Mjellknapp Hiking Trail

  • Frå toppunktet mot 2000 metre i Jotunheimen. Uranostind lengst venstre. Torfinnstindane til høgre.

    Frå toppunktet mot 2000 metre i Jotunheimen. Uranostind lengst venstre. Torfinnstindane til høgre. Photo: Thor Østbye

  • Reinsgrav ved Tjørobytta

    Reinsgrav ved Tjørobytta Photo: Thor Østbye

  • Utsyn østover med Slettefjellet rett bak.

    Utsyn østover med Slettefjellet rett bak. Photo: Thor Østbye

  • Mjellknapp er ein fin skitopp.

    Mjellknapp er ein fin skitopp. Photo: Dag Nordsveen

  • Mjellknapp frå Gilen.

    Mjellknapp frå Gilen. Photo: Dag Nordsveen

Essential info

  • Destination: Vang
  • Season: June–November
  • Difficulty: Medium
  • Distance: 4.2 kilometers (out‑and‑back)
  • Elevation Gain: 750 meters
  • Duration: 2–3 hours

About Mjellknapp

Should you be in the mood for a varied and somewhat special trip, a hike to the top of Mjellknapp might be right for you. In only a couple of hours you've gotten a taste of willow landscape, the "mysterious" Tjørobytta, a pitfall, and some safe scrambling over scree slopes. 1.5 km above the Slettefjellsbommen (boom barrier), you take a left inward toward Herredalen valley, and continue on until you have passed a quarry on the right hand (1020 meters above sea level). You can park a few hundred meters further ahead. On foot you then cross Rysna on a footbridge made of concrete. The trail winds nicely along the creek and over rocks up to the lakeside Tjørobytta. Here is a nice spot for a picnic. So far you've walked a lot on grass, but now stone is predominant. Further up you get rewarded with a wonderful view over Slettfjellet, Slidrebygdene and into the Jotunheim.

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