Experience the wilderness in walking distance from the center of Voss! The deep and dramatic Bordalsgjelet (gorge) is accessible to the public with information boards, viewpoints and benches. When there is snow and ice it can be very slippery and dangerous. Here you get a good view of the great "jettegrytene" (pot-holes), and waterfalls. But...more
Stone church from 1277.The Church has no traditional baptismal font but an angel bought in Copenhagen around 1820. It is a life-size white painted wooden figure that holds the baptismal bowl in his hands. It hangs from the roof and is lowered when there is baptism in the church.more
Take the rope way "Dinglo and Danglo" up to Hanguren, with beautiful views of Voss. From here you can walk back down to Vangen (centre of Voss) via Raugstad. Opposite direction: From Vossevangen drive, take the Buss "Sivlevegen" or walk up Sivlevegen and Raugstadvegen to the end. Continue on the gravel road to the right up trough the farm Raugstad....more
Voss is an eldorado of extreme sports. They even have an own week dedicated to different extreme sports - "Ekstremsportsveko" which takes place 25.June - 2.July. If you're into sports like rafting, rappelling, canyoing, fishing, hiking, riverboarding etc., I reccomend you to get in contact with Voss Rafting Centre. (check out my rafting and...more
The oldest secular wooden building in Norway, Finnesloftet was built in the 13th century. It is a wooden hall that can be seen among a range of much younger houses towering over the Voss lake Vangsvatnet. A lot of the techniques building this house were taken from the stavechurch building. The house is open to visitors in july and on request also...more
This is a fantastic cafe in the centre of Voss. It does great coffee, I mean REALLY great coffee and lovely fresh food. They also serve local, and very tasty, beer!This cafe is so much more as they host events and display art etc.The staff are lovely and the building is beautiful, it also has a great outside space where you can enjoy the sun, when...more
Park Voss Hotel's main restaurant.A nice restaurant with lak views.Good menu with local food. I had the fish soup to start, very tasty. Then I had the Reindeer, this was a huge plate of food and it came with lots of potato gratin - yum! For pudding panna cotta with berries and passion fruit sorbet - lovely.We found that ordering a magnum of wine...more
Voss is on the main line between Bergen and Oslo, maybe one hour only from Bergen. Also a good place to start the Norway in a nutshell tour.
I know I've mentioned this already in my review of the Park Hotel but...
The Norwegians seem to only have Earl Grey tea in hotels and cafes, if you prefer bog standard 'pg tips' style tea best to bring your own teabags!
Not among Voss' most advertised features is the canyon of Bordalsgjelet. A humble signpost suggests some paths, the rest is up to the visitor to be found.
The canyon is cut deep into the stone and there is still a white and foaming river at the bottom. A path is made for people to get further into it and to enjoy the spectacular view. It leads mainly underneath overhanging rocks, little stream coming down on the side and the noise of the water is ear-battering. There are many pot-holes in the rocks as well - called Jettegryte in Norwegian, the cooking pot of the witch Jette, and you can imagine how she is cooking there.
Well worth a little tour, especially on a hot summer day as it stays nice and cool there all the time. If you are lucky you can also spot some interesting animals there, among them the Dipper, the Norwegian National Bird.
I must be honest - I used to be TERRIFIED of just the thought of rappelling. I had decided I would never ever take part in this insanity. However - I sometimes get this urge to challenge myself, so I just closed my eyes and did it. And it turned out to be FUN!Guides will tell you exactly what to do all the time, and you feel secure all the way. The...more
Voss with its many rivers has excellent rafting opportunities. And the rainy weather that often appears in this part of Norway, is only a pro! Whether you are a beginner or trained, Voss has got a river suitable for you! River water is cold! In summertime you may manage with a swimsuit, but I prefer to use wool under my wet suit. Wet suit, shoes,...more