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Oksen

A panoramic view of the Hardangerfjord

Lunch break at the top of Oksen, overlooking Hardanger, the Hardangerfjord and the Folgefonna glacier. Foto: Kjartan Haugen - turogfoto.no
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Standing tall and proud, the mountain named Oksen (1241) provides a spectacular view of the whole Hardanger region. From its peak we get an exceptional birds eye perspective of four surrounding fjords, two glaciers, the impressive Hardanger bridge and the lush greenery of the Hardanger villages.

Trip outline

From the car park near the farms of Tjoflot, we follow a trail that winds its way steeply through the forest. As we approach the tree line, the view becomes increasingly beautiful. After about an hour’s walk, we reach the mountain farm called Vindhovden, a perfect spot for a lunch break.

From Vindhovden we continue along a path with some steep sections, towards the top of Oksen at 1241 meters above sea level. As we gain altitude, the horison widens, until we get to enjoy the summit panorama.

In the high season, there will be a lot of traffic on the route from Tjoflot. We recommend taking other routes to Oksen on such days. The routes from Hamre (to the North-West), Djønno ( to the East) or Selstad (to the North) provide excellent alternatives.

Utsiktspunkt på vei mot Oksen i Hardanger. Folgefonna i bakgrunnen.

Reasons to go

Oksen is situated at the intersection of the four fjords called Sørfjorden, Granvinsfjorden, Eidfjorden and the main Hardangerfjord. Few other viewpoints can match the magnificent views of the fjord nature you will enjoy from the top of Oksen.

 

Getting to the starting point of this trip is a rewarding experience in itself. Spread out along the winding road, peaceful farms and small settlements dot the beautiful landscape.

 

The hike to Oksen is steep and strenous, but you don’t need to go all the way to the top to enjoy the views.

Season and availability

This trip can be booked daily between June 1 and October 20. Please click «Book this trip now» to secure a spot.

Physical requirements

The trip to Oksen is suitable for healthy, fit people who has previous mountain hiking experience. The route includes several steep sections on rough ground. Early in the season it is common to cross patches of snow or ice, especially near the top. Expect muddy and slippery sections, especially early in the season and after rain.  Participants should expect changeable weather patterns with possibilities for wind, rain or even snow.

Necessary equipment

On this hike you will need the following equipment:

  • Sturdy hiking shoes or hiking boots.

  • Waterproof clothing (shell layer).

  • Small rucksack (20 litres).

  • An extra t-shirt and an extra sweater.

  • Beanie or a cap.

  • A buff/scarf and a pair of gloves.

  • Sun glasses and sun lotion

  • Some snacks and a water bottle.

  • Trekking poles are highly recommended.

Meeting point and practical details

​We meet outside of our office in Tre Brør Café (Google maps) near the town square in Voss at 9.00 a.m. Our office is on the first floor. We make introductions and go through our clothing and equipment before driving to the starting point. The drive takes about 55 minutes (Tjoflot) or 40 minutes (Hamre or Djønno). 

You could also meet us at the starting point of the trip. Please contact us for details.  We are back in Voss around 5 p.m.

Prices and terms

The price is NOK 1790 per person (minimum total price: NOK 3580,-). This trip is not suitable for young children.

Group sizes: 2-12 participants. Groups of 4 or more are granted a 25% group discount.

Included in the price:

  • A qualified guide during your entire trip.

  • Pre-trip practical information and service.

  • A light meal of locally crafted food, including drinks.

  • All necessary safety equipment.

  • Access to extra clothing and trekking poles free of charge.

  • Transportation from Voss to the starting point and back to Voss.

 

Not included in the price: 

Transportation to Voss ahead of the trip. 

By booking this trip, you acknowledge that you have read and agreed upon our Terms of service (pdf) and Risk and liability statement (pdf).

 

A note on responsible travel and sustainability

At Wild Voss, we put in a continuous effort to reduce the ecological and environmental impact of our trips and activities. We aim to follow the latest GSTC criteria for sustainable travel. As a participant on one of our trips, you should know the following:

  • We follow the Leave No Trace principles.

  • We make use of zero-emission infrastructure whenever possible. 

  • Our trips are on foot, skis or snowshoes, causing no emissions and limiting the impact on nature and eco systems.

  • Our guide will share knowledge about local culture, sites we visit and local customs.

  • We support responsible local businesses.

  • Your guide will advocate low-impact travel and raise the participants’ awareness of local wildlife.

  • We abide by laws and regulations concerning travel in free nature and cultural landscape.

  • We seek to minimize waste, and choose products and packaging with long life spans.

 

Reservations, questions or inquiries

Please call Øystein on +47 93484041 or email us at post@wildvoss.no

 

​Oksen trip details

  • Estimated total distance: 10-12 kilometres (depending on route alternative).

  • Estimated total duration: 6 hours car to car, including breaks.

  • Elevation gain: 1000-1200 meters, depending on route alternative.

  • Trip grading: Challenging - red. Some steep sections in rough terrain. Patches of snow.

  • Suitable for families: To the mountain farm at Vindhovden: Yes. Complete trip: No.

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