Day trips in the summer


Finse is in a place surrounded by national parks Hardangervidda and Hallingskarvet. The popular bike route Rallarvegen also passes Finse before continuing on to Hallingskeid, Myrdal, then down to Flåm. There are many good opportunities for day trips from Finse to surrounding areas. Whether you want a short trip of 1-2 hours or to set aside the whole day, there is plenty available to you. The terrain in the area has easily traversable paths, but the landscape is also characterized by wilderness and sometimes difficult terrain. Please contact us at Finse1222 if you want any help planning your trip.

Since the weather can change very quickly here in Finse, we recommend that you bring a map and compass (and possibly GPS) when you go on a trip. Maps, compasses and some other selection of outdoor equipment can be purchased at the front desk of the hotel.

If you wish to bring a guide on your hike, for example on a route which is not ready for the season yet, we at Finse 1222 can help you with knowledgeable and local guides. The price will be arranged depending on your request.

We have collected a selection of day trips from Finse with some simple descriptions. Some of the hikes below are marked by DNT in the summer, which you can read more about here.

Day trips from Finse

JOMFRUNUT, 1471 m
Time: 1- 1 1/2 hours (Finse – Jomfrunut – Finse)
Length: 1 km each way (2 km in total)
Cross the railway line at the platform (where the are a traffic light) and up the hill next to the ski lift. At the top of the ski lift, turn right where a high cairn appears. Here you will find a great view point over Finse, the glacier and Hardangervidda national park. With soft moss to sit on and possibly a beautiful sunset in the west, this may be an especially nice trip in the afternoon or evening.

LILLE FINSENUT, 1493 m
Time: 2-3 hours (Finse – Lille Finsenut – Finse)
Length: 1,5 km each way (3 km in total)
Walk along Rallarvegen over the bridge and past the Finse tunnel.
This trip will give you a nice view over Finse, Hardangerjøkulen and the surrounding mountains, both north and south. There are a lot of flat mossy parts which are great for a lunch break. The trip is suitable for children.

SANDALSNUTEN, 1554 m
Time: 3-5 hours (Finse – Sandalsnuten – Finse)
Length: 2,5 km each way (5 km in total)
Follow the marked trail during the summer in the direction of Klemsbu / Geiterygghytta. Turn right before the summer bridge that crosses the river.Sandalsnuten is found in the national park Hallingskavet. From the top you can, if the weather permits, see Skarvheimen and its steep mountain side. The trip is suitable for children.

DNT-marked trail in the summer (July-September): Blåisen and Klembu

Blåisen, 1400 m
Time: 4 hours (Finse – Blåisen – Finse)
Length: 6 km each way (12 km in total)
Follow the T-marked trail across the dam at the east end of the Finse lake. Follow the signs towards Blåisen. Cross the summer bridge over the river. Proceed up several moraines (indicators of how large the glacier once was).Do not move up onto the ice without a guide or necessary glacier equipment! During fall, the summer bridge is taken away, so be sure that this hike is available before starting to plan the trip.

Contact Finsehytta or Finse 1222 for updated information on when the bridge is set up and taken down. The trip is suitable for slightly older children, since the walk is over a summer bridge and passes sections with trickier terrain.

Klemsbu, 1600 m
Time: 4-5 hours (Finse – Klemsbu – Finse)
Length: 6 km each way (12 km in total)
Follow the marked trail in the summer in the direction of Geiterygghytta until you reach the Klemsbu cottage. The cottage is only open for serving during weekends in the winter season. In fall, the bridge is taken away, so be sure that this route is possible before planning your trip. Contact Finsehytta or Finse 1222 for updated information on when the bridge is set up or taken down. The trip is suitable for children.

Along Rallarvegen
Time: 0.5 hours – all day
Trip to Fagernut (westerly direction)
Time: 4 hours (Finse – Fagernut – Finse)
Length: 10 km each way (20 km in total)
Trip to Oksebotn (easterly direction):
Time: 3 hours (Finse – Oksebotn – Finse)
Length: 7 km each way (14 km in total)
These hikes are suited for children and adults, as the trips take place on Rallarvegen, which is about 3 meters wide and is easily traversed. Some cottages are open for serving parts of the summer / autumn. Please contact us for more information.