Half-Day Månafossen Waterfall Hike
6,490 NOK per group | ★★★★★ (9 guest reviews)
Privately guided half-day hike (1-7 guests)
Join us for a relatively easy hike to the highest waterfall in south-western Norway. Månafossen waterfall, which is fed by the Mån river, plunges 92 meters into the canyon below.
2018 Season: April – October
• Customized pick-up and drop-off location and time
• Professional guide
• Use of hiking poles
• Hot beverages & snack
• Proper hiking boots*
• Water-resistant pants*
• Rain-proof jacket*
• Fleece or woollen sweater
• Small backpack*
• Packed lunch / water / snacks
*items can also be rented
• Photography package
• Hiking boot rental
• Hiking pants rental
• Hiking jacket rental
• Day-pack rental
Suitable for people who are in general good condition, with some (basic) hiking experience.
• Distance: 3 kilometers
• Ascent: 200 meters
Due to the possibility of rapidly-changing weather conditions, it may be necessary to make changes to scheduled trips. In the event that your trip needs to be rescheduled for another day or cancelled on short notice, you may choose between joining the rescheduled trip or getting a refund. In the event that weather conditions deteriorate during your trip, it may be necessary to turn around on the trail or head back earlier than planned. If this happens, no refunds will be given.
Join us for a relatively easy hike to the highest waterfall in south-western Norway. Månafossen waterfall, which is fed by the Mån river, plunges 92 meters into the canyon below. The force of the waterfall, which is flanked by steep granite walls, produces a dazzling display of mist and rainbows.
Månafossen remains relatively unknown and is inaccessible by public transportation. The waterfall is visited primarily by locals, making it a true hidden gem for tourists. Your professional guide will meet you in Stavanger (Please select a meeting-point and -time when booking). During the hour-long drive to the base of the hiking trail, you’ll pass through a variety of landscapes: pastures and meadows, green valleys, fjords, and mountains.
The first leg of the hike, up to the waterfall, takes approximately 45 minutes (one-way), and is steep at times. Stairs made of wood and locally-sourced stone pave the way, helping to make the hike less difficult. The guide will take it slow up the trail and then allow you to catch your breath at the viewpoint, taking time to enjoy the beauty of Månefossen. After a short break (instead of heading back down the trail as most others do) you’ll continue hiking further upstream to visit the green valley of Fidjadal. This leg of the hike takes approximately 45 minutes (one-way). There, you’ll stop at the mountain farm of Mån, which was inhabited until 1915. It’s a great place to enjoy a cup of coffee while taking in the serenity of the Norwegian wilderness, before retracing your steps back down into civilization.
This is an easy 3-hour, 3 kilometer hike with a total ascent of 200 meters.
Total: ~5 hours (depends on time of year, weather, and pick-up location)
Hiking: ~3 hours (including breaks)
Transportation: ~1 hour (each way)
This is a private guided tour. During booking, you can specify your desired pick-up location from a wide range of hotels in the Stavanger region. If you are not staying in a hotel in Stavanger, you can select Stavanger City Centre / Domkirkeplassen. Alternatively, you can send us an email for a customized pick-up location.
