Formokampen Hiking Trail
360 degree views of more than 40 peaks
- Destination: Rondane
- Season: June-October
- Difficulty: Medium
- Distance: 9 kilometers (out‑and‑back)
- Elevation Gain: 470 meters
- Duration: 3-4 hours
Formokampen is a popular mountain peak providing amazing views of the mountains in all directions, including Norway’s highest mountains, Galhøpiggen and Glittertinden. There is a mountain sighting disc at the top to help you name the surrounding mountains and viewpoints.
The hike to Formokampen is suitable for all ages which is unique for all the incredible views that it offers at the top.
On your way to the summit, you will pass 14 stone-lined pits and stone funnel traps used for trapping reindeer, most likely during the Viking Age and early Middle Ages. These pits were designed to capture reindeer from any side and were strategically camouflaged and nestled into the landscape.
While driving along the main road E6 in the Gudbrandsdalen valley look for the sign to Høvringen about a 15-minute drive north of Otta. From the main road, there is a six kilometer drive up to a fork in the road just before you reach Høvringen. Bear right at this junction and after 1.5 kilometers look for a sign to Putten Seter on the right side of the road.
After turning off to the right you get to the toll booth for driving the road to Putten Seter. Follow this road for five kilometers until you reach Putten Seter.
Take the train from Oslo or Trondheim to Otta. From Otta there is a local bus going up to Høvringen. Note that this bus does not go all the way to Putten Seter so you either need to hike your way to Putten Seter from Høvringen or ask for private transport.
The trip begins at Putten Seter. Follow the gravel road until you cross a small bridge. Then make a sharp left turn onto the red-marked trail. The trail heads past a few cabins, then through a small marshy area, before continuing through a birch forest. After some time, the trail crosses a stream before reaching the ridge towards Formokampen. The last few kilometers are fairly steep and quite rocky in places, so it is not advised to hike in bad weather.
No matter if it is sunny or cloudy, the winds are strong on this mountain so make sure you wear layers.
- The Putten Seter Cafe
- Toilets (for guests of the cafe or cottages)
Where to stay
Putten Seter is located in Høvringen, on the south side of the mountain, and is the starting point for the hike. The mountain lodge offers an abundance of cottages, cabins, and rooms to rent. It also runs Høvringen Hostel.
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