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Hiking in Three National Parks

On request

Enjoy a warm and friendly atmosphere at Venabu and join guided hikes in three national parks throughout the week. Visiting Rondane, Jotunheimen and Dovrefjell National Parks, enjoying stunning views and changing scenery.
You will learn about the Nordic flora and fauna, geology and how time has shaped this vast landscape. We will hike in wild reindeer country, and might even see the musk ox in the moutains. Both Besseggen and Snøhetta, two of Norways most famous hikes are on the agenda.
When we return from todays hike, we enjoy a nice dinner while sharing impressions from the day. This is the perfect vacation for solo travellers, friends and couples who want to share their hiking vacation with other like-minded people.
Daily stages from 12 to 24 km, with 1100 m ascend at most. 

You stay at the family-run Venabu Fjellhotell, 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.

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  • LEVEL: Challenging mountain hiking for fit, experienced hikers.
    Up to 9 hours walking time, up to 1200m ascent, up to 24km distance, though not on the same day. Remote rocky paths, one boulder field, straight forward scrambling, some exposure. Guests who experience vertigo may find the Besseggen day a challenge.

    GROUP SIZE: Small group, minimum 4, maximum 8 persons.

    Stunning hikes in three National Parks: Rondane, Jotunheimen and Dovrefjell.
    Besseggen and Snøhetta: two of Norway`s most famous hikes.
    The chance of seeing Musk Ox in Dovrefjell
    Hiking in wild reindeer country
    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 shaped this vast landscape.
    Relax in a comfortable, family run mountain hotel.
    Enjoy a renowned dinner: A taste of Norwegian Tradition at Venabu Fjellhotell.
    Ideal for solo travellers, friends and couples who would like to share their walking holiday with like-minded people.

    We reserve the right to make changes to the program.

  • Day 1, Friday: Arrival.

    After dinner there will be an information meeting with a presentation of the weekly program.
    Socializing in front of the fireplace and getting to know the other participants.

    Dinner is served at 19.00.

  • Day 2, Saturday: Rondane: Store Ramshøgda 1463 m.a.s.l.

    We start the week by hiking to mount Store Ramshøgda in Rondane. We explore Rondane - Norway`s first national park, founded to protect the genetically unique wild reindeer living there. On the descend we explore a less visited valley where we may see hunting merlin and or rough-legged buzzard.
    18 km/ 460 m ascent/ 620 m descent

    Dinner is served at 19.00.

  • Day 3, Sunday: Dovrefjell: Snøhetta 2286 m.a.s.l.

    There are very few places you are able to see the musk ox in the wild, none as accessible as Dovrefjell National Park. We hike to the top of mount Snøhetta through a landscape of rare Nordic plants, wild reindeer and Arctic foxes. The route is quite challenging as we walk in very rocky terrain. From the summit we see Snøhetta`s glacier from above, and are rewarded stunning views in all directions.
    12 km/ 800 m ascent/ transfer 1 hour 30mins

    Dinner is served at 19.00.

  • Day 4, Monday: Jotunheimen: Besseggen 1743 m.a.s.l.

    One of Norway`s most famous hikes, offering amazing views. We take the boat along lake Gjende before starting the ascent. Following the trail below high peaks, between the emerald green water of Gjende and the deep aquamarine lake Bessvatnet. We are challenged on the ridge, with rocks and some exposed terrain.
    20 km/ 1100 m ascent/ 1000 descent/ transfer 1 hour 45 mins.

    Dinner is served at 19.30.



  • Day 5, Tuesday: Finnsjøvola and Pika, 1157 m.a.s.l.

    After two tough days, we enjoy some lighter terrain.We ascend steadily through delightful, pine forest to open land and sparkling lakes with views of the Rondane massif and see Sweden towards the east. As we enjoy the beautiful scenery we may be lucky enough to see wild reindeer and the almost mythical cloudberries, 'the gold of the mountain', that is very valued in Norway.
    12 km/ 380 m ascent/ transfer 30 min

    A special dinner, ' A Taste of Norwegian Tradition' is served at 19.00. 

  • Day 6, Wednesday: Rondane National park: Dørålseter

    Today we hike into the sculpted, elemental landscape of the Rondane massif. We make a traverse through the heart of the park, surrounded by its dramatic, imposing peaks and post glacial features. The Rondane National Park is an ideal location to experience the high mountains of Norway. 
    24 km/ 400 m ascent, 700 m descent/ transfer 1 hour 30 mins

    Dinner is served at 19.30.



  • Day 7, Thursday: Gravskardhøgda 1767

    Wild and stunning, we hike high above lake Atnasjøen. We summit mount Gravskardhøgda and enjoy the 360-degree views from the top. We see the majestetic Rondane massif and all the way to Sweden towards the east on a clear sky day. The last hike of the week will not disappoint you.
    21 km/ 1200 m ascent/ 1000 m descent/ transfer 50 mins

    Dinner is served at 19.00.

  • Day 8, Friday: Breakfast and departure.

    Check out after breakfast and possibility for a walk on your own.


Departures and prices

Dates 2023:
14 - 21 July 
18 - 25 August 

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

Number of participants: Minimum 4 people to complete the tour. A maximum of 8 spots on each departure.

Prices 2023:
Per person in double room: From NOK 19 950.-
Single room supplement: NOK 1 400.-

The price includes:
7 nights accommodation with breakfast and evening meal/buffet, self-packed lunch and thermo flasks filled.
6 guided hikes.
Boat trip on Gjende, Jotunheimen.
Transfer to and from Ringebu station at arrival and departure.
All transfers related to the programmed hikes.

Not included:
Train to/from Ringebu
Alcoholic drinks/soft drinks/snacks
Travel and cancellation insurance 

Other hikes:
Dovrefjell - Along the Pilgrim´s Trail
Peaks in Jotunheimen - Grønolen Mountain Farm