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Nordfjord Bremanger

Hornelen - Europes highest sea cliff

  • Hunskår, Bremanger
  • 5774 3000
  •  /  km From You

Visit Bremanger and hike Europe's highest sea cliff! The hike will give you a spectacular hiking experience. The trail is quite challenging and steep, but gives you fantastic views all along the way to the top. On the top you can enjoy a breathtaking panoramic view! You will get a great overview of the varied and scenic landscape in FjordKysten - narrow deep fjords, majestic mountains and small islands far out at sea. If you dare to, you can lie down on the edge of the cliff and look straight down on the sea 860 meters below you. You will never forget this hike, it is one of a kind!

The trail is steep and challenging and this hike is suitable for experienced hikers. You should be used to walking in the mountains and in the terrain. Hiking to Hornelen is a full day trip, but it is worth the effort you put in. The view is spectacular!

Spring, summer and early autumn. May - September.
You should not hike to Hornelen if there is snow on the mountain. You should also plan your trip well to make sure you hike in daylight.

Norway Adventures offers guided trips to Hornelen. 

How to get to Hornelen

By car: drive towards Svelgen in Bremanger and follow road 614 towards Rugsund. From Rugsund there are signs to Hornelen. Parking by the chapel in Hunskår. 

Tour description
There are several trail going to Hornelen, here you will find the description of two of them. You can either start from Hunskår or Berleneset.

You will get the best view if you start from Hunskår and descend to Berleneset. The duration of the hike is approximately 8 -10 hrs. and is a full day trips. It is a challenging trip and hikers should be experienced.

Start Hunskår:
Duration: 7-8 hrs
Altitude: 860 Above sea level

Start at the end of the road at Hunskår. The trail is sign posted with red T's and stones. Go in the same direction as the road, over the Ramarhammaren, then you make a turn towards southwest. The first part of the trail can be a bit moist, but after a while the trail will be dry. The trail up towards 500 meters above sea level is steep walking on grass and moors. You will have a great view to Skatestraumen, Rugsund and Måløy. Further up you will reach a lake where you might stop for a longer break and enjoy some of your lunch. Further there is a part of the trail which is characterized by more rocky terrain. The last part is as steep, a small hill and then steeper again before you reach the top.

You will find water all along the way to the top. You will spend approximately 4 hrs hiking to the top.
When you reach the top you can enjoy the most fantastic view, and it will be worth the effort.
There is a small stone cabin at the top where you will find the Norwegian flag that you can set up if you want to.

For a less steep descent with a slightly different view, you can descend to Berleneset. The descent to Berleneset starts off on the same trail as the one you came up, further down the trail divides in two and you should go southwest.. The trail ends at the eastern side of Berlepollen.

Start: Berleneset:
Duration: 8-10 hrs.

This route is a bit longer than the one from Hunskår, however easier to hike. This is a trail that is suitable for a long hike for the entire familiy. However hiking experience is necessary. The hike will give you a fantastic nature experience with a great view!

You start out from Lisete at Berleneset. The trail is quite steep in the beginning, but gets flatter after a while. The trail is in good condition and sign marked. On the last part of the trail you will meet the trail from Hunskår.

Do you have any questions about the hike to Hornelen? Contact us at mail@fjordkysten.no

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