Walking in the Heart of Norway

8 Days & 7 Nights
  • Hike from lodge to lodge through Norway’s mountainous Rondane National Park
  • Immerse yourself in Norwegian nature and dramatic landscapes
  • Overnight in Oslo and take a scenic train journey from Oslo to Otta
  • Feast on delicious waffles at the spectacularly located Peer Gynt cabin
  • Stay in traditional wooden mountain lodges in private rooms with en-suite facilities
Explore Norway’s oldest national park on this relaxing lodge to lodge walking tour. Stay in traditional wooden cabins with private facilities, and enjoy the freedom of bag transfer. Your adventure begins in the country’s capital, Oslo. Take a scenic train journey to Otta, where you will be met and transferred to the heart of the Rondane National Park. Stay in three different cabins, all in beautiful locations and spend two nights in each. Hike from lodge to lodge, and spend your ‘free’ days relaxing by lakes, taking trails to nearby viewpoints or joining your hosts on fishing trips. Keep your eyes peeled for one of Rondane’s 2,000 wild reindeer, elk and musk ox. With train travel, bag transfer and almost all meals included, this hassle-free tour allows you to switch off and immerse yourself in this lesser-known Norwegian wilderness.

What To Expect

If you would like to experience Norwegian country-side without the crowds and dizzying hikes, while staying in comfortable accommodations and benefiting from bag transfer, then this is the tour for you. Rated easy-moderate, walks range in distance from 6 - 14 km in length (with an optional hike at 16.5 km), the most ascent in one day is 600m and trails are well way marked. Stay in traditional yet recently renovated lodge cabins with private rooms and private bathroom facilities.

Tour Style:

Self Guided | Go at your own pace on an independent active trip.

Activity:

Inn to Inn Walking | A classic point to point walking trip, staying in a different location each night

This trip is suitable for:

Solo Travelers, Multi-Generational, Mixed Abilities, First Timers

Ideal if you have an interest in:

  • National Parks & Trails
  • Alpine & Mountains

Inspiration:

  • New

Activity Level & Terrain

This tour is rated easy-moderate. Distances range from 6km to 14.5 km (optional hike up to 16.5 km) on relatively easy-going terrain. Paths are a mixture of rocky and grassy trails and mountain roads.  The ascent/descent is reasonable, ranging between 50m and 600m each day. There is an optional hike which is more strenuous and involves an ascent of 950m. To get the most from this tour you should be in decent physical shape, however it is also perfectly suited to walking holiday first-timers!

Navigation

All trails are well-waymarked, however we will also  provide you with turn-by-turn instructions for each walk, maps and access to our GPS smartphone navigation app, so you will definitely have no problem finding your way.

Accommodations

Spend 1 night in a 3* hotel and 6 nights in high-quality mountain lodges. The lodges are traditional and family run. You will be staying in private rooms with en-suite bathroom facilities. You will find an example of the accommodations we normally use below. If these accommodations are not available we will use an accommodation of a similar or better standard.

Single Rooms & Solo Walkers

This trip is available to solo walkers but a single supplement is payable. If members of your party would prefer a single room, this can be arranged, also at an additional supplement.

Meals

7 breakfasts are included in the cost of your trip. Breakfast is always buffet-style with various options available. Expect a continental breakfast with bread, jams, pastries, yoghurt and muesli available. Usually there are also local meats and cheeses, eggs and fruit on offer. 6 dinners are included at the mountain lodges. These are always 3 courses and will be typical Norwegian cuisine such as soup, fish, game, meat, potatoes, dill etc. Waffles are very popular in Norway, particularly as a sweet treat in the mountains. Dinner is not included in Oslo, allowing you to choose from one of the many options available. 5 packed lunches are included, so you can enjoy a picnic al fresco when out walking. This includes a thermos flask, allowing the luxury of a hot beverage while en-route!

Included
  • 1 night in a 3* Hotel and 6 nights in private rooms in high standard mountain lodges
  • 7 breakfasts
  • 6 dinners
  • 5 packed lunches, including a thermos flask for hot drinks
  • Train from Oslo to Otta and back
  • Shuttle from Otta Train station to Øigardseter and back
  • Detailed information pack, route notes, maps and access to our navigation app
  • 24/7 support from our UK office
Excluded
  • Travel insurance (required)
  • Travel to and from Oslo
  • 1 dinner and 1 lunch (in Oslo)
  • Drinks and snacks
  • Personal equipment
Extras
  • Additional nights before, during or after the walk

When To Go

You can start your adventure on any day between the beginning of July and the end of September. The weather in Norway can be  changeable, and one should be prepared for 4 seasons in one day, at any time of the year. Generally speaking though, the summer is the most pleasant time of year for hiking as there are plenty hours of daylight and warm daytime temperatures.

Getting to the Start

Your tour begins in Olso. Fly into Oslo International Airport which can be reached from various European and Worldwide destinations. The airport is about 45km from the city centre. From the airport, the easiest way to the city is by 'Flytoget’ train which takes 20 minutes. Oslo can also be reached by ferry from Copenhagen (Denmark) and Kiel (Germany). Check here for more info.

Getting from the End

Your return travel from Otta to Oslo on Day 8 is included in your arrangements. From Oslo, use one of the options mentioned above for your onward travel. Alternatively, if you would like some additional nights in Oslo just let us know.

Luggage Transfer

Baggage transfers are included in the price of your trip. We ask you to keep your baggage to a maximum of 1 bag per person (maximum weight 20 kg). If you require excess baggage allowance do contact us prior to travel.

Travel Insurance

It is a requirement of booking this tour with Macs Adventure that you have suitable travel insurance which covers you for the activity, emergency evacuation and hospital care.

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Itinerary

Day 1 Arrive Oslo Day 2 Train to Otta, shuttle to Øigardseter Day 3 Walk to Putten Seter 5 miles / 7 km Day 4 Walk to Kluftåthaugen viewpoint or Free Day 6 miles / 9 km Day 5 Walk to Smuksjøseter 9 miles / 14 km Day 6 Walk to Bråkdalsbelgen viewpoint or Free Day 11 miles / 16.5 km Day 7 Walk to Øigardseter 5 miles / 7 km Day 8 Onward Travel

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