Enjoy a hike to a stunning mountain with a sharp summit
- Destination: Vang
- Season: June–November
- Difficulty: Expert
- Distance: 11.6 kilometers (out‑and‑back)
- Elevation Gain: 1,230 meters
- Duration: 8–10 hours
Slettmarkpiggen, located at 2,164 meters above sea level, is a stunning mountain with a sharp summit. The trip is a fun hike through beautiful nature with a little scrambling. The top is on the border of two municipalities in Oppland, Lom and Vang.
The trail begins near Bygdin Lake, on the outskirts of Jotunheim National Park in the southern area of the Jotunheimen Mountain Range.
Both Bergirisk and Ring Ouzel birds have been cited in the area.
There are many hiking options for accessing the start of Slettmarkpiggen by foot. You can drive directly to Eidsbugarden or park your car at/ take public transportation to the eastern end of Bygdin Lake. And then take a boat to the starting point.
Drive on Fillefjell (Lærdal - Fagernes), before exiting towards Tyin Lake and Eidsbugarden. Follow signs towards Eidsbugarden on the north side of Tyin Lake. Parking is available at Eidsbugarden.
From Oslo, take the NW161 Valdresekspressen route to the stop: “Bygdin”.
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.
Boat to Eidsbugarden/ Fondsbu Mountain Hotel (the starting point)
Visit the JVB boat website for schedules and prices.
Starting from Eidsbugarden Hotel, follow the red T-marked trail towards Gjendebu Mountain Lodge. At the junction northeast of Høystakktjernet, take the trail towards Torfinnsbu Cabin. The trail's terrain is rather easy, as it rises inward towards the Uksedalen Valley. Soon you'll see a stream the flows down from Slettmarkkampen, that you'll cross before hiking uphill on the gravel ridge on either the south or north side of the stream. The terrain is then rather steep, with lots of grasses and flowers surrounding the trail, before leveling out. The trail continues easily over roche moutonnée, a rock formation created by the passing of a glacier, with possible patches of snow along the gravel trail.
From the top of Slettmarkkampen, there are magnificent views in all directions. There is a cairn, a mound of stones that act as the summit, which you'll walk about 100 meters to the south to the cairn at the cliff edge to the east, where you are heading down a diagonal shelf with some scrambling. Here some ropes may come in handy if it's wet. Cairns continue to lead the way.
It's an easy way up to the top of Slettmarkpiggen. The cairn on top is in a very airy place. To get some variety you can take the return trip over Gravafjellet mountain. Go back down Uksedalen to the T-marked trail Eidsbugarden-Gjendebu. Proceed on unmarked trail north of Grønebergtjernet. You will then arrive at a well-kept path past Gravarfjellet to Fondsbu/Eidsbugarden.
- The boat departs two times a day from Bygdin and Eidsbugarden.
- The trip takes about one hour and fifty minutes to Eidsbugarden with a stop halfway at Torfinnsbu.
- Free parking at Eidsbugarden
Where to stay
- Fondsbu Mountain Lodge is located on the western end of Bygdin Lake. It's a full-service DNT cabin with many events, music, and cultural events.
Eidsbugarden Hotel is also located on the western end of Bygdin Lake. Visit their website for accommodation information and availability.
Bygdin Fjellhotel is located at the eastern end of Bygdin Lake. Visit their website for accommodation information and availability.
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