Discover Voss: A Destination Guide
- Written byLauren
Voss, Norway, is a municipality in the Hordaland county. Voss is in western Norway, about 1 hour and 30 minutes away from Bergen, and the region is perfectly located for extreme sports enthusiasts. If you are visiting Norway and stopping over in Voss Hordaland, there are lots of things to do in the area.
Unlike some of Norway’s big cities, Voss is much more rural. With stunning landscapes, flowing white rivers and snow-capped mountains, Voss offers the perfect backdrop for many extreme sports. Discover what to do in Voss, where to stay and where to eat in Voss.
What to do in Voss
When you visit Voss, there are lots of things to see and do. The region is particularly popular with extreme sports such as skiing, kayaking, rafting and skydiving. This makes it a great place to visit in either summer or winter as there are plenty of things to do in Voss.
Voss Ski Resort
At Voss Ski Resort you will find 18km of cross-country alpine skiing routes, 23 ski slopes, cafes and restaurants on the slopes and you can enjoy Apres ski on a Friday and Saturday evening. Visit Voss snowboarding and skiing park to perfect your skills, take lessons or enjoy evening skiing with 8km of floodlit slopes. Take a look at the Voss webcam for weather updates and make the most of the free shuttle bus from Voss train station during the winter season, which leaves at 3 scheduled times throughout the day.
The hike to Bordalsgjelet Gorge is fairly short from Voss and follows a purpose built path. Bordalsgjelet Gorge is a stunning natural attraction, within walking distance of the town, and the giant potholes were formed by ice and rivers over thousands of years. From the town centre, follow the gravel path along Vangsvatnet Lake towards Prestegardsmoen and you should stick to the path for your safety. The 5km round-trip takes around 90 minutes and has fairly easy access. You will encounter the stunning scenery and views of the river gorge and there is a viewing point and benches on the path.
Skydive in Voss
When you visit Voss, skydiving is a great sport to try, even if you are a complete beginner. Voss Vind indoor skydiving centre is great all year round and you can experience how it feels to fly like Superman in a wind tunnel. It is suitable for complete beginners of all abilities, from the age of 5, or experienced skydivers can book tunnel time with an instructor. If you are more adventurous, take a leap of faith and try tandem skydiving in Voss. The dropzone is just 5 minutes away from town and you can jump with an instructor from 12,500 feet.
White Water Rafting
Whether you are an experienced paddler or you’ve never tried extreme water sports, white water rafting in Voss is an exhilarating experience. Between May and October, you can raft up to 8km along the Stranda or Raunda River. The Voss Active raft centre is 4km north of Voss and in the autumn, the 3-4 hour tour also includes a warm meal. If rafting isn’t for you, the centre also offers a high rope course, fishing, waterfall rappelling, hiking tours, river boarding or canyoning.
Step back in time and experience Norway in another age at Voss Folkemuseum. You can drive or take the steep hike up to the museum from Voss town and enjoy the stunning views when you reach the top. Walk through the old wooden Norwegian farm buildings, dating back to the 1500s, and explore the range of local history exhibits which include crafts, farming, costumes, music and dance. Take a guided tour in the summer to experience what life was once like in Voss. Prices start from 90 NOK for an adult.
Nestled between Sognefjord and Hardangerfjord is Kayak Voss. Looking for adrenaline filled-fun? Pay a visit and challenge yourself on the rapids! Whatever your ability, you can take part in an introductory beginners course, a refresher course or a challenging course for those who are more experienced. You will have tuition on the river from world-class instructors when you go whitewater kayaking in Voss and you can also try tandem kayaking if you have no experience at all. Some courses span over a few days and include lunch and shuttle transportation.
Hiking in Voss Norway
The hiking season in Voss is from late June to October and there are a number of routes you can take. For a challenging hike, climb 1,300m to the Bakkonosi summit for stunning views of Nærøyfjord and Sognefjord. You can park at Jordalen and the 8-hour hike should only be attempted by experienced hikers. For a simpler, family-friendly, hike follow the marked trail from Myrkdalen Mountain Resort to Finnbunuten. The roundtrip is 4.5km long and takes around 4.5 to 5 hours to climb 900m to the summit. Once you reach the top, you could encounter stunning views of glaciers such as Hardangerjøkulen, Jostedalsbreen and Folgefonna if it is a clear day.
Book a tours with Go Fjords
Voss is located close to the Hardangerfjord, the Sognefjord and the Nærøyfjord. With beautiful fjords surrounding the area, it would be a shame to miss out on a fjord tour in Norway. You will need to travel to Norheimsund to begin a tour in the area and from here, you will have lots of choices. You could take a cruise or cycle along the Hardangerfjord, or you could pair a cruise of the Hardangerfjord with skiing or a glacier hike on the Folgefonna glacier. If you are staying in Bergen and want to visit Voss, you can take a day trip which includes a stop in both Vik and Voss.
Restaurants in Voss
Even though it is a small town in Norway but there are plenty of restaurants and cafes in Voss. Dine in style or grab something on the go and explore different options for lunch or dinner. Find something to suit your budget and don’t forget to try delicious regional dishes made from locally sourced ingredients.
Enjoy a luxurious 7-course tasting menu at Store Ringheim restaurant in Voss. There is a traditional farm atmosphere to the restaurant and the seasonal menu includes fresh, local ingredients. You could also choose between 2-5 courses and try locally sourced meat, berries, vegetables or fish from the North Sea. Store Ringheim also has a good wine list, but the menu does not include any vegetarian options.
