What is the route like underfoot?
The walking covers a hugely broad range of conditions but expect a lot of fjell walking, sometimes wet underfoot with frequent small stream crossings and some large ones. The paths are generally good, firm underfoot, and overall there is little boulderfield terrain to cross with the exception of Snøhetta.
A stout boot is called for with good ankle support and a pair of gaters can really help to keep water out in the occasional boggy sections or small stream hops.
Comparisons with the Jotunheimen
Our 6-stage Jotunheimen Tour is more consistently tough than the Lillehammer-Snohetta, though it is hard to characterise the two trips in simple ways. As a week's introduction to Norwegian walking and hut life it's hard to beat the Jotunheimen. We see the appeal of the Lillehammer-Snohetta, as a the full 13-stage trek, to be traveling cross-country through three distinct areas.
In terrain the Lillehammer-Snohetta is less challenging but it still includes some potentially tricky sections such as at river crossings, in remote cols and finally on Snohetta.
Features of the Lillehammer-Snohetta that do not occur on our Jotunheimen route include self-catering huts (and we give full details fn this Norwegian experience), long miles over lower forest and moorland, a shuttle bus up to the Snoheim hut, and Musk Ox in the area on the last two stages.
Considering the Rondane Tour separately, this route is fairly similar in style to the Jotunheimen. It treks through valleys - slightly easier overall - and over small passes, linking super catered huts.
How is the navigation?
Navigation is thankfully quite simple compared with the Alps! The path network is generally clear with often only one or two path options to take on a given day. Paths are well waymarked when needed and the Norwegian mapping is solid with detailed coverage at 1:50,000. Paired with our route notes you should feel confident.
It is worth noting that in bad weather - strong wind and rain, or in particular low cloud - navigation can be tricky and after a mistake it could be hard to regain the path. This is wild country where the path is our saviour; otherwise we are on entirely open and unmarked hillsides.
Trek the Lillehammer-Snohetta with Alpine Exploratory
Alpine Exploratory offers the Lillehammer-Snohetta (SAGA) trek in two self-guided halves, breaking at Rondvassbu, as well as the 3-stage Rondane Tour. We're also pleased to book shorter or longer sub-sections of the route according to your available dates. Please contact us to discuss options.
Our self-guided holidays give you what you need to complete the route under your own steam. We book your accommodation in a mix of huts and hotels and we give you our detailed routecards, the local maps, and lots of notes. Importantly we will advise on the ideal schedule and accommodation to suit your approach to Norway.
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