Fannaråken Hiking Trail
Witness a magnificent sunrise or sunset at 2,068 meters above sea level
- 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
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.
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.
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.
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.
Descend along the same trail.
- In summer, you may come across cows and sheep grazing in the mountains.
- 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.
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