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Fjord Norway Vestland BREMANGER

Hornelen - Europe's highest sea cliff!

  • Hunskår, Bremanger
  • +47 57743000
  •  /  km From You

Visit Bremanger and hike Europe's highest sea cliff! The hike will give you a spectacular hiking experience.

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. Hiking to Hornelen is a full day trip, but it is worth the effort you put in. The view is spectacular!

Season: Spring, summer and early autumn (May - September).

A general good physical fitness is necessary to hike Hornelen. The trail challenging and is only suitable for experienced hikers. You should be used to walking in the mountains and in the terrain. When approaching the mountain peak it is important to pay attention to the narrow and deep crack just to the right of the trail.

It is important that you check the weather conditions at all times and plan your trip well to make sure you hike in daylight. You should not hike to Hornelen if there is snow on the mountain. Be prepared for all types of weather in the mountains, even in summer. Please remember warm clothing, good footwear (preferably mountain shoes), food and drinks. We recommend using walking sticks/ ski poles on the hike, especially if the weather indicate difficult conditions.


Hornelen is located in the municipality of Bremanger. The stopover in Bremanger is called "Smørhamn" and is easily accessible when traveling by express boat from Bergen, Sogn, Askvoll and Florø. It is possible to view the time schedule and book tickets at

By taxi
It is possible to take a taxi from Smørhamn, Kalvåg and Svelgen to Hunskår or Berleneset where the trail starts. By taking a taxi it is possible to start from Hunskår and descend to Berleneset. We recommend booking a taxi in advance. 
Rugsund Taxi:    +47 416 39 102
Eikeset Taxi:       +47 959 56 341

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. 

Norway Adventures offers guided hikes from Hunskår.
PRICE: NOK 890 per person, based on a minimum of 3 participants. Must be booked the day before.

Knutholmen in Kalvåg offers a hiking package to Hornelen with overnight accommodation, packed lunch, description of route and return transport Kalvåg–Hornelen.
GUIDELINE PRICE: NOK 1195 per person, based on two sharing.
INFO AND BOOKINGS: – +47 57 79 69 00

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 trip. 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 family. 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.

For additional information on the hike, transportation and accommodation, contact Bremanger tourist information office, tel. +47 48 14 04 88  –  e-mail:

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