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Along old, winding and steep farm roads, visitors can follow in the footsteps of generations of farmers and their livestock to the summer mountain farms where they grazed their animals, and where they lived during the summer months.




Stølsheimen verneområdestyre
Statsforvaltaren i Vestland
Njøsavegen 2
6863 Leikanger, Norway
E: sfvlpost@statsforvalteren.no





With its many old trails leading into the area, Stølsheimen is a great place for hikers to start their trip. The well-known and traditional mountain farming areas of Solrenningen, Ålrekstølen/Vøvringen, Åsedalen, Hallsetdalen, Rappen and Selhamar lie at the heart of this area. It is connected by a network of waymarked hiking trails. The hiking trails are connected to other trails further south in Vossafjella, westwards to Matrefjella, northwards to Ortnevik and northwards and eastwards to Arnafjorden and Finnafjorden.

Children hiking.


Stølsheimen Protected Landscape borders Sognefjorden, the world’s longest fjord. However, only the fjord arm of Finnafjorden is located in the protected area. It is an untouched natural gem that is home to two roadless hamlets. If you are lucky, you might catch a glimpse of a harbor porpoise or a harbor seal in the fjord.


Experiences in the winter mountains

Gliding across white mountain plateaus or racing down a mountainside covered in fresh snow can be a fantastic experience, but it is important to remember that the mountains and winter weather can be unpredictable. If you want to experience the mountains and summit trips, you must have knowledge about the risk of avalanches and which trails to take.

Persons skiing in bad weather.
Children fishing trout.

Hunting and fishing

Visitors can purchase small game hunting licenses in the protected area. Some land owners also sell big game hunting licenses that include red deer, moose and wild reindeer.

Small game hunting licenses can be purchased at iNatur.no

There are many great fishing lakes in the protected area. Many of them are close to tourist cabins such as Selhamar, Torvedalen and Solrenningen. Many of the lakes in the area are characterized by dense fish stocks, and this means that there are many fish but they are rather small.

If you plan on taking your fishing rod along with you, it is a good idea to buy a fishing license before you start your trip. It is also possible to buy a fishing license at some of the tourist cabins.

Fishing licenses can be purchased at iNatur.no