Lordalen Hiking

The gateway to Reinheimen National Park

  • Photo: Morten Kielland

Essential info

  • Destination: Lesja
  • Season: June–November
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Distance: 20.7 kilometers (out‑and‑back)
  • Elevation Gain: 0 meters
  • Duration: 3–4 hours

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About Lordalen

Lordalen is a natural gateway to the Reinheimen National Park from Lesja. The innermost part of the valley is designated as a protected landscape according to the categories of protected areas in Norway. 

Getting there

To enter Lordalen protected landscape, you should use a car since there is no public transport to the area itself. From E136, nine km west of Lesja center, turn right. Follow signs to Reinheimen, Lordalen and Lorkverna. Drive paved road over a bridge and then straight ahead. Toll road, cash only.

Trail description

The valley is a typical seater valley with a beautiful cultural landscape. In the area there are many traces of cultural heritage in conjunction with ways of hunting down reindeers. A nice gravel road runs along the river Lora. Further into the valley, the landscape changes to more high-mountain terrain. Old trails are easy to see and use. 

Lordalen is a good starting point for several nice hikes, including Gråhøe, the only 2000-masl peak in Reinheimen. Otherwise, hikes to the Trihøene, Fellingsvatnet, Dordiholet and Digervarden are recommended. There are also many good opportunities to go fishing for trout in the area.

Facts

If you are traveling in the area in May and early June, show extra consideration as the wild-reindeers uses the low-lying areas as spring pastures. Pay attention to livestock during the summer months.

Amenities

There is a nice parking space at the inner seat of Lordalen. Here is also a shelter, campfire space and information boards.

Where to stay

Lesja Mountain Board has several cabins for rent in the area, both in close to the road but also more remote. You can also buy refreshments at Storsetra in Lordalen. 

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