Grindane Hiking Trail
Hike Vang’s most famous mountain
- Destination: Valdres
- Season: June-November
- Difficulty: Demanding
- Distance: 7.5 kilometers (out‑and‑back)
- Elevation Gain: 560 meters
- Duration: 3.5-4.5 hours
Grindane is a characteristic mountain towering over the village of Vang. The mix of plutonic rocks and loose shale has created the steep cliffs of this impressive mountain. From the top, you’ll have splendid views of Vangsmjøsa Lake and the center of Vang, as well as the mountains of Jotunheimen National Park.
If you gaze up at the peak from Vang, Grindane looks impossible to climb. However, in summer, it’s perfectly achievable to tackle the mountain from the south. The trail is well-maintained but rocky at the end. Bring children only if they’ve got some hiking experience.
From Fagernes, take Road E16 towards Vang. Drive some 50 kilometers. Exit Road E16 by following the signs to Helin. Drive 750 meter on Burmaveien before turning right onto Helinvegen.
You’ll pass two toll stations on your way to the trailhead (the fee is NOK 70 and NOK 60). Having passed the first toll station, continue for about 4 kilometers until you reach a junction. Continue straight ahead, passing a cluster of mountain farms, before turning right onto Smådalsvegen. Here you’ll pass the second toll station before continuing a steep road up to the parking. The parking is located by the western end of Grindatjernet Lake, marked by signs reading “Grindadn.”
The trail is marked all the way to the top, either by white Vs or cairns.
From the parking, follow the trail as it leads you through some marshlands. The trail runs in a semi-circle to the left of Grindetjernet Lake, before ascending more steeply towards the top, through grassy and mossy terrain. After the first hill, you’ll cross a reindeer fence. Follow the trail as it turns eastwards to the main peak.
Towards the peak, the terrain becomes increasingly rocky. You’ll pass a large crevice on your way, offering breathtaking views of Grindatjednet Lake. Once at the top, spectacular views in all directions await.
For the best views of Vang and Vangsmjøsa Lake, continue along the top plateau towards the peaks of Veslenibb or Storenibb.
Descend along the same trail.
Be sure to wear proper hiking boots as part of the trail is covered with loose rocks and gravel.
Because of the steep cliffs, do not undertake this hike in foggy weather.
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