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VALDRES

Cultural heritage meets world-class hiking

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Gjendealpene in Valdres .
Photo: Visit Valdres
Gjendealpene in Valdres .
Photo: Visit Valdres

The natural beauty of the Valdres region stretches from lush valleys in the south to the Jotunheimen mountain range in the north.

Gjendealpene in Valdres .
Photo: Visit Valdres
Gjendealpene in Valdres .
Photo: Visit Valdres

Love mountains? 

Put on your hiking shoes and hike the Besseggen mountain ridge – one of the top 20 hikes in the world, according to National Geographic!

The Besseggen ridge .
Photo: Visit Valdres
The Besseggen ridge .
Photo: Visit Valdres

You can get there via the Valdresflye Norwegian Scenic Route, over the wide open mountain plateau. The drive offers 49 km of panoramic views!

The route takes you to two of the region's most famous hikes, Rasletind and Bitihorn.

Norwegian Scenic Route Valdresflye in Jotunheimen, Eastern Norway .
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Norwegian Scenic Route Valdresflye in Jotunheimen, Eastern Norway .
Photo: Visitnorway.com

Want a bigger challenge

Check out the Synshorn Via Ferrata climbing route!

Synshorn via ferrata .
Photo: Synshorn Via Ferrata
Synshorn via ferrata mobil .
Photo: Synshorn Via Ferrata

Continue your journey by bike.

Kilometre after kilometre of gravel roads and paths makes this a true biking paradise. The most famous route is Mjølkevegen, with 250 km of paths through Valdres.

The Mjølkevegen at Stølsvidda .
Photo: Yngve Ask / Visit Valdres
The Mjølkevegen at Stølsvidda .
Photo: Yngve Ask / Visit Valdres

Maybe you will make some new friends along the way!

Goats at Sparstadtrøe .
Photo: Venke Fredriksen / Visit Valdres
Goats at Sparstadtrøe .
Photo: Venke Fredriksen / Visit Valdres

Mjølkevegen passes through the Stølsvidda mountain plateau, where you can visit summer pasture farms and sample local food, including waffles and, of course, freshly made sweet brown cheese. 

Remember to try...

Biking at Jaslangen in Valdres .
Photo: Yngve Ask /Visit Valdres
Biking at Jaslangen in Valdres .
Photo: Yngve Ask /Visit Valdres

...Norway's unique sour cream porridge, rømmegrøt, served with a cured sausage called kurv.

Rømmegrøt is a rich, creamy porridge, often served with cinnamon, sugar, and a little butter. A taste you will not forget.

Rømmegrøt at Vasetstølen .
Photo: Valdres Kultur og Naturpark / Visit Valdres
Rømmegrøt at Vasetstølen .
Photo: Valdres Kultur og Naturpark / Visit Valdres

Another important food tradition in Valdres is fermented fish, called rakfisk. The tradition dates back to the 1300s, at least. 

Rakfisk even has its own annual festival, which is held in early winter – definitely worth a visit!

Rakfisk from Valdres .
Photo: Cathrine Dokken Belsheim / Visit Valdres
Rakfisk from Valdres .
Photo: Cathrine Dokken Belsheim / Visit Valdres

If you want to catch your own fish, the region offers plenty of fishing opportunities!

Go with a local fishing guide to discover the best spots.

Fishing Ørret in Valdres .
Photo: Visit Valdres
Fishing Ørret in Valdres .
Photo: Visit Valdres

Ready for more action? Beitostølen Summer Park offers loads of fun for the whole family.

Race on go carts, ride a bob sleigh, or jump on gyro trampolines and bouncy castles, among many other activities. 

You can also take the chair lift to the top of the mountain and enjoy expansive views across Beitostølen.

Beitostølen Activity park .
Photo: Visit Valdres
Beitostølen Activity park .
Photo: Visit Valdres

In winter, the park is clad in white, and is the biggest ski centre in the region (Valdres has as many as seven). 

Which do you prefer? Après-ski fun or winding down in front of a crackling fireplace in your cosy cabin?

Beitostølen Alpine Center .
Photo: Visit Valdres
Beitostølen Alpine Center .
Photo: Visit Valdres

How about some fresh, pristine powder

Make your own tracks on the Tyin/Filefjell mountains.
Remember to always go off-piste safely. Use a local guide.

Tyin Filefjell Skisenter in Valdres .
Photo: Ida Strømstad / Visit Valdres
Tyin Filefjell Skisenter in Valdres .
Photo: Ida Strømstad / Visit Valdres

Crisp winter air and 1,500 kilometres of freshly prepared cross-country trails also await. 

Ready, steady, go!

Cross country skiing at Beitostølen .
Photo: Visit Valdres
Cross country skiing at Beitostølen .
Photo: Visit Valdres

But you don't need skis to enjoy winter in Valdres. 

Make some new four-legged friends on a husky safari, or go kiting, snow rafting, or ice fishing.

Husky safari in Valdres .
Photo: Beito Husky Tours
Husky safari in Valdres .
Photo: Beito Husky Tours

Spend the night in historic and luxurious surroundings, such as those at Herangtunet Boutique Hotel (pictured here).

Or cuddle up in a warm and cosy bed…

Herangtunet .
Photo: Photo: Herangtunet / HANEN.NO
Herangtunet .
Photo: Photo: Herangtunet / HANEN.NO

…in a king's manor.

Danebu Kongsgaard is one of several quaint, traditional mountain lodges in the area.

Danebu Kongsgård in Valdres .
Photo: Visit Valdres
Danebu Kongsgård in Valdres .
Photo: Visit Valdres

If you are feeling more adventurous, spend the night among the treetops at the Fosstopp cabins in Hedalen.

Fosstopp tree top cabin in Valdres .
Photo: Julia Helgesen / Sigrid Bredesen Fossholt / Visit Valdres
Fosstopp tree top cabin in Valdres .
Photo: Julia Helgesen / Sigrid Bredesen Fossholt / Visit Valdres

The region is packed full of culture and history. 


In fact, as many as 6 of Norway's 24 stave churches are located here. A visit to the church in Hedalen takes you back almost a thousand years – to a time when Vikings ruled!

Hedalen stave church in Valdres .
Photo: Arne Perlestensbakken / Visit Valdres
Hedalen stave church in Valdres .
Photo: Arne Perlestensbakken / Visit Valdres

Soak up the unique atmosphere that tells stories about life in earlier times, experience folk music, and learn about culinary traditions and traditional costumes. 

Valdres Folk Museum is one of the biggest open air folk museums in Norway. The museum is in Fagernes, the administrative centre of Valdres, which offers a range of shopping, restaurants, and accommodation.

Hardingfele at Valdres Folk museum .
Photo: Yngve Ask/ Visit Valdres
Hardingfele at Valdres Folk museum .
Photo: Yngve Ask/ Visit Valdres

Walk in the footsteps of our ancestors.

During the Middle Ages, Kongevegen, The King's Road, 100 kilometres long and narrow, was the only road connecting eastern and western Norway.

The king's road in Valdres .
Photo: Yngve Ask / Visit Valdres
The king's road in Valdres .
Photo: Yngve Ask / Visit Valdres

Need a break from everyday life? Looking for new adventures?

Break by Stølsruta in Valdres .
Photo: Yngve Ask / Visit Valdres
Break by Stølsruta in Valdres .
Photo: Yngve Ask / Visit Valdres

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Break by Stølsruta in Valdres .
Photo: Yngve Ask / Visit Valdres
Break by Stølsruta in Valdres .
Photo: Yngve Ask / Visit Valdres

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