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Walking / hiking in Lofthus and area

General information:

All trips are divided into different walking levels to make your planning easier. 
Level I = Easy 
Level II = Intermediate
Level III = Demanding
Level IV = Expert

2) (*) A map is available at our reception free of charge.
(**) Signposts (relevant information on the topic) along all those walks in the following languages:  Norwegian – English – German – Japanese – Chinese – Russian

With starting point in Hotel Ullensvang:

HARDANGER FRUIT TRAIL WALK (*/**) - I
Duration: 20 min to 2 hours (roundtrip), depending on your preferences

Ullensvang is the largest fruit garden in Norway, boasting over 500,000 fruit trees. It all began over 800 years ago on the farm Opedal here in Lofthus. Hardanger Fruit Trail takes you on a journey through the heart of Norwegian fruit production. Follow the ten signposts situated along local roads and fruit gardens and learn more about fruit farming and local history while enjoying the beautiful scenery.

“Elvadalen” Valley – RIVER VALLEY WALK (*/**) - II
Duration: 2 – 2.5 hours (roundtrip)

Combine the fruit trail walk with the Elvadalen river valley walk which leads along the river “Opo”. At the very end of the valley, you can experience the waterfalls at close range. “Bjødnebøkse” is situated on the left hand side and on the right hand side, at 400 meters, you’ll have “Skrikjo”.

MOUNTAIN TRAIL WALK – The Monk Steps (*/**) - IV
Duration Mountain Trail Walk: 8-9 hours (roundtrip)
Duration Monk Steps: 5 hours (return trip)

Experience Hardanger’s culture and stunning nature on this adventurous walk. Starting off in Lofthus by the fjord, you’ll walk through the forest passing the famous “Monk Steps”, before reaching the Hardangervidda plateau where you’ll have a spectacular view of the fjord and Folgefonna glacier, 1,040m above sea level. Crossing the river, you’ll return to Lofthus down the narrow path ”Frøyneslia”. Along the trail you’ll encounter seven decorative and informative displays to guide you on your walk. Alternatively, you can walk back the same road after having inspected “The Monk Steps” instead of continuing to “Frøyneslia”. This return trip will take you approx. 5 hours.



With different starting points:


HM QUEEN SONJA’S PANORAMIC HIKING TRAIL (*) - IV
Driving time from Hotel Ullensvang to Røte: 10 min (one way)
Use the car/tractor road from the petrol station in Kinsarvik up to the right (South) to Røte.
Duration: 6 hours

This hiking trail is the only one of its kind to be honored with using Her Majesty, Queen Sonja’s title. In the past 20 years, this trail around Hotel Ullensvang has become one of her favorites which she explores either by foot or on skis. The trail begins at Røte (“Velteplassen”), situated 6 km North of Hotel Ullensvang (between Lofthus and Kinsarvik), one is then urged to continue up the tractor road to the Hardangervidda situated 890 m.a.s.l. where the newly marked trail starts. The local Lion’s Club has marked the route by instructions of HM Queen Sonja. The word Panoramic describes the view in all its glory, overlooking the South Fjord into Odda and the Folgefonna glacier and Eidfjord towards the Hardanger Bridge. The scenery continues to lead your eyes to the Hardangerfjord looking over into Kvanndal and Utne and the small arm of Kinsofjord into the village of Kinsarvik. The total time required is approximately 6 hours. The descending part of this trail to Lofthus / Hotel Ullensvang is through 616 steps made by local monks which began in the year 1210 and was finished in 1537, now known as “The Monk Steps”.

Heng – A GLIMPSE OF THE PANORAMIC HIKING TRAIL (*) - III
Driving time from Hotel Ullensvang to Røte: 10 min (one way) 
Duration: 2.5 hours (return trip)

Doing this hike is giving you an introduction to HM Queen Sonja’s Panoramic Hiking Trail. You start as well at Røte (“Velteplassen”), situated 6 km North of Hotel Ullensvang (between Lofthus and Kinsarvik) and continue up the tractor road to the Hardangervidda situated 890 m.a.s.l. Once you arrive on top, spectacular views over the whole Hardangerfjord are guaranteed!

