(Lillehammer to Rondane) The huts at Jammerdalsbu
LILLEHAMMER TO RONDANE (SELF-GUIDED)   8 stages . 9 nights . Norwegian Rondane   Booking

Lillehammer to Rondane
Self-guided trekking holiday

+ Moors, forests, stream crossings and high valleys
+ Self-catered huts, a Norwegian experience
+ The fun ski town of Lillehammer

Latest news December 2018
Booking is open for 2019! Please ask us about a trip. Thank you.

Trek Norway's wild land and stay in its self-catering huts, a classically Norwegian experience. We start at the jolly mountain town of Lillehammer, 2 hours North of Oslo, staying in one further hotel before setting off for the huts. One hotel night at Venabu comes part-way.

This tough and sometimes remote trek is over moorland and through woods, mainly staying in the DNT's self-catering cabins. We explain in detail how these work - which is very well! The final days enter the Rondane national park, higher hills above, and an option on the last stage's routecard is to detour into the heart of the national park.

Introduced as the SAGA trek by the DNT, Norway's trekking organisation, this trek is an obvious one from the map to link the chain of hills from Lillehammer Northwards to the Rondane. Without an obvious town in which to finish and with the draw of Snohetta, a famous hill within Norway, the SAGA route finishes with the ascent of Snohetta and descent to the valley. This Lillehammer-Rondane trek is the first, lower, more self-catering based half of this overall trek and can be combined with our Rondane-Snohetta for the full route.


Alpine Exploratory
LTRsg Lillehammer to Rondane (Self-guided)
21 July to 1 September 2019
Prices in GBP
per person
Dorms Private Rooms
Groups of 2+
Popular schedules
5 stages
(6 nights)
Singles 120
Singles 120
8 stages
(9 nights)
Singles 120
Our main LTR
Singles 120
9 stages
(10 nights)
Singles 160
Singles 160
Baggage transfer Please ask us for details

Baggage transfer

Although a full baggage transfer isn't available on this hut-based trip, we can offer a service of 2 drops (Hornsjo and Venabu). To then receive your bag at the end of the trip, we advise taking an extra night in Otta or another town such as Lillehammer. Please ask us for the options.

Norway's self-catering huts

This trip stays in 4 of the DNT's self-catering huts. These are distinct from the 2 normal catered huts (Bjornhollia and Rondvassbu) on this trip. The self-catered huts are stocked with supplies for dinner, breakfast and a rudimentary packed lunch. Guests arrive and find a bunk. Duvets, pillows and blankets are provided: please bring a sheet liner as you would for a catered hut. Make the fire in the stove or use the gas hobs to boil water. Choose your food from the storeroom and cook by yourself or with any other guests. In the morning there is a form on which to declare what you have used: Alpine Exploratory is later billed for your stay. This is part of the simple, imaginitive and fair style in which Norway's mountain life operates. Your info pack contains full details of how both styles of hut work.


We can adjust your trek in various ways, as follows:

Add the Lillehammer to Nordseter stage
For a 9-stage trek, add the Lillehammer to Nordseter stage at the start. This is an enjoyable day steadily uphill through Lillehammer's local trails, then onto the moor to the ski centre at Nordseter.

Finish at Venabu
For a 5-stage trek, leave the trail at Venabu. This is a hotel stay on the route so it makes a good last night: there is then a bus to Ringebu for trains to Oslo, or later in Summer a lift or a taxi. Having reached Venabu, pick up the trail on a future trip!

Accommodation at the end
As normal your last night is the wonderful DNT hut at Rondvassbu. You then walk the easy 6.5km track to the bus stop for Otta. Two options exist: to walk out the same afternoon and stay at our hotel in Otta or down the train line at Lillehammer, or to add an extra night in Otta or Lillehammer. Perhaps of all these options and if time allows, an extra night in Lillehammer is the most pleasant.

