Rondane Nasjonalpark Travel Guide

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Rondane Nasjonalpark Things to Do

  • Rondeslottet

    Rondeslottet is the highest mountain in Rondane national park. It is a perfect place for hiking.The most normal place to start is Rondvassbu, and it is an easy ascent that takes about 6 hours up and down. Or you can continue on to Bjørnhollia.It is also possible to go climbing up to the top. Its not an area famous for climbers, but there are still...

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  • A trip through Norway....

    My journey will continue on the next page about Åndalsnes and the Trollstigen.These are the chapters of my trip through Norway in 2003 :1 Rondane National Park2 Åndalsnes and Trollstigen3 Geiranger (Under construction)4 Ålesund 5 Selje6 Sogndalsfjora (Under construction)7 Skjolden (Under construction)8 Jotunheimen National Park (Under...

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  • Vinjeronden and Rondslottet

    From Otta, one drives via Mysuseter (toll road) to the free parking at Spranghaugen. From there, it is ah nour (6km) easy walk to the Rondvassbu hat, and from the hut one can take a signposted path to the summit of Vinjeronden (2044, 6-7h return, technically easy. The valley of Rondholbekken, high above the lake, which one passes en route, is...

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  • Rondane National Park

    The hike is coming to an end. The last little bit to hike is a climb over a hill and we were back at Smuksjøseter and the car. The hike I made was quite easy, with an easy to walk on trail and without any steep climbs or hills. You don't really need to be in tip-top shape or a very experienced hiker to make this hike. So if you are not afraid of...

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  • So tranquil....

    As you probably noticed I really love this National Park and would love to return to explore more of it. Rondane is so peaceful and quiet; I guess tranquil would be a good word for it. The national park is not shouting out loud with spectacular natural features like for instance the Grand Canyon, but the park certainly does have something special....

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  • Beautiful wildflowers in Rondane

    Although not in abundance around (not at the beginning of August anyway) you can spot some beautiful wildflowers in Rondane. The National Park covers an area of 572 km2 and was established in 1962.The wildlife in Rondane does not differ much from the wildlife in other mountain areas in Norway. Although I didn't spot any myself, there are reindeer...

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  • All yellow and green

    The one thing I remember best was the amazing colour scheme of the park. The different shades of green and yellow are the dominant colours you can see here, but it does make the landscape look breathtaking. I never realized that there are so many tones in colour between yellow and green. The best painter couldn't have composed the colours any...

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  • The beautiful landscape of Rondane

    Let's continue with our hike.... The second part of the route was totally different from the first part. This photo is made close to the Peer Gynt Hytta, where we had some beautiful views over a picturesque valley. I loved seeing all the flowers in bloom with the mountains in the background. The way back of the hike offered beautiful views over a...

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  • Which way now??

    So which way do we go now??? We made our own little loop trail by choosing parts of several hiking trails, making it not too long of a hike and avoiding too steep climbs. I wasn't so well trained in hiking yet, and certainly not in mountain areas, so I was a bit nervous of it. But I didn't need to be, the trail was very good to hike and I enjoyed...

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  • Waffles and tea

    We originally planned to have something to eat at the start of our hike at the Smuksjøseter. But there wasn't much to get there and the prices were exorbitant, so we skipped that and just started hiking without having a real lunch. We brought some food and drink with us for during the hike, so it wasn't a real problem. But at the Peer Gynt Hytta we...

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  • Waterfall at the Peer Gynt Hytta

    Before arriving at the main building of the Peer Gynt Hytta I had to cross a little gorge where I saw this beautiful little waterfall carved into the rocks. I could get rather close to the waterfall by walking along the river on the left side of it. From here I had fantastic view on the waterfall and I stayed here for quite a while to enjoy the...

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  • Hiking in Rondane National Park

    The hike in Rondane National Park started at the Smuksjøseter, 5 kilometres east of Høvringen. You can get here on a rather small road, but it is well marked, so you won't have much trouble in finding it. The last bit of the road (from Høvringen to Smuksjøseter) is a toll road. I can't really remember how much it cost, but it wasn't that much. At...

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  • The Kvitskriuprestein

    The Kvitskriuprestein (or priests of the white scree) is an example of a form of erosion that is very rare in Northern Europe. The material the pyramids are made of white moraine soil. This type of soil is left over from an earlier Ice Age; it is hard as concrete when dry, but easily washed away by rain and flooding creeks. The rocks on the top of...

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  • Climbing up the hill to...

    New day, New adventures, and first on the list for the day is a visit to the Kvitskriuprestein, a weird rock formation, close to Otta. The place is on a little side road into the mountains around Otta, and it is not really easy to find. From the E6, travelling north, just outside the village of Otta, take the side road to the right. Follow this...

