Vinddalen to Skåpet Hiking Trail

Enjoy an easy hike up the valley to the incredible modern cabins at Skåpet

Essential info

  • Destination: Stavanger
  • Season: January-December
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Distance: 6.8 kilometers (out‑and‑back)
  • Elevation Gain: 220 meters
  • Duration: 3-4 hours

About Vinddalen to Skåpet

A nice, family-friendly hike up Vinddalen valley to the modern cabins at Skåpet. Make it an overnight stay at the new cabins or enjoy a day-trip up the beautiful valley.

Getting there


From Stavanger, follow road E39 south for 19 kilometers through Sandnes. Take the exit following road 13. At the roundabout, keep right towards road 13 Røldal. Stay on this road (Noredalsveien) until it becomes road 508. Road 508 eventually connects with road 13 again which you will follow east for another 3 kilometers until you reach the Lauvvik ferry terminal.

Take the Lauvvika-Oanes/Rv13 ferry across to Oanes and follow road 13 for another 3 kilometers until turning right onto the bridge towards Forsand and Lysebotn. Continue straight for about 3 kilometers until turning left onto county road 491 towards Øvre Espedal. Stay on road 491 for 16.5 kilometers until continuing straight and following signs towards Vinddal. The roads become relatively unmarked the further you drive, so follow directions to the designated parking lot to ensure you go the right way. 

Trail description

From the parking lot, cross the bridge and follow the 3.4-kilometer long trail north towards Skåpet. The gradual incline will take you along the left side of the river for about 500 meters until you will cross another bridge and continue along the right side. 

Continue hiking north for another kilometer until you walk through an open marsh area. This area can be wet so be sure you are wearing the correct footwear. After the marsh, the trail will turn northeast and continue the gradual climb for the final 2 kilometers until you reach the cabins and small lake at Skåpet. 


  • Family-friendly hike
  • Recommendation: wear water-proof hiking shoes
  • Well-maintained and marked trail


  • Parking 

Where to stay

  • Skåpet cabins - The DNT cabins located at the end of the hike. Visit the website to book the cabin or call +47 51 84 02 00.


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