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6 days - Group Hike - Classic Norwegian trek through Rondane National Park
This is a classical route, which takes you from the north to the south of the National Park. Rondane is one of Norway's most popular hiking areas, because of its unique landscape with spectacular rounded peaks and the ground covered by a blanket of reindeer moss. Accommodation in staffed lodges.
Rondane covers a varied mountain landscape of high peaks, lichen covered plateaus and lush valleys. The park is dominated by the high peaks, narrow ravines and deep valleys of the Rondane massif. The poor bedrock supports only a sparse vegetation of mainly lichen and heather. Boulders and scree make the access difficult at times.
- Day 1
- Hjerkinn - Hageseter
- Day 2
- Hike to Dovre National Park
- Day 3
- Grimsdalshytta - Øvre Dørålseter
- Day 4
- Øvre Dørålseter - Bjørnhollia via Langglupdalen
- Day 5
- Bjørnhollia - Rondvassbu
- Day 6
- Rondvassbu - Smuksjøseter, then bus & train to Oslo
- Start/End Place
- Oslo, Scandinavia
- Destinations Visited
- 6 Days
- Group Size
- 6 - 15
- Special Interest
Travel on foot through the magnificent Rondane National Park. Train from Oslo return.
Transport from/to Oslo, accommodation, tour leader, all meals (breakfast, sandwich/thermos, normally three-courses dinner) as per itinerary.
International flights, travel insurance, gratitudes and items of a personal nature.
Day 1 - Hjerkinn - Hageseter
Meet up at Oslo Central Station at the top entrance to the platform 20 minutes before departure. Train from Oslo Centralstation 08:02 to Hjerkinn station. We take a hike up to Viewpoint Snøhetta, an architectural viewing pavilion overlooking Tverrfjellet mountain, before we walk to Hageseter. Look out for musk-oxen during your walk and at the viewing pavillion. Dinner and social gathering.
Day 2 - Hike to Dovre National Park
We continue south in Dovre nationalpark, we pass Gråhøa and Kringlehøa in the west, before we reach Grimsdalshytta (1000m.a.s.l.).
From its beautiful location with cultural buildings, Grimsdalshytta affords a panoramic view of the Rondane mountains. Here in the Grims Valley, the terrain is open, and around the lodge there are many easy hikes. The lodge has 54 bunks, in two-bunk and four-bunk rooms, a larger room and a dormitory. All bunks have duvets and pillows with covers. Please use your own hut sack. You can also put the duvet aside and sleep in your own sleeping bag. Hut sacks and bedclothes also are available for rent at the reception desk. The lodge has a diesel generator (220 VAC). Nonetheless, it's wise to have a torch in your pack, because the generator is turned off around 23.00 in the evening. Privies, showers and a drying room are located in a separate building.
Day 3 - Grimsdalshytta - Øvre Dørålseter
Grimsdalshytta - Øvre Dørålseter, 17 km
Through the Dørålglupen and a view to the highest mountains in Rondane. About 6 h walking.
Day 4 - Øvre Dørålseter - Bjørnhollia via Langglupdalen
Øvre Dørålseter - Bjørnhollia via Langglupdalen, 21 km. Through the beautiful Langglup-valley to Bjørnhollia. About 7 h.
Bjørnhollia is a staffed lodge with 90 bunks and lies south in the Rondane range, with its sheltered valleys and splendid scenery. Variety is close at hand - summit hikes, strolls or fishing. The lodge is a gem; in 1984 it was awarded the Muncipality of Sel Architecture Prize for the best trekker facility in the mountains. You'll definitely feel at home here.
Day 5 - Bjørnhollia - Rondvassbu
Bjørnhollia-Rondvassbu, 13 km
Through Illman-valley to Rondvassbu, about 4 h.
Rondvassbu lies in the middle of the Rondane range as is extremely popular, with tempting peaks in all directions. The lodge is located at the south end of Rondevatnet lake. Svartnuten peak towers behind the lodge, and behind it lie a string of peaks - Vinjeronden, Storronden and the highest of them all, Rondslottet (2178 m).
The lodge has 128 bunks, in two-bunk and four-bunk rooms and a dormitory. All bunks have duvets and pillows with covers. Please use your own hut sack. You can also put the duvet aside and sleep in your own sleeping bag. Hut sacks and bedclothes also are available for rent at the reception desk.
