Fjellenden Hiking Trail

Enjoy an easy hike with sweeping views

  • Photo: Kjell Arne Berntsen

  • Photo: Morten Helgesen

  • Photo: Morten Helgesen

Essential info

  • Destination: Valdres
  • Season: June-October
  • Difficulty: Medium
  • Distance: 5.7 kilometers (loop)
  • Elevation Gain: 270 meters
  • Duration: 3-4 hours

About Fjellenden

Fjellenden is an easily accessible and popular peak close to Danebu Kongsgård Hotel. From the top, you’ll have sweeping views of the 2000-meter high mountains of Jotunheimen National Park. Use the toposcope provided to learn the names of the surrounding peaks. Having finished the hike, treat yourself to some excellent local cuisine at Danebu Kongsgård Hotel.

The trail is well-marked and easy to follow, traveling gradually uphill to the top. 

Getting there

Car

Exit road E16 in Aurdal towards Danebu Kongsgård Hotel and Valdres Alpine Ski Slopes, on the opposite side of the church. Continue up the road passing the exit to the ski slopes. You'll reach a toll booth where you need to pay NOK 20 by credit card to pass.

After the toll booth, continue up the road, passing Damtjernet Lake on your left-hand side, and follow the road straight ahead (not towards “Aurdal Fjellkirke”). Park your car on the left-hand side of the road, approximately a hundred meters past Danebu Kongsgård Hotel. If staying at the hotel, you can park your car there.

Bus

From Oslo, take the bus NW160 “Valdressekspressen,” NW161, or NW163 from Oslo bus terminal. There are several daily departures from Oslo to Aurdal, and the journey takes up to 3 hours.

From either Bergen or Lillehammer, take the bus NW162 “Øst-Vestekspressen.” The journey to Aurdal takes about 6 hours and 40 minutes from Bergen, and 2 hours and 15 minutes from Lillehammer. The bus departs once a day in the morning.

Check schedules and book bus tickets here.

It’s 6.4 kilometers from Aurdal to Danebu Kongsgård Hotel, so you’ll need to call a cab (tel. Aurdal Taxi: +47 913 64 955), bring a bike, hitch a ride or hike to the trailhead.

Train

If riding by train, take the Dovrebanen line from Oslo to Lillehammer or Otta. Check schedules and book train tickets here.

From Lillehammer or Otta, you can rent a car with Hertz. Nabobil is also an option for getting around in Norway if you have a Scandinavian driver’s license. Be sure to add the discount code “outtt” to save NOK 250,- on your rental.

Trail description

From Danebu Kongsgård, follow the graveled road and turn right at the first junction after the parking lot. Go past the football field, turn left at Varpadalsvegen and then immediately after, turn right onto Danebuvegen.

Follow Danebuvegen for about 150 meters until you see the sign-posted trail to Fjellenden and Binnhovdknatten to the left.

Follow the trail as it runs into the forest, on the right side of a small creek. The trail is easy to spot and follow, traveling gradually uphill. After about 420 meters, you’ll reach Fræningen Lake. Here you’ll find a nice picnic area perfect for a lunch break.

The trail runs along the western side of the lake until it reaches the northern edge, where the trail splits. The sign-posted trail to Fjellenden runs straight ahead. It’s about 750 meters left to the summit from the fork.

Enjoy the panoramic views of the majestic Jotunheimen Peaks from the top. Descend along the same trail.

Facts

  • Fill up your water bottle in the lake and creeks along the way.
  • Swimming in Fræningen is forbidden as the lake serves as a drinking water supply.

Amenities

  • Free parking.
  • If you're interested in local food and beer then stop by Noraker Gard or Små Vesen Brewery before or after the hike. Noraker Gard is known for its production of fermented fish which they sell in the farm shop. Små Vesen sells excellent locally produced beer. 

Where to stay

Stay at the historic Danebu Kongsgård Hotel for mouth-watering local specialties. 

Map

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