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Hike the Peer Gynts Trail

This tour is on request, please contact us for information and booking

The legend of Ibsen's Peer Gynt originated in Gudbrandsdalen and there is much evidence that the person the legend is based on was born at Vinstra, in the middle of Gudbrandsdalen. In the mountainous areas between Lillehammer and Vinstra, lies his kingdom. A magnificent of scenic landscapes and ancient cultural landscapes. Here Peer Gynt found tranquillity and inspiration. Peer Gynt may well have been a boaster and a dreamer, but a visit to Peer Gynt's Kingdom will convince you that Peer had good reason to boast of his kingdom. People still find both peace and joy in traveling in these mountain areas both summer and winter. The area offers easy trails in a varied terrain. 
Along the way you stay three nights at each destination with time to discover the local trails and climb the nearest peaks. 
The tour is self-guided. You decide for yourself, how far and steep you want to go. Your luggage is transferred from one hotel to the next, so that you can enjoy the trip with just a light daypack. Every evening you can enjoy a tasty dinner, based on local ingredients, while letting the day's experiences sink in.

NB! When booking, you will receive a new email from us when all accommodations are confirmed. This may take from a few hours up to 3 business days, depending on the supplier(s). Please don't book your flight until you've received an email confirmation from us. 

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  • This is a self-guided tour. This means going on your own and decide your own speed. You can take a break, shortcut or detour whenever you want. The tour includes luggage transfer.

    TOUR DATES 2021: Tourstart Saturdays from 26 June to 18 September

    NUMBER OF DAYS: 7, Saturday - Friday

    LEVEL: MODERATE tour for those in good shape. Stages 12-20 km/6-7 hours including breaks.
    In case of bad weather with heavy rain and/or wind, the trips will get more strenuous.

  • Day 1: Arrival

    Train to Vinstra, or if you arrive by car, you must park your car at Vinstra railway station. Hotel transfer from Vinstra to Wadahl
    Accommodation at Wadahl Hotel, which is located above the old summer farm, overlooking Jotunheimen to the west. Here you can enjoy sauna and swimming pool after finishing your outdoor activities or supplement the activities with a session in the gym.

  • Day 2 and 3: Discover the trails at Gålå

    Gålå is located on a mountain plateau 930 meters above sea level. The area offers lots of easy trails in birch forests and open mountain terrain.
    We recommend a hike to the top of Skjereillkampen, Distance: 8 km Ascent: 110 m. This is an easy start on the hiking week, through birch forest, small lakes and high mountain terrain.
    Another alternative is a round trip to Valsfjellet (1148 m.a.s.l), Distance: 9 km Ascent: 370 m. On the top you will have a stunning view over the next day's hiking
    trips and destination Gålå.
    You can also sign up for activities such as moose safaris, climbing, canoeing and kayaking. When open, you can also make a visit to Solbraa Mountain Farm Museum, where the Norwegian brown cheese was invented.
    Accommodation at Wadahl Hotel

  • Day 4: Hike the Ruten mountain to Espedalen, 18 km/approx. 6 hours

    Distance: 18 km/Ascent: 600 m. This is the longest hike of the tour. After a short transfer, you’ll go for a smooth and easy climb to the summit of Ruten mountain (1517 masl). From the top, you are rewarded with a panoramic view of the peaks in Jotunheimen and Rondane. The trail continues down on the other side of the mountain, towards Espedalen valley.
    Accommodation at Dalseter or Ruten Mountain Lodge

  • Day 5 and 6: Discover Espedalen

    Espedalen is a friendly wilderness, offering easily accessible terrain suitable for everyone, and a rich flora and fauna. Here you will find a great hiking terrain that extends from the lake down in the valley, through the forest and up into the high mountains. The trails start right outside the door of the accommodations, at 930 m.a.s.l.
    We recommend a tour to Bingsbu and Sprenpiggen, Distance: 11 km Ascent: 400 m. Hike above the tree line to the cabin Bingsbu, a nice place to enjoy your lunch pack. On the return trip we recommend following the sign to Lohaugen, an easy walk through birch forest back to Dalseter or Ruten Mountain Lodges.
    Another aternative is Round trip hike to Rundhø (1227 m.a.s.l), Distance: 6 km Ascent: 390 m. From the hotel you walk through birch forest the first kilometres. Take a break on the top of Rundhø and enjoy the view to the mountain ranges in Jotunheimen and Heidalsmuen. Back at the hotel you have time to do some other activities like horse- back riding, canoeing, fishing or just relax and enjoy.
    Accommodation at Dalseter or Ruten Mountain Lodge

  • Day 7: Breakfast and departure

    Public bus from Dalseter / Ruten to Vinstra railway station
    Own car or train from Vinstra.

Departures and prices

Dates 2021:
Tour start Sundays, 26 June - 18 September.
Other dates on request.

NB! When booking, you will receive a new email from us when all accommodations are confirmed. This may take from a few hours up to 3 business days, depending on the supplier(s). Please don't book your flight until you've received an email confirmation from us. 

Price 2021:
Per person in double room: NOK 8 500. -
Single room supplement: NOK 1 050. -

Book early discount before June 1st: NOK 250, - per person

The price includes:
6 x accommodation with dinner breakfast and self-packed lunch / refill thermos
Luggage transfer
Tour description and map

We can help witht transfer from/to Oslo Airport Gardermoen or other railway stations in Norway.