On skies to one of Jotunheimen NPs many great peaks
- Destination: Jotunheimen National Park
- Season: December-May
- Difficulty: Demanding
- Distance: 25.8 kilometers (out‑and‑back)
- Elevation Gain: 1,360 meters
- Duration: 7-10 hours
The view of Jotunheimen National Park from the top of Nautgardstiden is nothing but breathtaking. This is a classic route to one of Norway's many peaks higher than 2,000 meters above sea level.
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.
From Hindsæter Hotel head straight north and follow the snowshoe and cross-country trail throughout the forest. Especially late in the season this is the easiest way to get past the forest line and also safest due to snow conditions. As soon as you get past the forest line, head southwest towards Nautgardstind.
There is a gradual ascent up to the highland plateau Hindflya. You reach the plateau at around 1,500 meters above sea level and start crossing the highlands. While heading towards the peak make sure you have Russlirundhøe on your left-hand side and continue up the much steeper hill towards the top. The last part is quite steep and depending on the snow conditions you should consider climbing the peak without skis.
- It is possible to climb the other peaks of the same mountain massif on the same tour.
- 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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