Hulderstigen Hiking Trail
Learn about the nature and cultural history of the Sjodal Valley
- Destination: Vågå
- Season: May-October
- Difficulty: Easy
- Distance: 5 kilometers (loop)
- Elevation Gain: 70 meters
- Duration: 1.5-2.5 hours
Explore the nature and cultural history of the Sjodal Valley, while hiking along this birch and pine forested trail in the middle of Stuttgonglia Nature Reserve. There are 15 boards along the route informing you about the Sjodal area. Follow the trail as it leads you through easy terrain, taking you through the forest, along wetlands, small creeks, and ponds. With a scenic picnic spot about halfway down the trail, this hike is perfect for a family outing.
You’ll mostly walk along soft forest ground and wooden footbridges. After heavy periods of rain, water may overflow the bridges, so you might need to take off your boots to cross the creeks.
From Oslo or Beitostølen, take NOR-WAY 161 Valdresekspressen. The nearest bus stop, Hindsæter, is located some 3,7 kilometers north of the trailhead. Alternatively, ask the driver to let you off by Hulderstigen.
Note: The route between Beitostølen and Leirvassbu (Lom) only operates in summer, between late June through August. Use Norway bus express’ travel planner to organize your trip.
From Oslo, head north on Road E16 towards Bergen for 185 kilometers. When you reach Fagernes, follow the signs to Road 51, towards Vågå/Beitostølen.
Note: Parts of Road 51 (between Garli and Maurvangen) is closed during winter and typically open from April to December.
From the parking lot, cross the bridge over Sjoa River. Follow the trail as it leads you in a loop around Nedre Birisjøtjønn Lake. You’ll find a picnic spot by the lake with a nice view. On the way back, you’ll walk past some 400-year-old pine trees, well worth a look.
- Shops and restaurants are available in Beitostølen (45,5 kilometers south) and Lom (64,5 kilometers northwest).
Where to stay
Just a 5-minute drive north is the historical hotel Hindsæter. They offer both hotel and cabin accommodation and serve local food.
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