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Walking holiday with a guide - Venabygd Mountains

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

Enjoy the Norwegian mountains at Venabu, and relax and recharge your batteries by joining exiting guided walks. Experience how the beautiful nature and the majestic mountains have a relaxing effect on mind and body. A few days in the mountains with healthy and tasty food, good sleep and hiking in varied terrain, gives your mind and body a welcoming reboot.

Venabu Fjellhotell is located 932 meters above sea level, on the mountain pass between Gudbrandsdalen and Østerdalen. Venabu is the perfect base for longer and shorter walks in varied terrain. The landscape is dominated by the open plateau formed by a desert climate 60 million years ago, as well as newer formations created 10,000 years ago during the last Ice Age. Here you can see some of the most exciting scenery consisting of narrow canyons, lakes, waterfalls, moraines and terraces.

Walking Grade:
Intermediate mountain walking for experienced hikers
Typically 12-16 km per day with two longer days, maximum 490 m ascent in one day. Longest day trip 24 km.
Small group, minimum 4, maximum 10 persons.

Highlights of the week:
Hiking in unspoilt, wild reindeer country.
Walking in Rondane National Park.
Discover the Nordic flora and fauna, migratory and ground-nesting birds, birds of prey and rare arctic-alpine plants.
See how the forces of water, geology and time have created the landscape.
Enjoy a traditional lunch and storytelling at a summer farm.
Enjoy a renowned Norwegian Buffet of traditional dishes at Venabu Fjellhotell.

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Day by day program

Day 1, Saturday: Arrival.
Dinner at 18.30.
After dinner there will be an information meeting and review of the UK's program.
Socializing in front of the fireplace and getting to know the other participants.

Day 2, Sunday: Local peaks: Dynjefjellet 1151m and Svartfjell 1154m
The stunning 360° views from each of these peaks give us a taste of what lies ahead this week. The high peaks of the Rondane are visible to the north. The wildland of Venabygdsfjellet opens before us. Distant to the west is also the glaciated peaks of the Jotunheimen, home to Northern Europe’s highest mountains. Learn about the lives of the wild reindeer that migrated here as the last ice age ended and the glaciers retreated. Humans followed the reindeer 6000 years ago and we will see the marks they left behind.  
13 km Ascent: 420 m

Day 3, Monday: Rondane National Park: Store Ramshøgda 1463m
Today’s feature is a hike to the peak of Store Ramshøgda. We discover the Rondane, Norway’s first National Park, created to protect the genetically unique wild reindeer living here. Descending from our high point we explore an unfrequented valley where we may see Merlin and fjellvåk hunting.
18 km, ascent 460m 

Day 4, Tuesday: Rondane National Park: Døralseter
Today we take a transfer and hike into the sculpted, elemental landscape of the Rondane massif. We make a traverse through the heart of the park. Dramatic and imposing, the Rondane National Park is an ideal location to experience the high mountains of Norway. This is our longest day, 7-8 hours hiking.
24km, 400m ascent, 700m descent.  

Day 5, Wednesday: Canyons and waterfalls: Dørfallet and Myfallet
The highlights of today’s hike, direct from the hotel, are sure to be the waterfalls of Dørfallet and Myfallet.  Experience for yourself the powerful force that carved this landscape. 
15km 300 ascents. 
This evening you'll get a special Norwegian buffet.

Day 6, Thursday: Tour to Lykkesetra the hotel’s Summer farm with traditional lunch
Another contrast again today as we visit the summer farm of Lykkesetra set in the meadows below Forbundsfjellet. The farmer will tell stories of the history and folklore surrounding summers spent in the mountains. In keeping with this, we serve a lunch of traditional, local foods.  
16km, 490m ascent

Day 7, Friday: Finnsjøvola 
Both tranquil and sublime Finnsjøvola offers us an easier yet spectacular day. We ascend steadily through delightful, pine forest to open land and sparkling lakes with views of the Rondane massif and east towards Sweden. As we walk and soak up the beautiful scenery we may be lucky enough to see and hear golden plover.
12km, 380m ascent. 

Day 8, Saturday: Breakfast and departure.  
Check out after breakfast and possibility for a walk on your own.

It is possible to extend your stay. We will tell you where to find nice hikes.

Departures and prices

Dates 2019:
20 - 27 July 
24 - 31 August 
14 - 21 September

Arrival for dinner Saturday and departure the next Saturday after breakfast.

Prices 2019:
Per person in double room: From NOK 15 000,-

The price includes:
7 nights accommodation with breakfast and evening meal/buffet, packed lunches and flasks filled.
6 guided walks
A traditional lunch and storytelling at our summer farm
Transfers to and from Ringebu station at arrival and departure..
All transfers related to the hikes

Other hikes:
Trekking in Rondane National Park, with or without guide
Dovrefjell - Along the Pilgrim´s Trail
Hike the Peer Gynt Trail
Peaks in Jotunheimen - Grønolen Mountain Farm