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  • Where is Rondane National Park

    So where is Rondane National Park? It is close to the village of Høvringen, which can be reached by taking a side road off the E6 and following that for 8 kilometres. Rondane is about 300 kilometres north of Oslo, 520 kilometres north-east of Bergen and 135 kilometres north of Lillehammer.

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  • Campground at Otta

    In the late afternoon we arrived at Otta where we found a campground. It was quite busy at the campground, but we were able to find a nice (and relatively quiet) spot along the river. We only have a little tent, so it is easy to squeeze it in somewhere. Hahaha, although sometimes clumsy, there are some clear advantages to travelling light :-) We...

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  • Sheep on the road

    We are on the road again, but now on our main destination of the day: Rondane National Park. From the E6, take a side road to the village of Høvringen, a very picturesque road to drive. At first the road is climbing steep up, giving a beautiful view of the valley you just left. And after that you will be amazed by the landscape unfolding in front...

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  • Going to Rondane National Park, Norway

    It is the end of July in 2003, the weather is beautiful, and I am on my way to Norway. I just had a great week hiking and camping in Sweden and now there are almost two weeks ahead of me in beautiful Norway and I am starting of with a visit to Rondane National Park. The trip from Sälen in Sweden to Otta in Norway is about 350 km, so that is a nice...

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  • A closer look at the Kvitskriuprestein

    Here you have a closer look at the Kvitskriuprestein . The rocks themselves are fenced of, as they are protected by Royal Decision June 24. 1977, but you have a good look at them from behind the fence. The rocks aren't that impressive too see, or maybe I saw too many fascinating rock formations on my visit to the USA (Monument Valley, Arches and...

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  • Toll roads around Rondane National Park

    It is time to get on the road again, new day and new adventures. When you see this road sign it means you are approaching a toll gate. There are quite a few of them in the area of Otta and Rondane National Park, but I came across a few others as well in Norway. Around Rondane the toll wasn't high, but if you drive up one of the small mountain roads...

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  • 'Public' toilet :-))

    Hahaha, I just couldn't resist taking this picture, it looked so crazy seeing this little toilet house in the middle of the campground, lol. Fortunately there were some more facilities available besides only this one ;-)

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  • Rondane, mountain area

    Most of Rondane is a high mountain-plateau at about 1000 - 1500 metres above sea level. From this plateau a number of great mountains rise in the central mountain area, up to about 2000 metres. There are 10 peaks of more than 2000 to be found in the park. The mountains are fairly round, and do not have very sharp peaks as you would find in...

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  • Not all signs are that clear

    We arrived at a little stream that we had to cross. This was also the spot where two hiking trails split up. As you can see you have to pay attention where the trail signs are, hahaha, as they are sometimes positioned on the most creative places, lol. A view stepping stones helped us crossing this little stream without getting wet feet. Next to the...

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  • Peer Gynt Hytta in the distance

    After hiking for about 4 kilometres we arrived at the Peer Gynt Hytta. Here the landscape seemed to open up for a little while and I could see for miles and miles in the distance giving me a stunning view over parts of the park.

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  • A thick layer of clouds

    The main part of the route on the way to the Peer Gynt Hytta followed the shores of two little lakes. In front of me, further in the distance, I could see the mountains of Rondane National Park, with its peaks often covered in a thick layer of clouds. On the other side of the lake I could see some of the lower mountains of Rondane National Park,...

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  • Grass covered roofs at the Peer Gynt...

    In the picture you can see two little cabins at the Peer Gynt Hytta that are used as accommodations for hikers. I love these grass covered roofs, something you can see a lot while travelling through Norway. I think it looks so picturesque and makes houses like this almost disappear in the surrounding landscape. I would love to stay here overnight...

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  • Cloudy weather, great hike

    When I arrived at the Smuksjøseter I parked the car and got outside to take a look at the surroundings. My first emotion was disappointment as the weather was looking bad and I had been looking so much forward to this day and to this hike. The weather was cloudy, the temperature was rather chilly and there was even a little threat of rain. I was so...

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Rondane Nasjonalpark What to Pack

  • Electricity

    For 'grounded' plugs, the "Schuko" plug and receptacle with side grounding contacts is used (see picture)The receptacle will also accept the not-grounded plug shown in the previous tip.

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  • Electricity

    In case you want to bring any electrical appliances with you, here is the system Norway uses: 220 volts and 50 Hz. It is a round pin attachment plug (see picture)An adapter will allow you to plug an appliance designed for one type of outlet into another type of outlet. Despite the fact that more than a dozen different types of plugs are in use, a...

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