Wild Reindeer Country Walking

Enjoy wild walks and warm hospitality

Hike and explore the Nordic mountain landscape, immerse yourself in the space and silence of wild nature. A subtle landscape: see the interplay of the high latitude light with the shape of the mountains, valleys and water. Few places on Earth can offer the active hiker such accessible wild terrain to explore on foot.

On this walking holiday we make Venabu Fjellhotell our base from where we venture onto trails across the alpine tundra and deep into the boreal birch forests. Eastern Norway has a more stable, drier climate than the West Coast and on many days we can expect to be the only hikers in this vast wild land.

Holiday Highlights

• Hike in unspoilt, wild reindeer country

• Walk in the Rondane, Norway’s first National Park

• Discover the Nordic flora and fauna, migratory and ground nesting birds, birds of prey and rare arctic alpine plants

• See how the forces of water, geology and time have created this vast landscape

• Enjoy a traditional lunch and storytelling at the hotel’s summer farm

• Relax in our comfortable, family run mountain hotel on this centre-based walking holiday 

• Ideal for solo travellers, friends and couples who would like to share their walking holiday with like-minded people

• Moose Safari – an optional extra. In the evening light we explore the forest in the company of a local wildlife expert and tracker to encounter the moose, King of the Forest.

Price: from 17325 NOK

per person, sharing a twin/double room


17 - 24 July 2021

4 - 11 September 2021


Walking Grade:

Intermediate mountain walking for experienced hikers

Typically 12-16km per day with two longer days, maximum 490m ascent in any one day. Longest day 24km. 

Mountain paths which may be rocky and the occasional rocky step. Please visit our walking grades page for more information.

We use short transfers to help us explore the area.

Small group size: maximum 10

Trip Itinerary

Day 1. Arrival day

Dinner 18.30 After dinner we meet for our trek briefing.

Day 2. Local peaks: Dynjefjellet 1151m and Svartfjell 1154m

 Walk details: 13km Ascent: 420m 

The stunning 360° views from each of these peaks give us a taste of what lies ahead this week. The high peaks of the Rondane are visible to the north. The wild land of Venabygdsfjellet opens before us. Distant to the west are also the glaciated peaks of the Jotunheimen, home to Northern Europe’s highest mountains. Learn about the lives of the wild reindeer that migrated here as the last ice age ended and the glaciers retreated. Humans followed the reindeer 6000 years ago and we will see the features they left behind. 

Day 3. Rondane National Park: Store Ramshøgda 1463m

 Walk details: 18km, ascent 460m 

Today’s feature is a hike to the peak of Store Ramshøgda. We discover the Rondane, Norway’s first National Park, created to protect the genetically unique wild reindeer living here. Descending from our high point we explore an unfrequented valley where we may see merlin and fjellvåk hunting.

Day 4. Rondane National Park: Døralseter

 Walk details: 24km, 400m ascent, 700m descent.  

Today we take a transfer and hike into the sculpted, elemental landscape of the Rondane massif. We make a traverse through the heart of the park. Dramatic and imposing, the Rondane National Park is an ideal location to experience the high mountains of Norway. This is our longest day, 7-8 hours hiking. 

Day 5. Canyons and waterfalls: Dørfallet and Myfallet

 Walk details: 15km 300 ascent. 

The highlights of today’s hike, direct from the hotel, are sure to be the waterfalls of Dørfallet and Myfallet.  Experience for yourself the powerful force that carved this landscape. 

Day 6. Tour to Lykkesetra the hotel’s Summer farm with traditional lunch

 Walk details: 16km, 490m ascent

Another contrast again today as we walk to our summer farm, Lykkesetra, set in the meadows below Forbundsfjellet. Over a lunch of local, traditional food the farmer will tell stories from lived experience about the history and folklore of summers spent in the mountains. We hear about life on the farm and the hard work of producing the fabled Norwegian delicacy, brown cheese. Time spent at the summer farm was always special, much enjoyed by the farming families and it remains close to the heart of Gundbrandsdalen today. 

Day 7. Finnsjøvola 

 Walk details: 15km, 380m ascent. 

Both tranquil and sublime Finnsjøvola offers us an easier yet spectacular day. We ascend steadily through delightful, pine forest to open land and sparkling lakes with views of the Rondane massif and east towards Sweden. As we walk and soak up the beautiful scenery we may be lucky enough to see to see wild reindeer and the almost mythical cloudberries, 'the gold of the mountain', so valued in Norway.

Day 8. Departure after breakfast

Please note that the order of the itinerary may vary depending on the weather and needs of the group.

What’s included:

• 7 nights accommodation in our comfortable mountain hotel

• Breakfast and evening meals, packed lunches and flasks filled.

• Guided walks on 6 days, 

• The services of our expert hiking guide

• A traditional lunch and storytelling at our summer farm

• Transfers to and from Ringebu at the start and end of the trip.

• All transfers for guiding 

Optional extra: Moose Safari - We make this an optional tour as we will only run our moose safaris when there is a very good chance of seeing these magnificent animals.

Optional extra: The Peer Gynt Festival - celebrating Henrik Ibsen’s work. This festival in Gudbrandsdalen, local to Venabu is one of Norway’s premier outdoor cultural events. We offer an accommodation, transfer and entry package to this superb spectacle. The Peer Gynt Festival has been cancelled for 2020 however we hope it will run in 2021.

You may also be interested in our Step into Norwegian Culture walking holiday or our Three National Parks Challenge hiking holiday.

For more information please contact Joy O'Flanagan:

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