Husedalen / WATERFALL TRAIL  (*/**) - III
Driving time from Hotel Ullensvang to Kinsarvik: 10 min (one way)
Duration: 3 - 4 hours (return trip) – the easiest way to reach The Hardangervidda

Visit Husedalen – a beautiful valley in the heart of Hardanger concealing four extraordinary waterfalls. Along the trail you will find eight decorative and informative displays, themed around the local history and natural heritage of Kinsarvik, the Hardangervidda plateau, and the unique Husedalen. With the centre of Kinsarvik as the starting point, the route leads all the way up to the national park border and reservoir inlet of the Tveitafoss power station. Having a car to get to the starting point is recommended.


Glacier walks on the FOLGEFONNA GLACIER, Norway’s third largest glacier

FROM JONDAL - II
Driving time from Hotel Ullensvang to Jondal: 1 hour (one way)
Driving time from Hotel Ullensvang to the ski centre: 1.5 hours (one way)

Contact: www.folgefonni-breforarlag.no
Tel: (+47) 55 29 89 21(+47) 55 29 89 21/ (+47) 95 11 77 92 
Season: 1. May – 30. September (approx.)
Min. age: 8 years

Outdoor adventures in Jondal and in Folgefonna National Park. Daily guided glacier hikes to Juklavassbreen glacier: 4 – 6 hours. Difficulty level tailored for guests.

FROM ODDA - III
Driving time from Hotel Ullensvang to Odda: 35 min (one way)

Contact: www.flatearth.no / Tel: (+47) 47 60 68 47(+47) 47 60 68 47 
Season: 15. June – 1. September (approx.)

Guided Glacier tour into the blue ice. Includes crossing a river and you will have the opportunity to climb crevasses. Physically demanding tour.

Glacier walks on the BUERDALEN GLACIER - III 
Driving time from Hotel Ullensvang to Buer: 40 min (one way)            
Duration walk: 3 hours (return trip)

Contact: www.flatearth.no / Tel: (+47) 47 60 68 47(+47) 47 60 68 47 or 
www.visitodda.com / Tel: (+47) 53 65 40 05(+47) 53 65 40 05 
Season: 15. June – 1. September (approx.)

The Buer glacier is an arm of the Folgefonna glacier. From the parking lot, you can already see the glacier from a distance. There are marked footpaths to the edge of the glacier. Guided glacier tours on the Buer glacier by FlatEarth Adventures.

VIA FERRATA in Tyssedal  - III
Driving time from Hotel Ullensvang to Tyssedal: 25 min (one way) 
Duration: 4 – 6 hours (roundtrip)

Min. age: 15 years
Contact: www.opplevodda.com / Tel: (+47) 90 82 45 72

Tysso via ferrata is a climbing route that requires no previous climbing experience. You get the necessary equipment and climb with a guide from Opplev Odda.


SKJEGGEDAL in Tyssedal  - I - III
Driving time from Hotel Ullensvang to Skjeggedal: 40 min (one way) 
Duration (from power station Mågeli): 2 hours or more

A beautiful valley with many walking possibilities. You can visit “Ringedalsdammen” (an artificial lake), either by driving all the way, or by walking up to Mågeli power station. There, you will find an old wire-cable cart. If you walk up next to the old cable track (600 steps) you have the possibility to walk further into North-Europe’s largest mountain plateau, “The Hardangervidda”. A breathtaking scenery is expecting you.


TROLLTUNGA (The Troll’s tongue)  - IV
Driving time from Hotel Ullensvang to Skjeggedal: 40 min (one way) 
Duration: 8 – 10 hours (return trip)

Min. age: 15 years
Contact: www.opplevodda.com / Tel: (+47) 90 82 45 72


In 2012, Tripadvisor has rated Trolltunga as number 4 of the 10 awe-inspiring places around the world. From Tyssedal you can drive to Skjeggedal. From there you start your hike to Trolltunga. Ascent: around 1000 metres. Information and hiking maps can be obtained at the Odda tourist office. Sturdy hiking boots are recommended. Bring enough food and water. No mobile phone coverage. The hike requires good physical condition.