Nature and cultural trail on the Valdres Line Hiking Trail
A popular trip suitable for all ages
- Destination: Land
- Season: January-December
- Difficulty: Easy
- Distance: 7.3 kilometers (out‑and‑back)
- Elevation Gain: 40 meters
- Duration: 1-2 hours
About Nature and cultural trail on the Valdres Line
The nature and cultural trail along the Valdres Line is a popular walking route from Dokka to Odnes, a round trip of 14.6km. Along the route you will find lots of information signs about the nature in the area and about the landscape and landmarks you will experience along the way. There are lots of trip possibilities along the abandoned Valdres Line throughout the year. The line was closed for the public in the 1980s. In the 1990s the line was fully abandoned, with the transport of logs and goods between Eina and Odnes along the railway ceasing. The railway tracks are no longer used by trains, but they offer a fantastic way for the public to discover the beautiful landscape throughout the seasons.
Dokka Station, Dokka Dokka stasjon i sentrum, Dokka renseanlegg and The Wetland Centre in Odnes are all great places to start your trip from. If you only wish to walk a section of this route then it is possible to reach the trail close to Ekra/Brurud along fv33, parking close to the train track. It is also possible to reach the trail from Dokka power station, that is located close to fv33.
The Valdres Line from Dokka to Odnes is a nature and cultural trail along the abandoned railway. The route is a round trip of 14km, but it is possible to walk sections of it if you desire a shorter trip. The nature and cultural trail ends at the Dokkadeltaet Nasjonale Våtmarkssenter in Odnes. Here you will be able to do some bird watching from the bird tower or enjoy the view of the Dokka delta nature reserve. There is visitor centre here that is open on Wednesdays and Saturdays in summer, with different activities each week (see here).
Walking along the abandoned railway tracks or pedalling a draisine are both popular summer activities (www.valdresbanen.no/).
Ski trails suitable for all ages are prepared each winter on the abandoned railway line The Valdres Line Dokka - Hov cross-country skiing .
Good footwear is recommended as it can be very slippery on the railway tracks after wet weather.
The Wetland Centre is open in summer and offers different activities each week. You can also purchase coffee and waffles here and hire canoes and fishing equipment. There is an exhibition at the centre which is changed regularly. There is free parking available at Dokka Station, Dokka renseanlegg (starting point for the Folkestien) close to the railway tracks at Ekra/Brurud and the Wetland Centre in Odnes. Free toilets are available at the Wetland Centre when it is open in summer and close to Dokka Station.
Where to stay
Closest to Dokka centre you will find accommodation at Dokka Camping, Dokka motell og Ankalterud Gård. Further away from Dokka you will find accommodation at Haugtun (Aust-Torpa), Ullsaker Øvre Gjestegård (Vest-Torpa), Etna Familiecamping (Etnedal), Lyngstrand Camping and Totenåsen Sportell. There is also accommodation available at Spåtind Sport Hotel in Synnfjellet. You can rent a hotel room, or an apartment here and you will also find a cafe, a restaurant and a bar.
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