Fantestien Hiking Trail
Discover an old hiding place at 1,434 meters above sea level
- Destination: Jotunheimen National Park
- Season: May-October
- Difficulty: Easy
- Distance: 0.9 kilometers (out‑and‑back)
- Elevation Gain: 10 meters
- Duration: 0.5 hours
For thousands of years, cairns have been used to guide people and horses over the Sognefjellet mountain pass. However, in the old days, it was unsafe to travel, as the mountains were unreachable by the long arm of the law and tramps roamed the area. Fantestien (“the Tramp Track”) allows you to travel through history and wander in the footsteps of travelers past.
The trail runs past Fantesteinen (“the Tramp Rock”), the highest point along Norwegian Scenic Route Sognefjellet (1,434 meters above sea level). Legend has it that vagrants used the large boulder as a hiding place. Today, the mountains aren’t considered lawless areas any longer, so rest assured that it's perfectly safe to hike the trail.
Park your car at the parking lot by Fantesteinen, located on the left-hand side of Road 55 (Norwegian Scenic Route Sognefjellet), when coming from Lom. Fantesteinen is located in Bøverdalen, about 10 kilometers south of Bøvervatnet Lake.
You can also park your car at Sognefjellshytta, some 350 meters further along Road 55, on the left-hand side of the road when coming from Lom.
In summer, the local route no. 200 (Lom-Sognefjellet-Sogndal) run across the Sognefjellet mountain pass. Alight from the bus at Sognefjellshytta Mountain Lodge. Buy your tickets aboard the bus or via the app Opplandstrafikk Billett.
From the Fantesteinen rock, follow the trail running westwards. You’ll reach the pristine Fantesteinsvatnet Lake, and the trail follows the edge of the lake to Sognefjellshytta.
- The old cairns are cultural heritage. Please be careful with the cairns and don’t build new ones.
- Stock up on food at the grocery store in Bøverdalen.
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