Scramble your way to the top of Rondane National Park
- Destination: Rondane
- Season: July–September
- Difficulty: Demanding
- Distance: 23.8 kilometers (out‑and‑back)
- Elevation Gain: 970 meters
- Duration: 6–8 hours
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Storsmeden is not Rondane's most visited peak due to the length and demanding nature of the hike but it is still worthy of the challenge. The surrounding mountains tend to get a bit more attention and are easier hiking options, but if you are up for the adventure, Storsmeden is a great feat.
If you know you would like a less-demanding hike, you can either hike to the base of the peak or check out Veslesmeden which is Storronden's little sister.
From the parking lot, you can choose to walk the 6 kilometers along the road to Rondvassbu or you can also choose to rent a bike and ride into Rondvassbu. The rental bikes are located in the parking lot, and you need to call Rondvassbu at +47 61 23 18 66 to unlock them.
If you have a car, you can drive from Otta to Mysusæter. When you get to Mysusæter, take a left once you reach the small grocery store at the end of the road. Follow this road uphill and through some turns and then take a right to follow the road uphill towards the national park. At the start of this hill, there is a toll booth (15 NOK) where you can pay with a credit card. From the toll booth, you must drive another 4 kilometers until you reach the parking lot at Spranget.
You can also take the bus from Otta to Mysusæter. Usually, there is one bus in the morning and one in the afternoon. Check out the timetables at Opplandstrafikk.no or call them (+47 61 28 90 00) if it is hard to find the correct departure times. Rondane Hotell has a bus going into Spranget each day from Mysusæter at 10:00 am but it probably requires you to stay at the hotel. But call them if you are interested in this transport option and maybe you can pay for the trip.
After hiking to Rondvassbu, you will see the trail starting just 50 meters south of the cabin. You need to cross the river at Rondvatnet and follow the trail up the hill on the other side of the river. Head up the hill, but before you reach Rondhalsen, make sure to take the westward trail towards Kaldbekkbotn and Storsmeden. The trail enters Kaldbekkbotn between Steet and Svarthammeren. On the other side of Kaldbekkbotn, the trail starts climbing up towards Storsmeden. First, you will arrive at a ridge, followed by a fairly steep trail up to the peak itself.
It is possible to follow the trail from Spranget, next to the west side of the river.
Follow the large trail going down towards the river and cross the river on the suspension bridge. From there follow the river for some kilometers before the trail steers you away from the river and up towards Storsmeden.
- Make sure you fill up your water bottles at or near Rondvassbu. During the first 3-4 kilometers after Rondvassbu, you could be able to fill up your bottle but once you start climbing up the mountain you will not come across other water sources.
Where to stay
Rondvassbu is an excellent place to stay a night or two when you are in this area. Rondvassbu is a staffed cabin by The Norwegian Trekking Association (DNT). You can also stay at Rondane Hotell at Mysusæter.