This version of the northern part of Mjølkevegen corresponds with the Valdresekspressen bus NW161 from Oslo. You can take the bus all the way to the starting point, Lemonsjø Fjellstue. For time schedule summer mountain routes, visit: https://www.nor-way.no/en/routes/valdresekspressen/
For bicycle rental (el- or hybrid), we recommend contacting Fjellkjeden Rental Tel: (+47) 61 34 01 05. You can arrange for them to transport the bicycles to Lemonsjø or that they are delivered to the bus when your bus arrives at Beitostølen. You can also rent e-bikes from Hike & Bike at Lemonsjøen Fjellstue.
Lemonsjø - Ruten (59 km; 970 m elevation gain)
After a good night's sleep at Lemonsjø Fjellstue, you are ready to start cycling! Follow the driveway behind the lodge through the cabin area (turn left at the garbage containers!) and the old forest road towards Randsverk. Before you reach Randsverk Camping, turn left and follow the cycling signs through the forest until you reach the main road Heidalsvegen. Exit onto Heidalsvegen to the left and follow it for approx. 2km to the intersection with Murudalsvegen. Exit to the right onto Murudalsvegen and after 5 km, to the right again onto Nysetervegen (right after crossing over the river). Stay on Nysetervegen through the whole Murudalen valley until you reach the intersection with Jotunheimvegen. Exit to the left onto Jotunheimenvegen and follow the signage along Lake Olstappan to Ruten Fjellstue.
The friendly hosts at Ruten will welcome you upon your arrival. Enjoy the cosy atmosphere, explore the outdoor activities, and visit the Moose Observation Tower. Ruten has its own mini brewery and brews different types of beer for their guests.
Ruten - Haugseter - Bygdin (61 km; 1155 m elevation gain)
From Ruten Fjellstue, the next leg will take you to Bygdin, along the idyllic Jotunheimvegen. We recommend a stop at Haugseter Fjellstue for a break, a nice meal and accommodation. Haugseter is well known for its many nearby hiking- and fishing possibilities. Keep following Jotunheimvegen and exit to the left onto the main road 51 which you follow for approx. 1 km downhill to Bygdin Høifieldshotel. Bygdin Høyfjellshotell has historical style accommodation and good meals with a prime location on the lakeshore.
In the surroundings of Bygdin there are nice hiking trails and the popular Synshorn Via ferrata.
Bygdin - M/B Bitihorn - Tyinholmen (boat tour + 3,5 km; 75 m elevation gain)
From Bygdin, the historical boat M/B Bitihorn will take you across the lake to Eidsbugarden. For timetable prices and online booking: https://jvb.no/en/bitihorn/ (remember to book for yourself and your bicycle!). The boat trip to Eidsbugarden takes 1 hr 45 min.
Upon arrival at Eidsbugarden, it's only a few kilometers to Tyinholmen Høyfjellstue. This is one of the most historical tourist lodges in Jotunheimen with a continuous operation since 1892. Enjoy the breathtaking surroundings and access to many 2000-meter peaks nearby. Vi recommend a small cycling detour to the beautifull valley of Koldedalen.
Tyinholmen - Tyinkrysset (20 km; 161 m elevation gain) & Tyinkrysset - Slettefjellet - Beitostølen (54 km; 1500 m elevation gain)
From Tyinholmen, cycle along the Lake Tyin and continue and exit to the left onto road 53 towards Tyinkrysset. On the last bit, follow the signage via Updalsstølen until you reach Tyinkrysset.
If you want to split this long and very demanding leg into two, you will find accommodation at Tyinkrysset, as well as places to eat and a grocery and sports store. If you are cycling this tour with an e-bike, you can charge the battery at the Filefjell Turist Office/Intersport at Tyinkrysset, either inside the store or outside on the wall next to the garbage containers. Also, there are chargers available for Shimano, Bosch og Yamaha.
From Tyinkrysset, we recommend following the King’s Road instead of cycling the E16, but be prepared for some trail sections where you might have to push your bike. At the intersection with the E16, make sure you get onto Vennisvegen along the northern shoreline of Lake Vangsmjøsa. Continue on Vennisvegen and Lilagardsvegen (slight uphill climb) until you reach the Slettefjell toll booth/entrance to the Slettefjell mountain road.
Get ready for the toughest stretch and the steepest climb on the entire route. Follow Slettefjellvegen accross the Slettefjellet mountain with the highest point at 1315 m.a.s.l. On the way up, we recommend to make a stop and stretch your legs for a 15 minutes walk to see the Sputrefossen waterfall (wooden sign in the second right bend after the toll booth).
Once you arrive at the top of the mountyain pass, the spectacular view will hopefully cover for the strenuous uphill ride. From there it’s all downhill to Lake Fleinsendin (beware that Slettefjellvegen exits to the right!) and further towards Lykkja and Beito. From Beito to Beitostølen, though, there is another 3 km climb to your final destination Beitostølen.
Turn left at the intersection at Beitostølen and you’ll see our recommended accommodation, the Radisson BLU Mountain Resort. They can provide a comfortable bed, great food, spa-treatments and a 25 m swimming pool. At Beitostølen you’ll also find a large number of shops, restaurants, pubs, activity providers and all types of accommodation.
If you have a rental bike, it should be returned to the Intersport store, or talk to the hotel reception if the rental store is closed upon your arrival.
For more information, contact the tourist office at: +47 61 35 94 10 or email us to firstname.lastname@example.org
*This entire tour can be booked as a complete 7-day package through Jotunheimen Travel: https://jotunheimentravel.com/mjolkevegen/
It includes accommodation, meals, boat trip and luggage transportation.