Torfinnstinden Hiking Trail
Conquer "Vestre" on this three summit mountain
- Destination: Jotunheimen
- Season: June-November
- Difficulty: Expert
- Distance: 5.2 kilometers (out‑and‑back)
- Elevation Gain: 1,050 meters
- Duration: 5-6 hours
Mount Torfinnstinden uniquely consists of three peaks Vestre, Øystre, and Midtre—located in the southern part of Jotunheimen National Park. It's possible to traverse the entire mountain, but Øystre requires technical climbing while Vestre and Midtre Torfinnstinden can be reached by foot. This guide focuses only on summiting the Vestre peak, located at 2,090 meters above sea level.
This may be a challenging hike, but you'll be rewarded with incredible views from the top.
From Oslo, take the NW161 Valdresekspressen to the stop “Bygdin”.
From Oslo, head north on E16, towards Bergen, for 185 kilometers. When you reach Fagernes, follow signs to road 51, towards Vågå/Beitostølen. Follow road 51 for another 50 kilometers until you reach Bygdin. Here you will find parking.
Step 2: Hike or ride on a boat to Torfinnsbu
It's a very straightforward hike along Bygdin Lake and is about 5 km.
Another option to arrive at Torsfinnsu by hiking from Fondsbu and Gjendebu.
From the Torfinnsbu Tourist Lodge, you will quickly gain altitude. Follow the trail's red T-sign posts until it flattens out onto Svartdalen, at approximately 1,200 meters above sea level. Along the trail, you'll be surrounded by beautiful grassy slopes with rich flora.
From Svartdalen, follow the ridge towards Torfinnstindene along a sparingly kept trail with views of the steep mountains. Continue on this trail before reaching the first "chute" down from the summit. You'll then pass a shelving system, just east of the second chute and after some easy scrambling, you'll enter the chute. Follow this until about 2,000 meters above sea level, before exiting to the west (left). You will then follow the ridge until reaching the plateau at the top.
- There are a lot of loose rocks at the top, so be very careful of your footing and your head. It's suggested to bring a helmet.
- On a clear day, you'll see for kilometers and even have the possibility of seeing the capital city, Oslo.
Where to stay
- Torfinnsbu Tourist Lodge is a self-catering cabin owned by DNT, open February until October. Learn more about how to access DNT cabins across Norway.
- Bygdin Fjellhotel is located at the eastern end of Bygdin Lake. Visit their website for accommodation information and availability.
- Eidsbugarden is located on the western end of Bygdin Lake. Visit their website for accommodation information and availability.
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