An old tale claims that Mount Hoven has it's name after the Norse God Odin's horse Sleipner, who, on a ride across the mountains, struck his hoof and left the powerful impression on the mountain side. 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 eight-legged horse Sleipner, jumped from Mt. Auflemfjellet across the fjord to the top of the mountain above Lostranda that today is called Mt. Hoven.

On this stormy day, they travelled around Auflemåsen towards Lohøgdene and wanted to take the shortcut across Lobukta towards the mountain top above Lostranda. Odin waited for good wind to grab Sleipner and lift them towards 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 scar we still 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. Norse mythology was the Viking’s religion. Read more about Odin on Wikipedia.

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 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.