Try to spot a wild reindeer herd in Rondane National Park
- Destination: Rondane
- Season: June–September
- Difficulty: Medium
- Distance: 20.2 kilometers (out‑and‑back)
- Elevation Gain: 1,060 meters
- Duration: 6–7 hours
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Storronden is one of the many peaks towering 2000 meters above sea level in Rondane National Park. Storronden itself is the most southern peak and it gives you great views of the peaks to the north as well as the plains to the south. Bring your binoculars and see if you can see any of the wild reindeer herds roaming in this area.
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 bike 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 and up 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 walking to Rondvassbu, you will see the trail starting just 50 meters south of the cabin. It climbs up rather quickly until you reach a plateau where it splits into one trail going to Storronden and one going to Vinjeronden and Rondeslottet.
Follow the trail to the right which continues up to the peak of Storronden. The trail itself is fairly steep at times. Not so steep that it feels dangerous, but it is a fairly strenuous hike.
- Make sure you fill up your water bottles at or near Rondvassbu. You will find little or no water along the trail.
Where to stay
Rondvassbu is an excellent place to stay a night or two when you are in this area. Rondvassbu is a staffed lodge by The Norwegian Trekking Association(DNT). You can also stay at Rondane Hotell at Mysusæter.