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Bordalsgjelet Gorge

Bordalsgjelet Gorge Photo: Svein Ulvund
Bordalsgjelet Gorge Photo: Svein Ulvund
Bordalsgjelet is a truly spectacular gorge. The purpose-built path there provides the opportunity to see the potholes and the gorge at close range.

Hike facts

Effort level
  • Easy
  • 2 hours
May - November

Contact information


There is a marked trail leading from the town centre in Voss to Bordalsgjelet gorge. Go past the church and follow the gravel path alongside Vangsvatnet lake towards Prestegardsmoen. Cross the small suspension bridge over the river Vosso at the end of Prestegardsmoen and follow signs for Bordalsgjelet gorge. 

Bordalsgjelet is a spectacular natural attraction within walking distance from the town centre. The deep and imposing Bordalsgjelet has been adapted for the visiting public with an information board, a viewpoint and benches for resting tired legs. When the ground isn’t hidden by snow it is possible to follow a purposely-built path that guides you to the gorge. Here you can experience an impressive view of the potholes that have been formed by the ice and river over a period of many thousands of years. Always remember to keep to the marked trails for your own safety!

Distance: 5 km and a 90 minute return trip from Voss town centre
Climb: 50 m
Season: May - November
Level of difficulty: Green (easy)
Starting point: Voss town centre / Prestegardsmoen
Map reference: Brochures and hiking maps are available from the Voss tourist information office.
Comments: Follow the purposely-built path towards the gorge and do not attempt to climb over the fence!


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Walking (45 mins): Walk from Voss Tourist Information to Vangskyrkja Church and in to Prestegardsmoen. Follow the gravel road and cross the footbridge over the river Vosso. Walk up to Gjernesvegen (look for the sign to Bordalsgjelet) and follow the road to the right until you see a car park on the left. By car (10 mins): From Voss town centre, follow Uttrågata and then Gjernesvegen. Park in the car park on the left.


  • Nature and terrain

    • nature
    • river
    • hiking area
    • gorges
  • Grading

    • easy
  • Season

    • august
    • may
    • june
    • september
    • july
    • november
    • october
  • Distance

    • length in km (5)
  • Duration

    • 2 hours
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Bordalsgjelet Gorge - Photo: Svein Ulvund

Bordalsgjelet Gorge

There is a marked trail leading from the town centre in Voss to Bordalsgjelet gorge. Go past the church and follow the gravel path alongside Vangsvatne...

Bordalsgjelet Gorge

Source: Visitnorway


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