A brief english version with flying information
take off Hanguren seen from south
At the take off.
Voss seen from take off.
PARAGLIDING IN VOSS
Voss is one
of the most famous flying sites in Norway, located approximately 1,5
hour east of Bergen in western Norway. Voss is famous as a winter ski
resort, producing more olympic gold winners than any other small town
in the world. However, Voss also has a lot to offer during the summer.
In addition to paragliding, Voss has a very active skydiving club, good
white water rafting in river Vosso and plenty of space for mountain
trekking. Located between Hardangerfjord and Sognefjord Voss is an excellent
base for exploring western Norway from the air, on land or on the water.
The event Extreeme Sport Week runs at the end of June every year, and
has made Voss wold wide known as the extreme sport center in Norway.
For paraglider pilot Voss can offer:
|- cable car to main take off Hanguren
- south facing take off
- approximately 600m height difference to landing
- main landing in the center of Voss by the lake (45 masl)
- cafe at the landing
- xc-possibilities in 5 directions
- alternative starts on different wind directions
- a local club with friendly and welcoming atmosphere, Voss Hang-
and Paraglider Club.
Minigolfen - cafe at the landing
The meeting place for pilots is at the cafe at the lakeside. We call
it the 'Minigolf'. If it is flyable, you will find pilots here drinking
their morning coffee around 11:00. From the Minigolf to the bottom
of the cable car it takes 2 minutes by car or 10-15 minutes by walking.
You can see the cable car from the Minigolf.
The take off is 100 meters to the right when you arrive at the top.
It is a nice grassy slope which ends in a fairly sharp edge. At the
take off there is space enough to lay out many glider.
south facing mountain sets up nice thermals. Early in the day
you will often find the thermals at the left hand corner of the
take off, near the wind sock. Later the termals rise over the
mast of the cable car to the right, drifting right over the Hanguren
restaurant and continue over the plains behind. Pay attention
when trying to catch this thermal and avoid the cables.
In the afternoon we search for thermals over the gaps in the forest
1-2 km west of the restaurant. Cloudbase at Voss is normally around
1500 - 1800 meters asl during the summer time and above 2000 meters
on the best days. Landing by the lake is at about 45 meters asl.
half way down below the take off you will see some sharp cliffs.
These are normally your last chance to stay up. If you miss it
here, it is advisable to head for the landing. It is very rare
pilots manage to catch thermals from altitudes below this cliff.
Remember that you need enough altitude to cross Voss center in
order to reach the landing by the lake.
Just below the cliff you find a nice, grassy plain. This farmland
is called Mølstertunet and hold a museum. However, it is strictly
forbidden to land your paraglider on this private land. Except
for this land owner, most of them are fairly nice and friendly
In the afternoon comes the seabreeze from west. This gives sidewind
at take off, and both starting and flying becomes difficult
and risky. Some days the seabreeze becomes so strong it causes
problems at landing. Always keep an eye at the lake to see when
the wind pics up and go for the landing in due time.
Above take-off and Voss
the winter we fly mostly at Bavallen. At this time of year we
have a lot of easterly winds, and the pilots take the trip
around the mountain from the south facing Hanguren to east facing
Bavallen. We take the 2-chair lift up Bavallslia. At the top there
is about 150m flat to go to the start. Bavallen is just above
the tree border, so the snow covered take off area is large and
and has a perfect slope. The height difference is about 800 meters
to the landing at the lakeside.
The large and smooth plain at the top makes it perfect for top
landings. Even though we mostly fly ridge soaring at Bavallen,
you can encounter thermals at late winter and spring. We do some
flying here during the summer as well, but the take off is a bit
tricky and uneven without the snow.
Accidents happens mostly on easterly winds or when pilots understimate
the strength of the seabreeze. With easterly winds the landing at
the Minigolf becomes turbulent due to the line of trees towards east.
It is then recommended to land at "Grandane" which is the
gravel beach towards the estuary. Also with strong seabreeze we recommend
you land at Grandane which gives you more room for error. Look for
more site details under Flying Sites.
Useful phone numbers:
Voss Camping: 56 51 15 97
Voss Fjellheiser (ski lifts): 56 51 12 12
If you see somebody land in the power lines, call Voss Energiverk:
Hanguren is the most frequently used site in Voss, due to its easy
access and good thermals. You take the cable car Hangursbanen, and
the take off is approximately 100 meters to the east when you enter
at the top. Direction of take off is south, and altitude is 620 meters
above sea level, (approximately 570 meters above landing). The take
off is a nice and smooth grassy slope, not very steep, with an edge
with trees below. The south facing mountain side produces nice thermals
from March to September. In June the seabreeze will start to become
troublesome and give sidewind at takeoff in the afternoon. The landing
is the grassy plain by the lake Vangsvatnet in the center of Voss
(47 m above sea level). Watch the lake surface to see when the breeze
is starting to build up. Normally the sea breeze will be 5-6 m/s,
but can reach 10 m/s in rare occasions. Hanguren is sometimes flown
on days with week easterly winds (lee thermic). This can become quite
risky, and is only for very experienced (or stupid?) pilots.
