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Eastern Norway Vestfold og Telemark TOKKE

Lårdalstigen

  • Eidsborgvegen 361A, Tokke
  • +47 35075656
  •  /  km From You
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Lådalstigen is a fantastic hike between Dalen and Lårdal. A large part of the hike follows the mountain ridge 800 metres above the Telemark Canal.

Description of the hike

Lårdalstigen is a challenging, but fantastic hike with spectacular views from the edge of the mountain ridge above the Telemark Canal.

The inner part of the Telemark Canal is surrounded by steep and wild mountains. Along the mountain ridge from Dalen to Lårdal, there is a cleared hiking trail that offers many spectacular and exciting experiences. Much of the hike takes place on the mountain edge up to 800 meters above the Telemark Canal. Along this hike there is also a beautiful flora and the geology is very special. Here you can greet the rugged silhouttes of "Risen og Gygri", which stand in stone in front of the edge of the mountain, and read about the legend associated with these rock formations, or look at Bandak lake deep below you through the magnificent "Møyskrivet". 

Gløstøylnuten is the highest peak on the hike with its 848 masl. The view over the fjord and the surrounding mountains is both wide, wild and beautiful. Perhaps you will also spot osprey? 

Where does the hike start?  

Most people choose to start the hike at the top of Eidsborgberget, above Dalen, and hike to Lårdal, but it is also of course possible to start in Lårdal and hike the opposite way. Should we make a recommendation, it is a nicer hiking experience to start in Dalen and hike to Lårdal. Plan your hike and start early in the morning (08-09 am), then you will catch the afternoon boat from Lårdal in time. You must estimate 7-8 hours on the full hike (minimum 6 hours). Park your car at the pier area in Dalen (long-term parking on the opposite side of the motorhome parking), here you can park for free. Call Tokke Taxi on tel. + 47 909 71 909, they drive you up to the starting point in Eidsborgberget (4 km) at a fixed price of NOK 200.

Bring plenty of water, a good lunch and hiking snacks and wear good hiking shoes. 

The total length of the hike is 14 km and a long days hike, or you can bring your tent or hammock and make it a 2 day hike. There is also a small cabin along the way, Heddebu, which is open to hikers sleeping 2 people (drop-in). 

Lårdalstigen has become incredibly popular, which we think is very cool! The canal boats are experiencing great demand, and therefore it can be good to know that you also can take the morning boat out from Dalen to Lårdal and start the hike from Lårdal. We want as many people as possible to experience the hike and transport you to your starting point!

The boat trip on one of the old historic boats is an essential part of the Lårdalstigen hiking experience! Whether it is trip starting or ending the hike, enjoy a great boat tripfrom the deck on M / S Victoria or M / S Henrik Ibsen on the Telemark Canal. 

Remember to prebook your boat tickets at www.telemarkskanalen.no

No matter which direction you choose, Lårdalstigen is a challenging, but fantastic hike! Along the hiking trail, new, beautiful information boards have been set up that spice up the hiking experience! Bring plenty of water, a good lunch and snacks, and wear good hiking shoes.

The beautiful village of Lårdal by Bandak offers idyllic places and a cozy pier area with ferry berths for the boats on the Telemark Canal. There is also accomocation and eating place in Lårdal. 

Round trip option

If you do not have the possibility to hike the whole Lårdalstigen hiket, you can park your car in Støylsdalen and hike a 6 km round trip around Gløstøylnuten (848 masl) and back to the start in Støylsdalen. Contact the tourist office for more information. 

Key facts

Day trip, 14 km one way

Time: 6-8 hours

Challenging

Accessible: May-October

Map: Hiking map Tokke 1 : 50 000 and Miniguide Lårdalstigen hike 

Remember to wear sneakers with good soles or hiking boots, and to bring plenty of water (at least 2-3 litres on warm days).

The ferry boats come in to Lårdal on fixed call in the afternoon. Henrik Ibsen leaves Lårdal on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday at 17.10 and Victoria on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday at 17.55.

If you want to take the morning ferry from Dalen to Lårdal, the departure time for Henrik Ibsen is Mon, Tue, Thu and Sat at 08:35, and for Victoria Wed, Fri and Sun at 08:00.

Time table The Telemark Canal 

Useful phone numbers: 

M/S Victoria: +47 951 14 395

M/S Henrik Ibsen: +47 948 89 906

Tokke Taxi: +47 909 71 909

Visit Dalen: +47 35 07 56 56

Package deal at Dalen Hotel: 

Combine the hike Lårdalstigen with a historical canal boat trip on the Telemark Canal and accommodation at Dalen Hotel

From NOK 2545,- per person/night, double occupancy. Included breafast and a 3-course dinner.

https://www.dalenhotel.no/hotellpakker/lardalstigen/

We supply you with necessary maps, compass and a backpack with sandwiches, cold drinks, coffee/tea, chocolate and fruit. The boat fare is also included in the package. Please note that this is a mountain hike best suited for the physically fit.

 


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  • Source: Vest Telemark

General

Effort level
  • Challenging
  • Expert
Landscape
  • Mountain area

Outdoor Activities

Activities
  • Boat trips
  • Hiking
  • Nature trail
Hiking
  • Daytrips (5-11 hours)

Facts

Effort Level
Expert
Duration
8 hours
Landscape
Mountain area
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