In the main building, there's hot and cold water, and the lodge has a diesel generator (220vVAC). Nonetheless, it's wise to have a torch in your pack, because the generator is turned off around 23.00 in the evening. Privies, showers and a drying room are located in a separate building. Ronvassbu has a serving licence for beer and wine.
Day 6 - Rondvassbu - Smuksjøseter, then bus & train to Oslo
After a nice breakfast, we follow trail to Smuksjøseter, a wonderful hike! Bus from Smuksjøseter to Otta and train 18:36 to Oslo.
Arrival Oslo central station at 22.04.
All prices listed are per person. Dates and prices for 2019 are released at the end of 2018.
NOTE: you must be a member of the Norwagian Trekking association to enjoy this price. Ordinary membership for one adult is NOK 700. This is included in this price.
10 Sep 2018
Note: The duration given in the program is estimated walking time without breaks.
Interactive Tour Map
Summer Trekking with the Norwegian Trekking Association
The hikes have different degrees of difficulty and duration. Some areas are wilder and more challenging than others, and it is important that you choose a tour suitable to your physical abilities. You should be able to hike in different types of terrain, from relatively flat and soft to more hilly and rocky, carrying a backpack (weighing 8-12 kg), even in bad weather. We highly recommend that you do a couple of test hikes with the backpack you are going to use on the hike before you leave home.
Norway shares the same latitude as Alaska, Greenland and Siberia, but compared to these areas Norway has a pleasant climate. However the weather in the mountains is quite changeable, so it is important to be prepared for all kind of weather. The temperatures in the mountains can be from around 5-20°C in the summer. Exceptional is frost or more than 20°C. The Norwegian mountain terrain differs from green areas to places with less vegetation. The high mountain passes and peaks are often covered with rocks and the trails are therefore less comfortable than in other mountain areas in Europe. The great variations make the mountains in Norway so fascinating.
All the tour leaders for the Norwegian Trekking Association are volunteers with extensive mountain experience, and have completed either the Norwegian Trekking Association (DNT) special course for summer tour leaders or similar training. The tour leaders are highly valued members of the DNT family.
The DNT-cabins are known for their cozy and intimate atmosphere and good comfort. Three meals are included each day: Breakfast-buffet, lunch pack with a filling of thermos flask and 3-courses dinner. The first meal is normally dinner at the first lodge. The last day breakfast and lunch pack only. Accommodation will be in rooms with four beds or more.
The lodges are open to everybody, so at busy times you need to be prepared to share rooms with people you do not know. If the cabins are very crowded, it may even be necessary to sleep on mattresses on the floor.
Packing List - Summer Trekking in Norway
Proper equipment is essential for hiking in the mountains. The weather can be unstable and may change quickly, so it is important to bring warm clothes, raingear as well as shorts. Mountain boots are recommended, and they should be well broken in. Bedding, dishes and cutlery are available at all lodges. A sleeping sack and towel are necessary for all tours. Correct packing requires good planning. Your backpack should not weigh more than 8-10 kilos. We suggest you bring the following clothes and hiking gear during your summer hiking in Norway.
wool, part wool or synthetic underwear
wind jacket/anorak or all-weather jacket
shirt or light sweater of wool or fleece
In pack or pockets
rain jacket (if your jacket isn't all-weather)
rain trousers (if your trousers isn't all-weather)
sweater/jacket, wool or fleece
wool, part wool or synthetic long underwear
sleeping bag/sleeping liner
first aid kit
extra underwear (trousers, shirt, socks)
extra indoor trousers (optional)
map and compass
map case (with pencil and paper)
thermos or water bottle
Total weight: 7 - 12 kg.
For tent camping you also need
cook set and fuel
plate and cutlery
you can leave out a thermos
Total weight can easily be 15 - 20 kg for tenting
Other useful gear
"Til fots i Norge" guidebook
In forests you can get along with less gear and need not have the quality needed for mountain tours. The same applies to sheltered areas along the coast.
Spring and autumn can have winter weather in the mountains, so extra warm clothing is essential.
Pack light and don't take too much!
Travel insurance is compulsory for all tours with 50 Degrees North. Please ensure that you have this organised as we will need to see proof of this upon issuing your tour documentation. Please contact us for a quote or visit http://www.suresave.net.au/