The prize when arriving at the summit of Mt Bakkanosi is a fantastic view down to the UNESCO Protected Nærøyfjord, 1398 meters below you.
The hike to Mt Bakkanosi is long, and the trail is not marked. You should be an experienced hiker, the weather should be nice, and you should know how to use map and compass. Map to use: Nærøyfjorden 1:50 000.
The start at Jordalen
Drive the road to Jordalen in Voss Municipality and park the car at Jordalen School. The hike starts at the scool, then follow the road (only a few meters) to the other side of the Slettedalselvi River and then follow the tractor road that starts by the main road.
The Slettedalen Valley
The hike is 9-10 kilometer long (one way) from the start at Jordalen (560 masl) to the summit at Mt Bakkanosi (1398 masl). The first 2 -3 kilometers are along a steep tractor road to Slettedalsstølen Mountain Pasture (860 masl). Then a three kilometer gentle trail along the Slettedalen Valley before the steeper part up to Lake Slettedalstjørni and to Lyngsskardet (1327 masl).
The view down to the Nærøyfjord
Here you have the first glimpse of the Nærøyfjord. Then gentle and rocky trail towards Bakkanosi and the great view down to the Nærøyfjord. The trail is not marked, it can be challenging to find the trail in the upper rocky part. Try to follow the cairns, they show the way to the summit at Bakkanosi, 1398 masl.
The return is the same trail back to Jordalen.
IMPORTANT NOTICE – Hiking to Mt Bakkanosi
- Steep edges down towards the Nærøyfjord at the summit, keep safe distance to the edge!
- The hike to Mt Bakkanosi is 20 kilometers in total, and normal time to use is approximately 8 hours. It is a challenging hike.
- Season: July – September, depending of the amount of snow in the mountains.
- Use map and compass. Map to use: Nærøyfjorden 1:50 000.
- You should be an experienced hiker, and the weather should be nice.
- The weather can change dramatically in the mountains. This is why you have to follow the Norwegian Mountain Code when hiking in the Norwegian Mountains, it can change from summer and sunny weather to winter and frost in minutes.
The Nærøyfjord is one of the worlds most beautiful and dramatic fjords. It is included in UNESCO´s World Heritage List. Join a Fjord Safari, a Fjord Cruise or experience the fjord in a kayak. See the view from Stegastein Viewpoint or taste the local Goat Cheese in Undredal by the Aurlandsfjord. The Nærøyfjord and Aurlandsfjord are part of the 204 kilometer long Sognefjord which is located in the northern part of the county of Vestland, in the middle of Western Norway.