Kyrkjistølen - Sletterust Hiking

  • Frodige myrar og heier i dalen nord for Grønevatnet.

    Frodige myrar og heier i dalen nord for Grønevatnet. Photo: Thor Østbye

Essential info

  • Destination: Vang
  • Season: June–November
  • Difficulty: Medium
  • Distance: 13.5 kilometers (out‑and‑back)
  • Elevation Gain: 500 meters
  • Duration: 3–5 hours

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About Kyrkjistølen - Sletterust

From Kyrkjestølen a T-marked trail goes straight up from the farms, along the west side of the creek and through the vessel just east of Kyrkjenøse. After 250 height meters are passed you, you walk in slightly undulating terrain towards Grønevatnet. Keep on along the eastern side of the lake (1184 meters above sea level). The trail is nice until you wade the creek about 1 km north of Grønevatnet. On the large surface of the valley there are vast marshlands that the creek flows through gently. Also further up the valley there is a lot of marshland where sedge, cloudberry, cotton grass and willow grows, but the trail goes on dry ground. The valley seems very green and lush. From the creek on the trail goes, now in some places less visible but well-kept, gently rising up to the trip's highest soil point on Skivardegge ca. 1350 meters above sea level. Well up on the big boulevard south on Skivardeggen you should take a rest and enjoy the view over the green valley, with Grønevatnet in the background and Slettningsegge (1524 meters above sea level) dominanting along the eastern side of the valley. On the north side you can see as far Hjelledalstind, Koldedalstind and Uranostind behind Mansberget, while Hurrungane are looking up to the left. If you have been observant, you might also have seen mountain birds. The trail now goes gently down about 2 km to the cabin area on Sletterust. Here, there is a T-sign at the point where you enter the poor cabin trail, which you follow for 100 m to the intersection where the road gets better. You walk along this for 1.4 km to Highway 53, between Årdal and Tyinkrysset. If you follow the main road upward to the right about 400 m you enter a network of trails in Jotunheimen at the sign "Skogadalsbøen, Vettismorki og fremre Hjelledalen". "

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