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 has 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 is the main gateway for both international and national arrivals to this part of Western Norway, for arrivals by plane, bus or boat. If you are on a round trip without a car, there are several destinations in the region that have connections to Voss by public transport. Below you can find a list of main gateways with connections to Voss:
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:
Shipping companies with arrivals from abroad:
From Bergen to Voss
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:
By Public Transport
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. Buses from Bergen are operated by Skyss and Nor-Way Bussekspress 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.
Alternative routes by car:
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.
Local bus service provided by Skyss . You can pay cash upon entering bus, as paying through their app is only available in Bergen. Note carefully the zone of travel for your departure and destination as that determines the cost of your bus ticket.
Bicycles are available for rental.
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 facilities 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, societies, 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 (Three Brothers' Café) great place for lunch, dinner or a drink. Has a comfortable and cosy setting. Vangsgata 28 | Market Square, 5700 +47 950 00 291
Voss is a convenient 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.