Day trips in the winter


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

The 15 km long Klemsburunden is one of the most popular winter trips from Finse. Klemsbu is situated 1600 meters above sea level, and in January, a marked trail is set up from Finse to Klemsbu. This is a great day trip from the hotel, with an altitude rise of approximately 400m. 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 open almost every weekend in the winter and serves waffles, chocolate, and selected hot and cold drinks. 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. Read more about the expected time for when the paths will be opened here.

If you wish to bring a guide for a trip that is 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 of the hotel.

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

Detailed description of the routes and map of these adventures can also be viewed here: KLEMBU, KLEMSBURUNDEN, APPELSINHYTTA, JØKULHYTTA og JØKULRUNDEN.The app outtt can be downloaded from App Store or Google Play.

Day trips from Finse

KLEMSBU, 1600 m
Time: 3-4 hours (Finse – Klemsbu – Finse)
Length: 6 km each way (12 km in total)
Marked route with poles (beginning of January to the mid-May)
From Finse, the track climbs approximately 400 meters in altitude. The terrain varies from flat to somewhat steep. The cottage is only open for service during most weekends in the winter and has become a natural meeting point along the ski trip, Klemsburunden. Are you interested in working a weekend in Klemsbu? You have the opportunity to make and sell waffles and drinks, which you can read more about here. The trip is suitable for both children and adults.

KLEMSBURUNDEN, 1600 m
Time: 4 hours (Finse – Klemsbu – Finse)
Length: 14 km in total
Marked route with poles (from early March to mid-May)
Read more about the expected time for when it will be available here.

APPELSINHYTTA, 1343 m
Time: 2 hours (Finse – Appelsinhytta – Finse)
Length: 3,5 km each way (7 km in total)
Appelsinhytta is located at the foot of the glacier, Hardangerjøkulen. The first part of the tour towards the cottage goes straight across the Finse lake. 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: 4-5 hours (Finse – Jøkulhytta – Finse)
Length: 10 km each way (20 km in total)
Follow the signs to Jøkulhytta. Upon arriving at the Appelsinhytta lodge, located at 2/5 of the stretch, many choose to stop for a rest and some snacks before the steep ascent begins. 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 pay attention to weather and conditions before setting out.

JØKULRUNDEN 1850 m
Time: 6-7 hours (Finse – Jøkulhytta – Finse)
Length: 25 km in total
Follow the signs to Jøkulhytta. Upon arriving at the Appelsinhytta lodge, located roughly 2/5 along the stretch of the trip, many stop for snacks before the steep climb starts. The last distance towards Jøkulhytta is both long and steep, so we recommend having good skis. The walk to the glacier should be conducted on a fair day, so pay attention to weather and conditions before setting out. Do not move onto 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 path laid out across the glacier. Snow bridges and open cracks may otherwise be difficult to see, so stay close to the route marked with poles. Beware of the fact that wind is often stronger at the top of the glacier than lower down the mountain.

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