Valdresmarsjen Cross-Country Skiing

  • Photo: Morten Helgesen,

  • Langs Olevatn

    Langs Olevatn Photo: Kjell Arne Berntsen

  • Vangsjøen

    Vangsjøen Photo: Kjell Arne Berntsen

  • Skardåsen

    Skardåsen Photo: Kjell Arne Berntsen

  • Løypekryss Selshøgda Yddin

    Løypekryss Selshøgda Yddin

Essential info

  • Destination: Valdres
  • Season: January-March
  • Difficulty: Demanding
  • Distance: 66.5 kilometers (out‑and‑back)
  • Elevation Gain: 1,060 meters
  • Duration: 6.5-7 hours

About Valdresmarsjen

Long trip in prepared trails between Beitostølen and Danebu (period winter-Easter), about 60 km From Beitostolen, follow Red 1 counterclockwise to Olevann. Turn right toward Øysterlie and keep straight at the junction there towards Heimre Kjølastølen (red slope no. 20), through Rauddalen (rounding Gravfjellet on the north side) to the next junction, where you keep to the right on the blue trail 23 down to Yddin. From Yddin Fjellstogo, cross the road and keep straight ahead just about 1.5 km. Keep left and cross the estuary of Yddin on the bridge. After 0.5 km keep straight / slight left on green 30 via Yddestølen and Skatrudstølen to Vangsjøen (continue until the lodge, do not take off 1.15 km before). From Vangsjøen go blue trail 31 up to Rabbalsvatnet. Keep right/straight on blue 33 further upward along the northeast side of Rundemellen towards Juvik (parking). Continue straight (do not turn left) for 1,5 km and turn right towards Skardåsen. At the crossings of the peak, you can choose whether to turn left and over Skardåstoppen at 1071 meters above sea level or whether you want to continue straight on the trail south of the top (this is not always prepared). Keep downward past the Gapahuks to the Neverset junction. Here you turn left down towards Heimåsgrinda. Cross the road and keep to the right down to Nythun Høyfjellstue. Cross the road and follow the trail towards Danebu, first to Pilset, where the trail abruptly takes to the left upwards and then to the right. The trail rounds Fjeslitjernet on the east and then Binnhøvdknatten and Surttind on the west side, before reaching the cabin settlement on Aurdalsåsen. Follow the signs all the way to Danebu. Since this is a one-way trip, you must either park a car on Danebu or arrange pick-up / summon a cab and use the bus routes between Aurdal/Fagernes and Beitostølen. The cross country competition " Valdres marsjer " is held each year in March along this trail (


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