Note: This is a trip popular with Norwegians, so the main language on the trip is Norwegian, but the guide will speak English, so you are welcome to join as an English speaker. Relevant experience is needed, please email us if you would like to participate.
Norway's third-largest glacier offers one of spring's most beautiful ski trips. With the start and finish in beautiful Rosendal, crossing Folgefonna will be the perfect ending to this year's ski season.
- Crossing Folgefonna - one of Norway's most beautiful skiing trips
- Accommodation two nights at pleasant Rosendal Tourist Hotel
- The fruit blossoming in Hardanger
Folgefonna is Norway's third-largest glacier, beaten only by Jostedalsbreen and Svartisen. The glacier extends 36km and is 14 km wide. The highest point on Folgefonna is 1635 meters above sea level. Glaciers have been a myth-driven phenomenon for a long time, and the huge masses of ice have long been an important traffic scar for people in the surrounding villages and alleys. Spring and early summer are the perfect time to experience the majestic Folgefonna ski.
Below the glacier in Hardanger, there are some of the most spectacular attractions Norway has to offer. The fruit blossoming in Hardanger, Hardangerfele, the national romance, and apple cider to name a few. The culture in Hardanger and the areas around Folgefonna have well-known traditions dating back to the early 1300s. There is something peculiar about the feeling of coming down from the glacier with skis on the legs, to a fjord so beautiful that people from all over the world come to experience it.
Our tour starts and ends in beautiful Rosendal at the end of the Hardangerfjord. Rosendal is surrounded by grassy and beautiful alpine mountains - a destination worth the trip itself. The beautiful village is easily accessible by car and boat, and our tour starts and ends at the pleasant and traditional hotel Rosendal Turisthotell.
Physical level and risk
So that you can have a good experience, it is important that you choose a trip that suits your ability level. The scales for physical requirements and risk are general. Therefore, it is important that you read more about the difficulty of the specific trip under “Details”. This will help you to gain an understanding of the level required and the risks involved for each specific trip.
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On these trips, some of the stages are demanding. On level 3 mountain hikes, there are often some long stages, and / or a demanding summit push where it can get cold. You must stand up to reach the goal, and have a good training basis and good health before departure. We sleep in tents and / or in cabins and hotels, but you do not have to have experience with tent life to participate. If the trip includes activities such as kayaking, cycling, climbing, glacier, skiing / mountaineering, it is an advantage to have experience with this activity. Read more about the grading on our trips here
Activities / trips with some risk. Some incidents may occur, and they may be of such a nature that they require professional help. Read more about the grading on our trips here
- All meals as described in the day to day program
- Local guide
- Transport within itinerary
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Level 3 out of 6. Please read more about our level of difficulty here. Crossing Folgefonna is a ski trip that is best suited for people who love to ski long distances on mountain skis. The distances are long, so we recommend that you have gone skiing earlier in the season and that you prefer skiing experiences over several days. Watch out for the weight of the bag! If you have been skiing in the winter and have gone from cabin to cabin in the mountains in summer or winter, this is a fantastic end to the ski season!
You should have done some mountain skiing in the past and master day trips of just over 20 kilometers with a heavy backpack. In addition, it is advantageous that knees and ankles work well as the descent might be steep.
What to bring?
Have a look at the full equipment list by clicking "Equipment list" in the menu above.
We stay at Rosendal Turist Hotel the first night and the last night. The second night we stay in dormitories at the hut "Fonnabu", situated by the glacier front.
We strongly recommend purchasing travel insurance for your trip. Norrøna Hvitserk Adventure is not responsible for any trip delays, injury, illness, loss of belongings, family emergencies, natural events or other unforeseen issues that may hinder your ability to complete a trip with us. Norrøna Hvitserk Adventure is an adventure holiday company, and with an active holiday, there is always a risk of something as simple as a twisted ankle to keep you from your vacation. With trip insurance, your flights, hotels and travel costs can be covered if an unforeseen emergency hinders you from joining our tour, as well as coverage to fly home if necessary. By purchasing travel insurance ahead of time, you can protect your trip and yourself from issues that prevent you from traveling, and rest easy to enjoy your vacation.
Safety is always the number one consideration on a trip with Norrøna Hvitserk Adventure. If there is an emergency on tour with us, help will be able to reach you relatively quickly. We have a 24-hour emergency hotline within our office and the guide will always have the ability to contact help. Norway has excellent search and rescue operations throughout the country with evacuations available via helicopter or red cross emergency teams.
Our guides have first aid training and have a selection of medicines and first aid equipment for the necessary treatment in the mountains. Hvitserk also has a partnership with Turlegen.no (Trip Doctor) who can be contacted if needed for medical advice.
