Bitihorn Hiking Trail
Visit one of the most popular viewpoints in Valdres
- Destination: Jotunheimen
- Season: June–October
- Difficulty: Medium
- Distance: 6.4 kilometers (out‑and‑back)
- Elevation Gain: 550 meters
- Duration: 2–4 hours
Bitihorn is a classic route close to the destination, Beitostølen and on the border of Vang and Øystre Slidre. The panorama view from the top makes Bitihorn one of the most visited mountains and viewpoints in Valdres.
There are two trails taking you to the top of Bitihorn. The northern trail is the easier route and can even be accessed in the winter. Upon reaching the top, there is a huge telecom antenna and a modest cabin not open to the public. Bitihorn was initially climbed in 1811 by the botanist, Christen Smith.
From Oslo, take the NOR-WAY 161 Valdresekspressen route to the stop: “Bygdin”.
Check out the other accessible adventures along the Valdresekspressen bus route: Valdresekspressen Pocket Guide.
From Oslo, head north on E16, towards Bergen, for 185 kilometers. When you reach Fagernes, follow signs to road 51, towards Vågå/Beitostølen. Follow road 51 for another 50 kilometers until you reach Bygdin. Here, you will find parking.
Bitihorn can be accessed by two routes:
From the Northeast (Route 1)
Walk south from Bygdin fjellstue, following signs towards Bitihorn. This trail is very well marked and takes you up the northern ridge. Along the hike, you will have great views over the lake Bygdin and the southern side of Jotunheimen.
From the South (Route 2)
This trail requires technical climbing, and should only be taken if you have good knowledge of the route or are with someone who does. Follow the marked trail from the parking lot to the top. Hiking the southern side of Bitihorn is a bit steeper and gives a great view over the sloping wooded hills of Valdres. As you reach the top you get a perfect view over Jotunheimen and Valdres.
Shops and restaurants are available in Beitostølen, only a 10-minute drive from the adventure.
Where to stay
Just up the road from the trailhead is Bygdin Høyfjellshotell, a cosy mountain lodge. The lodge serves great food, including a very good breakfast, and has a bar.
There are also several hotels and cabins available in Beitostølen.
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