Pay attention and stay clear of the cables for the cable car which
runs on your right hand side from take off. It is strictly forbidden
to land on Molstertunet, the grassy farm plain just under take off
(emergency landings only). During warm summer days the landing by
the lakeside can be crowdy with kids and sunbaders. Consider to land
at the gravel beach towards the river estuary instead (called Grandane).
Watch the sea breeze. Paraglider accidents in Voss mostly happen on
days with easterly winds. Turbulence! There has also been incidents
where pilots have landed in the lake. Students in particular should
wear a boyancy jacket.
Bavallen is the most frequently used site during the winter months.
Take the chair-lift (the one at the left hand side) for two persons
at Bavallen, and there is approximately 150 meters flat to walk easterly
at the top. Start direction is east, and altitude above sea level
is 820 meters. During the winter months from december to march we
have a lot of easterly winds, which can produce nice ridge soaring
at Bavallen. The take off is big, and the power lines which used to
cross the take off is now put in the ground, so there is plenty of
room for top landing, too. During the winter we land on farmland towards
the river underneath take off (Jordbrukskulen), wereas during the
summer we prefer fly around the mountain to the right and land by
Minigolfen, the main landing in center of Voss. But not when the wind
is strong and easterly!
Because the take off is facing east, it is often smart to be at take
off early in the day. From end of February and beginning og March
you can catch light thermals on sunny days. During the summer this
take off is not so much used because the surface is a bit uneven.
Gjelle is facing north west and is located right across the lake from
Hanguren. Altitude is apprx. 450 m above sea level. This site is used
a bit for thermic ridge soaring during the summer. Access on ok dirt
road by normal car. From the Minigolf you get there by crossing
the bridge over river Vosso and take frist road to the right, towards
Gjelle. When you see the lake again, there is a cross road. Landing
is the big field to the right between you and the lake (and river
estuary), and the road to take off goes up to the left. Then you have
to take another right onto the gravel road after a km or so. Take
off is a grassy slope surrounded by pine trees. Facing north, but
can proiduce thermals on good days. Landing has to be clarified with
farmer. Check availability with local pilots. With some thermals you
might reach the main landing by the minigolf.
Power lines by the landing field. The landing can be a bit turbulent
on northern wind. Students should wear boyancy aid. No cars on the
landing field, whatsoever!
is located on the ridge which stretches from Bavallen towards Lonahorgi
(1410 m asl), the large mountain with a huge antenna on top. Access
by 4x4 car on private dirt road. The site is facing south east, with
altitude apprx. 900 mas. The name Slettafjellet means "smooth
mountain", and the area is really nice and smooth with many possible
take-offs. Because of the complicated access, this wonderful site
is not used so much.
Sonve is facing north west and located on the hill of Sonve, above
Gjernes. Altitude apprx 400 meters. Access by 4x4 car or 20-30 min
walk from the farm. Drive towards Bordalen and just before you enter
Bordalen you take to the left to a farm. From this farm there is a
toll road which requires 4x4 car. The take off is just by the road
and pretty small. Ok with a light wind in. Landing on farmland underneath
if permitted, or you can reach the main landing in the center with
modern glider. The area in front of take off has some power lines.
The site is not much used.
Tverrberg is located east of airport Bomoen. Drive towards Raundalen
and take to the right across the river and up un the other side. Nice
gravel road all the way. This site is facing west and should be good
when the sea breeze makes it unflyable on all the other sites. The
hangglider pilots have an old take off here, and the paraglider take
off is just 100m further along the road. The altitude is about 400
m and cliff start. Requires wind and experienced pilots. Large grassy
fields underneath, but landing must be clarified with landowner. This
site is not used so much, but has a big potential!
Liaset is located on the east side of Lonavatnet. The access is a
bit complicated to explain. See map. At the end there is a toll road
on nice gravel road and 5 minutes flat walk. Take off is a large grassy
slope in front of some huts, or walk a couple of hundred meter up
behind the huts. Because the valley is south to north, the seabreeze
can give you some sidewind from the left, but often there is little
wind here in spite of windy at Vangsvatnet. Nice site for late evening
flights. Several fields to land under take off, but must be clarified
with land owner. Best to cross the valley and land on the wetland
where the river runs into the lake, or even better, top landing which
is easy here. The site is not so much used due to its complicated
is 30 minutes north of Voss, where the road runs up to the high mountain
plain of Vikafjellet. The site is a bowl at the end of the valley,
and direction of take off is facing south east. Park the car on the
top of the curvy road and walk 150 meters up to the right. Several
places to start on small wetland plains. The take off is at about
800 meters above sea level. Landing in the valley 2-300 meters below
on grassy fields. Note the power lines running down the valley at
the landing. Low wind days will often give tailwind due to the snow
and cold air floating down from the mountain areas behind.
NO FLY AREA by the airport east of Voss. This area is a drop zone
for paracutists and landing airea for glider planes and must be avoided
by paraglider pilots!
Heigth limitation at Voss is 2895m.
vossapg - the paraglider site of Geir Dyvik -
www.dyvik.net - tel+47 91392191