Moldbakken mountain farm

Where nature meets culture

This is a short, guided hike where you’ll learn about the ancient tradition of mountain farming. Escape the crowds and enjoy peace and tranquility in beatiful natural surroundings.

Voss has more than 300 mountain farms. Only a few of them are still in operation. Old paths and man-made structures are slowly reclaimed and erased by nature. By joining one of our guided trips to Moldbakken, you will learn about a cultural heritage that is close to 4000 years old.


Trip outline

Starting from the lovely, refurbished farm called Staup, we follow the old path up the hills towards the mountain farm called Moldbakken. The path is mostly good, with just a few wet spots. We ascend a couple of steeper sections, but this is generally an easy route to follow. On the way we stop to admire the river called Moldåni, with its famous potholes. At Moldbakken, we enjoy the views and treat ourselves with a light meal of traditional, locally produced food. We head back towards Staup, retracing our steps. This round trip typically takes 3-4 hours.


Reasons to go

This trip is relatively short, which means it fits in with most schedules. This is also a family friendly trip. The path follows a traditional route, where you can expect to learn about the local culture and meet some farm animals, too. After the trip, you’ll get the chance to purchase some of the food we tasted at a nearby farm.


Season and availability

Trips are run weekly on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays until the end of October. Departs at 10.30 a.m.  It is also possible to book this trip on a date and time that suits you better. Send us an email or call us for information about availability.


Physical requirements

This trip is suitable for healthy people with little or no hiking experience.

Necessary equipment

Hiking shoes or hiking boots, waterproof clothing (shell layer), small rucksack (20 litres), an extra shirt, an extra sweater, sunglasses, sun lotion, snacks or packed lunch, water bottle. Trekking poles are recommended. Consider bringing a towel and swimwear on a hot day, as the potholes offer a nice chance for a fresh bath.


Prices and terms

The price is NOK 790 per person. Bookings close 24 hours prior to the announced departure times. By booking this trip, you acknowledge that you have read and agreed upon our Terms of service and Risk and liability statement.

Included in the price:

  • An experienced guide during your whole trip.

  • A light meal of locally crafted food, including coffee or tea.

  • All necessary safety equipment


Not included in the price: 

  • External transport services.

​Minimum group size: 2. Maximum group size: 12. We accept larger groups on request. Please contact us for a customized experience.


How to get to the starting point

From Voss, follow E16 towards Gudvangen. After about 10 minutes (9 km) you have reached «Smalahovetunet» on your right. Exit left towards Staup, heading steeply up a gravel road. Continue for approximately 500 meters, until you reach the car park outside of the old farm called Staup.


Questions or enquiries

Please call us on +47 93484041 or email us at 

Moldbakken details

Estimated total hiking distance: 5 km.

Total ascent: 250 meters.

Estimated total duration: 3-4 hours round trip, including breaks.

Trip grading: Easy. A couple of steep sections. Partly on a gravel road. 

Family friendly: Yes. Suitable for children aged 6 and above.

Meeting point: At the car park near Staup.

Price: NOK 790,- per person. 

Transport service: Yes, but limited. Please ask us about a pick-up and transport service upon booking. An additional cost of no less than NOK 150,- per person will apply.

Public transport service available: Yes. Bus route 950 (Gudvangen) departs Voss Station at 10.10 a.m (weekdays), arriving at Smalahovetunet 10.20 a.m. Return at 2.15 p.m. from Smalahovetunet.