Whether it’s whitewater rafting, mountain biking, rock climbing and rappelling, paragliding or skydiving you’re after — or you “just” want to hit the slopes — Voss is the place for you, all year long.
First things first. Skiers — alpine and Nordic — are spoiled for choice. Norway’s winter sports mecca, Voss boasts two ski resorts offering a combined 70 km (43.5 mi) of slopes, served by 20 ski lifts, and plenty of off-piste action. It’s one of Fjord Norway’s premier winter sports destinations, home to one of the world’s largest annual extreme-sports festivals and near some of Europe’s best rafting rivers.
Something different? Less death-defying? How about a hike or some snowshoeing? Better yet, board the Voss Gondola for a 9-minute ride into the skies for views from atop 820-meter (2,690 ft) Mount Hanguren. At the top, take a hike or tuck into local fare at Voss’ largest restaurant.
Speaking of food —and extremes — test your taste buds by sampling regional speciality smalahove, boiled sheep’s head served with potatoes and — perhaps for courage — a shot of akvavit.
All those sheep come from somewhere, right? Well, before sports, Voss was farm country. In between displays of sporting prowess, check out some of the museums devoted to local artists and ancient Viking life.
What’s more, Voss is packed with all the retail, revelry and relaxation you’d expect in a world-class resort. From slopes to spas, canyons to cafés, get your holiday adrenaline rush in Voss.
Credit: Store Ringheim Hotel
Credit: Kari Traa
Credit: Jon Hunnålvatn | Voss Resort
Credit: Ane Dahl Kristengaard | Ekstremsportveko
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Credit: Sverre Hjørnevik | Fjord Norway