‘Smalahovesleppet’ is a food based festival that focuses on the traditional dish of sheep’s head and other local dishes and commodities, encompassing both traditional and newly developed dishes. Smalahovesleppet is organized by Festival Voss, Vossameny and Voss Sentrum.

Interesting facts about ‘smalahovud’:

Smalahovud (dialect: smalahove or sau(d)ehau(d)) is the head of lamb or mutton that is utilised for food.

Smalahovud, or sheep’s head is a food with a long steeped tradition in Western Norway, going back to a time where you had to get as much food from an animal as possible.

In more modern times sheep’s head is seen as a celebratory meal and is served in restaurants.

Voss hosts a competition in sheep’s head eating.

The festival will focus on:

  • Both classically traditionat and newly developed dishes from local/regional produce.
  • Dishes where special importance is put on the origin of the ingredients.
  • Dishes where the history behind the refinement of is known, whether based on tradition or as a newly developed product.

Part of our tradition is trading with surrounding areas, and thus there will also be dishes served with produce from farmers and food producers located in other parts of Hordaland as well as the neighbouring municipality of Sogn og Fjordane.

Smalahovetsleppet 2016 will take place on the 23rd and 24th of September.


‘Ekstremsportsveko’ is the largest combined sporting and music festival of its kind. It’s arranged yearly in the municipality of Voss, in the county of Hordaland. Amongst other things the weeklong festival, which focuses on extreme sports, offers competitions within kayaking, rafting, mb-bmx, skydiving, climbing, BASE and longboarding. For an entire week national, as well as international, athletes meet to challenge themselves and each other in the different sports on offer.

The week isn’t just about sport and competition for its participants, it has become a meeting place for the different sports and it gives the participants the opportunity to learn from each other. Although the sports remain the main focus of the week, over the years music has grown to become a bigger and more important part of Ekstremsportveko, and thus an important factor in experiencing the festival. For the final three days of the festival you can see performances from national and international artists from genres such as pop, rock, funk and reggae. 

The festival is organized by “The Ekstreme Voss Foundation” which is made up of Voss Rafting Club, Voss Kayak Club, Voss Hang and Paraglider Club and Skydive Voss.  

Every year, 300-400 volunteers arrive from all over the world to help with the festival. Their contribution is a big part of what makes the festival a success. 

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