At Flatheim you can explore outdoor activities that bring you close to nature. Magnificent outdoor experiences, local flavors, fishing or cold-water swimming in the river. There are many reasons why you should visit Flatheim og Gaularfjellet.



At Flatheim you can explore outdoor activities that bring you close to nature. Magnificent outdoor experiences, local flavours, fishing or cold-water swimming in the river. There are many reasons why you should visit Flatheim og Gaularfjellet.

A bicycling ride along Gaularfjellet

& Coziness

Enjoying nature by bicycle is a unique experience. Pedal away until you get to Utsikten – the viewpoint at the top of Gaularfjellet. Make sure to stop and admire the many mountain lakes and waterfalls along the way. Perhaps you will go for a refreshing swim? Enjoy a homemade packed lunch by Gaularvassdraget, which is a protected river and waterfall.

Go swimming in the river

The sound of water
& River swimming

Going for a swim in the river is very refreshing. It is a perfect way to start the day or at your convenience. With a towel, a bathrobe, handknitted socks and a thermos with a hot drink prepared especially for you – a unique and refreshing swimming experience is guaranteed.

A walk along Fuglestien

& Waterfalls

Exploring the walking trail Fuglestien «Fuglar i Fosseheimen» takes you close to nature. Here you can learn about, and perhaps catch a glimpse of, the most common birds in our area. We have made several bird houses where the birds can build their nests. Along the path you can also see other animals or stop for a lunch break on one of the benches.


Mountain tops
& Walking trails

The hike to Storefjellet with its almost 1182 meters above sea level starts close to Flatheim. With a homemade packed lunch in your backpack and good hiking shoes, the reward the mountain has to offer is the magnificent panoramic view that awaits you when you reach the top. The walk is 7 km long. It is a T-marked foot trail meaning it has been marked with red T´s by the Norwegian Trekking Association (DNT). Highly recommended!

The waterfall path “Fossestien”

The sound of water&
Walking trails

Fossestien is a hiking trail from Gaularfjellet to Viksdalen. It is 21 km and on the trial you pass 14 waterfalls and 7 lakes. You can start your trip straight from Flatheim and you can choose whether you want to go all the way or a part of it. Homemade packed lunch & picnic blanket we make ready for you.

Knausen 960 about sea level

& view

The trip to Knausen with its 960 meters above sea level is a bit shorter than the trip to Storefjellet. It also starts right by Flatheim and is a perfect half-day trip. From the top, your view is towards Flatheim while enjoying the home-made lunch package.

After Gaularfjellet experience

Rest &

After spending a day out in the mountains and fresh air, we serve hot soup with homemade bread. And of course we recommend something to drink from the local producer Balholm as a part of the meal. (Group booking)

Try your fishing luck

Fishing &
peaceful lifetime

It is possible to fish trout in the lakes and in the river in this area. You can buy fishing licenses from us. It is also possible to rent a boat or a canoe from Flatheim if you want a peaceful experience at the lake while fishing.


Gaularfjellet National Scenic Route


Utsikten at Gaularfjellet is one of the many magnificent viewpoints along the route. The viewpoint is located at the highest point of the ascent from Vetlefjorden and has a spectacular view over a lush and beautiful landscape. Riksveg 13 (Highway 13) is a winding road that takes you up through the steep mountainous landscape.



Fossestien is a marked walking trail that takes you from Gaularfjellet and down towards Gaularvassdraget, first in a mountainous landscape, then through forests and hills, and finally through pastures and tiny villages. It is an easy walk and is suitable for most people. It has a walking altitude of 500 meters and a walking distance of 21 km and. You can choose to walk the complete trail or only cover parts of it – whatever suits you.



Visit Ciderhuset in Balestrand. In Ciderhuset you can taste and purchase various types of local fruit drinks from Balholm. The production takes place in what used to be the village´s fruit storage building and is located 200 meters from Ciderhuset. The farm shop offers a variety of more than 30 types of locally produced fruit drinks. We recommend that you visit the farm restaurant which offers local flavours with a local personal twist.

The original Strynefjellsvegen

Jøl Bridge

Jøl Bru is a bridge situated on the route from Hjelledalen up towards Strynetfjellet. When the road over Strynefjellet became open all year round from the 1970s, the bridge was replaced with a new one, and the old bridge is now easy to miss as you drive along. But if you stop and get out of the car, you can enjoy the art of bridgebuilding up close. The bridge from 1883 is an impressive sight and the canyon it traverses is also spectacular in its own right.



