Norwegian Scenic Route Rondane: Hiking Trails and Viewpoints
Foto: Jørn Hagen
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 transportation 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.