Photo: Jørgen Hundseth

Hike to Orrabenken in Balestrand

  • Hiking

Join in on a scenic hike to Orrabenken from Balestrand, a viewpoint 370 meters above the fjord!

On this tour, you will meet your guide at the Balestrand Tourist Information Office. Here you will receive a short briefing about the hike before you walk up through the village to Ja-steinen, the starting point for most trails in Balestrand. From here you hike 3 kilometers to Orrabenken, a viewpoint 370 meters above the fjord. We walk further onwards to Balabu, a small hut with an excellent view of the fjord.

Note that you can combine this hike with a tasting at the Cider House at 13:00. This is also an excellent evening hike in the summertime when it is light most of the night.

The hike requires a little hiking experience, moderate stamina, and basic outdoor skills. The route is 6 km long, with 370 meters of elevation gain. It has moderate slopes with a few steep, demanding sections. The walking surface is rocky in places. The trail is well-maintained but can be slippery after rainy weather. Wear solid shoes and bring extra clothes in case of rain.

The hike duration will vary. Our estimate of 3.5 hours is based on the guidelines of the Norwegian Trekking Association.

Practical information

  • Meeting Place: Balestrand Tourist office, Holmen 3, see map HERE
  • Duration: 3,5 hours
  • Included: Guide, lunch, fruit juice 
  • Bring: a water bottle, sunglasses, rain jacket, warm hat, extra wool top layer, and solid hiking shoes
  • Minimum age: 10 years

Remember to bring your camera!

  • Fitness

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  • Season


    1.MAY - 31.AUG

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