjords Sognefjorden and Hardangerfjorden.
Main gateways by plane, bus or boat
• Bergen City
• The Sognefjord area: Sogndal, Flåm/Gudvangen and Vik in Sogn
• Hardanger area: Ulvik, Kvanndal, Norheimsund
Bergen Airport Flesland is the closest airport to Voss, with non-stop international flights from larger scale European airports such as Amsterdam, Frankfurt, Copenhagen, London, Stockholm and Reykjavik. Low-cost airlines also operate non-stop flights to Bergen from international airports such as Paris, Berlin, Prague, Warsaw, Riga and London. There are also, of course, direct flights from several Norwegian airports, including daily departures from Oslo Airport Gardermoen with SAS and Norwegian airlines.
Norway Bussekspress takes you to Bergen by coach from several cities and towns in Norway.
Bergen -"The gateway to the fjords" - has several ferry, express boat and cruise ship arrivals into Bergen port. Shipping companies with national arrivals:
• Fjord 1
• From Denmark (Hanstholm): Fjord Line
In order to get from Bergen to Voss, you may choose to continue your journey by airport express coach and train or by rental car:
• Train: NSB (Norwegian State Railway)
• Airport Bus: Flybussen
• Car Rentals at Bergen Airport Flesland
By Public Transportation to Voss
Voss is a central stop on the Bergen Railway between Oslo and Bergen and a stop for express coaches and regional bus services. The service to Bergen by train is fairly frequent, with several local trains making the run. The journey takes about 75 minutes. Busses from Bergen are operated by Skyss and take about 100 minutes.
Voss is centrally located on the main road network in Western Norway. On Route E16 between Oslo and Bergen and on the North/South inland route RV13.
Bergen - Voss Route: E16: Arna, Dale Kilometres: approximately 100 kms Time: approximately 1 hour 20 minutes
Oslo - Voss Route: E16: Filefjell. Kilometres: approximately 420 km. Time: approximately 7 hours. Route: Rv 52: through Hemsedal; Gol - Borlaug. Kilometres: approximately 396 km. Time: approximately 6 hours 30 minutes. Route: Rv 50: Hol - Aurland. Kilometres: approximately 382 km. Time: approximately 6 hours. Route: Rv7: Hardangervidda. Kilometres: approximately 380 km. Time: approximately 6 hours.
One Destination, Two Ski Centres
With two ski centres and long skiing traditions, Voss is a popular and one of the most established ski destinations in Norway. It is not without reason that World Cup Events are frequently held here. Voss is also one of the most natural snow-reliable ski destinations in Norway. On altogether some 50 kilometers of well prepared alpine slopes, you can ski in varying terrain from nursery slopes to demanding terrain for the most experienced. There are also great possibilities for cross-country skiing in Voss, in close proximity to the ski centres as well as in the wider Voss area.
The Voss Resort is one of the longest established ski centres in Norway and its welcome centre is situated in Bavallen, only five kilometres from Voss town centre.
The area of Myrkdalen is situated only 25 kilometres north of Voss town centre, where you can find the welcome centre of Voss Fjellandsby - or "Voss Mountain Village" if translated into English.
Services and facilities in the two ski centres include: terrain parks, ski schools and ski rentals, children's play areas, food & drink facilites and areas for cross country skiing.
For small and large groups Voss Rafting Senter offers a range of guided tours during the winter months, from sunset snow shoes tours, to skiing tours in the hills around Voss.
Voss Rafting Senter AS has a broad spectrum of activities like white-water rafting, sportsrafting, riverboarding, waterfall rappelling, canyoning, obstacle course and wilderness camp for tourists, companies, bachelor parties, socities, schools and friends. All products are related to water sport and based on strict safety procedures and the crew is highly professional in all aspects. Voss Rafting Senter`s motto is to "Guarantee To Wet Your Pants!" under controlled settings. Voss Rafting can offer everything from adventures family rafting to extreme rafting trips in world class.
Tre Brør Cafe (on the town square), great place for lunch, dinner or a drink. Has a comfortable and cossy setting.
Voss is a convienient place to stay while exploring the Hardangerfjord to the south of Voss. As it is located on the Bergensbanen railway, a stay here can also be combined with a day-trip to Flåm with the Flåm railway (starts on Myrdal station on Bergensbanen).
Route 13 over the mountain to Vik, and further to Balestrand.