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People cycling in scenic surroundings in Valdres
Strø in Valdres.
Photo: Terje Rakke / Nordic life
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According to National Geographic, the Besseggen ridge is one of the top 20 hikes in the world. Not surprisingly, it’s located near Valdres – the home to some of the most impressive mountains in Norway.

Fishing in Valdres.
Photo: Nils Rogn
Hiking at Besseggen.
Photo: Morten Helgesen
Dog sledding at Beitostølen.
Photo: Terje Rakke / Nordic Life AS / Visitnorway.com
Cross-country skiing at Beitostølen.
Photo: Terje Rakke / Nordic life / Visitnorway.com
Off-piste skiing at Beitostølen.
Photo: CH / Visitnorway.com
Sørre Hemsing, Valdres
Sørre Hemsing farmyard in Valdres.
Photo: Tina Stafrèn / Visitnorway.com
Fermented trout "Rakfisk".
Photo: Cathrine Dokken

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Whether you’re going on a trip with your family, partner, or friends,
you’ll find plenty of things to do here.

Safety in the mountains

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Norway is an incredible place to explore, with untamed mythical landscapes, mountains, valleys, and fjords. Before you enter the outdoors, get familiar with the nine simple rules of the Norwegian mountain code to help you stay safe.

  1. Plan your trip and inform others about the route you have selected.
  2. Adapt the planned routes according to ability and conditions.
  3. Pay attention to the weather and the avalanche warnings.
  4. Be prepared for bad weather and frost, even on short trips.
  5. Bring the necessary equipment so you can help yourself and others.
  6. Choose safe routes. Recognize avalanche terrain and unsafe ice.
  7. Use a map and a compass. Always know where you are.
  8. Don’t be ashamed to turn around.
  9. Conserve your energy and seek shelter if necessary.

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Getting here and around

Get in-depth travel information on Valdres’ official website.

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  • Valdres train

    By train

    The nearest train station is located in Gol, one hour by bus from Fagernes. Travel time from Oslo to Gol by train is around three hours. There are bus connections from Gol to Fagernes several times daily.

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  • Valdres bus

    by bus

    There are regular bus connections to Fagernes and other destinations in Valdres from Oslo, Trondheim, Lillehammer and Bergen. Read more about bus transport in the Valdres region.

  • Valdres boat

    By boat

    From Oslo, there are ferry connections to Fredrikshavn and Copenhagen in Denmark, as well as Kiel in Germany. Find more information about ferry transportation.

  • Valdres car

    By car

    Valdres is a region with a well developed infrastructure. The main artery is the E16, which stretches from the Oslo border in the southeast to Bergen in the west.

    You can drive to Valdres from Gol in the southwest and Vågå in the north on Fv51, and from Gjøvik in east on road Fv33.

    If you prefer the more scenic route, try driving the National Tourist Route Valdresflye.

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  • Valdres local

    Local travel

    Fagernes is the main hub for transportation in the area. For more information regarding Taxi and car rental visit Valdres’ official website.

    Experience M/B Bitihorn on a breathtaking boat trip along Lake Bygdin. On Lake Gjende, you will find the boats Gjende III and Gjendine which transport thousands of eager hikers every year to the most beautiful areas of Jotunheimen. Find more information about local boat services.

  • Valdres plane

    By plane

    Oslo Airport is Norway’s national air hub, located about 2 hours and 30 minutes by road from Fagernes in Valdres.

    Valdresekspressen runs up to eight times daily from Oslo to Fagernes, with connecting services to Beitostølen (Gjendesheim in summer) and Årdal via Tyinkrysset.

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There is no need to wait until you’re here to find out what you’d like to do.