Vinddalen – Skåpet

The spectacular Skåpet cabins form a gateway to the trail network in the Frafjordheiane Landscape Conservation Area, south of the Lysefjord. Skåpet is also the first or last cabin along the Lysefjorden Rundt Trail. The trail runs along the entire Lysefjord, passing world-famous attractions Preikestolen, Kjerag, and Flørli. Located just a 1.5 hours hike from the parking lot in Vinddalen, Skåpet is a great place for families with children or others who want to go on a weekend trip.

We recommend to hike the Lysefjorden Rundt Trail anti-clockwise. The information on this page is based on hiking west-east. However, it is possible to hike this stage in both directions.

On, Norway’s hiking planner, you’ll find detailed trail information. Use digital maps for navigation, and searching for cabins and hikes all over the country. is a services offered to the public by the Norwegian Trekking Association (DNT).

Difficulty Easy
Distance 3.5 km
Duration 1.5 hours
Total elevation gain 250 meter (west-east)
50 meter (east-west)
Season Year-round
Link to digital hiking mapåpet
GPX-file Vinddalen-Skåpet (GPX)
More info

Parking at Skåpet Parking in Vinddalen. From Forsand, follow the signs to Øvre Espedal on Fv491 (17 km). In Øvre Espedal, turn off towards Vinddalen. You will find the car park at the end of the road, 7 km from Øvre Espedal.

Public Transport

There are no public transport options to Skåpet Parking. You will need to arrange a taxi.

Strand Taxi

Pelles Reiser

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DNT-cabin Skåpet (self-service)
NOTE: Very populær cabin, requires pre-booking.

If you wish to stay in the area before you start your hike to Skåpet, or when ending your hike in Vinddalen, we can recommend:



Gjøysa Gard

Lysefjorden Marina

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Lysefjord Code of Conduct
  • Plan your trip according to your ability and current conditions. Pay attention to the weather – listen to local advice.

  • Be prepared and bring necessary equipment, including good footwear, rain/wind proof clothing, a torch, hat, gloves and an extra set of warm clothes. Expect the unexpected. Bring a backpack with a packed lunch, extra snacks and water.

  • Leave no trace. Take nothing but pictures and leave nothing but footprints. Behave responsible, taking other hikers’ and nature’s wellbeing into account.

  • Bring a map. Follow marked trails and pay attention to signs and information boards along the way. If you lose your way, be on the lookout for cairns of rocks or red Ts. Please do not make your own cairns.

  • You hike at your own risk. Turn around in time.

  • In case of an emergency – call 113.