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Walking in the oldest mountain formations in Europe

Walking in the oldest mountain formations in Europe Photo: Venabu Fjellhotell Walking in the oldest mountain formations in Europe Photo: Venabu Fjellhotell Walking in the oldest mountain formations in Europe Photo: Venabu Fjellhotell Walking in the oldest mountain formations in Europe Photo: Venabu Fjellhotell Walking in the oldest mountain formations in Europe Photo: Venabu Fjellhotell Walking in the oldest mountain formations in Europe Photo: Venabu Fjellhotell Walking in the oldest mountain formations in Europe Photo: Venabu Fjellhotell Walking in the oldest mountain formations in Europe Photo: Venabu Fjellhotell Walking in the oldest mountain formations in Europe Photo: Venabu Fjellhotell
Walking in the oldest mountain formations in Europe Photo: Venabu Fjellhotell
Walking in the oldest mountain formations in Europe Photo: Venabu Fjellhotell
Walking in the oldest mountain formations in Europe Photo: Venabu Fjellhotell
Walking in the oldest mountain formations in Europe Photo: Venabu Fjellhotell
Walking in the oldest mountain formations in Europe Photo: Venabu Fjellhotell
Walking in the oldest mountain formations in Europe Photo: Venabu Fjellhotell
Walking in the oldest mountain formations in Europe Photo: Venabu Fjellhotell
Walking in the oldest mountain formations in Europe Photo: Venabu Fjellhotell
Walking in the oldest mountain formations in Europe Photo: Venabu Fjellhotell

Hike facts

Effort level
  • Easy
  • Medium
Duration
  • 4 hours
Landscape
  • Mountain
Season:
June - September

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Description

Discover unspoiled nature in open and easy terrain in the Venabygd mountains, south of Rondane National Park. The landscape consists of rolling mountains and plateau formed in a desert climate 60 million years ago, as well as the formations created during the last Ice Age approx 10, 000 years ago. Here are to be found exciting formations like the narrow canyons, small lakes, waterfalls, moraines and terraces. The area also offers a rich culture; you can discover anything from pitfalls to small fisherman shelters. From the Venabu mountain hotel you can walk in all directions and it is an excellent starting point for walking on your own. The area surrounding the hotel is suitable for short and longer walks. You will always find a tour to suit different levels of walking. The hotel staff will be happy to help with information on the suggested walks and have maps of the area. Free parking, food and something to drink are available at the hotel. We will also take you by minibus to different starting points in the mountains leaving at 09.00 am and returning by different walking routes.

Walking on marked footpath – starting point at the hotel.
Suggested route: The Mya waterfall and Veslefjellet (“little mountain”) – waterfall, canyons and mountain tops with spectacular views – 11kms, takes approx 4 hours.

Starting point: By the entrance to Venabu Fjellhotell. Follow T-marked path (red T’s from the Norwegian Tourist Association) starting parallel to the main road 27. A few metres further along the path it turns right into the birch forest. After 2kms you will reach the River Mya. Walk over the bridge and continue on the T-marked path for a further 200m uphill, then leave the T-marked path and turn to the right behind the summer farm houses and continue on the well used path. After approx 1km the path goes through a stony area in Bjørndalen (“Bear valley”) continue through this area until you come to the viewpoint, where you are able to overlook the three connecting waterfalls of more than 100metres in total. To reach the bottom of these waterfalls, take the small stony path going downhill. The path down is steep, but you are rewarded by a close view of the waterfalls when you are down.

Return along the same path to the summer farms and follow the T-marked path to the right going uphill till you have Veslefjell on your left. Continue along this path to a lonely cabin where you can either choose to walk over the top of the mountain (1.034m asl) or turn left on to the well used path in to the birch forest on the west side of the mountain. We would recommend an extra loop to Dørfallet, 1km along the T-marked path. Dørfallet is a small waterfall leading into a 100m deep canyon, created by the last Ice Age. This canyon is Venabygdsfjellets miniature “Jutulhogget”. (Jutulhogget is the biggest canyon in Northern Europe – further east in Norway). From the top of Veslefjell you have a grand view overlooking the oldest mountains in Europe – the quiet, gently rolling plateau and the rounded mountains give you a feeling of peace and tranquility.
Descending from Veslsfjell follow the path and when you come to a gravel road follow this until you have crossed the river using the small bridge. Then walk up a short, but steep hill; a few metres before the gravel road meets the main road 27, you turn left onto a path back to Venabu. The last part of the walk takes you through the birch forest back to the starting point.

This walk is in easy and dry terrain with some stony paths. It is a really nice route with varied terrain and a good choice also when the weather is windy or rainy, although we would suggest that you leave the walk to the top out. You can also take a shorter walk by either going to Myfallet or Veslefjell, but then the duration is approx 2 hours.

Accommodation: Venabu is a family-run hotel located on the mountain pass between Gudbrandsdalen and Østerdalen, south of the Rondane mountains. The hotel was established in 1947, and is owned and run by the second generation of the Tvete family. 56 rooms are available, all with bathroom. Six of the rooms are suitable for wheelchair users. Venabu is famous for its excellent kitchen. Every Wednesday, we prepare our special "Norwegian buffet", which is filled with delicious dishes made from fish, game and berries. Vegetarian dishes available.

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  • Hiking Hiking

Hours

6/1/2012 - 8/31/2012
Mon - Sun

Transportation


Bus Transfers Ringebu station - Venabu NOK 170 - per person one way. Book in advance. Bus Direct bus from Oslo airport Gardermoen to the hotel every Saturday at 14.00 returning the following Saturday NOK 420 - per person one way. Book in advance.

Facilities

  • Season

    • august
    • july
    • june
    • september
  • Nature and terrain

    • mountainous terrain
  • Grading

    • medium
    • easy
  • Duration

    • 4 hours

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Walking in the oldest mountain formations in Europe

Discover unspoiled nature in open and easy terrain in the Venabygd mountains, south of Rondane National Park. The landscape consists of rolling...

Walking in the oldest mountain formations in Europe

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