Nature Reserve Veostien Hiking
Experience the impressive Veojuvet canyon and old pine forest
- Season: May–October
- Difficulty: Easy
- Distance: 10.3 kilometers (loop)
- Elevation Gain: 270 meters
- Duration: 3–4.5 hours
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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 old system of traps for hunting reindeer and elk.
If heading northbound along road 51, Valdresflya, continue past Besstrond Camping and park at Hindsæter Hotel. Hindsæter Hotel is located 50 kilometers north of Beitostølen.
Buses do not run frequently, but the closest stop is “Hindseter” a few hundred meters south of the hotel.
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, you 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 the pine forest 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 elk and reindeer hunting.
At the next crossing, you will meet the old road which traveled through the valley. Today it does not appear any larger than a wide forest path. Take a right and follow th 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.