Gruvåsen Hiking Trail
Historical hike to the best view of Dalsbygda
- Destination: Forollhogna
- Season: June-October
- Difficulty: Medium
- Distance: 1.9 kilometers (out‑and‑back)
- Elevation Gain: 50 meters
- Duration: 1-2 hours
Hiking to Gruvåsen offers a great viewpoint of Dalsbygda and the valley below. The area has been used for mining, hunting, and farming dating back to about 300 years. With its central location, just a few kilometers outside the center of Dalsbygda, it is a popular destination for locals who want an easy hike. An information board near the main country road provides more updated information if need be.
From Meierigården / Kølbua café in the center of Dalsbygda follow Road 751 west towards Vangrøfta and Gruva. The parking lot is located on the left side of the road and is marked with a signpost. The parking lot is also the location of the trailhead.
The trail is signposted and has a moderate elevation directly starting from the parking lot. The hiking trail crosses a historic road from Vangrøfta to the Gruegards and continues on the transport road to the mining plant at the top.
The panoramic view at the top is said to be the best viewpoint of Dalsbygda. You'll see Langfjellhogna in the west, Forollhogna, Åslifjellet, Vangrøftdalen, Kjurrudalen, Dalsbygda with Vangrøftgrenda and Storflotjønna nature reserve in the foreground in the north as well as Hummelfjellet in the southeast.
- Fredrik IV's mine was in operation from 1707 to 1908, where a considerable amount of copper was extracted. The mining operations transformed the lives of the local villagers and farmers, as this was a large-scale business that went well beyond farm operations in the earliest operating period.
- During the last operating period, the mine was operated by steam. The remains of the 13 buildings that were constructed around the mine remain. Until the early 19th century, many generations of families resided here.
- The mine is part of the World Heritage Røros and the circular ferry. To learn more about the mine and area visit: verdensarvenroros.no/en
- Near the top, there is a bonfire pit and a basic shelter to protect you from bad weather
Where to stay
- Inatur.no has many options (search for Dalsbygda)
- Dalsbygda.no (apartments are available in the center)
- Henningsmoen gård is a farmhouse that dates back to the early 1700s. For more information about booking visit this website.
- You can pitch a tent at Fosskleiva, just make sure you follow "Right to Roam" rules.
- Opportunities for accommodation at Os, Vingelen, and Tolga.
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