This is Valhalla for fishermen, as there are some 500 lakes and rivers in the greater vicinity of Voss. A local fishing license, costing NOK85 ($17/£8.50), is available at the post office or the tourist office. You can catch trout and char with only local tackle. Fishing guides can be booked through the tourist office.
Voss also offers the best paragliding in Norway, with flights conducted daily in summer from 11am to 5pm, costing NOK1,500 ($300/£150) per person for a tandem flight. The starting point is Nordic Ventures (tel. 56-51-00-17), in the center of town.
Parasailing, water-skiing, and banana boating are possible at the Vangsvatnet, in front of the Park Hotel Vossevangen. The season is from May to October. Parasailing costs NOK550 ($110/£55), water-skiing NOK300 ($60/£30), and banana boating NOK800 ($160/£80). For information, call Nordic Ventures (tel. 56-51-00-17).
River sports are big, and there are a number of outfitters, mainly the Voss Rafting Center (tel. 56-51-05-25), offering not only rafting, but canyoning and river-boarding as well, at prices beginning at NOK770 ($154/£77) per person. Their base is near the Park Hotel, a 3-minute walk from the rail station. The season goes from May 1 to October 1. Other outfitters include Voss Ski & Surf (tel. 56-51-30-43), featuring river kayaking for both neophytes and more skilled kayakers, and Nordic Ventures (tel. 56-51-00-17), offering guided sea kayaking through the Sognefjord, past waterfalls and mountain scenery.
The best campsite in the area is Tvinde Camping, Tvinde, N-5700 Voss (tel. 56-51-69-19; fax 56-51-30-15; www.tvinde.no), near the E16 highway. It's one of the most scenic campsites in central Norway, as it lies beside a waterfall, 12km (7 1/2 miles) from the center of Voss. Both tent sites and cabins, the latter in a two-story building with a veranda, are rented here. The cost of the cabins ranges from NOK400 to NOK540 ($80-$108/£40-£54) a night, with tent sites costing only NOK150 ($30/£15), plus NOK40 ($8/£4) for adults and NOK20 ($4/£2) for children. The sanitary facilities are rated first class by Norwegian camping guides, and facilities include a washing machine and dryer, along with an on-site kiosk selling groceries. This camp is reached by public bus marked VOSS-GUNVANGEN, leaving from the center of Voss.
Almost as good is Voss Camping, Prestegårdsalléen 40 N-5702 Voss (tel. 56-51-15-97; www.vosscamping.no), located lakeside and convenient to the attractions and sports of Voss. Its reception area and the campsite itself are open May to September 8am to 10pm daily. The site is well maintained, and the accommodations are reasonably comfortable. Decent cabins are rented for NOK500 ($100/£50), with tent sites going for NOK140 to NOK190 ($28-$38/£14-£19). On-site are washing machines and dryers. To reach the campsite, turn left after leaving the rail station and walk along the rim of the lake, turning right onto a little gravel road (signposted) at the local Vangskyrkja Church. Follow this road to the campsite itself. Both the Tvinde and Voss camping sites accept only cash.