In Myrkdalen you'll find great hikes for the whole family! Hiking with children is a perfect family activity and the area around Myrkdalen offers a variety of peaks and hikes for all ages.
Our skylift is open in July and August - a great way to get to 860 metres above sea level in an instant. The stunning mountain terrain at Vikafjellet and the spectacular mountains in Jordalen are only a short drive away.
Hiking from Myrkdalen Hotel
Myrkdalen Hotel is a perfect base for many different day hikes. For the youngest children we recommend the track from Helgatun to Vetlebotn. If you want a longer walk you can go to Leinevegen Viewpoint and back to the hotel. Another nice hike is to the charming mountain farm at Mørkvesstølen, wich is located next to a little creek with a nice view towards the Myrkdalsvatnet lake. From Mørkvestølen you can walk further to the idyllic Svortetjødn, which is a nice tarn to have a refreshing swim on a hot summers day.
If you want to hike to a peak, Svolefjell and Finnbunuten are the closest mountains in our area and both hikes can be reached from Myrkdalen Hotel. Finnbunuten is the mountain at the top of the ski resort and the most common way up is along the Kari Traa lift and up the ridge to the top. On a clear day you'll have a beautiful view of well known glaciers such as Hardangerjøkulen, Jostedalsbreen and Folgefonna.
Skylift is open in July and August
If you want to start the hike higher up in the mountains, you can take our skylift in July and August. The lift is open from Wednesday - Sunday from 10 am - 3 pm.
By taking the skylift to the top you have a great opportunity to reach many of the hiking destinations in Myrkdalen.
Hikes with Spectacular Fjord Views
If you are after more demanding hikes with fjord views, we recommend the spectacular mountains in Jordalen. Jordalen is located only 40 minutes from Myrkdalen, direction Gudvangen. In this area you have several options, but two of the most visited mountains is probably Bakkanosi and Breiskrednosi - both of them offers an airy view of the UNESCO-listed Nærøyfjord.
Jordalen - Bakkanosi return: 20 km
The hike to Bakkanosi starts from the old school in Jordalen. Walk the tractor road to the mountain farms in Slettedalen and follow the sheep tracks on the left side of the river. Walk up to the mountain tarns at Slettedalstjørni. The track eases off towards the top of Bakkanosi. See map here.
It's hard to describe the stunning view at the top. You have to experience it yourself!
Jordalen - Breiskrednosi return: 20 km
The hike to Breiskrednosi mountain starts from Breidalen, approximately 10 km furter in the valley from the old school. From here the ascend is fairly steep up the valley before you drop down to the Skarsvotni lake. From Skarsvotni you walk up past the western side of the Rimstigfjellet mountain before the track eases off to the top of Breiskrednosi. Breiskrednosi is a steep wall - lying on the edge of the cliff will definitely give you a butterflies in your stomack. You can also reach Breiskrednosi from the villages Bakka and Dyrdal. See map here.
Arild Dyrdal, the only permanent resident in the roadless village Dyrdal, describes Breiskrednosi as "his own Trolltunga"
Please note! The hikes to the mountains Breiskrednosi and Bakkanosi are not marked and many places there are no defined tracks. You need to have a lot of mountain experience and good navigation skills. Myrkdalen offer guided hikes in this area.
Trail quiz is a fun activity for children, which makes the hike more exciting and fun. On the trail between Vetlebotn and Helgatun we have put up ten different questions for the whole family.
Pick up a reply form and a map at Myrkdalen Hotel. Everyone who participates will get a candy and the families with right answers are in the draw of winning a festival pass for the Childrens Bike Festival in September.
Vikafjellet and Stølsheimen
Vikafjellet is the gateway to Stølsheimen, the mountainous area between Sognefjorden in the north and Vossefjellene in the south, Masfjordfjellene in the west and Vikafjellet in the east. The area offers green and lush landscapes as well as spartan mountain terrain, and almost unlimited walking opportunities for adults and children.
In this area DNT (The Norwegian Trekking Association) has 9 mountain cabins - two of these are easy to reach from Vikafjellet: Selhamarhytta and Åsedalen. If you are looking for a nice day trip - we highly recommend the family-friendly terrain in Sendedalen. Vikafjellet is only 15 minutes from Myrkdalen Mountain Resort.
Do you like running in the mountains on nice hilly trails? Trail running is a growing trend - with good reason. This is a great way to excersise, which also gives you fantastic nature experiences - regardless of which shape you are in.
The conditions for trail running in Myrkdalen are very good, and the superb tracks at Vikafjellet are only a stone's throw away. In the summer you can join a guided trail run at Vikafjellet, and we will adjust the length and the speed of the run for each group.