Ski touring in Fagerdalen
- Destination: Valdres
- Season: November–May
- Difficulty: Demanding
- Distance: 7.3 kilometers (loop)
- Elevation Gain: 660 meters
- Duration: 3–5 hours
Fagerdalen is surrounded by several great ski touring peaks. Synshorn and Fagerdalshøe are both wonderful mountains with great descents. Fagerdalen is easily accessible from the eastern end of the lake Bygdin. We would recommend a day of ski touring with skins and mountain equipment in Fagerdalen.
If you park your car at Bygdin you are surrounded by great skiing opportunities. If you are staying at Beitostølen drive toward Valdresflye and park your car at Bygdin.
The tour starts with an immediate rise in the direction Synshorn. Be aware and choose the route where the terrain is at its most gentle. The climb up towards Synshorn is well attended and you can often follow other ski tracks heading towards the top. When you reach the top back and look towards Valdresflya you have the choice of going down the same way you came, or continue in the direction of Fagerdalshøe. We recommend the latter. Stay on top of the ridge all the way towards the next peak. Here you can really enjoy the view of some of Jotunheimen's best peaks. From the top of Fagerdalshøe you can either drive back the same way you came, or head down along the ridge which continues westward. This is a somewhat steeper descent that requires skills in accordance with the marking. This route is marked as demanding. Remember to take all precautions and be careful.
When you are down at Fagerdalstjernet you can again put on the skins and follow the ridge of Mefjellet to the top. From here the final descent of the day awaits you down towards Bygdin. A fantastic trip which is well suited for late winter and spring.
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