+ Our short circular trek in the Rondane
+ Famous Norwegian mountains rising above
+ Stay in three comfortable DNT huts
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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.
ROTsg Rondane Tour (Self-guided)
19 July to 29 August 2020
Prices in GBP
Groups of 2+
Our main ROT
Here is our normal schedule of 3 stages.
Arrival day: Arrival at Rondvassbu
6.5km 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.)
Stage 1: Rondvassbu to Bjornhollia
Red3 grade, 12.5km with 140m ascent, 420m descent
We climb to the Illmanndalen, the valley running straight East to Bjornhollia. The ascent and descent are mostly gentle and the string of lakes along the pass gives wild views. Find the Bjornhollia hut as a collection of buildings in a walled enclosure, a Norwegian flag flying.
Stage 2: Bjornhollia to Doralseter
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 Doralseter and its collection of huts in the wide valley.
Stage 3: Doralseter to Rondvassbu
Red4 grade, 24.5km with 840m ascent, 840m 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. Once at Rondvassbu, have a last cup of coffee and walk the simple 6.5km access track to Spranget for the afternoon bus. This is included in the stats for the day. We stay in Otta. (Staying at Rondvassbu is also possible and you would walk to the bus in the morning. We advise on all the timings.)
Hotel in Otta
Departure day: Departure from Otta
Departure from Otta after a superb Norwegian breakfast. There are well-timed trains to Oslo via Oslo Lufthavn. Or, press North within Norway - we would love to advise.
Our usual schedule of accommodation might not be available, especially if there is not much time between booking and your trip. We book accommodation as closely as possible to this itinerary and present a schedule for you to check before we proceed.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Our approach to the Rondane Tour
From a start point at the large Rondvassbu hut we make a three-day circuit of the Rondane. As a compact area, this length of time takes us within sight - mostly - of the highest hills, even if we stay mostly in the valleys and do not explore the whole area.
The walking can be tough but in general the terrain is less tricky underfoot than the long boulder and rockfield sections that can be found in the neighbouring Jotunheimen national park. Any sections of boulders here are short and manageable. Most walking is on packed earth paths or moorland. Small stream and river crossings are plentiful and well served by bridges or easy rock-hopping.
How to get there
Your holiday starts at the Spranget bus stop near Rondvassbu and ends in the local town of Otta. The most convenient airport is Oslo. Travel to Spranget (following the bus from Otta) and from Otta is on the Oslo-Trondheim train line.
Travel to and from the trip is not included in the holiday price. We take care to give the most useful notes possible about all the travel options. We supply these both on booking and in your info pack, and we offer personalised tips at any point. The aim is that our trekkers arrange their travel by the simplest and most scenic means as suits their plan.
Key information Summer 2020
Trip name: Rondane Tour
Prices Summer 2020
3 stages, per person:
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The Rondane in Norway
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