Smørkollrunden Cross-Country Skiing

  • Photo: Morten Helgesen, www.valdresibilder.no

  • Photo: Morten Helgesen, www.valdresibilder.no

  • Photo: Morten Helgesen, www.valdresibilder.no

  • Photo: Morten Helgesen, www.valdresibilder.no

Essential info

  • Destination Valdres
  • Season January–December
  • Difficulty Easy
  • Distance 12.4 kilometers
  • Elevation 270 meters
  • Duration 1.5–2 hours

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About Smørkollrunden

Trip on prepared trails. Some open forest the first kilometers until the landscape opens towards Smørkoll. Easy trail through varied terrain. The trip is 11.5 km long. Follow the trail green 1 to the right, up through the cabin area in the birch forest. In the first crossing after 1.5 km, keep right on green 2. You will come back from the left on the return. Next crossing is after a bit more than a kilometer, and here continue left along green 2. At the third crossing, a scant kilometer further on, turn right up to the connection trail towards Blue 2 and 3 (green 2 bends to the left here). After 500m, turn left onto blue 2. The trail goes gently downwards to the summer farm area Smørkoll underneath the mountain knoll with the same name. Here it bends 90 degrees to the left. Soon you reach a warming hut that can be useful to seek shelter in when the wind whizzes freshly over the marsh. Blue 4 turns to the right, forming an additional loop of 6.5 km, if you want to extend your trip. Otherwise, keep straight ahead on blue 2 at the next crossings, about 1 km after blue 4 took off. Here it comes back from the right, and blue 7 goes straight down towards Grønolen Fjellgard. You turn left, and after about 600 m you reach green 2 again. Follow this to the right and after 2 km you are back on green 1, which you also follow back down to the car. This is a family friendly trip that can be shortened by 4 km if the children are small or the wind blows too strongly across the marshes during Smørkollen. Keep in that case left at the 3rd crossing and complete the trip on green 2. The trip is very popular, and it can sometimes be a lot of people on the trail. Updated trail status: http://www.skisporet.no/oppland/beitostolen. Parts of the trip can be very windy. Getting there: Drive on County Road 51 to Beitostølen and turn towards Beito. After 600m there is parking on the right side, and there you will also start the trip.

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