Knausehøgdi Hiking Trail
Experience stunning views of Jotunheimen and Langsua National Parks
- Destination: Valdres
- Season: June-October
- Difficulty: Medium
- Distance: 5.4 kilometers (loop)
- Elevation Gain: 290 meters
- Duration: 2-3 hours
This roundtrip hike to Knausehøgdi leads you through lush mountain flora, up to the bare mountain and down through intriguing wetlands. From the top, you’ll have a panoramic view of Jotunheimen and Langsua National Parks.
Many of the trails around Beitostølen result from the tracks made by livestock going to and from the old summer mountain farms (“støl” is a term for a mountain farm used in summer). These trails run through smooth mountain terrain and are easy to follow.
From Fagernes, take NOR-WAY 161 Valdresekspressen or the local route 137 and alight at Beitostølen. Walk some 100 meters along the road and you’ll reach the trailhead at the bottom of Bjødnabakken, on your right-hand side when coming in the direction of Fagernes.
CarFrom Fagernes, follow the signs to Road 51 towards Vågå/Beitostølen. Drive on Road 51 for about 40 kilometers until you reach Beitostølen. Find parking in the center of Beitostølen. Beitostølvegen Parking is an alternative which is close to the trailhead at the bottom of Bjødnabakken.
The trail to Knausehøgdi has red markings and numbered checkpoints.
The trail starts at the bottom of Bjødnabakken. Follow the gravel road that travels between the bobsled and pushmobile runs up to the top of the hill. If you want to take a shortcut, the ski-lift operates also in summer.
Having reached the top of the hill, there’s both a graveled path for cyclists and a hiking trail. Follow the latter to avoid cyclists coming towards you at top speed. When you reach checkpoint no. 52, follow the signs towards Knausehøgda.
Once you’ve ascended the little hill, you’ll see straight towards Bitihorn Mountain, while Knausehøgdi and Nørdre Knausen are the mountains to your right. Follow the trail that travels between Knausehøgdi and Nørdre Knausen. The trail takes you through a forest of birch, between scrubs of juniper and willow. Alternatively, you can hike the trail that runs along the western side of Knausehøgdi, before rounding the peak on the northern side (via checkpoint no. 37).
At the top of Knausehøgdi, you’ll have a panoramic view of Jotunheimen and Langsua national parks. To descend, follow the trail that leads over the ridge of Nørdre Knausen (via checkpoint nr. 33) to the top of the ski lift at Sørre Knausesn (checkpoint no. 32).
Continue towards checkpoint no. 25 where the path splits in three. Follow the trail down towards Beitostølen, passing checkpoints no. 26, 27 and 29. Between checkpoints 7 and 8 there’s a nice viewpoint where you can take a break before descending the final kilometer to Beitostølen via checkpoints no. 6 and 5.
Where to stay
Stay at Radisson Blu Mountain Resort Beitostølen for Scandinavian cuisine as well as spa facilities.
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