Gråsidetoppen Hiking Trail
Challenge yourself to a great hike with amazing views over Voss
- Destination: Voss
- Season: June–November
- Difficulty: Medium
- Distance: 13.7 kilometers (out‑and‑back)
- Elevation Gain: 930 meters
- Duration: 5–6 hours
Enjoy a hike in the beautiful Norwegian forests above Voss and experience firsthand the nature which has made this region so famous. Gråsidetoppen is a longer hike and has a nearly 1000-meter altitude increase but the views are well worth the effort.
From Bergen, follow road E16 east towards Oslo for 75 kilometers until reaching Voss. Take the exit towards Voss "sentrum". Continue driving along E16 through Voss, over the river, and then taking a righthand turn towards Gjernes. Stay on this road for a little over 2 kilometers until turning left onto Giljavegen. Drive for another 2.5 kilometers until you reach a road on your right. You can either park here or drive up the farm road for another 500 meters until reaching the trailhead for Gråsidetoppen.
Take the ØstVestEkspressen bus from Bergen to Voss. This route departs Bergen at 9:10am everyday and arrives at Voss station at 10:50am. Book your ticket on the ØstVestEkspressen here.
From Voss Station, you can hire a taxi or walk the 5 kilometers to the trailhead.
From the start of the trail, the route is well-marked and takes you up a steady climb for nearly 7 kilometers. After the first 1.5 kilometers, you will come to an unmanned DNT cabin. If you have a DNT membership and key, you have the option to stay overnight here.
After 4 kilometers, the incline will level out a little bit but you still need to climb up 100 meters in the final 2.5 kilometers. At the 5.5 kilometer mark, you need to keep right and head west to the peak of Gråsidetoppen. Return back to the starting point along the same route.
- Bring comfortable footwear for hiking, extra clothing layers, waterproof jacket, snacks, water or hydrating drink, sunscreen.
- Rosethytta: the unmanned DNT cabin is available for overnight accommodation if you have a DNT membership and key. It is located 1.5 kilometers south of the Gråsidetoppen trailhead.
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