Fannaråken Hiking Trail

Witness a magnificent sunrise or sunset at 2,068 meters above sea level

  • Photo: Vibecke E. Bu

  • Photo: Dag Nordsveen

  • Photo: Magnus Snøtun

  • Photo: Werner Harstad / Statens vegvesen

Essential info

  • Destination: Sognefjellsvegen
  • Season: July-September
  • Difficulty: Demanding
  • Distance: 15.2 kilometers (out‑and‑back)
  • Elevation Gain: 1,240 meters
  • Duration: 8.5-10.5 hours

About Fannaråken

Fannaråken is known as one of the most classic routes in Jotunheimen. Reaching the top, you’ll be surrounded by highlights such as the Hurrungane mountain range, and the Smørstab and Jostedal glaciers. Stay at Fannaråkhytta, the Norwegian Trekking Association’s (DNT) highest cabin at 2,068 meters above sea level, and witness a stunning sunset and sunrise over the mountains.

The hike is challenging as parts of the trail are steep and jagged, but the perk is that you’ll be enjoying spectacular views the entire way.

This mountain is known by several names: Fannaråken, Fanaråken, Fannråki—the list goes on. However, DNT’s official name is Fannaråken.

Getting there

Car

Turtagrø Hotel is situated on the right-hand side of Road 55 (Norwegian Scenic Route Sognefjellet) when coming down from the mountain plateau. If you’re staying at Turtagrø Hotel you may park at the hotel’s parking lot, otherwise, park in the public parking lot across the road from Turtagrø.

Bus

In summer, the local route no. 200 (Lom-Sognefjellet-Sogndal) run across the Sognefjellet mountain plateau. Alight from the bus at Turtagrø. Buy your tickets aboard the bus or via the app Opplandstrafikk Billett.

Trail description

The trailhead is situated northeast from the parking lot, along Road 55. At the second bend in the road, there’s a trail appearing on your right-hand side. Follow this trail as it leads you into the Helgedalen Valley.

Upon reaching Ekrehytta cabin, there’ll be a fork in the trail. Continue north (left) on the path towards Fanaråkhytta lodge. The other trail running toward Skogadalsbøen will also eventually lead you to Fanaråkhytta, but it’s a much longer hike.

Heading north, follow the jagged path as it ascends steeply towards the top. The trail is well signed and maintained, all the while indicating the altitude and how many kilometers left to the top.

Descend along the same trail. 

Facts

  • In summer, you may come across cows and sheep grazing in the mountains. 

Amenities

  • Free public parking.
  • Fannaråkhytta sells sandwiches, and other types of on-the-go food from 8:00am.
  • Nedre Oscarshaug is a rest stop a little north of Turtagrø Hotel, featuring a glass telescope with the names of the surrounding peaks. 

Where to stay

Stay at Fannaråkhytta, a traditional DNT staffed lodge dating back to 1934. The lodge is open in summer, serving hearty three-course Norwegian dinners every day. 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 dates back to the 1880s but was recently renovated. They serve breakfast, lunch, and three-course dinners. Campsite rental is also available, which includes access to showers, toilets, and a common area. The lodge is open between Easter and mid-September. 

Map

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