Day trips in the winter


The terrain around Finse features overwhelming mountains, sparkling glaciers and captivating viewpoints. Finse is known for good snow, a long skiing season and many tour alternatives in the areas of Hallingskarvet, Hardangerjøkulen and Finsenut.

The 15 km long Klemsburunden is one of the most popular winter trips at Finse. Klemsbu is situated 1600 meters above sea level, and in January a path goes from Finse to Klemsbu. This is a great day trip from the hotel with an increase of approximately 400m in altitude. From the beginning of February, there are two staked trails from Finse to Klemsbu, one which is west-facing and one which is east facing. The Klemsbu cottage is opened almost every weekend in the winter and serves waffles, chocolate, hot and cold drinks from the menu. On the notice board at the hotel, you can read more about the business hours for specific weekends.

DNT is responsible for most of the walks around Finse such as Finse to Krækkja and Finse to Geiterygghytta. See more information about the expected time for when the paths will be opened here.

If you wish to bring a guide for your hike that are not marked, we at Finse1222 can assist with knowledgeable and local guides. Price depends on request.

We recommend using a map and compass (and possibly GPS) when you go on a trip from Finse, as the weather can change quickly. Map and any outdoor equipment can be purchased at the front desk at our hotel Finse1222.

We have made a list below of day trips from Finse with some simple descriptions. All tours are marked but can be sometimes be closed because of the weather and snow.

Day trips from Finse:

Klemsbu, 1600 m
Time: Up / Down 3-4 hours
Length: 14 km
Marked route with poles (beginning of January to the middle of the middle of May)
From Finse the trip goes up 400 meters in altitude. The terrain varies from being flat to somewhat steep hills. The cottage is only open for service most weekends in winter and has become a natural meeting point in the skiing trip Klemsburunden. Do you want to work a weekend at Klemsbu? You could be responsible for making and sell waffles and drinks, you can find more information here. The trip is suitable for both children and adults.

KLEMSBURUNDEN, 1600 m
Time: Up / down 4 hours
Length: 15 km
Marked route with poles (from early March to mid-May)
DNT is responsible for the quality of the slopes / trails. Read more about the expected time for when it will be available here.

APPELSINHYTTA, 1343 m
Time: Up / down 2 hours
Length: 5 km
Appelsinhytta is located beneath the glacier Hardangerjøkulen. The first part of the tour towards the cottage goes straight over the Finse water. Follow the signs towards Hardangerjøkulen. The cottage is only serviced at Easter and on May 17th. The tour is suited for small children and people with very little / no experience of skiing.

JØKULHYTTA 1850 m
Time: Up / Down 4-5 hours
Length: 20 km
Follow the signs to Jøkulhytta. Upon arriving at the Appelsinhytta lodge, located 2/5 of the stretch, many stops for snacks before the steep climb starts. The last ground against Jøkulhytta is both long and steep, so it pays to have good skis. The cottage is only serviced at Easter and on May 17th. The trip is suitable for experienced skiers. The walk to the glacier should be conducted on a fair day, so show pay attention to weather and road conditions.

JØKULRUNDEN 1850 m
Time: Up / Down 6-7 hours
Length: 25 km
Follow the signs to Jøkulhytta. Upon arriving at the Appelsinhytta lodge, located 2/5 of the stretch, many stops for snacks before the steep climb starts. The last ground against Jøkulhytta is both long and steep, so it pays to have good skis. The walk to the glacier should be conducted on a fair day, so show pay attention to weather and road conditions. Do not move on to the glacier if there are strong winds and / or bad weather. Do not cross over the glacier if it is not ready yet. Always follow the made path over the glacier. Snow bridges and open cracks may otherwise be difficult to see, therefore, be close to the route marked with poles. Beware of the fact that wind is stronger at the top of the glacier than lower down the mountain.

Read more about the actual trip: Jøkulrunden and precautions for the trip can be found here.