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Hike to Vardhaugselet from Valen

Nice walk to Varhaugselet - with a terrific view.




Folgefonna National Park

Start and stopping point

The Søsterheimen, Valen hospital


Drive into the hospital area from the highway and follow the signs for 300 meters to the Søsterheimen.


T markings and signs. Information Board by the starting point.


Red Moderate hike, two boots according to the DNT system.

Difference in altitude

80 - 700m AMSL

Estimated time

4 hours round trip

Recommended advice

The hike to Varhaugselet may be expanded to Vardhaugen and Mjelkhaug. You may want to plan the upwards trip as a round trip to Nordefjell and alternatively Olderbotnen.


Follow the forest road up the hill from Søsterheimen for 200 meter to the intersection. Then go to Varhaugselet via Nordfjell or via Olderbotn. The route via Nordefjell goes up the forest road to the left, which after 1 km turns into a path towards Kokkelberg and Nordefjell. The route via Olderbotn follows the forest road straight ahead and eventually turns into a path 1.5 km to the cabin in Olderbotn, 400m AMSL.

The open cabin is a pleasant resting place with a beautiful view. There is an easy hike up to the treeline and further ahead on more flat terrain towards Varhaugselet. The sturdy farmhouse walls were erected around 1860, and the mountain farm was being used until 1905.

The restoration has been performed by "Interesselaget for Varhaugselet" (Volunteer Organization to preserve the Varhaugselet), and the mountain farm is now open for everyone all year round.

Source: Samarbeidsrådet for Sunnhordland


Hike to Vardhaugselet from Valen

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