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Trail to Prestkampen

Prestkampen is the highest peak at Skeikampen, at 1,244 m above sea level. From the summit there is a wonderful view of large areas of the Gausdal Valley and Peer Gynt’s Kingdom, and towards Rondane in the north and Jotunheimen in the northwest. This is a more demanding route. The walk is 12-16 km long and takes 4-6 hours depending on the choice of trails. It is a route for seasoned walkers and not recommended for small children or persons without walking experience.

Hike facts

Effort level
  • Medium
Duration
  • 5 hours
Landscape
  • Mountain
Season:
May - October

Contact information

Description

There are three possible routes up to Prestkampen from Skitorget (information sign) - Take the quickest and easiest way up with the chairlift and from there follow the path leading eastwards towards Steinhytta cabin. This is an easy way of picking up the northbound yellow trail. (Yellow arrow painted on the cabin.) Follow the trail for about an hour, until you come to a crossing where the yellow trail crosses the orange trail.
- Follow the gravel track leading towards the summit. When the road ends, follow the slalom route up to the chair lift. When you arrive at the top station of the chair lift, follow the path leading eastwards towards Steinhytta cabin. This is an easy way of picking up the northbound yellow trail. (Yellow arrow painted on the cabin.) Follow the path for about an hour, until you come to a crossing where the yellow trail crosses the orange trail.
- Or follow the gravel track towards the summit. Head to the right (east) when the road ends and continue along the road which crosses the mountain horizontally. Follow the road until you see the orange trail on the left-hand side. This path follows the lower side of the ridge up to the crossing point.

Then follow the yellow trail northwards towards Avlundkampen. Pass over Avlundkampen and head to the right (east) along the orange trail. Follow the path to Gammeldalen and take the left-hand path (northwards) at the crossing. Follow the purple trail to the summit.
The final climb to the top is rather steep. Wonderful view from the top towards Rondane in the north and Jotunheimen in the northwest.
Follow the purple trail down again. From here, there are four possible routes home.
- Continue down the purple/orange trail to the left (eastwards) towards Gammeldalen, and return along the gravel track (heading south) from Torsdalen. This route is about 6 km. It is an easy return route for those without much hiking experience.

- Return the way you came, over Avlundkampen and back to the path crossing. If you take the left-hand path (east), you will follow the lower side of the Skeikampen ridge back to your starting point. From here, there is a good view over the upper golf course. This route is about 5 km.
- Take the path to the right (west) at the path crossing. This route takes you over the western side of the mountain, with views over the Peer Gynt Road, Skeistua Guest House and Skei Mountain Church. The route is about 6 km long and takes you into Peer Gynt’s Kingdom with its mountain birch and willow.
- Follow the yellow trail (southwards) over the top and down from Skeikampen. The path down from the top is very steep in parts, descending 350 metres in 1.5 km. Not recommended for those with bad knees. This route is about 6km.

Trail marking

This hike is signposted and the level of difficulty indicated by colour-coded icons. Green is easiest, blue is moderate, red is demanding, and black is very demanding.

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Transportation


Skeikampen is situated about 3 hours north of Oslo and 35 minutes north of Lillehammer. Trains from Oslo and Trondheim call at Lillehammer. In the season, local bus 265 will take you from Lillehammer to Skei. Driving directions from the south: Follow the E6 north to Lillehammer, but continue beyond the Lillehammer turn-off. Take the Gausdal exit (Route 255). Toll road. Follow the road through Segalstad Bru towards Svingvold. Turn left at Svingvold (Skeisvegen Road). Follow the road about 10 km to Skeikampen. Driving directions from the north: Follow the E6 south to Tretten. At Tretten, turn off towards Gausdal and Skei (Route 254). After 8 km, you will arrive at Svingvold. Turn right towards Skei (Skeisvegen Road) and follow this road about 10 km until you arrive at Skeikampen.

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Trail to Prestkampen

There are three possible routes up to Prestkampen from Skitorget (information sign) - Take the quickest and easiest way up with the chairlift and from...

Trail to Prestkampen

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