An old tale claims that Mount Hoven has it's name after Odin's horse Sleipner, who, on a trip over the mountain, struck his hoof and left the powerful impression on the mountain side that is so easy to see today. Nobody knows if it's completely true, but what's certain is that the view is as powerful and magical as before. The difference is that now it's available for absolutely everyone - not only old gods and fit people.

The legend claims that Odin, with his horse Sleipner, who had eight feet, jumped from Mt. Auflemfjellet and across the fjord to the top of the mountain above Lostranda that today is called Mt. Hoven.

On this stormy day, they traveled around Auflemåsen towards the Lohøgdene and wanted to take the shortcut across Lobukta towards the mountain top over Lostranda. Odin waited for a real storm to grab Sleipner and lift them to the sky.

Soon there were strong winds, and Sleipner lost his footsteps and they both were lifted from the hillsides. They almost reached Mt. Skåla, but the wind was calmer in the valley, and they could finally move towards the mountain above Lostranda.

When they reached the mountain, Sleipner lost his balance, but put his eight hofs hard down and grabbed grip near the edge of the mountain. But he kicked loose one big piece - the one we still can see today. 

Odin - the god of knowledge and wisdom

Odin (Norse: Óðinn) is, according to Norse mythology, the most powerful and wisest of Gods. Odin is associated with healing, death, royalty, the gallows, knowledge, battle, sorcery, poetry, frenzy, and the runic alphabet, and is the husband of the goddess Frigg.

Hugin and Munin

In Norse mythology, Hugin and Munin were a pair of ravens that flew across the human (Midgard) and the god’s world (Asgard), observing what was said and done. When dusk was near they would return to the god Odin’s shoulders, whispering to him what they had observed. Thus, it was said, that Odin was the wisest among the gods

The two cabins that transports people from the fjord to Mt. Hoven has been named after the ravens - Hugin and Munin.