Mjølkevegen Mini Cycling
The family version from Beitostølen
- Destination: Mjølkevegen
- Season: June–October
- Difficulty: Easy
- Distance: 71.6 kilometers (point‑to‑point)
- Elevation Gain: 1,000 meters
- Duration: 5–7 hours
About Mjølkevegen Mini
Cycling the entire Mjølkevegen route at one time can be a daunting task. Wouldn’t it be great if you could tackle sections of the entire route and still experience some excellent biking? Well, you can with the Miniature Mjølkevegen.
The Miniature Mjølkevegen route stretches from Ruten Fjellstue to Beitostølen, along the outskirts of Jotunheimen National Park. This stretch is about 70 km long and can be cycled in two days with overnight stays at Ruten Fjellstue and Haugseter Fjellstue. Many farms are active in this area while biking on the route you'll meet cows, sheep, and even reindeer grazing freely. The Miniature Mjølkevegen offers great panoramic views the entire way.
It is best to start from Ruten Fjellsue early in the morning. Plan your adventure to include a day of travel to Ruten Fjellsue, and a night's stay.
The easiest way to get to Ruten Fjellstue is by taking the train to Vinstra. From Oslo, the train takes about 3-hours. Check NSB for timetables and tickets. You can arrange for Ruten to pick you up from the train station. Just make sure to prebook this pick up some days in advance by calling Ruten at +47 61 29 73 20 or by sending them an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can travel directly back to Oslo from Beitostølen on the Valdresekspressen, which departs several times a day.
The road gradually increases to 1,200 m.a.s.l., before reaching Kaldfjorden Lake. From there the route goes down to Vinstre Lake and to Haugseter Fjellstue. This first leg is about 45 km on a gravel road. Keep an eye out for reindeer grazing in this area.
After leaving Haugseter Fjellstue, you will follow the road along Vinstre Lake towards Beitostølen. The first part is fairly flat until you reach Road 51. From there, the road goes downhill towards Beitostølen at 950 m.a.s.l. This is the busiest road along the entire route, and in July there can be a lot of cars.
Where to stay
- Ruten Fjellstue is a classic Norwegian mountain lodge, that is the ideal place to spend time at before heading out on this great cycling adventure.
- Haugseter Fjellstue is a cozy lodge right by Vinstre Lake. The lodge offers different types of apartments or cabins for rent and it also has a restaurant that serves you breakfast and dinner. If you want to take an extra day at Haugseter you could also go fishing on one of their small boats available for rent.
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