Grindane Hiking

  • Photo: Thor Østbye

  • Photo: Thor Østbye

  • Photo: Dag Nordsveen

  • Photo: Thor Østbye

  • Photo: Oddvin Almenning

Essential info

  • Destination Vang
  • Season January–December
  • Difficulty Difficult
  • Distance 3.8 kilometers
  • Elevation 560 meters
  • Duration 1.5–2 hours

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About Grindane

You take off from the E-16 by the sign to Helin. In the west end of Helin in a dense cluster of mountain farms and cottages, take the road to the right. After the ride through dense birch forest, you come up on the bare mountain overlooking the Grindadn and Grindetjern tarn in the bottom of the valley. You drive almost to the highest point on the road. Here there is parking, and here you will find signs showing the "Grindadn". The first part of the walk is flat and nice. Then you take on the slopes and after an hour you are up in the mountain side with a reindeer fence. Approximately 150 m before the reindeer fence there is a huge "stone monument" in the path, marked with white V. About 20 m southwest of this is an intact reindeer pit with a stone slab covering the opening, and a few meters below this is a partially collapsed grave with a leading fence. From the reindeer fence you look inward the fine, grassy plain between Grindadn and Belgjinøsen. From here the path turns east toward the top. The last part of the hike is steep and eventually goes only in talus, but it is completely harmless. Nearly on top and towards the edge in the south there is a huge chasm in the mountain, and in the middle of the gorge the Grindetjernet pond with Grindebue. Picture perfect.

On the up to the peak you can see ptarmigan, snow bunting and decorative rugs of buttercup and moss campion.

Well up by the cairn located at 1724 meters above sea level, you have a "royal" view in all directions.

When you have come up this high, and perhaps have time and effort to spare, a trip over to Veslenibb (1667 masl) and Storenibb (1674 masl) make the trip perfect. From these you have a magnificent view over the village and Vangsmjøsa.

Alternative round trip back down: Down the ravine again, go on the north side of the reindeer fence and onto the top of Belgjinøse (1564 masl). Just below the top on the south side you will find a nice reindeer grave with bøgahi (leading fence). Further south you go over the top 1555 masl and follow the ridge down to Belgjislettene at the reindeer fence. Down here where it is flat, on an old mountain farm field, just east of the reindeer fence, you get down on a larger field of cultural heritage, with 4 dwellings and 12 pits. Then follow the trail east to the parking lot and the car.

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