The view from Hovdungo Mountain Pasture is formidable. Here you look straight down to Aurland and the Aurlandsfjord, and over to Stegastein and Aurlandsfjellet on the other side of the valley.
The hike up to Hovdungo takes about an hour. There is a steady climb and some steeper sections along the trail that are well marked.
Driving up to Vikesland – the start of the hike to Hovdungo
To get to the starting point for the hike to Hovdungo, you have to take off from the main road between Flåm and Aurland to the small village Onstad, around 150 meters before you drive into the Onstad tunnel on the western side of the tunnel. From Onstad you drive up Liavegen. About 200 meters before Liavegen ends, turn right and follow Vikeslandvegen to Vikesland Farm. Here you can park along the road, just before the tollroad starts.
The hike to Hovdungo
Follow the toll road until you reach an area with cultivated land, here the start of the trail is marked with a sign to Hovdungo. This is also the starting point for other great hikes, among others to Vikesland and Sele. The trail to Hovdungo is easy to follow and well marked, and is about two kilometers in length. The start is at 440 masl and Hovdungo is at 790 masl, so there will be around 350 meters of ascent on the hike up.
The first part of the trail goes straight up into the forest. There are some steep sections before the trail becomes flatter at the end. On the last part, the trail gradually turns to the left and turns into a flatter terrain. This is where you get out of the forest and you start to sense how great the view is towards the fjord. Everything is revealed when you arrive at Hovdungo and the beautiful cultural landscape surrounding the mountain pasture.
From Hovdungo there is a beautiful view towards the Aurlandsfjord and to the surrounding mountains. If you walk a short distance towards the edge below Hovdungo, you can see straight down to Aurland and over to Stegastein, and down to Aurlandselvi River which flows between Lake Vassbyggdivatnet and the Aurlandsfjord.
The hike back from Hovdungo is on the same trail as you came.
Bonus-hike to Blåskavlavarden
From Hovdungo you can continue the hike, following the trail upwards to Hovdungavarden (1243 masl) and Blåskavlavarden (1443 masl). It takes about two hours to walk from Hovdungo to Blåskavlavarden, and the view from there is great. The trail between Hovdungo and Blåskavlavarden is not marked. This hike is in the high mountains, remember that the weather can change quickly and you should be in good shape and bring necessary food, water and equipment (proper hiking shoes and clothes) to hike up to Blåskavlavarden.
IMPORTANT! 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!
On request, you can join a guided hike to Hovdungo. The guided tour consists of transportation from Flåm, guided hike to Hovdungo and transportation back to Flåm. The guided hike is arranged by Fjord Safari which is based in Flåm.
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.
“Sakte” is a collaboration between companies that provide adventures, accommodation, dining and short-travelled food- and products. “Sakte” are located in the area around the Aurlandsfjord and Nærøyfjord and is an offer for those who want to contribute to a sustainable society in the world heritage area.