Inside Rock Cafe
Inside Rock Cafe is a family-friendly cafe where you can grab a drink, tuck-in to a burger and play some games. Choose from a wide range of delicious burgers, chicken, salads and toasted sandwiches before having a game of pool or playing arcade games. The Inside Rock Cafe has a young atmosphere but welcomes people of all ages. On a Friday or Saturday evening, you can also take part in a quiz or karaoke.
Vossevangen Grill & Steakhouse
The atmosphere at Vossevangen Grill & Steakhouse is cosy and the food is homely and satisfying. The menu features lots of popular dishes as well as traditional Norwegian dishes. Local specialities include lamb and deer steaks or you could try the salmon, cowboy burger or chicken burgers. Most meals are served with helpings of delicious vegetables and you can pair your food with delicious wine or one of the microbrew beers.
If you are looking for somewhere to eat after a day of skiing, Fleischer’s Hotel has plenty of options. Head to the Magdalene restaurant and choose from the menu or buffet to enjoy contemporary and classic food from around the world or regional cuisine with local ingredients. If you prefer finer dining, eat from the A La Carte menu in the Seckman restaurant and choose 3, 4 or 5 courses or enjoy the chefs 7-course seasonal menu. Fredrik’s bar is a great place to grab a drink after a day of skiing.
Tre Brør Kafé & Bar
For a quick drink and snack break, try Tre Brør Kafé & Bar. The cafe and bar feels like a traditional Norwegian cabin in the middle of Voss town and you can sit inside or outdoors and watch the world go by. Grab a coffee, a bite to eat, try the local Voss beer or choose from over 100 beers from around the world. Tre Brør Kafé & Bar has a relaxed atmosphere and is a great choice for an afternoon beer or a light lunch.
Travelling to Voss
If you are visiting Voss from another country, you will need to fly to either Bergen or Oslo then travel to Voss. Voss is easily accessed by bus and train and is much closer to Bergen so you might want to fly to Bergen if Voss is your main destination. If you prefer to drive, it takes around 5 hours and 32 minutes to drive 228.7 miles from Oslo, or 1 hour and 32 minutes to drive 63.6 miles from Bergen.
Oslo to Voss by Bus
The bus journey from Oslo to Voss takes around 5 hours and 50 minutes, depending on traffic. The 41B bus is operated by Norwegian Railways and runs 4 times per week, including Saturdays. There are 4 stops along the way and a ticket usually costs between £30-£45 per person.
Oslo to Voss by Train
The high-speed train from Oslo to Voss takes between 5-6 hours with Norwegian Railways and a ticket can cost between £80-£100 per person. Cheaper tickets are available but these journeys will often involve multiple changes and can take over 11 hours. Trains run from Oslo to Voss 3 times per day.
Bus from Bergen to Voss
Every evening, you can take the 950 bus from Bergen to Voss which costs between £13-£23. It takes around 1 hour and 47 minutes and you can continue your journey from Voss to Gudvangen by bus. Gudvangen sits at the end of Nærøyfjord, the narrowest fjord in Norway, and the bus journey will take an additional hour and costs around £8-£11 more.
Bergen to Voss Train
To travel from Bergen to Voss at any time of day, take the train which departs every hour. You can take the 41 or 45 train towards Myrdal, Oslo or Voss and the journey takes between 1 hour 10 minutes and 1 hour 30 minutes. Train tickets cost between £10-£15 per person.
When you are looking for places to stay in Voss, Norway, you have plenty of options. You could try a luxurious hotel in the middle of town, stay in a cabin or find a hostel if you are travelling on a budget. Explore your options and find your ideal accommodation in Voss.
Fleischer's Hotel Voss
Fleischer’s Hotel in Voss, Norway, is in an great location if you are travelling to Voss by train. The Swiss style hotel was built in 1889 and was popular among wealthy tourists. Fleischer’s Hotel is ideally located in the centre of town and is close to Voss train station. The hotel boasts 2 restaurants, a terrace, a bar and a wellness area with a pool, sauna, solarium and gym.
Voss Resort Bavallstunet
If you are a keen skier and plan to visit Voss to go skiing, stay in the Voss Resort Bavallstunet. The resort is 5km from Voss town centre and you can stay in a self-catering cabin or apartment. All accommodation is modern and fully equipped and there are stunning views of the river and Voss town centre. Voss Resort Bavallstunet is perfectly placed to begin lots of activities in Voss and the ski resort is right on your doorstep.
Park Hotel Vossevangen, Voss, Norway
Close to Vangsvatnet Lake in Voss, the Park Hotel is in the middle of town with lots of bars and restaurants nearby. In this boutique hotel, you can choose from standard and superior rooms or a suite and each room has free internet access, a TV and hairdryer and includes breakfast. There is a piano bar, cafe and the Restaurant Elysee is home to the hotel’s famous wine cellar, with some of the world’s best wine at reasonable prices.
Voss Vandrarheim As Hostel
If you are looking for a cheaper place to stay, try a Voss hostel. The Vandrarheim As Hostel sits on the edge of Lake Vangsvatnet and is just 700m from the train station and bus station. It is a great base for walks or mountain hikes and you can rent canoes and bikes from the hostel. Stay in a mixed or gender-specific dorm and you can use the self-catering facilities and enjoy free breakfast and WiFi.
Voss is a hidden gem between two of Norway’s largest fjords and is easy to access from both Oslo and Bergen. For extreme sports enthusiasts and keen skiers, Voss is the perfect place to visit in Norway. Enjoy the stunning landscapes, learn about local history and don’t forget to try some regional food during your stay.