The Coastal Path in Voss – Hanguren Part II

Given the heatwave conditions of Norway this summer, walking up Hanguren was something of a hot and sweaty experience.  It was quite steep, you see…

The Path up Hanguren…and even the trees didn’t provide much protection from the sun.

Pine Tree Forest Halfway up HangurenYep; we have never taken a picture of ourselves looking so hot!

Hot SelfieWhen we reached the top cable car station we walked into the waiting area.   This was a large wooden-framed hall with picnic tables.  There were only a few people there, but as we walked in they all turned and looked at us with a certain amount of shock.  What was the problem?  Deb and Catherine were also in the hall, having arrived by cable car.  Deb strode over, laughing.  “I’ve got to get a picture of this,” she said.  And here is that picture, of us drenched in sweat and trying to cool down:

Very Sweaty at the Cable Car StationAs soon as she took the picture, Deb came back over.  “Close your legs,” she hissed at me, “It looks like you’ve wet yourself”!  I hadn’t realised but where I had been sweating so much, the moisture had drained down in rivulets and soaked through to just about everywhere.  Indeed, a few seconds after this photo was taken I rummaged through my backpack to find my zoom lens, only to discover it lying in a shallow puddle of sweat which had collected in the bottom – yuk!

Hanguren – worth the climb but take a towel!  Still, the views from the cable car station were worth it.

The View from Hanguren Cable Car Station

Points on this part of the walk (copy and paste the co-ordinates into Google Earth):

  • Top Cable Car Station, Hanguren:  N 60° 38.323 E 006° 24.080

Walk Statistics:

  • Date of Walk: 21 July 2014
  • Walk total distance covered: Approx 7 miles
  • CLICK HERE FOR LINK TO INTERACTIVE MAP!!! (but this link doesn’t include the first part of the walk as I forgot to turn my GPS on…)
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5 Responses to The Coastal Path in Voss – Hanguren Part II

  1. Pingback: The Coastal Path in Voss – Hanguren Part III | The Coastal Path

  2. jcombe says:

    Planning to walk up here, but I gather walking is now the only choice, as the cable car has now closed down.

    • jcombe says:

      And I did walk up there last weekend and very glad I did. But yes it certainly is steep (I was actually more worried about coming back down than going up, due to the steepness). The cable car has closed down now, so walking is the only choice (the top building is still there, but all closed down). That probably means the top is much quieter, though.

      My photos : https://www.flickr.com/photos/joncombe/sets/72157681756183164

      A new cable car is currently being built at the end of the station platform so it will soon be possible to ride back up again.

      • Wingclipped says:

        Hi jc and thanks for the update. I’m really surprised the cable car has closed down as it seemed quite popular when we were there, and it is a very steep climb otherwise. They were paragliding off the top and I was also told there was a ski school up there in winter, so I wonder if the closure is temporary?

      • jcombe says:

        You perhaps missed the last part of my comment that a new one is being built! It will run from the station at Voss though I don’t know if it will use the same building at the top or a new one. Not sure when it is due to open though, certainly not this year possibly next.

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