Mørkgonga Hiking Trail
Hike to one of the best viewpoints in Nordmarka
- Destination: Oslo
- Season: April–November
- Difficulty: Medium
- Distance: 7.3 kilometers (loop)
- Elevation Gain: 620 meters
- Duration: 3–5 hours
The hike through Mørkgonga and up to Gyrihaugen is a fun and challenging adventure located less than an hour's drive from Oslo. Make sure to stop after the climb through the gorge to capture a truly spectacular photo before either returning down the same route or enjoying a round-trip hike to Gyrihaugen and back to the start of the hike along a less-steep route.
From Oslo, head west on E18 towards Kristiansand. Take the exit for E16 towards Bergen. Stay on E16 for 28 kilometers until you reach Sundvollen. Turn right onto Åsåveien towards "Åså" and "Sundvollen" and continue along this road for 6 kilometers until you reach the parking lot on the left side of the road.
From the parking lot, cross the street and climb up the trail heading south, up and away from the road. You will hike up a steady incline for about 1.5 kilometers before turning left and up the hill to the gorge for the final 500-meter climb. There are chains bolted into the rocks to help you climb up through some of the steeper portions of the gorge.
At the top of Mørkgonga, there is a fantastic lookout point on the cliff with eastern views over Hønefoss and the surrounding landscape. From this point, you can hike back down Mørkgonga, or you can continue the adventure for another kilometer up to the mountaintop due east, Gyrihaugen.
From Gyrihaugen, head back down the same route but instead of returning down Mørkgonga, head south along the ridgeline for another kilometer until you reach the pond, Skardtjernet. Here, take a sharp turn to the northwest following the trail for 2 kilometers back to the start of the hike.
- Bring bug spray during a summertime hike, especially in the evening. Due to many ponds and lakes in Nordmarka, mosquitos are quite active here.
Where to stay
- Sundvolden Hotel is located in Sundvollen, only 6 kilometers south of the start of the trail.
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