Hulderstigen Hiking Trail

Learn about the nature and cultural history of the Sjodal Valley

  • Hulderstigen provides multiple picnic spots with great views.

    Hulderstigen provides multiple picnic spots with great views. Photo: Jan Egil Jægersborg

  • Crossing Sjoa river.

    Crossing Sjoa river. Photo: Jan Egil Jægersborg

  • Take a break half way and just enjoy the view.

    Take a break half way and just enjoy the view. Photo: Jan Egil Jægersborg

  • Soft forest trails and tall pine trees along the path.

    Soft forest trails and tall pine trees along the path. Photo: Jan Egil Jægersborg

Essential info

  • Destination: Vågå
  • Season: May-October
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Distance: 5 kilometers (loop)
  • Elevation Gain: 70 meters
  • Duration: 1.5-2.5 hours

About Hulderstigen

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.

Getting there

Bus

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.

Car

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.

Follow Road 51 for another 81 kilometers. Drive past Jotunheimen Caravan Camp and continue north for about 5 kilometers. The parking for Hulderstigen is easily visible on the right side of the road.

Note: Parts of Road 51 (between Garli and Maurvangen) is closed during winter and typically open from April to December.

From Vågå or Sjoa, the road intersects at Randsverk and follows Sjoa River. Drive about 4 kilometers past Hindsæter Hotel, and you’ll see the parking lot on the left side of the road.

Trail description

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.

Facts

  • 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.  

Map

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