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Ski touring at Vatnahalsen
Vatnahalsen train station
Vatnahalsen.
Photo: Sverre Hjørnevik
Vatnahalsen station (811 m.a.s.l.).
Photo: Øyvind Waitz

Ski touring in Vatnahalsen
and Myrkdalen

Combine an unforgettable ski touring experience in the Voss area with a truly spectacular train journey on the Flåm railway.

Even though the Flåm railway only takes around one hour, it is one of the most celebrated rail trips in Europe, if not the world.

Navigating past breathtaking fjords, majestic mountains and shimmering lakes, the journey between the mountain station of Myrdal and Flåm offers jaw-dropping panoramas at every turn. Going from around 1,000 metres above the ocean down to sea-level, it is also one of the steepest in the world.

From Myrdal, you have easy access to a number of excellent skiing runs. The location near the Storeskavlen glacier, between the weather systems of the west and the east, produces fantastic powder snow that lends itself perfectly for backcountry skiing adventures.

A great base on your skiing trip is the Vatnahalsen Hotel, conveniently positioned at the top of the mountain, close to the Flåm railway. The hotel is easily accessible from the international airports of Oslo and Bergen via the Bergen railway, which stops in Myrdal.

At Vatnahalsen, you also have Fjord Norway’s largest skiing resort Myrkdalen within easy reach. Offering slopes to put every skill level to the test, Myrkdalen has terrain parks, ski cross slopes and great off-piste terrain. With an annual snowfall of around five metres, it makes a great alternative to ski touring. Myrkdalen is easily accessible by train from Voss, which is on the same train line as Vatnahalsen.

Stay safe and find out about the avalanche risk before you set out. Read more about safety in the mountains here and about local conditions on varsom.no.

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    Getting here and around

    Get in-depth travel information at Voss' official website.

    • Voss train (ski touring)

      By train

      There are several daily departures to Voss from both Oslo (6 hours) and Bergen (1 hour and 15 minutes). There is a shuttle service from Voss to Myrkdalen.

      The Flåm Railway ("Flåmsbana") loops its way from Myrdal to Flåm, nestled 865 metres below in the innermost corner of the Aurlandfjord. Vatnahalsen is only accessible by train.

    • Voss road (ski touring)

      By road

      It is relatively easy to get to Myrkdalen by car. The road E16 (the main route between Bergen and Oslo) goes through Voss, from where you can take Rv13 to Myrkdalen.

      Many express buses serve Voss from elsewhere in Norway.

    • Voss plane (ski touring)

      By plane

      Bergen Airport is the closest gateway for both international and domestic arrivals to Myrkdalen and Vatnahalsen. Travel time from Bergen to Voss is around 1,5 hours.

      You can also fly to Oslo and jump on the train towards Bergen. The travel time from Oslo to Voss is around 5,5 hours.

       

    Safety in the mountains

    Norway is an incredible place to explore, with untamed mythical landscapes, mountains, valleys, and fjords. Before you enter the outdoors, get familiar with the nine simple rules of the Norwegian mountain code to help you stay safe.

    1. Plan your trip and inform others about the route you have selected.
    2. Adapt the planned routes according to ability and conditions.
    3. Pay attention to the weather and the avalanche warnings. This is especially the case for ski tourers - check the current situation in your area on varsom.no and make sure you follow the advise given.
    4. Be prepared for bad weather and frost, even on short trips.
    5. Bring the necessary equipment so you can help yourself and others.
    6. Choose safe routes. Recognize avalanche terrain and unsafe ice.
    7. Use a map and a compass. Always know where you are.
    8. Don’t be ashamed to turn around.
    9. Conserve your energy and seek shelter if necessary.

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