The art village Balestrand is a charming place by the Sognefjord. Many
artists have left their “footprints” here through the time. The Emperor
Wilhelm II also had Balestrand as a favorite place. Here you can visit
the Norwegian Museum of Travel and Tourism, art exhibitions, do nice
hikes or have nice meal in a cozy cafe or restaurant.

Photo: Nasjonal Turistveg


Sunnfjord Museum

Located in Movika a bit north of Førde. Here you can learn about life in the inner Sunnfjord villages from early modern times until today. The museum has 32antiquarian buildings, open-air museum, exhibitions and shop.

Photo: Thomas Bickhardt BickFoto



An art installation at Gaularfjellet. Visit this well, which is a project by Marianne Heier and Norwegian Scenic Routes. You will find a well at Gaularfjellet and nine in Malavi.

Photo: Nasjonal Turistveg


Hestad Chapel

Hestad Chapel and Landscape Protection Area – The chapel is from 1805 with building parts from the Middle Ages. In order to preserve the special area surrounding the chapel, a protected landscape area has been established. At the chapel there is a picnic area with a unique toilet building that is adapted by the Norwegian Scenic Routes. There is also a nice beach by the chapel.

Photo: Nasjonal Turistveg

Hiking Tips


About 3 hours. About 170 km


Start with the Gaularfjellet mountain pass. Experience the view, hairpin bends and the beautiful drive along the fjord to Balestrand. In Balestrand you can spend a lot of time if you like. Here it is a lot to experience. You will find several cozy cafes and restaurants. From Balestrand the ride goes along the fjord to the industrial town of Høyanger, then a little bit more along the fjord to Vadheim before turning into the valley that leads back to Flatheim. From Sande, follow the Norwegian Scenic Route past several beautiful waterfalls and lakes and through the protected landscape area Hestad. The trip can of course be taken in the opposite direction.

Photo: Nasjonal Turistveg

About 5 hours. About 220 km


Follow the Norwegian Scenic Route to Moskog through lush villages, with lakes, mountains and waterfalls. Turn north and continue along Jølstravatnet lake in the landscape of the artist Astrup. Vidare through the tunnel to Fjærland. Here it is nice to stop for lunch, admire the glacier, or visit the glacier museum. Continue to Sogndal. From Sogndal the ride goes along the fjord to the ferry Hella-Dragsvik. Back to Flatheim along the fjord, up through the hairpin bends on Gaularfjellet past Utsikten and “home”.

Photo: Nasjonal Turistveg

About 5 hours. About 260 km

Flatheim- Moskog-Skei-Sandane-Hyen-Eikefjorden-Stavang-Naustdal-Førde-Flatheim

Follow the Norwegian Scenic Route to Moskog through lush hamlets, with lakes, mountains and waterfalls. Turn north and through the Våtedalen where you can meet a nice herd of goats and a beautiful green river. Feel free to stop at Bakar Jon at Byrkjelo for fresh baked goods and a large selection of local food. Vidare to Sandane Hyen and Hyefjorden, then along the Førdefjord, through Førde to Sande and then follow the Gaular valley along waterfalls and lakes back to Flatheim.

Photo: Ronja Vallestad

About 4 hours. About 200 km


Follow the tourist route to Sande, and the road passes Osfossen with Northern Europe’s oldest salmon ladder and the millennium place Osen Gard. Continue along Dalsfjorden to Dale, then cross the Dalsfjord bridge, and og to Askvoll, Stongfjorden and along the Førde fjord to Førde. Then north to Moskog and back to Flatheim on the National Tourist Route through lush villages, along lakes and waterfalls.

Photo: Linda Dalsøren Meier

About 5 hours. About 30 km


From Flatheim to Sande, follow the National Tourist Route through the Gaular valley along the protected Gaula river, through Hestad Landscape Protection Area. You meet the Sognefjord in Vadheim and follow the fjord towards the coast, past Lavik and Hyllestad. You can admire Lihesten which rises steeply from the fjord and is 777 m at its highest point. You now drive through the village of Sørbøvåg and continue along the fjord to Folkestad. It is nice to have a detour to Korssund and Lammetun where you can look over to the island of Alden also called «The Norwegian Horse», which rises 481 meters “straight up” from the sea. Now you drive along the Dalsfjord through Hellevik, Flekke and Dale. Back to Sande and continue to Flatheim on the same road you started.

Photo: Mal Dickson Photography


Take your job to Gaularfjellet

«Workation» on Flatheim

The mountain office is framed by beautiful nature and “after work” experiences are right outside the door.

A ski trip at lunch, ice swimming in the river following a trip in the hot tub, home-baked bread, silence – these are just some of the things you can expect at the work office.

Comfortable beds, river sounds and cockcrows.

Experience Norwegian country life.
From a farmyard perspective.