Marked snow shoe trail to Stuttgongkampen
- Destination: Jotunheimen National Park
- Season: January–April
- Difficulty: Medium
- Distance: 8.7 kilometers (out‑and‑back)
- Elevation Gain: 560 meters
- Duration: 3–5 hours
The marked snow shoe trail to Stuttgongkampen is a nice climb to a fantastic viewpoint over the valley Sjodalen and the peaks of East Jotunheimen. The trail is marked with signs, red ribbons in the forest and bamboo sticks above the tree line. The route follows the side of the mountain with most snow during the winter.
From Oslo, the drive to Hindsetær takes about 4.5 hours. Start by taking road E6 towards Trondheim. Drive all the way up to Sjoa before you head into Heidal on road 257. Take a left at road 51 towards Beitostølen when you reach Randsverk. Drive another 15 kilometers until you reach Hindseter Hotel.
During summer you can also access Hindsetær from Fagernes across Valdresflya. Valdresflya is the stretch between Bygdin and Gjende on road 51, and it is usually closed from December to April. You can see the road status at Vegvesen.no or you can call for road updates (in English): +47 815 48 991.
From Oslo, take the NOR-WAY 161 Valdresekspressen route to the stop "Hindseter". Note that this bus route only operates during summer.
Head east from the hotel following the signs for "Snowshoe track". The first 200 meters the track follows in parallel to the cross-country track, then it turns right to cross the road in a more direct steep route through the forest, before it hits the cross-country track again. The snowshoe trail follows the cross-country trail over the Stuttgongen bridge, and 300 meters south along the Sjoa river before it takes a separate direct route upwards again, well marked.
Continue on the trail on the forest road, then pass the old farm Gammelsæter and head upwards through the forest. As soon as you pass the tree line, there is a nice view over the north part of the valley with the river Sjoa and its meanders.
From here, follow the blue marked bamboo sticks which lead you into the snowy east side of the mountain. Here you very often will find wonderful snow conditions for snow shoeing, and you can look forward to a nice snowshoe slide back down.
As soon as you access the ridge, the whole panorama over the southern part of the valley lies in front of you, with the Jotunheimen mountains around. Just be aware that the last part can be more tricky due to snow conditions. Hard winds make the trail rocky and icy. You might have to take off the snowshoes to reach the peak.
Return the same way as it is best due to snow conditions.
- You can rent snowshoes at Hindsæter Hotel
Where to stay
Hindsæter is a historic hotel which was recently renovated and is located conveniently near many of the most popular trails in Jotunheimen National Park. The hotel is open from February to April in the winter season.
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