A trip to the three small Hårrtjønnin lakes, also known as Harrtjern, is a relaxing hiking adventure for the entire family. Make sure to bring a fishing rod, as there are a lot of trout to fish. The northern lake is said to be the best for fishing, but all lakes have plenty of fish and do not require a fishing license. For an extra “koselig”, cozy, time bring coffee and hot cocoa to make over the open fire.
The terrain to the lakes is rather flat and the shores are surrounded by fine rocks rather than sand. Be aware the lakes are rather popular in the summer months and freeze over during the winter.
Putten Seter is located in Høvringen on the south side of the mountain and is the starting point for the hike. The mountain lodge offers an abundance of cottages, cabins, and rooms to rent. It also runs Høvringen Hostel.
- Make sure you also bring matches or a lighter and a frying pan to cook the fish you’ll catch.
- In the late summer and early autumn, bring a bucket for collecting all the blueberries you will see on the trip.
Tips, hints and links
- The Putten Seter Cafe
- Toilets (for guests of the cafe or cottages)
While driving along the main road E6 in the Gudbrandsdalen valley look for the sign to Høvringen about a 15-minute drive north of Otta. From the main road, there is a six kilometer drive up to a fork in the road just before you reach Høvringen. Bear right at this junction and after 1.5 kilometers look for a sign to Putten Seter on the right side of the road.
After turning off to the right you get to the toll booth for driving the road to Putten Seter. Follow this road for five kilometers until you reach Putten Seter.
Take the train from Oslo or Trondheim to Otta. From Otta there is a local bus going up to Høvringen. Note that this bus does not go all the way to Putten Seter so you either need to hike your way to Putten Seter from Høvringen or ask for private transport.