This lodge-to-lodge tour takes us from an undulating pasture landscape on the north side of the Rondane national park, and up in to its 2000 meter high mountains.
This classic tour is Norway in a Nutshell, giving expansive views in all directions. The national parks of Dovre and Rondane offer colossal mountains, great trails, sweeping views, cosy, staffed lodges, and lots of interesting flora and fauna.
The tour leaders look forward to accompanying you on classic routes through Rondane.
You can book a place on our trips through our online booking(only norwegian).
Maximum number of participants: 12 (plus two tour leaders)
Welcome letters are sent to participants 1-2 weeks before the start of the tour, with information such as the name and contact information of the main tour leader.
1 to 6. july.
5 to 10. august.
NOK 7.700,- from Hjerkinn/to Otta
Non-member surcharge NOK 1,500,-. Sign up for DNT-membership.
The package includes: Accommodation, tour guide, extra bus, all meals (breakfast, packed lunch/thermos, normally three-course dinner) except: First day only dinner and last day only breakfast plus packed lunch/thermos.
Tour grading: red
Norway’s mountains are beautiful in the summer, but even the easiest hike can be challenging if the weather turns; winds, rain and snow are possible. With proper equipment it is often these trips you remember best with their comradeship and good stories. Pack your backpack wisely.
Day 1: Arrival Hageseter lodge (915m), about 9 km
Meet at Hjerkinn at 13.00. We take a short detour to the Snøhetta viewpoint before heading down to Hageseter lodge. We spend the evening in a briefing with the guide and getting to know each other.
Day 2: Hageseter – Grimsdalshytta lodge (1,000m), about 14 km/4-5 hours
We continue south into Dovre National Park, passing Gråhøa and Kringlehøa mountains to the west, until eventually heading down towards the Grimsdalen pasture valley. The DNT lodge, Grimsdalshytta, is located in the heart of this valley. Once we arrive, just take off your boots and enjoy the views. Dinner will soon be served and the lodge’s hosts knows just what weary hikers want.
Day 3: Grimsdalshytta – Øvre Dørålseter lodge (1,050m), about 17 km/6 hours
From Grimsdalen, we pass Gravhøtangen mountain, down into open birch forest to Haverdalsåe, then through steep terrain up to and through the Dørålglupen pass. On the other side of the pass, we see a different, wild landscape as we head down to Øvre Dørålseter lodge. The private lodge is beautifully situated and has a charm all of its own.
Day 4: Øvre Dørålseter – Bjørnhollia lodge (895m) via Langglupdalen valley, about 24 km/8 hours
Today is a long day through the Langglupdalen valley. With Høgronden mountain on one side and more of Rondane’s mountains on the other, we follow the wild river valley down towards the birch belt and on to Bjørnhollia lodge. Bjørnhollia was established as a sæter (summer farm or shieling) about 300 years ago. It is a scenic place in which to enjoy a stay.
Day 5: Bjørnhollia – Rondvassbu lodge (1,167m), about 13 km/4 hours
We continue through birch forest on a gentle climb up through Illmanndalen valley to Rondvassbu lodge. Rondvassbu lodge is located directly below Rondeslottet and Storronden mountains, and you may be tempted to hike up Storronden in the evening if the weather is fine. This is the last evening with your n travel companions.
Day 6: Rondvassbu – Smuksjøseter lodge – Otta, about 13 km/4-5 hours
After a hearty breakfast, we hike the beautiful route to Smuksjøseter lodge, from where there is a special bus service to Otta station arriving at about 14:30.
Please note that the program is subject to alteration.
All time calculations are made from an average speed of approximately 3 km/h. Please note that breaks, weather and trail conditions, etc. are not included in estimated hike times.
How to get to/from the meeting place?
As a participant you are responsible for arriving in good time at the meeting place for the trip. Neither the tour guide, nor DNT administration, can - for various reasons - organize carpooling with private cars. It is important that you secure a transport solution before you sign up for the trip.
By public transport from Oslo:
Train from Oslo Central Station (Oslo S) to Hjerkinn station. See timetables on entur.no or vy.no
DNT Oslo og Omegn is not responsible for changes/errors in the timetable. Participants are responsible for checking whether the timetable is correct before registering for the trip
To Otta. Parking at the station. Train from Otta to Hjerkinn.
Rondane 1:50 000 (Calazo maps; www.calazo.no) Please see ut.no (in Norwegian, use Google translate) for updated map and route descriptions.
What to bring:
For the safety of yourself and other participants, you need to bring appropriate clothing and equipment in your backpack. Please see our recommended
Summer Hiking gear list.
Important information about DNT tours
When you sign up for this tour, you confirm that you have read and accept the terms and conditions set out in the ‘Terms and conditions for participating in organised tours with DNT in Norway’.
Tour leaders and tour routes
Our tour leaders are volunteers. They have undergone tour-leader courses and have a lot of mountain experience. Tour leaders derive great pleasure from guiding and enjoy sharing their experience and love of nature with participants.