Centred around the villages of Vinje and Oppheim, Vossestrand is a historic municipality in Norway’s Hordaland county. It was established in 1868 and existed until 1964 when it was merged with neighbouring Evanger and Voss. Today, the area encompasses the Myrkdalen ski resort and the photogenic Tvindefossen, as well as several family-friendly activities.
Things to do in Vossestrand
A short drive north of Vinje is Myrkdalen, the largest ski resort in western Norway. It features around 30 kilometres of wide slopes to suit skiers of all ability levels, as well as several terrain parks and thrilling off-piste terrain. If you’re visiting in the summer months, the area transforms into a mountain biker’s paradise.
If you drive in the other direction from Vinje you’ll arrive at Tvindefossen, a 116-metre-high cascade that tumbles over a cliff along the Strandaelvi River. It was famously painted by the Norwegian Romantic artist Johan Christian Dahl in 1830. A hiking trail leads to the top of Tvindefossen and offers superb views across the surrounding valley.
Travelling with kids? They’ll love spending an afternoon at the Voss Active High Rope & Zip-Line Park, which features several ropes courses and zip-lines to challenge all ages. There are four mini courses designed specifically for young children, as well as two main courses for testing your balance, climbing skills and agility. Combine your visit with a stop at the nearby Voss Paintball for an adrenalin-pumping game in its forested setting.
Getting around Vossestrand
Vossestrand is around two hours’ drive from Bergen and Bergen Airport, which has flights to destinations across Europe. Buses are the main means of getting to Vinje while having your own vehicle is the best way of exploring the surrounding area.