Jørungilknappen Hiking Trail
- Destination: Vang
- Season: June-November
- Difficulty: Medium
- Distance: 6.7 kilometers (out‑and‑back)
- Elevation Gain: 610 meters
- Duration: 2-4 hours
Drive to the top of Smådalsfjellet.
This is an easy hike, mostly on grass and heather, but with stone and talus highest up.
The tour is not marked, but the lane is not to be mistaken. Follow the ridge southeast on the way over and enjoy the views of the Heli area and mountains to the north and west. You cross the old mountain farm road to Smådalen and Storliden after a 15-20 min walk, and after about ½ t (2km) you are at Hallingsteinen. This is a huge boulder that the ice probably left here a few thousand years ago. The legend says that someone of Hallingdal on the way to or from Vang was out in a terrible storm, but saved his life here in the shelter of the boulder. This event is said to have given the stone the name Hallingsteinen.
Then follow the ridge ahead with the "eyes turned" towards Jørungilknappen. At the end, when you go from the rock phyllite to the hard and nutrient-poor granite about 1600 meters above sea level, there is a lot of rough talus. In addition to everything that you have seen earlier in the trip, you can see impressive views east over mountains in Slidre, and if you bring your binoculars, you will be able to study the many fine mountain farm hamlets in the neighboring municipality.
Now it is not much further, about 15-30 min away to Gråskarvet, which is the highest point. The view is no reason to complain.
A shorter but steeper alternative route goes from Kvitehaugen at Movatn.
Youget here by driving 12 km from Syndinstøga and follow the signs to "Strø - Kvitehaugen" to the intersection on Kvitehaugen. Keep to the right towards "Køltjednet" and park across the two bridges. The trail follows the creek Åksleåne upward. There are many small photogenic waterfalls here. First you go gently upwards to feeding grounds, then steeper through birch forest and open heath before the trail eventually disappears into stone and talus, and you choose your own route to the top.
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