Mjølkevegen Mini Cycling

The family version from Beitostølen

Essential info

  • 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. 

Getting there

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 post@ruten.no.

You can travel directly back to Oslo from Beitostølen on the Valdresekspressen, which departs several times a day. 

Trail description

After staying a night at Ruten Fjellstue, start your biking excursion by cycling downhill towards Olstappen Lake. Follow the lake southwards and then westbound at the southern end of the lake. This area is all covered by forest, but from Olstappen Lake the roads start going uphill and soon you will be out of the forest.

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. 


If you don’t have a bike with you, contact Ruten Fjellstue ahead of time to learn about rental availability. 

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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