Hikes in Western Norway

Photo: Trolltunga. Galyna Andrushko. Colourbox.

Hikes in Western Norway

Written by: Study Bergen

Photo: Trolltunga. Galyna Andrushko. Colourbox.

There are a multitude of other hikes to experience in Vestlandet (Western Norway) the part of Norway in which Bergen is located. 

About the hikes

The following are just a few of the many hiking adventures that you can experience in Western Norway. Some of the hikes described in this section may be very challenging and/or very long. Be sure to be aware of the difficulty of any hike you are considering in advance, prepare ahead of time, and go with experienced hikers or guides if necessary. 

Preikestolen (the Pulpit Rock)

An extremely popular 6 km hike in the vicinity of Stavanger. The hike ends at a ~25 x 25 metre glacially-formed shelf looking out over Lysefjorden. Read more about Preikestolen here. Read more about getting to Preikestolen here

Getting there


Considered among the most scenic cliffs in Norway, Trolltunga juts out 700 metres above lake Ringedalsvatnet. The hike to Trolltunga is an arduous 23 km round-trip adventure and can take 10-12 hours. If you hike Trolltunga make sure you have the proper gear and fitness level, and be sure to attempt it in an appropriate season (15 June - 15 September is the most favorable time of year). Read more about Trolltunga here.   

Getting there


Hardangervidda is a plateau stretching between west and east Norway and encompasing Hardangervidda National Park as well as other protected land. The area is enormous, nearly 10,000 square metres of wilderness. Hardangervidda offers a wide variety of hikes, including long range hikes of several days to at least a week.  Read more about long range hikes on Hardangervidda here. Read more about shorter options here. Read more about getting to Hardangervidda and possibilities for accomodations here

Getting there

Options for getting to Hardangervidda include train, bus, or car.

Aurland and Aurlandsdalen

Aurland is located along Aurlandsfjorden and Nærøyrfjorden, two branches of Sognefjorden, earth's longest and deepest fjord. Its largest river valley is Aurlandsalen. Known as Norway's grand canyon, Aurlandsdalen offers opportunities for long range through hiking or shorter day hikes. Take a look at this site for some hiking ideas through the canyon, ranging 10-20 km depending on the hike. Or, try a hike that offers a spectacular view over Aurland and Aurlandsfjorden, minimum 4.5 km. 

Getting there

You can travel from Bergen to Aurland by bus, car, or ferry.

Please practice safe hiking practices while in Norway. If you are new to hiking, make sure to go with experienced hikers or join an a group that offers experienced tour leaders, such as BSI. For more information about hikes in the Bergen area, you may also wish to explore the Hiking around Bergen, Norway Facebook page

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