Vaga combines history, culture and spectacular mountain scenery. Visit local museums and admire one of the oldest stave churches in Norway. Vaga is also a launchpad for outdoor pursuits in Jotunheimen National Park and the famous Besseggen Ridge hike.
Things to do in Vågåmo
The lively village of Vagamo is a great base for exploring the region. Learn about local history and culture at the Jutulheimen Bygdemuseum and head to 15th-century Klones Farm to find out more about Vaga’s agricultural roots. Bring carrots to feed to the friendly horses.
The scenic Munch Walk celebrates the legacy of one of Norway’s most beloved artists. The well-marked trail starts in the Vagamo village centre and takes you past several historic landmarks. Download the free audio guide to find out more about Edvard Munch and his connections with Vaga.
The beautiful Vaga Church dates back to the 1100s and welcomes you with a picturesque wooden façade. It’s one of the oldest stave churches in Norway and has been beautifully maintained over the past century. Walk around the cemetery and decipher engravings on the centuries-old tombstones.
Besseggen Ridge is a bucket list hike for outdoor enthusiasts. You’re rewarded with spectacular views over crystalline Bessvatnet Lake, emerald-green Gjende Lake and surrounding mountains. The return hike takes around six to eight hours.
Jotunheimen National Park is a mountaineer’s paradise, with hundreds of 2,000-metre or higher peaks to climb. The park is dotted with traditional wooden huts where you can enjoy a picnic lunch or camp under the stars. Jotunheimen is also a premier cycling and mountain biking destination, with trails for every level.
Getting around Vågåmo
Vaga is located in Nordland County, a four-hour drive from Oslo. Rental cars are an easy and flexible way to explore Vaga at your own pace. Oslo Airport is a four-hour drive south.