(Rondane Tour) Approaching Rondvassbu
RONDANE TOUR (SELF-GUIDED)   3 stages . 4 nights . Norwegian Rondane   Booking

Rondane Tour
Self-guided trekking holiday


+ Our short circular trek in the Rondane
+ Famous Norwegian mountains rising above
+ Stay in three comfortable DNT huts


Latest news May 2019
Please ask us about a trip during our 2019 season. Thank you.

Trek a circular route in the Rondane, Norway's original national park. Taking the Rondvassbu hut as our entry point to the park, we make a short circuit to Bjornhollia, to Doralseter and back to Rondvassbu. From the road head (bus stop) a quick walk-in and walk-out are necessary at either end.

The Rondane are characterised by rounded, bouldery mountains rising dramatically above long valleys. We stick to the valleys on this trek, with crossings of one pass on each day. Good mountain paths run in each valley, stony and steep in places but not the extensive boulder-hopping that characterise the mountain ascents themselves.

Norway's network of huts is shown well here. On each of your 3 nights in the mountains you have a 3-course dinner served at communal tables, then breakfast and a packed lunch. Mountain life in the Norwegian mountains is run along lines of common sense and simplicity.


Prices


Alpine Exploratory
ROTsg Rondane Tour (Self-guided)
21 July to 1 September 2019
Prices in GBP
per person
Dorms Private Rooms
Groups of 2+
Popular schedules
3 stages
(4 nights)
560
Singles 40
Our main ROT
660
Singles 40
4 stages
(5 nights)
660
Singles 80
760
Singles 80
Options
Baggage transfer Please ask us for details

Itinerary

Here is our normal schedule of 3 stages.

Arrival day: Arrival at Rondvassbu
6km walk-in on a wide track from the bus stop at Spranget
Evening arrival at Rondvassbu, the biggest hut in the Rondane and very welcoming. (As an option, stay in Otta on the train line and take the bus in the morning. The 6.5km walk to Rondvassbu is quick before the first stage proper.
Hut

Stage 1: Rondvassbu to Bjørnhollia
Red3 grade, 12.5km with 140m ascent, 420m descent
We climb to the Illmanndalen, the valley running straight East to Bjørnhollia. The ascent and descent are mostly gentle and the string of lakes along the pass gives wild views. Find the Bjørnhollia hut as a collection of buildings in a walled enclosure, a Norwegian flag flying.
Hut

Stage 2: Bjørnhollia to Døralseter
Red3 grade, 22km with 700m ascent, 500m descent
Today we climb steadily beside the Langglupenbekken to a col and descend to the junction of the Bergedalen and the Rondvassdalen. High mountains are on both sides: the Hogronden (2,115m) and Digeronden (2,016m) to the North and the Rondslottet (2,178m and highest in the Rondane) to the South. At the junction we keep North West to reach Døralseter and its collection of huts in the wide valley.
Hut

Stage 3: Døralseter to Rondvassbu
Red4 grade, 19km with 800m ascent, 680m descent
We back-track 8km to the junction with the Rondvassdalen and turn South towards the impressive - yet not too tricky - Rondhalsen col. This is the key to reaching Rondvassbu as the Rondvatnet itself has no path.. but it does have a boat service in morning and afternoon which can help if staying at Rondvassbu. If staying in Otta, keep walking to the hut and then add the 6.5km (easy, smooth) track to Spranget for the afternoon bus. (Staying at Rondvassbu is also possible and you would take the bus in the morning. We advise on all the timings.)
Hotel in Otta

Departure day: Departure from Otta
Departure from Otta after breakfast

Our usual schedule of accommodation might not be available, especially if there is not much time between booking and your trip starting. We will book accommodation as closely as possible to this itinerary and present you a schedule for you to check before we proceed.

Your own routes
While your routecards make up the walking for the trip, you are of course free to walk wherever you choose, taking side trips or going by a different route of your own choice. Please note that if you follow your own route you will have left the holiday for the duration


Baggage transfer

Although baggage transfer isn't available on this hut-based trip, it's possible to leave your baggage at the hotel in Otta while you trek. On our normal 4-night trip you would pass Otta on the way to your first night at Rondvassbu, then return to Otta for your last night. If you prefer, please ask us to book an extra night in Otta at the start, or even to replace the Rondvassbu night. We can also offer the wonderful outdoors town of Lillehammer in place of Otta.


Options

We can adjust your Rondane Tour in various ways, as follows:

Accommodation at the start
Our normal first night is in the characterful DNT hut at Rondvassbu. This involves a 6.5km walk along a good track. Depending on your arrival time before your trek at Oslo airport or elsewhere, we can advise on staying in a good hotel in Otta or Lillehammer, then making this 6.5km walk in the morning. It can also be made as part of your first stage if you prefer to walk through.

Accommodation at the end
After your trek, our usual option of our Otta hotel can be changed to the Rondvassbu hut for a last night in the hills, or to other hotels such as those in the lively ski town of Lillehammer.

No dormitories
If you'd like to stay in fewer dorms, please let us know. We have the possibility to book private rooms in each of the 3 huts, subject to availability. Unfortunately for solo travellers, because of the way the huts operate it isn't possible to book single-person private rooms in the huts.


DNT membership

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

The DNT



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: Rondane Tour
Guided or self-guided? Self-guided
Trip code: ROTsg
Route: ROT Rondane Tour
(See our Rondane background page)
(Prefer the Jotunheimen or our longer Rondane to Snohetta?)
Group size: Any, from solo trekkers to groups
Length: 3 days' trekking
Start: Rondvassbu in Norway
End: Rondvassbu for night in Otta
Typical walk: 18.5km, 490m ascent
Total distance: 54.5km or 34 miles
(Plus Rondvassbu walk in and out: 6.5km each)
Highest altitude: 1,645m
Grade: Red3 (Walking grades)



Prices Summer 2019

3 stages, per person:

ROTsg Dorms
GBP 560 (singles 40)
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Rondane Tour (self-guided)

ROTsg Private rooms
GBP 660 (singles 40)
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Rondane Tour (self-guided)



Research Summer 2019

Alpine Exploratory's 2019 research on the Lillehammer to Sn�hetta will be led by:

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



Joy O'Flanagan in June-September
Simon Stevens in June

Recces 2019

The DNT hut Bjornhollia in the Rondane
The DNT hut Bjornhollia (Photo gallery)


Alpine Exploratory's service

Accommodation
4 nights, staying in:
Mountain huts (3)
Hotels (1)

Included
Accommodation and itinerary
Breakfasts, packed lunches, 3 evening meals
Expert and unlimited advice
Routecards ROT1-3 of the Exploratory system
Maps and local information
A year's DNT membership

Season for self-guided treks
21 July to 1 September 2019
19 July to 29 August 2020
Trek on your ideal dates


Dropping to Doralseter
Dropping to Doralseter (Photo gallery)



The Rondane in Norway


Map of the Rondane Tour within Norway

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

City breaks after trekking



Find out more

Walking guides Our background page on the Lillehammer to Snøhetta (SAGA) route

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