You may select amongst the following times:
- pick-up at 08:00am; drop-off at 13:00 (1:00pm)
- pick-up at 08:30am; drop-off at 13:30 (1:30pm)
- pick-up at 09:00am; drop-off at 14:00 (2:00pm)
- pick-up at 09:30am; drop-off at 14:30 (2:30pm)
- pick-up at 10:00am; drop-off at 15:00 (3:00pm)
- pick-up at 10:30am; drop-off at 15:30 (3:30pm)
- pick-up at 11:00am; drop-off at 16:00 (4:00pm)
- pick-up at 11:30am; drop-off at 16:30 (4:30pm)
You may select amongst the following locations:
- Stavanger City Centre / Domkirkeplassen*
- Best Western Havly Hotell
- Clarion Collection Hotel Skagen Brygge
- Clarion Hotel Energy
- Clarion Hotel Stavanger
- Comfort Hotel Square
- Comfort Hotel Stavanger
- Hotel Alstor
- Lilland Hotel
- Myhregaarden Hotel
- Park Inn by Radisson Stavanger Hotel
- Preikestolen Mountain Lodge
- Radisson Blu Atlantic Hotel
- Radisson Blu Royal Hotel
- Scandic Forum
- Scandic Stavanger City
- Scandic Stavanger Forus
- Scandic Stavanger Park
- Skansen Hotel
- Svithun Hotell
- Stavanger Bed & Breakfast
- Stavanger Lille Hotel
- Thon Hotel Maritim
- Thon Hotel Stavanger
- Other (specify by email)**
*If you would like to be picked up in Stavanger city center, but are not staying at one of the locations listed above, please select ‘Stavanger City Centre / Domkirkeplassen’ when booking.
**If you would like to be picked up at a location other than those listed above, please select ‘Other (specify by email)’ when booking, and send us an email with information about your preferred pick-up address.
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This hike was definitely a highlight of our entire 2 week vacation! We booked this day hike as an excursion for the day we were in Stavanger. Hilda was our guide, and she met us right at the port where our cruise ship docked. She was so friendly right from the start, and made us feel perfectly welcome and comfortable. We had about an hour’s drive to the start of our hike, and she was able to share so much about the area and Norwegian culture. The hike itself was beautiful – perfect for our family of four. The steep incline was rocky and wet, but the climbing and challenge made it a lot of fun for our two boys, 12 & 6. The falls are breathtaking! At the top, she laid out a tarp, and gave us each a drink of hot blackcurrant juice (delicious!) and told us stories of trolls, that the boys especially enjoyed :). On the way down, she pointed out wild blueberries and raspberries (and a green plant that now I can’t remember the name of, but tasted like green apple peel! ) that we munched on. Even though it was rainy, steep and slick, our boys didn’t complain once! We so enjoyed this hike, and our time with Hilda. It was hard to say goodbye :). Would highly recommend this hike and this tour company! Excellent experience all around.
It wasn’t only the hike and beautiful view I enjoyed, it was the gentlemen from outdoor life Norway who accompanied me and letting me know about the history of places around. Nice trip along with nice chat 🙂
My 7 year old son and I had a great time on this hike! Johannes was patient and helpful. He was very responsive to my emails when I had questions. I felt confident in his skills and knowledge of the terrain. It was a beautiful hike up the mountain. I would highly recommend this day trip.
The hike was gorgeous and I was pretty much mesmerized by the waterfall. It was great to also see the source of the waterfall and learn about the history of the farming area and hiking cabins. Great, easy, but rewarding jaunt! Way better than trying to go up alone without someone explaining the history and environment. Loved it.
I think it was a great idea to book this tour. The hike is quite easy but always interesting. The waterfall was very beautiful and one of the biggest I have seen in Norway. I also liked that we have gone to the Mån farm, too. Johannes did a great job and was always able to answer our questions about nature, Norway and …
Thank you for a nice trip.
We spend a wonderful half-day with Johannes from the moment he picked-up us until the moment he left us at the meeting point. The drive to the starting point of the hike offers beautiful landscapes. The hike is sometimes demanding but at the end you can relax and have a nice time at the Mån farm. From my experience is good to have warm clothes with you and gloves to help you with the chains.
I had a really good time during this hike. The drive to the waterfall is already very nice. The waterfall is beautiful. I liked that the hiked continued to the farm and see a different landscape. Johannes knows a lot about the environment and tells about it with lots of enthusiasm.
We had an excellent time and it was easily the best day spent of our time in Norway. Already the drive to the starting point offered lots of beautiful vistas and the hike through a diverse and beautiful landscape was demanding at times, but manageable. Our guide Johannes was very friendly and entertaining and prepared for all occasions.
Nature talking to you in a beautiful waterfall. Johannes gives all the insights with his excellent guide.