We woke up at 4ish am to get ready and also to pack our things as we’ll be heading to Voss after the hike. We reserved a parking pass for the P3 parking lot, which was the highest peak where you could start the hike. The other spots that you could’ve Park was P2 and P1 but that would mean starting further down. Instead of the 8 hours we allocated to hike it would’ve probably been 10-16.
The drive up wasn’t too bad in the dark. The pictures made it look scarier that it actually was. At 6am, the gate to P3 was open and once we got up to park. It was time to start the hike.
The weather wasn’t too bad when we started and we pretty much warmed up 20 minutes in. The hike itself wasn’t too bad, I think the most strenuous part was hiking up from the very bottom near P1 parking.
There was a lot to take in on the hike!
3ish hours in, we made it to the famous view.
We were one of the first groups to make it. Unfortunately, 10 minutes after…. the clouds started to come in and we couldn’t get pictures with the view anymore.
This was when it started to get really cold and it started pouring when we started to hike back. It was freezing and it even hailed a bit!
We started to see more and more people hiking on the trail as we were going back. Thankfully we started early or else there would’ve been a lot of foot traffic. It’s always a good idea to start a popular hike as soon as it’s possible. That also means no lines for pictures!
It took was 6.5 hours to finish the hike which was a lot quicker than the expected 8 hours. It was nice to finally get back, freshen up a bit before we start driving to Voss. It was the last hike that we are doing in Norway.
It was a nice scenic drive towards Voss. There were a lot of fruit stands along the way. We really wanted to try some plums but we didn’t have change.
The drive to Voss was around 3 hours. We were starving after our hike so we stopped by a town along the way called Lofthus and got food at a small diner like restaurant – Kompaen.
The food was amazing for what it was. We had amazing dirty fries and I got a chicken burger that hit the spot.
After lunch, we got to Voss and did a little shopping around the town since we wanted to get gloves for our day long kayak trip the next day. We didn’t find anything we want but we were surprised at how many stores there were!
There was also a cute cafe that we found where I got a nice iced latte for the walk.
Our Airbnb was 30 minutes away near Gudvangen. There wasn’t much food around there so we ordered Thai food from a take stand to bring back and it was surprisingly really good. We learned that the lady who worked the truck was in fact Thai and that she met a Norwegian man, married him here and moved to Norway!
We spent the rest of the night chilling at our Airbnb and just relaxing since we had a full day of kayaking. Nothing like a relaxing night after a long hike.