Nature Reserve Veostien Hiking Trail
Experience Veojuvet canyon and the old pine forest
- Destination: Jotunheimen National Park
- Season: May-October
- Difficulty: Easy
- Distance: 10.3 kilometers (loop)
- Elevation Gain: 270 meters
- Duration: 3-4.5 hours
About Nature Reserve Veostien
The hike through the Veostien nature reserve leads you through the oldest and most intriguing pine forest in Norway. The nature reserve was first established in 2015 and will protect these wonderful trees and their special ecosystem for the coming generations.
In addition to the pine forest, the wetland areas along the Veo river are home to a selection of often threatened species of plants. Make sure to climb down a few extra meters to the Veo river where you will find a small wooden bridge and a wonderful view of the clear pools that have been carved into the stones by the river. Other attractions along the route include an old system of traps for hunting reindeer and moose.
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" a few hundred meters south of the hotel. Note that this bus route only operates during summer.
Head north from the hotel following the signs towards Veojuvet. You will pass a few cabins behind the hotel and leave the property through a small gate. The gravel road takes you up to the highlands of Veomyrin. On your right-hand side, you can climb the small peak Hindsæterkampen (1059 masl.)
The marked trail over Veomyrin will arrive at a crossing where you can choose a shorter route to the right which takes you straight to the pine forest or you can continue straight ahead to walk along the canyon. The marked trail leads you through a birch forest towards the canyon, Veojuvet. Enjoy the longer route to catch a glimpse of the canyon and the beautiful clear water in the naturally carved pools. It is even possible to spot mountain trouts here!
Back on the main trail, hike downhill to the east along the south side of the river where you have nice views of the canyon and the summer farm Veolie on its north side. The birch forest turns into pines and you will soon come across the large ancient trees. You will also see plenty of dead wood, which is home to a lot of special species. Feel free to explore the forest on and off the trail.
You might wonder about the hollows along the trail - these the last remains of an old, well-organized trap system for moose and reindeer hunting.
At the next crossing, you will meet the old road which led through the valley. Today it does not appear any larger than a wide forest path. Take a right and follow the trail southwest back to the starting point at Hindsæter.
Where to stay
Hindsæter is a historic hotel which was recently renovated and is located near many trails. Make sure to try the local reindeer dish served at dinner and enjoy some time in the sauna.
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