Vinjeronden Hiking Trail
Rondslottet's little brother
- Destination: Rondane
- Season: July–September
- Difficulty: Medium
- Distance: 21.6 kilometers (out‑and‑back)
- Elevation Gain: 1,020 meters
- Duration: 4–6 hours
Most people visit Vinjeronden on their way to the highest peak in Rondane, Rondslottet. However, Vinjeronden is worthy of a visit all by itself. The peak itself is nestled between Rondslottet and Storronden and gives you great views of these peaks and the surrounding areas.
The last part of the hike up to the peak is a bit steep, but the very top is very flat and a great place to enjoy the view.
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 towards the valley between Svartnuten and Storronden and eventually, it starts climbing up to Vinjeronden. The last part up to Vinjeronden is quite steep.
- 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 cabin by The Norwegian Trekking Association(DNT). You can also stay at Rondane Hotell at Mysusæter.
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