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Nosi Viewpoint and the Monk Steps Trail

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After a short taxi transfer to Lofthus (included), follow a steep path and the historic "Monk Steps" to wonderful views of the fjord, a striking waterfall and the town of Lofthus. 
Distance 10.4 km
4:00 h
962 m
961 m
903 m
13 m
This trail leaves from the Ullensvang Hotel and starts with a steep ascent out of the town through sweet-smelling apple orchards on asphalt road. The road soon becomes gravel and zig zags steeply. There is also a short woodland section. You will then come to the stone ‘Monk Steps’ which you will take to the view point of Nosi, a small clearing in the trail where you will find a small cabin and beautiful views of not only the fjord but also of a stunning waterfall.
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Update: August 27, 2019
Highest point
903 m
Lowest point
13 m
Best time of year

Tips and hints

There is a supermarket in Lofthus/Ullensvang, or you can ask your hotel to prepare a packed lunch for you (payable locally)

The Monk Steps- 616 large stone steps that date back to saga times which were made by monks living in Opedal. They had been built to facilitate the path from Lofthus to the Hardangervidda mountain plateau which was their main area for hunting and harvesting and also the only way to reach the East of the country.


Lofthus (12 m)
60.328552, 6.657203
60°19'42.8"N 6°39'25.9"E
32V 370640 6690300



Turn-by-turn directions

0.00 km - STARTING at Ullensvang Hotel, Lofthus. BEAR RIGHT upon leaving hotel and ascend.

0.05 km - Come to pavement and TURN LEFT onto pavement and walk towards the zebra crossing.Once you reach the zebra crossing and TURN RIGHT onto it and cross. TURN RIGHT again and follow path.

0.10 km - Come to an information board about different hiking trails in the area. There is a small asphalt road on your left, TURN LEFT onto it and follow it as it ascends and passes by a few houses.

0.20 km -There is a school on your left, follow road as it BEARS LEFT.Shortly after come to a t-junction. TURN RIGHT onto road here and follow it as it ascends through apple groves.

0.30 km - TURN RIGHT onto small asphalt road ascending and signposted for ‘Nosi’

0.80 km - BEAR RIGHT on road at signpost for ‘Nosi’ walking toward small waterfall.

1.30 km - CONTINUE to follow signs for Nosi and the road as it zig zags and ascends steeply.

1.50 km - Come to a chained gate, walk around it and continue STRAIGHT AHEAD following the road.

1.60 km - Come to a signpost for Nosi (3.5km) TURN RIGHT onto smaller gravel path ascending.

1.90 km - Come to a metal gate, continue STRAIGHT AHEAD through this and continue to follow the road as it ascends and meanders.

2.10 km - Come to a fork in the path. BEAR RIGHT through the wooden gate following the blue walker sign and onto a woodland path.

2.60 km - Come to a stoney road, TURN RIGHT onto this ascending road leaving the woodland trail behind you.

2.80 km - Ignore woodland path on right signposted for ‘Stolen’ and continue STRAIGHT AHEAD following sign for Nosi (2km).

3.40 km - Come to information board about the Hardangervidda national park. BEAR LEFT following the road as it continues to ascend.

Shortly after this, you will come to a woodland path branching off from the road on your right, this trail cuts through the bends in the zig zag road, it is however very steep! We recommend sticking to the road as it meanders at a bit more of a manageable incline. Continue STRAIGHT AHEAD on road.

4.60 km - Come to a sign for Nosi (1km) and the Munketreppene (Monk steps). BEAR RIGHT onto the stone steps ascending and following the signposting.

4.90 km - Come to sign for ‘Nosi 905moh’. There is a guestbook here attached to the signpost in case you want to leave your mark! This is not yet the end point of the walk so BEAR RIGHT following the path.

5.10 km - Come to sign for the Nosi view point (Utsiktspunkt Nosi) and BEAR RIGHT to follow the rough undulating path through scrubland.

5.20 km - ARRIVE at Nosi cabin where there is a nice spot to stop for a break. There are wonderful views of the fjord as well as a beautiful waterfall cascading over the top of the Hardangervidda. When you are ready to move on, simply retrace your steps back to Lofthus.

10.40 km - ARRIVE back at Hotel Ullensvang, Lofthus.


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60.328552, 6.657203
60°19'42.8"N 6°39'25.9"E
32V 370640 6690300
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10.4 km
4:00 h
962 m
961 m
Highest point
903 m
Lowest point
13 m


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