Watch the magnificent sunrise or sunset at 2,068 meters above sea level
- Destination: Sognefjellsvegen
- Season: January–December
- Difficulty: Demanding
- Distance: 15.3 kilometers (out‑and‑back)
- Elevation Gain: 0 meters
- Duration: 8.5–10.5 hours
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Hiking Fannaråken with Turtagrø as the starting point makes this trip very accessible. One of the best parts of the hike is reaching the top, where you’ll be surrounded by the Hurrungane mountain range as well as the Smørstab and Jostedal glaciers. If you stay at Fannaråkhytta, DNT’s highest tourist cabin, you’ll be able to enjoy the sunrise and sunset at 2,068 masl!
The hike is challenging, but a perk is that you will be facing the mountain and enjoying a spectacular view the entire time. Fannaråken is known as one of the most classic routes in Jotunheimen.
There are lots of names for this hike Fanaråken, Fannaråken, Fannråki--the list goes on and on. Although DNT, the Norwegian Trekking Association officially now calls it Fannaråken.
Travel by car on road 55 from Lom. Turtagrø Hotel is on the right side of the road and is less than 100 meters before Tindevegen road on the left side of the road. If you are staying at Turtagrø Hotel you may park in the parking lot, otherwise, park in the public parking lot across the road from Turtagrø.
There are buses however, it’s not advised to use them as they come very infrequently. The bus stop that is just before Turtagrø Hotel is called “Turtagrø”.
Start hiking northeast from the parking lot along road 55. At the second bend in the road, there is a path that appears on your right-hand side. Take that path, it will lead you into the Helgedalen valley. There will be a fork in the trail when you reach Ekrehytta. Continue north (left) on the path towards Fanaråkhytta. The other direction Skogadalsbøen eventually leads you to Fanaråkhytta, but it is a much longer trip. From here, all you have to do is go up the jagged path, that increases in elevation quickly. The trail is very well signed and maintained. And indicated how many km you’ve traveled and how much you are above sea level.
- In the summer, you’ll have the possibility of coming across some of the local cows and sheep who graze in the mountains.
- Free public parking
- Sandwiches and other picnic food is sold at Fanaråkhytta to the public from 8:00
- Turtagrø Hotel offers breakfast, lunch, and a 3-course dinner
- Nedre Oscarshaug is a rest stop a little north of Turtagrø Hotel, which even has a glass telescope with the names of the surrounding peaks.
Where to stay
Stay at Fanaråkhytta, a 1934 built In the summertime, you’ll get a hearty three-course Norwegian made out of food that was helicopter dropped at the cabin. The best part about staying here, is that you can watch the sunrise or sunset with a 360-degree view. Make sure to book a bed in advance as there are only 32 beds!
If you prefer to hike up and down Fannaråken the same day, or would like to stay in the area before hiking stay at Turtagrø Hotel. It is located off of Road 55 and is accessible by car. It dates back to the 19th century, but it 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.