(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 December 2018
Booking is open for 2019! Please ask us about a trip. 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 dramaticlaly 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 boulder-hopping that characterise the mountain ascents themselves.

Norway's network of huts is exemplified 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.


Alpine Exploratory
JHTsg Jotunheimen 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)
Singles 40
Our main ROT
Singles 40
4 stages
(5 nights)
Singles 80
Singles 80
Baggage transfer Please ask us for details

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.


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 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 Lillehammer to Rondane?)
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)
Rondane Tour (self-guided)

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

Research Summer 2019

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

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

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

Recces 2018

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

Alpine Exploratory's service

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

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 30 August 2020 (TBC 1 Oct 2019)
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 Rondane

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