Helgedalsnosi Hiking Trail
Viewpoint giving you a great panorama of Hurrungane
- Destination: Sognefjellsvegen
- Season: June-October
- Difficulty: Medium
- Distance: 1.8 kilometers (out‑and‑back)
- Elevation Gain: 160 meters
- Duration: 2 hours
Upon reaching the top of Helgedalsnosi, you’ll be rewarded with incredible views of the Hurrungane mountain range. This set of mountains have many of the wildest peaks in Norway and usually can only be reached by climbing or hiking to the top.
Hiking Helgedalsnosi is rather easy, due to starting above the treeline. There are multiple access points from hike into Jotunheimen National Park, so perhaps pack a tent to extend your day trip.
The geologist Baltazar Mathias Keilhau, was the first to depict Hurrungane with his sketches and watercolors, which appeared in Flintoes Hurrungene, and is one of the oldest Norwegian book illustrations.
Travel by car and use the parking lot of the Huldehaugen picnic area on Sognefjellsvegen / road 55, about 1.5 km after Oscarshaug.
There are buses however, it’s not advised to use them as they come very infrequently.
The trail begins at the parking lot of Huldrehaugen picnic area. The hike is above the tree-line, so there aren’t any trees, but rather just open mountain areas with grasses and large rocks. The trail is indicated with red arrows and markers on the rocks. Some of the markers are very faded, so make sure you pay attention. In the steeper areas of the hike, it’s very easy to see the markers.
Once you reach the top, there is a fantastic panoramic view in all directions. To the east you’ll see Steindalsnosi (2,025 meters above sea-level) with Fanaråken (2,068 meters above sea-level) in the background. And the Hurrungane mountain range is in the south, with some of the most dramatic mountainous landscape in Norway with 30 peaks over 2000 meters.
- Stock up on food and essentials in Fortun or another nearby town. Turtagro Hotel offers breakfast, lunch, and a 3-course dinner, while Sognefjellethytte only offers a 3-course dinner.
- Nedre Oscarshaug is a rest stop a little north of Turtagro Hotel, which even has a glass telescope with the names of the surrounding peaks.
- Day Hiking Packing List
Where to stay
Turtagro Hotel dates back to the 1880’s, but was recently renovated and is the closest accommodation to Helgedalsnosi. Campsite rental is also available which includes access to showers, toilets, and a common area.
Another option is Sognefjellethytte, located about a 20-minute drive northeast of Helgedalsnosi.
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