Bitihorn and Skyrifjellet Hiking Trail
Take a roundtrip mountain hike with panoramic views
- Destination: Jotunheimen National Park
- Season: June-October
- Difficulty: Medium
- Distance: 20.1 kilometers (loop)
- Elevation Gain: 1,150 meters
- Duration: 7-9 hours
About Bitihorn and Skyrifjellet
The panoramic view of Lake Bygdin and the southern Jotunheimen Peaks makes Bitihorn (1,607 m.a.s.l.) one of the most popular viewpoints in Valdres. Choose whether to end your hike here, or continue to Svarteknippa (1,548 m.a.s.l.) to discover even more spectacular views.
The trail to Bitihorn is well marked and easy to follow to the top. Although the terrain becomes increasingly steep and rocky, it doesn’t require you to scramble. There’s no marked trail from Bitihorn to Svarteknippa. Here you follow the ridge of Skyrifjellet to reach the second peak. Because of the considerable length and elevation gain, the roundtrip trail requires hiking experience and a good level of fitness.
From Oslo Bussterminal, take NW160 to Fagernes (which takes about 3 hours), and switch to NW161 “Valdressekspressen” to Bygdin Mountain hotel (which takes about 1 hour).
From Bergen, take NW162 to Fagernes (which takes about 6 hours and 30 minutes) and NW161 from Fagernes to Bygdin Mountain Hotel (which takes about 1 hour).
Use Norway bus express’ travel planner to organize your trip.
From Oslo, head north on Road E16 towards Fagernes for 185 kilometers. When you reach Fagernes, follow the signs to Road Fv51 towards Vågå/Beitostølen. Drive on Road Fv51 for about 40 kilometers until you reach Beitostølen. Continue past Beitostølen for about 11 kilometers until you reach Bygdin.
From Bergen, follow E16 towards Fagernes or Ryfoss. From Fagernes take Road Fv51 north towards Beitostølen and Bygdin. Alternatively, take Road Rv7 from Gol and Fv51 to Leira and Bygdin.
Note: Parts of Road 51 (between Garli and Maurvangen) is closed during winter and typically open from April to December.
Park your car at the parking lot opposite of Stavtjernet Lake. Parking costs about NOK 60. The red-marked trail to Bitihorn starts from here.
BoatFrom the end of June through August, as well as weekends in September, you can take the boat M/B Bitihorn across the lake Bygdin from Eidsbugarden. Visit the JVB boat website for schedules and prices for the boat ride.
From Bygdin Hotel, take the trail traveling south, over the little hill. The trail isn’t well marked, but the terrain is easy to hike should you stumble off the trail. Once at the top, the path downhill is easy to spot. The path meets the red-marked trail to Bitihorn. If you drive and park your car by Stavtjernet Lake, start your hike from here.
Having hiked for about 1 kilometer on the red-marked trail, you’ll pass a reindeer fence. After the fence, the trail splits. Take the trail to the left, which follows the northern ridge of Bitihorn. Soak up the breathtaking views of Bygdin Lake and the southern side of Jotunheimen as you ascend the top.
Enjoy the 360-degree views from the top of Bitihorn (1,607 m.a.sl.). Descend along the same trail, or continue east over the ridge of Skyrifjellet to the peak of Svarteknippa (1,548 m.a.s.l.).
From the cabin at the top of Bitihorn, follow the path running southwestwards down to Velumskaret. Here you’ll hike past several pitfalls for reindeer and wolverine. From Velumskaret to Svarteknippa, there’s no marked trail. Follow the ridge of Skyrifjellet until you reach the top of Svarteknippa. Upon reaching the top, another round of panoramic views await.
Descend from Svarteknippa along the northwestern ridge. By Seksin Lake you’ll reunite with the red-marked trail taking you back to Bygdin Hotel.
- Fill your water bottle before heading up, as there are no decent water sources between Bygdin and Bitihorn. If taking the roundtrip hike, you’ll cross a stream on your way down from Svarteknippa, along the red-marked trail east of Seksin Lake.
- Having sourcream waffles at Bygdin Hotel is a perfect reward after a long hike.
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