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The Troll Trail from Rondane to Lillehammer

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

Do you have a dream of exploring high mountains, pristine plateaus, and birch-tree forests - all in their winter splendour, and all in one exciting trip? This is a 9 days self-guided tour with luggage transfer, following a continuous way-marked ski trail of approximately 155 km. The daily stages are from 18 to 35 km.
Hailed by cross-country skiing enthusiasts as one of Europe’s must-do adventures, the Troll Trail offers excellent terrain, surroundings and conditions for Nordic skiing. The ski trail passes south, through miles of untouched nature. It starts at Høvringen, next to the Rondane National Park, and runs south via the mountains of Ringebu to the Olympic city of Lillehammer. Overnight stays at comfortable hotels and mountain lodges, and one night in a traditional self-service cabin. 
Varied and relatively easy terrain, with no steep mountains or peaks to climb. Most of the trail runs in high mountain terrain, above three-lane, and offers excellent views of the peaks and surroundings. 

This ski tour suits experienced skiers with a good level of fitness (over average). This is a self-guided tour. We provide maps and tour description. On certain parts, the trail is groomed daily, on others only when necessary. The weather can be rough, with heavy snowfall and winds. Under such conditions, it is difficult to maintain the tracks, and you must follow marking and be able to use maps and compass in addition to the tour description.

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Day by day program

Day 1: Arrival Høvringen.
Train from Oslo Airport Gardermoen to Otta. Departure at 14:29. Hotel transfer to Høvringen. 
You enter grounds that have inspired numerous Norwegian painters, writers, and composers with its beautiful and imposing nature. It used to be dominated by mountain farms, but since the end of the 19th-century tourism has come to be one of the defining characters of the area.
Dinner and accommodation at Rondane Haukliseter Mountain Hotel.

Day 2: Skiing in the area of Høvringen.
You find more than 150 km of marked and prepared trails in both forest- and mountain terrain. In addition, there are plenty of opportunities to ski off the prepared and marked trails.
Dinner and accommodation at Rondane Haukliseter Mountain Hotel.

Day 3: Høvringen - Mysuseter, 18 km.
Easy day trip. This leg leads through high-mountain scenery at approx. 1000 m.a.s.l. Uphill for the first 5 km. After a while, the landscape opens up and reveals views of the characteristic Rondane massif to the east. After skiing for approx. 9 km you pass the Peer Gynt Hut and enter Rondane National Park. Flat and downhill most of the way to Mysuseter.  Most of the trail is prepared, except when you ski through the protected area in Rondane National Park. 
Dinner and accommodation at Rondane Høyfjellshotell.

Day 4: Mysuseter - Venabygdsfjellet, 33 km. 
Long and demanding day trip. First some easy skiing past the Furusjøen lake. Then a steep uphill through birch forest before you enter the National Park and the high mountain plateaux. There are no groomed tracks through the protected area, just marking sticks. The route passes a valley with the possibility to rest at Eldåbu self-service hut. Then you continue south-east through relatively flat terrain to Venabygdsfjellet, where you find excellent groomed tracks and mostly downhill towards the hotels.
Dinner and accommodation at Spidsbergseter Resort Rondane.

Day 5: Venabygdsfjellet to Øksendalen, 23 km.
Easy day trip in open high mountain terrain and some birch forest. Mostly groomed tracks, but not regularly.
Dinner and accommodation (in huts / apartments) at Friisvegen Tourist Centre.

Day 6: Øksendalen - Vetåbu, 20 km.
Easy day trip in varied terrain, leading through birch forests and across marches. Groomed tracks all the way. Some uphill as you start at 870 and end at 1000 m.a.s.l.
NB! Today you must carry the part of your luggage that is needed for an overnight stay at the self-service cabin. The rest of your luggage will be transferred directly to Pellestova Hotel Hafjell. 
Accommodation at Vetåbua, DNT-self-service cabin, a genuine Norwegian hut experience. The huts do operate on a first come, first served basis, so be prepared to share space. The cabin is stocked with provisions for breakfast, dinner, and lunch.

Day 7: Vetåbu - Pellestova - 35 km.                                    
Long day trip in easy terrain. You ski across marshes and through open woodland. Some up- and down hills. The trail is groomed, but not regularly. 
Today you continue carrying the part of your luggage that you needed for the overnight stay at the self-service cabin.
Dinner and accommodation at Pellestova Hotel, Hafjell.

Day 8: Pellestova - Nordseter - Lillehammer - 25/30 km.
Easy day trip. The trail runs in flat and open terrain to Nordseter and then some downhill through woodland. Excellent groomed tracks all the way to Lillehammer. Parts of this stage follow the same track as the Birkebeiner Ski Race that take place in March every year. If you want more Birkebeiner tracks, you can ski via Sjusjøen + 5 km.
Accommodation at Lillehammer Hostel and Hotel.

Day 9: Departure 
Breakfast. Train to Oslo Airport Gardermoen (depart every hour).

NB: The tour 19 - 27 March 2020 is Thursday - next Friday. All other tours are Saturday - next Sunday.

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Departures and prices

Tour dates 2021:

13 - 21 March 
19 - 27 March 
3 - 11 April 

Duration: 9 days including the days of  arrival and departure.
Number of participants: We need a minimum of 5 participants to complete the tour.

Prices 2021: 
Per person in double room: NOK 15 050.-
Single room supplement: NOK 1 860.- 

Book early discount before 1 December: NOK 250.- per adult

Price includes:
6 x accommodation including breakfast, dinner, self-packed lunch and refill thermos
1 x accommodation in DNT self-service cabin, including ingredients for breakfast, dinner, self-packed lunch and refill thermos
1 x accommodation in Lillehammer, including breakfast  
Map and Tour description. (1 set per booking)

Luggage transfer between the hotels (except day 6 and 7 - see day program).
Transfer from/to Oslo Airport Gardermoen

Extra charge:
Train from/to Oslo Central Station: NOK 100.- each way.
Extra set of maps: NOK 400.-

Ski rental (8 days) including return transport:
Skis with half steel-edges + shoes and poles: NOK 850.-
Skis with half steel-edges and skins + shoes and poles: NOK 950.-

Other ski tours:
Jotunheimen cross-country trail
The Peer Gynt Trail
Explore Rondane - Winter edition - 4 days
Explore Rondane - Winter edition - 8 days