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Hiking towards Falketind in Valdres, Norway - Photo: Kjell Arne Berntsen
Hiking towards Falketind in Valdres, Norway Photo: Kjell Arne Berntsen

What to do in Valdres

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


Valdres is one of Norway's most attractive winter destinations. More than 1,500 kilometers of prepared cross-country ski trails await the cross-country enthusiast. Read more about cross-country skiing in Valdres. Those who are more interested in speed can challenge themselves on the downhill slopes and in the terrain parks.


Experience variations from lush forest trails in the south to open summer farm areas in the west and steep, breathtaking mountain roads in the north. Most of the cycling routes follow roads and trails where there is little or no traffic. There are more than 22 marked bicycle routes of varying length and difficulty - you can choose to cycle 11 or 115 kilometers. Contact the tourist information for a bicycle guide and map for Valdres or read more about cycling at valdres.com/bicycle.


Valdres can offer some of the most rewarding hiking in Norway whether you are looking for hikes suitable for children or for the more advanced. There are a large number of marked hiking routes in the region, many are marked by the Norwegian Trekking Association (indicated by red T-marks). The Jotunheimen National Park, with its many 2,000 meter peaks and deep valleys, is a well known paradise for hiking. Read more about hiking in Valdres at valdres.com/hiking.


In Valdres, there are several waters and lakes, as well as rivers and streams that are perfect for fishing enthusiasts. You can buy the "Fishing in Valdres" pass, which will give you access to 70 sites all over Valdres. Some of the municipalities also have their own fishing passes. Make sure that you check the regulations in the area you plan to go fishing in.

The "Fishing in Valdres" pass can be bought at the tourist information offices. Everyone over 16 has to buy the local fishing card. Anyone under the age of 16 fishes for free. Read more about fishing in Valdres at valdres.com/fishing.


Family rafting on the Begna River
This is a family rafting adventure suitable for everyone from the age of five. Perfect for beginners or those who appreciate the "nice" currents. The season varies according to the water temperature, but tours usually run between July and mid-September. Call at least one day in advance to make reservations. For more information and booking, please contact the tourist information office.

Rafting on the Sjoa River
Beitostølen Aktiv arranges both familiy friendly and more advanced rafting trips down the famous Sjoa River. This is a great adventure in spectacular surroundings. The guides are professional and will always adjust the tour according to the level of the participants. For more information and booking, please contact Beitostølen Aktiv.


The nine-hole course at Valdres Golf Club is located in Aurdal near Fagernes and is open until the beginning of October. The fairways are among the best in Eastern Norway.

Horse riding

Valdres offers horseback riding for children and adults, beginners and the more experienced, riding camps, mountain riding, dressage and jumping lessons, trekking tours (some riding experience is required), sleigh rides and wedding coaches. Fjellrittet arranges three-seven days trekking tours in Jotunheimen.

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Dog sledding

Dog sledding is an unforgettable wildlife experience and a unique way to explore Valdres in both summer and winter. In summer, they use a specially made cart on wheels, in winter you sit comfortably on a sledge behind the dogs. You can choose to drive yourself after thorough instructions, or be a passenger.

Read more about dog sledding.

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Last updated:  2013-07-12
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Hiking towards Falketind in Valdres, Norway - Photo: Kjell Arne Berntsen

What to do in Valdres

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

What to do in Valdres

Source: Visitnorway


Winter in Valdres

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

Attractions in Valdres

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

Valdresflye National Tourist Route

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

Winter at Beitostølen

Beitostølen is a small mountain village offering lifts and slopes for alpine skiing and snowboarding, and trails for cross-country skiing.


Jotunheimen has the largest concentration of mountains higher than 6,500 feet in Northern Europe.

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 scenic, varied Valdres region extends from the water rich valleys in the south to Jotunheimen's spectacular mountain range in the north.

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