Postvegen Øye - Gamlestøga Hiking Trail
- Destination: Vang
- Season: June–November
- Difficulty: Medium
- Distance: 17.5 kilometers (out‑and‑back)
- Elevation Gain: 960 meters
- Duration: 4–5 hours
About Postvegen Øye - Gamlestøga
The Postvegen (post way) follows the route the mail between Oslo and Bergen used to be transported before roads were built. It follows the straightest lane from Øye in the west end of Vangsmjøsa and westward up the mountain, Filefjell.
Cars can be parked at Øye stave church and the kindergarten 200m further west along the E-16.
From Øye stave church go north along the E-16 a few hundred meters before you turn left at the sign "Rødale" and "Skytebanen". If you want to go the while old post road you have a long but interesting walk ahead of you. You go up the summer pasture road way up past the barrier to the first sharp turn left. There are signs showing "Postvegen". Then you start hiking up steep slopes towards Kvinehære and the shooting range. You may experience grave mounds. The Verssteinen stone is well worth a visit. Further into the valley the old post road goes into birch trees here and there. Simply follow the marking.
On the top mountain farm, Brekkastølen, you should probably stop and enjoy the view over the valley. It's a great place. Now you are at the end of the valley and soon you are up on the bare mountain. A few meters below where the creek from Røtjernet (1132 masl) runs out, are two bøgahi with 20 m spaces between them, about 10 m on the south side of the creek. These bøgahis can be recognized as large rocks piled atop one another. Even today you can enjoy and experience to see reindeer pass over wading, so we understand that the capture site was well located.
The road continues in light terrain, with an occasional cairn here and there. The Pilgrims way follows the same path, and it is well marked. So it's not hard to find.
Rounding the north end of Røtjedn, go west-northwest, passing the north end of Tenlefjorden (1168 masl) to the bay in the northwestern end. Follow the signs down along the northern side of the creek Tenla. When you hit the gravel road to Gamlestøga, take this heading west to Gamlestøga.
There is a nice marked trail further on from Gamlestøga to Nystøga if that's where you parked your car.
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