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Norwegian Scenic Route Rondane: Hiking Trails and Viewpoints

A trip along Norwegian Scenic Route Rondane takes you through one of the most characteristic mountain areas in Norway. The 75-kilometer long route runs from Venabygdsfjellet to Folldal along Road 27/219. It takes you along the eastern edge of Rondane National Park with its vast landscape and magnificent snow-covered peaks, before leading you down the sloping river Atna toward Folldal.

The center of the park is home to ten peaks reaching over 2,000 meters above sea level, with some of the farthest views in Norway. Dotted around Rondane National Park are cozy lodges with great service and local food, havens after a long day hiking. Strømbu, located roughly halfway along the scenic route, is the main entry point in to the park from the east.

The Rondane triangle route is a popular multi-day hike from cabin to cabin and is an excellent option if you want to leave your car behind and experience the park for several days.

The roads along the scenic route are open year-round.

Public Transport

In the summertime a bus runs to Strømbu from Ringebu train station (on the line from Oslo to Trondheim). The bus runs every day between 24th June and 18th of August. The bus leaves Ringebu at 11:05am which corresponds with a train arriving from Oslo. The bus arrives at Strømbu (the final stop) at 12:15pm.

The return bus from Strømbu leaves daily at 3:30pm. It arrives in Ringebu at 4:40pm, corresponding with trains departing to both Oslo and Trondheim.

Tickets are best bought using the Entur app and cost 59 NOK one-way. Tickets can be also bought on board, either in cash or with Visa card, for 98 NOK one-way. There are child and senior discounts.

Tips

  • The trails and cabins in the national park are busiest from July to mid-August. September can have very cool temperatures but offers beautiful autumn colors and quiet trails.

  • A lot of the terrain around Rondane is quite rocky. At lower altitudes and in the valleys the ground can be quite wet. Sturdy, waterproof hiking boots/shoes will keep your feet dry and happy.

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Venabygdsfjellet to Folldal

Muen

Rondane National Park

Hiking Trail
Medium
3.6 km · 2 – 3 hr

Muen

The mountain of Muen sits at the southern end of the Norwegian Scenic Route Rondane. One of the most popular hikes in this area, known as Venabygdsfjellet, Muen features a clear trail and 360 degree views of the surrounding landscape. The trail leaves from a parking lot by the roadside.

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Knappen

Rondane National Park

Hiking Trail
Medium
6.5 km · 2 – 3 hr

Knappen

About 13 kilometers north of Muen lies Rondetunet Outdoor Activity Center, the perfect starting point for outdoor adventure. You’ll find a sign-posted trail to the top of Knappen, a mountain offering sweeping views of Atnasjøen Lake and the magnificent mountains of Rondane without too much effort. 

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Sjølisætra

Rondane National Park

Hiking Trail
Easy
4 km · 1 – 2 hr

Sjølisætra

Sjølisætra Mountain Farm, with its surrounding pastoral landscape, is only a short hike away from Road 27 and Atnasjøen Café. The idyllic mountain farm is available for booking for hikers wanting to stay for a few days and explore the area.

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Sohlbergplassen

Continuing 1 kilometer north of Atnsjøen Café, you’ll find Sohlbergplassen viewing platform. Curving gently around the slim pine trees and offering an astonishing view of Atnsjøen Lake and the mountains of Rondane, the viewpoint is definitely worth a stop. 

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Strømbu

Rondane National Park

Viewpoint
Easy
 

Strømbu

Strømbu is another rest stop and viewpoint worth a visit. With both a roof-top terrace and an inside waiting room, Strømbu is a perfect place to enjoy views of Atna River. It’s also an excellent starting point for hikes in Rondane National Park.  

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Høgronden

Rondane National Park

Hiking Trail
Demanding
20.7 km · 9 – 11 hr

Høgronden

From Strømbu, it’s possible to hike to the top of the magnificent Høgronden, one of the highest mountains of the Rondane Mountain Range. From the top, you’ll experience wide-ranging views of no less than three national parks: Rondane, Dovrefjell, and Jotunheimen. Because of its considerable length and elevation gain, this is a hike for experienced hikers. 

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Bjørnhollia

Rondane National Park

Hiking Trail
Medium
11.6 km · 4 – 6 hr

Bjørnhollia

For a more relaxed trek into the national park, hike from Strømbu to the Bjørnhollia tourist cabin. Pack a lunch to enjoy at the cabin or stay overnight and explore the park further. If you prefer to cycle, park at Gammelgarden further north and ride the gravel road all the way to the cabin.

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Skjerdalen

Rondane National Park

Hiking Trail
Medium
6.1 km · 2 – 4 hr

Skjerdalen

From Bjørnhollia DNT Cabin it’s a short trek into the narrow green valley of Skjerdalen. With its vertical rock walls and rushing waterfalls, the fairy-tale-like valley is a unique experience in Rondane National Park. This is best as a half-day hike from Bjørnhollia but can be made as a day hike from Strømbu.

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Gamle Grimsa Bru

Rondane National Park

Hiking Trail
Easy
1.8 km · 1 – 1.5 hr

Gamle Grimsa Bru

If you’re feeling restless and looking to stretch your legs, stop for a short and easy walk to Gamle Grimsa Bru, a bridge over the rushing Grimsa river. There’s a lean-to available for shelter.

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Fallfossen Waterfall

Rondane National Park

Hiking Trail
Medium
5.3 km · 2 – 3 hr

Fallfossen Waterfall

For an extended, but still relaxed, hike along the Grimsa River, follow it upstream to Fallfossen Waterfall. Soak up the natural atmosphere in the woods at the edge of Rondane National Park as water rushes over the rocks.

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