Mefjellstien Hiking Trail
Admire the grand Smørstabb Peaks
- Destination: Jotunheimen National Park
- Season: May-October
- Difficulty: Easy
- Distance: 5.1 kilometers (out‑and‑back)
- Elevation Gain: 70 meters
- Duration: 1-1.5 hours
Built like a natural gallery, Mefjellet rest stop is worth a visit. The rest stop is designed like a terrace with natural stone walls, reinforcing the panoramic views and the feeling of loftiness on the Sognefjellet mountain plateau. Here you’ll find a quadrangular stone sculpture made by the Norwegian artist Knut Wold through which you can admire the magnificent Smørstabb Peaks.
From the rest stop, it’s possible to follow the marked roundtrip trail Mefjellstien if wishing to discover the surrounding mountain scenery even further. A section of the trail follows the historic Vardestien (“the Cairn Track”). For hundreds of years, people have traveled across the mountain pass, and this old track features cairns dating back to the mid-nineteenth century.
Being only 3 kilometers long and running through smooth mountain terrain, Mefjellstien is a family-friendly hike. However, in spring and early summer, you’re likely to come across wet and snowy sections.
Park your car at Mefjellet rest stop, located on the left-hand side of Road 55 (Norwegian Scenic Route Sognefjellet), when coming from Lom. The rest stop is approximately 500 meters east of the border between Oppland and Sogn og Fjordane counties.
BusIn summer, the local route no. 200 (Lom-Sognefjellet-Sogndal) run across the Sognefjellet mountain pass. The closest bus stop, Sognefjellshytta, is 2.5 kilometers east of the trailhead at Mefjellet rest stop, so a tip is to ask the driver to let you off at Mefjellet Rest stop. Buy your tickets aboard the bus or via the app Opplandstrafikk Billett.
Mefjellstien runs through smooth mountain terrain, but be prepared to cross wet and snowy sections in spring and early summer. The trail is well-marked.
From Mefjellet rest stop, follow the marked trail westwards. You’ll soon get an excellent view of the Smørstabb Peaks in the east. The trail crosses the main road (Road 55) and runs back towards the rest stop via the historic Vardestien (“the Cairn Track”). Enjoy the view towards the impressive Fannaråken in the west.
- The old cairns are cultural heritage. Please don’t remove or add stones, or build new cairns.
- Stock up on food at the grocery store in Bøverdalen.
Where to stay
Sognefjellshytta Mountain Lodge offers hotel accommodation and serves communal meals. The new, modern common room linking the two traditional buildings is worth a visit. The combination of wood and glass disperses the light through the room and imparts the changing moods of weather and light at this high altitude. The lodge is open between Easter and mid-September.
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