The first traces of people in Finse date from 7000 years ago. These were Stone Age people who hunted wild reindeer in the area around Finse. The first tourists were recorded around 1850, when the Prince of Wales and his son visited Finse to hunt and fish. Finse as a community developed with the construction of the Bergen Railway. At its peak, around 200 people lived in Finse. At this time, Finse had a school, a community centre and a shop. Today, there are around 10 permanent residents in Finse. Most of them work at the hotel. During the high season, the local population rises to 30-35.


Finse is the highest station on the Bergen Railway at 1222m above sea level

Finse is situated in the heart of the Hardangervidden mountain plateau, wind-blown and bathed in sunlight at the foot of the Hardangerjøkulen glacier. Untouched, wild and beautiful, situated between national parks yet easily accessible by train. Finse and Finse 1222 are situated at the highest point of the Bergen Railway, 1222m above sea level. To Finse it takes 2.5 hours by train from Bergen and 4.5 hours by train from Oslo. The place is often described as a meeting point between east and west. Finse has a fantastic location, situated as it is between Hallingskarvet National Park and Hardangervidda National Park. With the Hardangerjøkulen glacier and the majestic Hallingskarvet mountain range nearby, Finse is…[translator’s note: missing text]


Tourism is the most important industry in Finse, but research into the untouched natural landscape also plays a key role. Finse is the southernmost place in Europe with an arctic climate. The average temperature during the year is -2oC, but the thermometer has plummeted to no less than -39.6oC here in the past. Sir Ernest Shackleton used Finse to prepare for his expedition to the Antarctic. Finse has also been described as an Antarctic in miniature. Since Finse Hotell’s humble beginnings in 1909, giants such as Nansen, Amundsen and Shackleton have all used Finse due to its extreme characteristics. The landscape, the weather and the local traditions create the perfect background to unique winter experiences. The main activities during the winter are ski-sailing, kiting, cross-country ski trips in the mountains, alpine skiing, dog sledge excursions and lavvo (Sami tent) camps.


The summer season at Finse extends from July to the end of October. During the summer, you can go on a glacier walk and explore Blåisen, an arm of the Hardangerjøkulen glacier. The main activity during the summer is cycling along the Rallarvegen. Situated between two of Norway’s most beautiful national parks, Finse has grown to become a popular base for walkers. There is a huge network of marked and unmarked walks in the area.

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