Vangrøftdalen Cycling

Experience one of Norway's most lush and diverse valleys

Essential info

  • Destination: Forollhogna
  • Season: June–October
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Distance: 16.5 kilometers (out‑and‑back)
  • Elevation Gain: 130 meters
  • Duration: 1.5–5 hours

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About Vangrøftdalen

While cycling in the Vangrøft Valley, you'll see a considerable number of sheep and cattle that graze in the beautiful lush meadows with diverse species. This protected conservation area is also home to cultural monuments, historical settlements, and generations of farms and pastures. 

The trip takes you across many areas in the valley, ending at Utistuvollen Mountain Cafe. The cafe is a protected 19th-century structure, that serves mountain pasture farm food in a traditional manner. Enjoy a freshly prepared lunch or dinner while listening to the beautiful sounds of cow and sheep bells and enjoying the view. 

Getting there

Car 

Follow Road 572 north of Dalsbygda center. Turn left (signposted towards Vangrøftdalen) at the crossing in Vangen. From Vangenkrysset it is approximately 4.5 km to the toll road at Løvli. Upon paying the small toll, it's possible to park on the grassy area to the left of the road. 

Bike 

You can also arrive from the city center of Dalsbygda, via Os, Røros or Vingelen. It is recommended to cycle along the main "highway" Road 753 to and through Dalsbygda up to Vangen. During the ride, you'll have amazing views of the village and the surrounding mountains. 

Trail description

The ride follows a gravel road that is wide and easy to ride. Sometimes there can be heavy traffic on the main road through the valley, both agricultural traffic (tractors and tankers) and car traffic. It is possible to access an alternative route of the road by traveling over the Storbekk valley. If you chose this alternative route, turn right just before you reach Fosskleiva. 

The trip begins right past the toll road entrance at Løvli and goes along a hilly dirt road across the valley. The most challenging climb is at Fosskleiva. Fosskleiva is a great place to take a break, and enjoy the beautiful views of the surrounding area while sitting on the benches that look at the rushing water. This is also a fantastic place to pitch a tent and spend the night. 

Continue on the trail, and keep left at the intersection at Tverrelvbrua. Cool down in the river during a short break, before continuing further inland towards the valley goes to Utistuvollen Seterkafe, a conserved 19th-century structure. 

If you wish to continue the trip, cycle further across the valley or access the other country roads by bike or foot.

Amenities

  • Free parking at Løvli
  • Picnic area/nature camp with toilet and benches at Fosskleiva
  • Utistuvollen Seterkafe, is a 19th-century cafe that is open on Saturdays and Sundays in the summer. There are also activities for children on the pitcher. See bergfolge.no.
  • Fishing in the Vangrøfta river. Information about fishing licenses can be found on the boardwalk at Løvli and on fishspot.no

Where to stay

  • Inatur.no has many options (search for Dalsbygda)
  • Dalsbygda.no (apartments are available in the center)
  • Henningsmoen Gård is a farmhouse that dates back to the early 1700s. For more information about booking visit this website
  • You can pitch a tent at Fosskleiva, just make sure you follow "Right to Roam" rules. 

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