Peak ascent of Lønahorgi across Svartahorgi
This trip follows the same route as the cultural hike to Årdalen up to the tree line. From Årdalen, we make our own way north towards the ridge called Svartahorgi (1037 m). The view gets increasingly greater as we follow the curving ridge across rocky ground and snow patches towards the top of Lønahorgi (1410). Right at the top sits the iconic radio tower, where we get to celebrate ourselves on reaching this superb viewpoint. Weather permitting, we enjoy a bite to eat and regain strength as we take in the view of the far away mountains and glaciers.
We return the same way we came up, or head south along a gravel road towards Voss Resort and the new gondola on top of Hanguren. The distance will be approximately the same whichever return option we go for. Congratulations - you have now made a complete ascent of Horgi!
- Estimated total distance: 15-17 km, depending on our ambition level.
- Estimated total duration: 8 hours, excluding bus transport.
- Total ascent: 1400 metres.
- Trip grading: Demanding. Rugged terrain above the treeline. Risk of inclement weather.
- Family friendly: No. Lower age limit: 12 years old.
- Accessible by public transportation: Yes.
Season and availability:
Can be booked daily from June 15 to October 15.
During the busiest weeks of summer, we might not have available guides every day. Please don’t hesitate to send us an email to [email protected] if it looks like the trip is unavailable online. We’ll try to find a solution for you.
Reasons to go:
This is a demanding and beautiful ascent, covering a wide variety of terrain types. We follow lovely creeks and rivers, grazing grounds and open pine forests. The nature has a more pristine character on this side of Lønahorgi.
Learn about local farming and cultural traditions as we pass several mountain farms, including Staup. Enjoy the view of the wild, sheer cliffs of Lønahorgi's east pillar, and the marvellous views of the nearby mountain plateaus and glaciers.
This trip starts off easily on good paths, but gets more rugged and demanding above the treeline.
This trip is suitable for healthy, fit people with some hiking experience from mountain terrain.
Necessary equipment for the hike:
- Sturdy hiking shoes or hiking boots.
- Waterproof clothing (shell layer).
- Small rucksack (20 litres).
- An extra t-shirt and an extra sweater.
- Beanie or knit cap.
- Sunglasses and sun lotion
- Some snacks or packed lunch and a water bottle.
- Trekking poles are recommended.
Meeting point and practical details:
Meet at our guide's office on the first floor of Tre Brør Café near the town square at 10 a.m.
This trip corresponds well with the train departing Bergen at 8.39 a.m, arriving Voss at 9.53 a.m.
We catch a bus departing Voss City Hall at 10.10 a.m. The bus ride takes around 15 minutes. If you'd rather use your private car to get to the meeting point, feel free to make arrangements directly with your guide.
We’ll be back at Voss around 7 p.m.
Prices and terms:
The price is NOK 1490 per person.
Group sizes: 1-10 participants. Groups of more than five earn a 20 % group discount.
Included in the price:
- An experienced, multilingual guide during your trip.
- A light meal of locally crafted food, including hot drinks – prepared on a stove.
- All necessary safety equipment.
- Access to extra clothing and trekking poles free of charge.
- Transportation by public bus service to the starting point and back.
Not included in the price:
Transportation to or from Voss.
How do I get there with a private car?
From Voss, follow E16 north towards Løno, around 9 km. At the Smalahovetunet exit (signs), exit left and follow the steep, gravel road up to the parking near Staup.
A note on responsible travel and sustainability:
Wild Voss make a continuous effort in reducing the ecological 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.