Synshødn Hiking

  • Photo: Thor Østbye

  • Photo: Thor Østbye

  • Photo: Thor Østbye

  • Photo: Thor Østbye

Essential Info

  • Destination Vang
  • Season June–November
  • Difficulty Medium
  • Distance 2.2 kilometers
  • Elevation 420 meters
  • Duration 0.5–1 hours

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About Synshødn

The name Synshødn (View Height) says something about the quality of the view. From the southern peak, 1457 meters above sea level, you have a view inward Bygdin, over the peaks in Jotunheimen and eastward to Vinsteren and Øystre-Slidrefjella.

The hike starts at Fagerstrand in Bygdin where you can park your car. When you are at the peak you can choose to go down the same lane you came up, or you can go ahead northwest on the height over Heimre Fagerdalshøe (1510 meters above sea level), and above the point 1474 meters above sea level. It's like being on top of the world with expansive views in all directions, and here it is easy to walk on a rug of rush, lichens, mosses and willow. In between there are stretches with pebbles and roche moutonnée in a terrain alternating between flat and hilly. Tufts of cushion pink light up everywhere.

The walk continues on the ridge until the dent northwest of Øystre Fagerdalstjedn, 1302 meters above sea level. At the creek by the pond the rare Ranunculus nivalis  grows. A poor trail continues through the grass and heather north of the water a little way up the slopes to avoid the marshes. From here, you can follow the stream down to Rjupetjednet (1210 meters above sea level) and then trail south bound on the west side of the pond. Stay on the path further under Synshødn into the ravine toward Lykkjenuten (1266 meters above sea level), and soon you will be on a nice, elaborate path that you follow down to the sharp bend on the main road.

There are many alternate ups and downs. The terrain is open and transparent so it is not difficult to find your own way, if you prefer that.

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