The vast plateau looks barren and windswept. Bleak dirt, damp moss, and sooty rocks adorn the landscape. Dovrefjell can, at first sight, seem uninviting. All of a sudden, an impressive sight emerges from the fog. The mountain range that lies before you is captivating with its four peaks. All above 2000 meters above sea level. This mountain range is anything but barren.
The mountain range consists of Vesttoppen (2253 m.a.s.l), Hettpiggen (2261 m.a.s.l), Midttoppen (2289 m.a.s.l) and Stortoppen (2286 m.a.s.l). The ladder is popularly called Snøhetta and is the most popular hiking destination. The hike starts from the mountain lodge Snøheim where you can arrive by bus.
Transportation is organized to limit traffic in the area to protect the unique wild reindeers. Therefore driving is not permitted into Snøheim. In the period 1.6 - 15.7 you are permitted to bike. From the venerable lodge that lies at the foot of Snøhetta, you can find a well-marked path up to the top. Now 800 meters awaits you before you find yourself on the top of Dovrefjell.
After the trail, the stream, the rocks, and the steep hills, the top comes closer. In the high mountains, the weather can be deceiving, from sunny and hot to windy, foggy or cold rain showers. Pay attention to the weather forecast when you plan your hike to Snøhetta. Even though the calendar might show August, you could encounter fresh snow.
Hiking Snøhetta requires some hiking experience and is not ideal for beginners. If your children are familiar and acquainted with hiking, bring them along. Always remember the Norwegian hiking rule: there is no shame in turning around.