Langrenn i Myrkdalen. Foto: Sverre F. Hjørnevik

Cross Country Skiing

Cross-­country skiing is a big part of the Norwegian culture and for hundreds of years Norwegians have used this sport as a way of transportation to get from one valley to the next in winter time.In recent years cross country skiing has become the ultimate family activity for many Norwegians, where the social aspect of the sport is the main purpose.

The goal is not to reach a certain place, but to be together as a family -  play in the snow, make a little bonfire in the forest and drink hot chocolate. 

More and more people also use cross country skiing for fitness purposes. Cross country skiing is the equivalent of trail running in summer, which gives you great nature experiences as well as a full body work out.  

Cross country skiing tracks in Myrkdalen

Langrenn i Myrkdalen
Photo: Sverre F. Hjørnevik

Årmostlia in Myrkdalen, which is situated across the road from the ski resort contains many kilometres of groomed cross country skiing tracks. This is a perfect location to either excersise or bring your kids skiing. A 5 km loop is illuminated, so you can go skiing even after it`s dark. The lights are on until 10 pm every night in the winter season. 

Vikafjellet Mountain Plateau

Fjellski på Vikafjellet

The mountain plateau at Vikafjellet has many options for cross country skiing. A common starting point is at the parking lot by the county border between Hordaland and Sogn og Fjordane. Please note that there are no groomed tracks in this area – here you make your own tracks in the pristine mountain terrain.

Have you never tried cross country skiing before?
Are you interested in trying out this traditional Norwegian sport, but you don`t know how to get started? The ski instructors at Myrkdalen Ski School are highly qualified and you will get value for your money to do a cross country skiing course with them. Do not hesitate to contact them at to book an appointment. 

Ski Rental
Myrkdalen Sport & Ski Rental offers BC skis, skate skis, skintec cross country skis for adults and waxless nordic skis for children. We also have covered sledges for babies and toddlers. 

Ski Touring in the Heart of Fjord Norway

Topptur i Myrkdalen
Photo: Sverre F. Hjørnevik

There are many beautiful mountains around Myrkdalen and often you can start right from your doorstep. The most accessible mountain is Finnbunuten (1358 m) – as you can gain height by taking the Kari Traa lift up and walk to the top. On a clear day you can enjoy magnificent views of glaciers such as Hardangerjøkulen, Jostedalsbreen and Folgefonna. On the other side of the valley is Bjørndalskamben (1402 m) – the highest mountain in Myrkdalen with nice views over Vikafjellet Mountain Plateau. 

Did you know that Myrkdalen is only 30 minutes away from the famous Nærøyfjord?

There are many great mountains with stunning fjord views to explore in this area. We recommend to drive to Jordalen - this valley is a nice starting point for ski tours to mountains such as Solbjørganipa, Vardanosi, Bakkanosi, and Fyresnipa

Just remember
While skiing you are responsible for yourself and your friends. Be especially careful on days when the avalanche danger is moderate and high. There is a training area for avalanche transceivers at the ski resort, feel free to use it! 

Guided Ski Tour
The Ski School offers guided ski tours in Myrkdalen in the winter season. The guides have local knowledge about the area and know where to find the best snow. The Ski School only has ISIA internationally approved ski instructors, which means that they always follow the latest guidelines within avalanche safety, instruction etc. If you need ski touring equipment - you can rent this at Myrkdalen Ski Rental. 

Map over the cross country skiing area at Årmotslia

The different colour codes on the trail map mean the following:

Light green: Less than 3 hours ago
Dark green: Today, more than 6 hours ago
Blue: Yesterday
Little: Two days ago
Orange: 3-15 days ago
Red: 15 - 30 days ago
Black: More than 30 days ago