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Bjørgovarden is one of the top hikes in Valdres, Norway - Photo: Julia helgesen
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Bjørgovarden is one of the top hikes in Valdres, Norway Photo: Julia helgesen

Hiking in Valdres

Valdres offers some of the most rewarding hikes in Fjell Norway, from family friendly walks to multi-day hikes and challenging summits in Jotunheimen.

From the hilly woodlands of Begnadalen and Vassfaret in the south, to the snowcapped mountains of Jotunheimen in the north – Valdres has an abundance of hiking trails for all levels and abilities. Whether you want to hike for several days or just spend a few hours embracing the beautiful landscape, you can be sure to find an option that suits you.

When

The hiking season usually lasts from the end of June until mid-September.

Hiking possibilities

Valdres has a lot to offer families who want to set out for a hike. Below you will find our top recommendations for family friendly hikes. Further suggestions are available at Valdres’ official website.

Valdres is also an ideal base for those looking for multi-day hikes and alpine challenges in Jotunheimen. Some tours, for example the hike to Uranostinden mentioned in Top hikes below, combine mountain hiking and glacier crossing.

Brochures and maps are available from the local tourist information offices.

Top hikes in Valdres

Family friendly walks
Bitihorn (1,607 metres above sea level). The hike to Bitihorn takes about four hours and is suitable for children from the age of six to seven years.

Bjørgovarden (1,138 metres above sea level). The hike to Bjørgovarden takes around three hours and is suitable for small children.

Grønsennknippa (1,368 metres above sea level). The hike to Grønsennknippa takes around three hours and is suitable for children from the age of four to five years.

Multi-day hikes
Three days’ hike in Jotunheimen.

Alpine challenges
Uranostind (2,157 metres above sea level).

Guided hikes

Join a guided hike organised by Tyin Aktiv. You can book an individual hike or join a group in or around the Jotunheimen Mountains.

Accommodation

There are plenty of places to stay in Valdres, many with marked hiking trails right outside the door. Choose a comfortable hotel or a cosy cabin, try a traditional mountain lodge or go for the budget option at one of several camping sites in the area.

How to get there

Valdres is situated in the middle of Southern Norway and is easy to reach by car, air, bus or train.

Further information

Read more about hiking in Valdres at Valdres’ official website.

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Last updated:  21 December 2012
Besseggen - the most famous hike in Norway - Photo: Morten Helgesen
Besseggen - the most famous hike in Norway
Hiking at Grønsennknippa in Vaset, Valdres in Norway - Photo: Julia Helgesen
Hiking at Grønsennknippa in Vaset, Valdres in Norway
Bitihorn by Beitostølen is a popular hiking area. Valdres in Norway - Photo: Merete Hovi
Bitihorn by Beitostølen is a popular hiking area. Valdres in Norway

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Bjørgovarden is one of the top hikes in Valdres, Norway - Photo: Julia helgesen

Hiking in Valdres

Valdres offers some of the most rewarding hikes in Fjell Norway, from family friendly walks to multi-day hikes and challenging summits in Jotunheimen.

Hiking in Valdres

Source: Visitnorway

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In Valdres you can go hiking, fishing, cycling, golfing and rafting in summer, and dog sledding, cross-country and alpine skiing in winter.

Winter in Valdres

With 1,500 kilometres of cross-country trails and seven alpine centres, Valdres is one of Norway’s most attractive winter destinations.

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Valdres has a unique cultural heritage with six stave churches and one of Norway's largest open air museums, Valdres Folk Museum.

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The road across Valdresflye provides endless vistas of rolling hills and steep mountains, including an excellent view of Jotunheimen National Park.

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About Valdres

Tourist information for Valdres

There are three Tourist Information offices in Valdres: you will find them in Fagernes, Beitostølen and Filefjell.

Key facts about Valdres

The many inland fjords make Valdres one of the most varied and panoramic valley regions in Eastern Norway.

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