Nice loop from the heart of Høvringen in Rondane NP
- Destination: Rondane
- Season: June–November
- Difficulty: Easy
- Distance: 5.3 kilometers (loop)
- Elevation Gain: 230 meters
- Duration: 3–4 hours
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The hike to Vardhøe is a nice loop from Høvringen and up on the nearest mountain near Øigardseter Mountain Lodge. It can be accomplished by most hikers, even small children. If you hike up in the late afternoon you can catch the sunset from here as well.
While driving along the main road E6 in the Gudbrandsdalen valley look for the sign to Høvringen about a 15-minute drive north of Otta. From the main road, there is a 6 km drive up to a fork in the road just before you reach Høvringen. Bear left at this junction and after 1 km you reach Øigardseter Mountain Lodge where you can park your car.
Start at Øigardseter Mountain Lodge. Follow the gravel road about 200 meters before taking the blue-marked trail. After about 250 meters there’s a sign to Vardhøe. The trail is dry with a gentle gradient to the ridge of the mountain, where the path divides. Take the blue-marked trail and after a few meters follow the path to the top.
There’s a steep climb before you reach the plateau and the large cairn at the summit. When you descend, continue on the blue-marked trail to Skogsetrene. After a few hundred meters, you will be on the old trail between Høvringen and Skogsetrene. The blue-marked trail leads through the pass to Høvringen. There are a few wet areas before you join the blue-marked trail from the Dovrehytta cabin, back to Høvringen.
- There is a small grocery store at Høvringen, but beware that it is not open every day
Where to stay
- Høvringen has multiple offerings for accommodation