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Family route from Skeikampen to Austlid. Follow the gravel road over to Austlid with beautiful surroundings. The small lake Veslevatn is a nice place for a bath.
Kyrakampen, 979 m above sea level, is north-west of Austlid Fjellstue. The summit offers incredible views of Skeikampen and parts of the Peer Gynt Mountain Road, plus Jotunheimen and Rondane further in the distance.
The terrain is easy, with a little climbing up a steep slope just at the beginning. The trail starts at Austlid Fjellstue and runs down towards the car park by the water.
This great trail around Skeikampen shows the varied nature that it has to offer. The trail is suitable for most people.
The Skeikampen Rundt trail is around 8 km long, over gently sloping terrain. The trail shows the different sides of Skei, from forest and bare rock to the highest point, with fantastic views of the mountain wilds. From here you can see Jotunheimen in the far north-west and Rondane to the north. The white peaks clearly stand out from the rest.
Helgafossen is a great trail specially tailored to families at Skeikampen. The round trip covers around 4 km of flat terrain.
It takes about 1.5 hours from start to finish, unless you decide to linger at the waterfall. The terrain makes for easy walking and before you get to the Skeiselva river, you can hear it far off in the distance. In the old days, guests used to bathe in the river and at Helgafossen there was even a bathing hut so that guests could change into their swimming costumes with their modesty intact.
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.
Skeikampen, at 1,123 metres above sea level, is not one of Norway’s highest mountains, but it is easily accessible. It takes approx. 1 hour on foot to reach the summit. The trail takes you on a scenic route along the Skeikampen ridge. The view from the top is outstanding, a gigantic panorama of the nearby mountains and the Peer Gynt Road, Jotunheimen and Dovrefjell, the golf course and the area round Skeikampen. The trail is 6-7 km long and takes 2-4 hours. It is a scenic walk which most people can manage. If you choose to go for the summit, there is a steep 350-metre climb over a distance of 1.5 km.
Se the whole Espedalen before your feet from the summit of Megrundskampen, 1329 m.a.s.l. - it is breathtaking!!
Restaurant "Popia" at Strand Fjellstue is a beautifully situated overlooking the Espedalen water with the mountains behind.
The marvellous surroundings and rich culture of Gudbrandsdalen has inspired many artists. Tales and storytelling traditions contain anything from gnome...