More private rooms
The 4 self-catering DNT huts are dormitories-only, with sharing very much the way. Of the catered DNT huts, by contrast, we can book private rooms if available. Your 3 hotel nights are of course in private rooms. Therefore these two catered huts are where we can increase the comfort if you wish, and represent the difference between our two trip levels above.

Carry on to Snohetta
This Lillehamer to Rondane trek can be combined with the Rondane to Snohetta trek to make a continuous two-week route. This becomes the SAGA trek in full, Lillehammer to Snohetta. Please ask us for the options around Rondvassbu, the meeting point of the two routes, where it's possible for thru-hikers to save a day if they wish.

DNT membership

Your trip comes with a year's membership of the DNT, Den Norske Turistforening, the Norwegian trekking and travel association.


The DNT has been running since the late 1800s and is responsible for Norway's national parks, the network of 500 mountain huts, plus tourist information offices in Norwegian towns. You'll quickly get used to seeing their red T waymarks.

Membership gives lower prices in some huts, which we have factored into the cost of our Norway trips, and also gives you direct benefits like discounts in DNT shops and some others.

We are delighted that our trekkers become bona fide DNT members like so many Norwegian trekkers, thus supporting the maintenance of the national parks.

In the run-up to your trip we will ask the date of birth of everyone in your group, as it's required for the DNT membership, and also a phone number to which your membership number can be texted. You can then use the DNT app on your Android or iPhone to show your membership to hut wardens and others.

Key information Summer 2019

Trip name: Lillehammer to Rondane
Guided or self-guided? Self-guided
Trip code: LTRsg
Route: LTR Lillehammer to Rondane
(Our Lillehammer to Rondane background page)
(Prefer the shorter Rondane Tour?)
Group size: Any, from solo trekkers to groups
Length: 8 days' trekking
Start: Lillehammer for bus to Nordseter
End: Rondvassbu
Typical walk: 18.5km, 330m ascent
Total distance: 147km or 92 miles
(Plus walk-out from Rondvassbu: 6.5km)
Highest altitude: 1,200m
Grade: Red3 (Walking grades)

A note on grading
We give the trek our Red grade because of its all-round mountain walking feel and its lack of especially big drops. However, the character of the first 5 stages especially, as far as Venabu, is particularly wild and remote. River crossings can be deeper and need more care than our Jotunheimen, Rondane or Alpine walks. The navigation can be tricky on these less-frequently walked paths. Therefore this trip will call more than most for experience, self-reliance and a little perseverence!

Prices Summer 2019

8 stages, per person:

LTRsg Dorms
GBP 960 (singles 120)
Lillehammer to Rondane (self-guided)

LTRsg Private rooms
GBP 1,010 (singles 120)
Lillehammer to Rondane (self-guided)

Research Summer 2019

Alpine Exploratory's 2018 research on the Lillehammer to Rondane will be led by:

Pete Ellis at Alpine Exploratory Simon Stevens at Alpine Exploratory Joy O'Flanagan at Alpine Exploratory

Pete Ellis in July & August
Simon Stevens in August
Joy O'Flanagan in August & September

Recces 2018

Storfossen above Lillehammer
Storfossen above Lillehammer (Photo gallery)

Alpine Exploratory's service

9 nights, staying in:
Mountain huts (2)
Self-catering huts (4)
Hotels (3)

Accommodation and itinerary
Breakfasts, packed lunches, 8 evening meals
Expert and unlimited advice
Routecards LTR1-8 of the Exploratory system
(Routecards LTR1-5 if finishing at Venabu)
(Routecard LTR0 for Lillehammer-Nordseter)
Maps and local information
A year's DNT membership

Season for self-guided treks
21 July to 1 September 2019
19 July to 30 August 2020 (TBC 1 Oct 2019)
Trek on your ideal dates

Self-catering hut kitchen
Self-catering hut kitchen (Photo gallery)

The Lillehammer to Rondane

Map of the Lillehammer to Rondane within Norway

Our city information in your info pack:
Olso, Bergen, Trondheim, Stavanger

City breaks after trekking

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Walking guides Our background page on the Lillehammer to Rondane

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