Join us and experience the best of the mountain: from the summer farm, with its history, to the open plateau and ancient reindeer hunting traps.
Our knowledgeable, local guides take you safely beyond the usual hiking trails, to areas where it may be possible to see wild reindeer.
Venabu Fjellhotell is located on Venabygdsfjellet on the southern edge of Rondane National Park. This area has a rich cultural history: agriculture and hunting have been the basis of life for people here since the Viking era and there is a long tradition of summer farms. From the mountains around the hotel there are views north and into Rondane, west towards Jotunheimen, south of Gudbrandsdalen and east towards Østerdalen. There is also a herd of wild reindeer, descended from the herd of tundra deer that came here when the ice melted several thousand years ago.
There are two versions of the tour package, A and B.
Scenic summit hike (A + B): Ramshøgda is the highest peak above the mountain plateau at 1469 m asl, and the best vantage point for the Rondane. The area is known for special calcareous soils and special plantlife. Carpets of reindeer rose are a common sight in the early summer.
Seter culture and traditional food (A + B): At Lykkjesetra, our summer farm, the ‘budeia’ welcomes us, erves real food, and tells about the life at the sitter.
In the kingdom of the reindeer:
A: Our guide, Wenche, has good knowledge about the reindeer's migration, stories and the culture around reindeer hunting. On the tour you will pass Dørjuvet, a 100 meter deep canyon.
B: Friisvegen, Ringebufjellet - Tore, our wildlife expert and avid hunter, tell stories about the reindeer's historical wanderings and the culture around reindeer hunting.
Wild plateaux and the goat farm (A + B): Sollia and Atnadalen are in a side valley to the Eastern Valley. Typical of the area are wide plateaux with mossy carpets and beautiful old pine forests. We hike to mountina lakes where you can enjoy the packed lunch with goodies sent by the hotel chef. It is also possible to take a refreshing dip. The tour ends at the goat setra Øverdalseter where we have coffee and "bititi" while we hear the story of the goats coming home to the farm after a day's grazing in the mountains.
The hikes are between 12 and 15 km long in moderately rough, mountain terrain. Expect to be hiking for 5-6 hours.
All dates for the holiday include 5 nights at Venabu Fjellhotell with half board and packed lunches, guided hiking and transport.
July 7 - July 12, 2020
Price: 8700, - per person in a double room. Single supplement 500, -
July 12 - July 17, 2020
July 26 - July 31, 2020
August 16 - August 22, 2020
Price: 9150, - per person in a double room. Single supplement 500, -
Venabu Fjellhotell is in Ringebu municipality, on the National Tourist Road between Gudbrandsdalen and Østerdalen.