Furuhaugli to Hjerkinn Cycling

Stage 2 of Tour de Dovre Cycle Route

  • Photo: Petter Olsen

  • Photo: Petter Olsen

  • Photo: Petter Olsen

  • Photo: Petter Olsen

  • Photo: Petter Olsen

Essential info

  • Season: May-October
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Distance: 16.9 kilometers (point‑to‑point)
  • Elevation Gain: 220 meters
  • Duration: 2-3 hours

About Furuhaugli to Hjerkinn

The second stage of Tour de Dovre Cycle Route takes you from Furuhaugli to Hjerkinn, along the scenic Vålåsjøen Lake. From Hjerkinn Mountain Lodge, it is a short way to Viewpoint Snøhetta where you can experience spectacular views of the famous mountain massif.

Traveling along a graveled road and through flat terrain, this is an easy-going stretch of the cycle route. 

Getting there

Car
If you go by car from Oslo, you can follow the road E6 north and it will take you about 4,5 hours to reach Furuhaugli. From Trondheim it's approximately 3 hours on the road E6 heading south. While from Bergen it takes from 8 to 9 hours depending on which road you take. 

Public Transportation
You can get to Dombås or Hjerkinn by train and bus. This is the closest you can get by public transportation. 

There are several daily train connections between Oslo and Dombås/Hjerkinn as well as between Trondheim and Dombås/Hjerkinn. If you travel by train, double check that the train allows bikes onboard. Alternatively, you can rent a bike (regular or electric) at Dombås.

Nor-way bus drives to Dombås and Hjerkinn from Trondheim and Bergen, while the company drives to Dombås and Hjerkinn from Oslo and Trondheim.


Trail description

From Furuhaugli start by cycling down the road to the main road E6. Follow the gravel road that travels along the main road. A few hundred meters after the junction, this road crosses the main road. Be very careful when you cross the main road as many cars are driving very fast here.

On the other side of the main road follow the road as it crosses a wetland area. At the next junction, take a right onto the road marked as a hiking and cycling route running in the direction of Vålåsjøen Lake. When you reach the lake, follow the road as it runs underneath the railway. The road continues along the railway to the end of the lake.

At the end of Vålåsjøen Lake, make sure you don't take the road underneath the railway again. Follow the road showing you the way to Hjerkinn (12 kilometers).

The road continues to go along the railway, and after 2.4 kilometers it takes a sharp right turn as it goes underneath the railway again. Follow this road until it reunites with the main road. Make sure to go straight in all junctions along the way.

Once again, take care while walking across the main road. Follow the road on the other side for 1 kilometer. Take a left onto a dirt road for only 80 meters before you take a right onto a paved road. This road takes you the last 4 kilometers to Hjerkinn Fjellstue

Facts

  • From Hjerkinn Fjellstue, take your bike and cycle the 3.7 kilometers up to the parking lot for Viewpoint Snøhetta. This architectural viewing pavilion offers breathtaking views of Snøhetta and the surrounding mountains. It is a 1.5-kilometer hike to get to the pavilion from the parking lot. 

Where to stay

  • In addition to housing Norway’s tiniest brewery and a restaurant serving excellent locally sourced food, Furuhaugli offers cabin, camping and hotel accommodation. The hotel arranges musk ox safaris with authorized guides, which you can book in advance through their website.

  • The historic Hjerkinn Fjellstue has provided accommodation for travelers for more than 1,200 years. Choose between hotel or apartment accommodation, or stay at the Pilgrim Hut. Camping facilities are also available. For an unforgettable experience on horseback in the mountains, book a horseback riding trip through their website

Map

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