The Troll Trail is a continuous marked ski trail, which passes through miles of untouched nature from Høvringen and the Rondane National Park in the north, via Ringebufjellet, to Lillehammer - the Olympic City - in the south.
Hailed by backcountry and cross-country skiing enthusiasts as one of Europe’s must-do adventures, the way-marked Troll Trail runs through the majestic Rondane National Park in the north and then traverses gentler mountain terrain to the Olympic city of Lillehammer in the south.
Discover Norway offers organised Troll Trail packages where you ski from hotel to hotel and have your baggage transferred. You can either ski the full stretch from Høvringen to Lillehammer, or take your time and focus on the northern part of Rondane National Park. The latter means staying at the same location for several nights. Starting point for the southern part is Venabygdsfjellet, and this section leads through slightly “friendlier” mountain terrain towards Sjusjøen and Lillehammer.
The Troll Trail: Rondane – Lillehammer 170 km / 8 days
A spectacular cross-country skiing experience, covering the impressive alpine scenery of Rondane National Park in the north and the “gentler” mountain terrain as you approach the Olympic city of Lillehammer in the south. From the starting point at Høvringen, with the magnificent Rondane massif as backdrop, the trail leads via Kvamsfjellet to Venabygdsfjellet, continues to Øksendalen and past the mountain dairy farms at Øyerfjellet, and then on to Nordseter. At this point, you can opt for a longer loop via Sjusjøen or head down towards Lillehammer.
The Troll Trail leads through varied terrain, and is way-marked from 1 February until after Easter. Daily legs of 17 – 36 km.
The weather can be harsh, with heavy snowfall and strong winds. Under such conditions it is difficult to maintain the tracks, and it is important to follow way-marking and use map and compass. This is a trip for experienced skiers with a good level of fitness. Touring skis (with metal edges) are recommended as the trail is only partially groomed.
Baggage transfer is available for trips with or without guide.
Cross-country skiing in Rondane National Park (Troll Trail north): Høvringen – Kvamsfjellet – Venabygdsfjellet, 63 km
Experience the best of Rondane!
Ski trip with starting point at Høvringen – the gateway to Rondane National Park from the north – with altitudes of 800 – 1000 m and spectacular views of some of the highest peaks in Norway.
Finishing point is Venabygdsfjellet – the gateway to Rondane from the south. This is the perfect opportunity to experience the Rondane massif at close range, with breathtaking nature experiences, varied skiing terrain, and overnight stays in traditional surroundings. You will spend 2 – 3 nights at each location, and at every single one there numerous trails to explore. Skis with metal edges are recommended as the trip leads through high-mountain terrain with only partially groomed trails.
Troll Trail south: Venabygdsfjellet – Sjusjøen, approx. 100 km / 8 days
This trip starts in open alpine scenery on the outskirts of Rondane National Park in the north, and leads via “gentler” mountain area to Sjusjøen, close to the Olympic city of Lillehammer, in the south. Baggage transfer is available, and the terrain is varied. You will follow prepared tracks for most of the trail, but there are stretches with ungroomed snow. This is a trip for experienced skiers with a good level of fitness. High-quality touring skis / cross-country skis can be used.