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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, fjords 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 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.

Get in[edit]

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 City
  • The Sognefjord area: Sogndal, Flåm/Gudvangen and Vik in Sogn
  • Hardanger area: Ulvik, Kvanndal, Norheimsund

By plane[edit]

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.

By bus[edit]

Norway Bussekspress takes you to Bergen by coach from several cities and towns in Norway.

By boat[edit]

Bergen -"The gateway to the fjords" - has several ferry, express boat and cruise ship arrivals into Bergen port. Shipping companies with national arrivals:

  • Hurtigruten
  • Fjord 1
  • Tide

Shipping companies with arrivals from abroad:

  • From Denmark (Hanstholm): Fjord Line

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:

  • Train: NSB (Norwegian State Railway)
  • Airport Bus: Flybussen
  • Car Rentals at Bergen Airport Flesland

By Public Transport[edit]

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.

By Car[edit]

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.

Get around[edit]

By bus[edit]

Local bus service provided by Skyss [6]. 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.

By bicycle[edit]

Bicycles are available for rental.

See[edit][add listing]

  • Bordalsgjelet Gorge. The deep and dramatic Bordalsgjelet Gorge has information boards, viewpoints and benches. When snow and ice does not affect accessibility you can also follow a footpath that leads alongside the gorge. Here you will have excellent views of the fascinating potholes. Remember, however, for your own safety: Keep to the marked footpaths GPS Coordinates: 60.612482 6.423688
  • Stalheimskleiva. One of the steepest roads in Northern Europe, built during 1842-1846. The road has 13 hairpin bends, with Stalheim Hotel located at the top overlooking the road and the Nærøy Valley. On either side of the road you can see the Stalheim Waterfall (126 m) and the Sivle Waterfall (142 m). Stalheimskleiva is a one-way road going down.
  • Tvindefossen Waterfall. A 152-metre waterfall by Tvinde Camping. There is a road/footpath to the top of the falls. Kiosk. This walk combines well with a Car Walk, either to Afdal-Prestølen or Leidal-Hustveit. GPS Coordinates: 60.725855 6.487146
  • Outdoor swimming pool at Prestegardsmoen. Near Voss Camping in Prestegardsmoen there is an outdoor swimming pool with a diving tower plus three water chutes and a paddling pool. Fun for the whole family. Kiosk available for refreshments, ice, chocolate etc. Only open during summer months.

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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.

  • Voss Resort

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.

  • Voss Fjellandsby - Myrkdalen

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.

  • Guided Tours Winter

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

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.

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Eat[edit][add listing]

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

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  • Fleicher's Hotel, Evangervegen 13 (Next to the railwaystation), +47 56520500 (, fax: +47 56520501), [1]. Fleischer's Hotel is an old hotel that in the past has been visited by royalty and nobility as well as the ordinary tourist and traveler. Modern comfort and facilities have been incorporated into the old building in a natural way. All rooms have en suite bathroom, mini-bar, telephone and television. Amenities include a restaurant, bar, swimming pool, solarium, Jacuzzi and sauna, as well as a separate conference section.  edit
  • Jarl Hotel, Elvegata 9, +47 56519900 (fax: +47 56519901), [2]. Hotel Jarl is a modern family-run hotel in the centre of Voss - by the river "Vosso". When visiting Voss there are many reasons why you should choose Hotel Jarl: * Centrally, located for easy access to all amenities in the village * Modern and comfortable: All rooms with shower/wc, TV and mini bar. Swimming hall, sauna and solarium. * Comfortable: Light and intimate restaurant. Lounge and bar * Sociable and cosy: Wine bar, restaurant full of atmosphere and tasty food. English pub. * Practical: Large car park. Free transport to the railway station and the alpine centre  edit
  • Park Hotel Vossevangen, Uttrågata 3, +47 56531000 (fax: +47 56531001), [3]. You will find the Park Hotel located centrally in Voss, close to Vangsvatnet. Rooms: Park Hotel Vossevangen has 131 rooms, including 15 deluxe rooms and a side wing with multi-bed rooms. All rooms have their own bathroom and toilet.There are rooms in a variety of price categories. Restaurant Elysée:International cuisine based on local ingredients, and Northern Europe's best and most comprehensive wine menu. Elysée is a place to experience excellent food and wine. Choose from the a la carte menu, or order a 3, 4 or 5 course set menu with wine. Café Stationen: A cafe with a distinctive character and good atmosphere all year round. Outside seating during the summer. Light refreshments. Drinks. Pianissimo Piano Bar: A cosy piano bar is located in the middle of the hotel. Sink down into a comfy chair, relax with a drink from the well stocked bar, and be entertained by evening performers from Monday to Saturday. Pentagon Night Club: Pentagon is one of the biggest and most popular night spots in Voss. It is busy, with good dance music and a great atmosphere. Open every Friday and Saturday from 22:00 - 02:00 hours. Winecellar: Some of the best wines in the world are waiting for you in Winecellar! Wine tasting and wine seminar. The biggest, best and most comprehensive wine collection in Northern Europe. Vossasalen Hall: Total area of 540 m2.700 people in cinema seating. 500 people in classroom seating. Can be divided into three smaller halls.  edit
  • Voss Camping, Idrottsvegen, 7, +47 56511597 (, fax: +47 56 51 15 97), [4]. * Located within minutes of the Voss train station. * Sites available for 'wild' camping, cabins and RVs. * Includes free wi-fi, bathrooms, kitchens and hot showers (10 NOK/4 minutes). Also has laundry facilities (must purchase tokens from office). * Central to activities in Voss, trails around lake and to nearby hikes. GPS: 60.612482, 6.423688 170 NOK/night per tent.  edit
  • Gamlahuset, Kvåle i Raundalen, +47 478 64 107 (), [5]. Gamlahuset is located at the small farm Kvale in the valley Raundalen at Voss, approximately 17 kilometers east of the centre of Voss. Gamlahuset has two big living rooms, three bedrooms, kitchen, two toilets and a bathroom. There are beds for 8 persons. The house, which is from around year 1800, was renovated in 2007. In several of the rooms the authentic style is kept. The house is totally 100 m2. Weekend prices from NOK 1500,- and week from NOK 2500,-  edit

Get out[edit]

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.

Routes through Voss
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