Grindane Hiking Trail
Hike Vang's most famous mountain
- Destination: Vang
- Season: June-November
- Difficulty: Demanding
- Distance: 7.5 kilometers (out‑and‑back)
- Elevation Gain: 560 meters
- Duration: 3.5-4.5 hours
Everyone spending some time in Valdres should make a visit to the peak Grindadn with its characteristic profile just south of the lake Vangsmjøsa. You will have splendid view over lake Vangsmjøsa and Vang center. The trail is well maintained, but rocky at the end. This hike is suited for children with some previous hiking experience.
Exit road E16 one kilometer east of Vang center by following the signs to Helin. Drive 750 meter on Burmaveien before making a right onto Helinvegen. The road up to the trail head contains two toll stations. The fee is NOK 70 + NOK 60. After the first toll station, continue for about 4 km and head straight in the junction. Head on down to the cluster of mountain farms, and make a right onto Smådalsvegen. Here you will pass the second toll station before continuing a steep road up to the parking. The parking is located by lake Grindatjernet, at the western end marked by signs to “Grindadn”.
The hike starts by walking over fine flat grassy land before the climb to the top begins. After the first hill you cross a reindeer fence. Approximately 150 m before the reindeer fence is a huge "stone monument" in the path, marked with white V. Here the path turns east toward the top. A large gap in the mountain appear on your right side. It offers a spectacular view down to Grindatjednet and the little cabin “Grindebue". The peak is 1724 meters above sea level, and the views are breathtaking. If you have time, you should not settle for having been at the main peak , but go further north to Veslenibb (1667 meters above sea level) or Storenibb (1674 meters above sea level) to catch the beautiful view down to Vang center and Vangsmjøsa.
- There are two toll stations from Vang up to the parking for a total of NOK 130.
- Wear good hiking shoes as part of the trail is covered with loose rocks and gravel.
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