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Fjord Norway Vestland VIK

Vatnane – the historical cattle trail

  • Arnafjord, Vik
  • +47 57695686
  •  /  km From You

The hike to the old mountain summer farm Vatnane follows the historical cattle trail taking them to their summer grazing areas in the mountains. Have a rest at the amazing waterfall at Fosseset and enjoy amazing views on Arnafjord.

Route: Tenne - Vatnane - Tenne
Total hiking time: 4-6 hours
Total length: 6,7 km
Elevation asl./gradient: From 20 m to 990 m

Car: drive via Vik to Arnafjord and park at the gravel pit in Tenne in the innermost part of the fjord.
Bus: between Vik and Arnafjord (route 14-184) three times a week in addition to the daily school route (not running in school holidays). More information:
Driving distance from Vik: 24 km

Vatnane tourist lodge,
Tenne camp ground, Tel. +47 96 23 44 94

The hike starts at the gravel pit in Tenne and is marked with „Vatnane". The first part of the hike is rather steep and mostly in coniferous forest. But the track is in good condition. After a while, the open birch forest takes over, and at approx. 400 m asl. the mountain summer farm Fossesete invites to a rest at the nearby waterfall. Passing the tree line you soon reach the lakes Vatnavatni at approx. 800 m asl. Crossing the shallow, outflowing river you might have to take off your shoes. The mountain summer farm Vatnane consists of several private huts and cabins, one of them being a tourist lodge run by the hiking association Bergen Turlag, open for everyone. The cabin is not provisioned.

Overnight stays possible at Vatnane Tourist Lodge (6 beds) and at camp ground in Tenne which also has got cabins. Fishing in Vatnavatni only with fishing permission. From Vatnane there is access to the network of marked hiking routes in Stølsheimen.

Fishing permission is required for the lakes. Available at Vatnane tourist lodge and at JJDesign in Vik.

Be prepared for all kinds of weather, and never go hiking alone!

Hiking Map 1:50.000 Vik Municipality
Hiking Map 1:100.000 Stølsheimen
Topographic map 1:50.000 1317 III Balestrand

Closest Tourist Office:
Vik Tourist Information, Tel. +47 57 69 56 86,

  • Last Updated:
  • Source: Visit Sognefjord AS


Effort level
  • Medium
  • Forest area
  • Mountain area

Outdoor Activities

  • Daytrips (5-11 hours)


Effort Level
5 hours
Forest area
Statens Kartverk, Geovekst og kommuner - Geodata AS
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