If you are on prescribed medication, have known allergies or similar, you must always bring your personal medication.
Hvitserk plans the trip days based on the weather, conditions and the group. Our focus is to take care of each other and work together in one team. The guide will have the ability to make safety decisions for the group, although the decision-making process will be transparent and involve guests in the process.
We plan our trips so that we do not expose ourselves to unwanted risk. On this tour, we will always be close to each other, and if an unforeseen situation occurs - the guide will be present quickly to handle it.
This is a trip popular with Norwegians, so the main language on the trip is Norwegian, but the guide will speak English, so you are welcome to join as an English speaker.
Changes may occur
We reserve the right to make changes to the program, and the price. The day to day program is indicative, and changes may occur. Please have a look at our terms and conditions.
Number of participants
Minimum: 4 people; Maximum: 12 people.
- Accommodation, 2 nights at Rosendal Tourist Hotel
- All meals as described in the day-to-day program
- Local guide
- Transport within itinerary
Price does not include
- Transport to/from Rosendal
- Single supplement at Hotel Rosendal
- Drinks and snacks
If it is close to departure and available spots, please contact us. Maybe you will be able to join anyway.
Rosendal is easily reached by boat or car. Daily departures by boat from Bergen/Flesland to Rosendal.
Day by day
It is easy to reach Rosendal from both east and west Norway, and we meet at Rosendal Tourist Hotel in the evening. There is something special about meeting the beautiful flowering in Hardanger and knowing that the next day you will go skiing on one of Norway's largest glaciers. At the hotel, we are served a light meal and go through the trip together with the guide.
First day on the glacier
Early start from Rosendal Tourist Hotel and we will drive to the starting point of the tour at Folgefonna Summer Ski Center. Normally the road will be open all the way, and we can start skiing from 1200 m above sea level. From the ski center we use approx. 1-1.5 hours to the top of Nordre Folgefonna (1664 m). At this stage, it is wise to use long skins as the climb is quite steep. From the top of the glacier, we have one and a half hours in relatively nice terrain. With waxed skis, we go south and down to Svartedalshorga where a nice but slightly steep hill awaits us. We make our way down slowly to Kvitnodalsvatnet (980m). Here we take a nice break with opportunities to fill up the water bottles. After lunch, the heaviest stage starts. In the beginning, you may want to wear skins, but if there is good snow, you will do well with waxed skis. The trip continues up towards Hundsøyra and Holmaskjær (1550 m). At Holmaskjær we take a short break before the last leg to Fonnabu. Many describe the latter part of today's stage as the most beautiful. Once at Fonnabu, we have a cup of coffee, enjoy the view and wait for the dinner to be warm. The day will be 8-9 hours long at a leisurely pace and varied terrain.
Fonnabu to Rosendal
We have an early start to the day with oatmeal and at 6 o'clock a.m. we depart. From Fonnabu we head south towards the valley which separates the largest glaciers on Folgefonna, Buerbreen, and Bondhusbreen. In the first part, you may want to make use of skins. Today's highest point is around 1610 meters above sea level, and we can see the alpine mountain range Ulvanosi in the Uskedalen valley - smooth and challenging granite that has tempted climbers for a long time. We also enter a more demanding terrain, some steep hills down towards Volarusti. Here there are some ups and downs so it is best to wax the skis. Volarusti is a ridge in the middle between two valleys. The peak is 895 meters above sea level. Often we have to take skis on our backpacks and walk down these slopes if the sun has melted away the snow. The closer we get to Rosendal, the wetter the snow becomes. After all, it's spring, and the sun is hitting well up here on the glacier. At the end of a long day we come down to the dirt road in Rosendal, from here it is about 3 kilometers of walking on the road before we get down to the small village - we have crossed Folgefonna on skis!
Once in Rosendal we return to the hotel and enjoy a good closing dinner in the hotel's own restaurant. Maybe someone is celebrating with a glass of local cider?
Our trip ends in beautiful Rosendal after enjoying breakfast in the hotel's own restaurant. Maybe you want to stay another day and take a walk at the Barony in Rosendal? Just outside the hotel door, the boat goes to Bergen Airport (Flesland) or Bergen city center.
Take a good look at this list, and make sure you bring everything you need. We encourage you to use what you have for this trip, and purchase items if you're missing something important on the list below.
Layering is extremely important in a variable climate like Norway. This list will guide you through the essentials. Remember the Norwegian saying "There is no bad weather, only bad gear", and prepare appropriately for any weather. You can read about the weather where you're traveling here.
The video below is for SUMMER gear, but you can get a lot of great tips for winter hiking as well! Welcome to Norway!
We always recommend wool in the Norwegian Mountains, but if you already have synthetic layers and don't want to buy new ones, synthetic is okay.