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Rimstigen

A historic trail in the heart of fjord nature

The Nærøyfjord is one of the most spectacular fjords of western Norway. Snowy mountains loom high above this narrow strip of greenish blue water, shedding meltwater in cascades down the sheer cliffs. The unique natural scenery and cultural landscape has granted this region a well earned spot on the UNESCO list of World Heritage sites.

The hike on the historical Rimstigen trail brings you in the heart of the fjord, far above the main touristic boat lines, into a unique natural environment.

 

Trip outline

Rimstigen is an ancient trail used by the farmers of the fjords to reach their mountain pastures in the summer. It is steep and short, and brings you from wonders to wonders. We start in the small settlement of Bakka, at sea-level, and climb up a steep forested mountain side, up to a one-of-a-kind hanging valley: Rimstigbotnen, at more than 700m over sea-level.

The figures may look impressive, but the trail is good, and anyone fit enough for a day out walking can make it. And no doubt about it, the stunning views you get along the way are worth the effort! The bonus: you will enjoy these views twice and with different lights, as we go down the same way in the afternoon.

Reasons to go

You will get this unique fjord-hiking experience you are looking for when visiting western Norway. Stunning landcapes, wild nature, and no crowds here - a big difference with Trolltunga and Prekkestolen!

Season and availability

Trips are run daily on request from 10 May 2020 to 31 October 2020.  

During the busiest weeks of summer, we might not have available guides every day. We’ll still try to find a solution for you.

Practical details

Meet outside the café called Tre Brør near the town square of Voss at 09:15 a.m.. We meet and greet and go through our equipment and clothing.

We then drive to our starting point, Tufto near the settlement of Bakka in the Nærøyfjord.  We return to Voss around 5 p.m. , depending on the group's preferences. 

​You are free to use your own clothes, as long as they are considered adequate by your guide.

Physical requirements

This is a medium hike. This trip is suitable for healthy people who would like to spend a day in peaceful, unspoiled nature.

 

This trip takes you to the heart of a narrow fjord, which means we are normally sheltered from strong winds and inclement weather. A little experience of hiking is an advantage.

Necessary equipment

On this hike you will need the following equipment:

  • Sturdy hiking shoes or hiking boots.

  • Waterproof clothing (shell layer).

  • Small rucksack (20 litres).

  • An extra t-shirt and a warm sweater.

  • Beanie or knit cap and gloves.

  • Sunglasses and sun lotion

  • Some snacks or packed lunch and a water bottle.

  • Trekking poles are recommended.

You can take a bathing costume and a towel for a dip in the fjord after the hike, if time allows!

Prices and terms

The price for adults is NOK 1450 per person. The price for children aged 8-14 is NOK 990 per person. Minimum age is 8 years old. Special prices for families.

 

Group sizes: 1-10 participants.

Included in the price:

  • An experienced, multilingual guide during your trip.

  • A light meal of locally crafted food, including hot drinks – prepared on a stove.

  • All necessary safety equipment.

  • Access to extra clothing and trekking poles free of charge.

  • Transportation to the starting point and back to Voss, if needed.

Not included in the price: 

Transportation to Voss prior to the trip. 

By booking this trip, you acknowledge that you have read and agreed upon our Terms of service and our Risk and liability statement.

A note on responsible travel and sustainability

Wild Voss make a continuous effort in reducing the ecological impact of our trips and activities. We aim to follow the latest GSTC criteria for sustainable travel. As a participant on one of our trips, you should know the following:

  • We follow the Leave No Trace principles.

  • We make use of zero-emission infrastructure whenever possible. 

  • Our trips are on foot, skis or snowshoes, causing no emissions and limiting the impact on nature and eco systems.

  • Our guide will share knowledge about local culture, sites we visit and local customs.

  • We support responsible local businesses.

  • Your guide will advocate low-impact travel and raise the participants’ awareness of local wildlife.

  • We abide by laws and regulations concerning travel in free nature and cultural landscape.

  • We seek to minimize waste, and choose products and packaging with long life spans.

 

Reservations, questions or inquiries

Please call Øystein on +47 93484041 or email us at post@wildvoss.no 

Rimstigen trip details

Estimated total distance    :      Approx. 7 km.

Estimated total duration    :      5 hours from car to car, including breaks.

Total ascent                          :     Approx. 750 meters.

Trip grading                          :     Moderate (blue)

Family friendly                     :     Yes. Suitable for kids aged 8 and above.