Reaching some 1,686 meters above sea level, Skaget is the tallest peak in Langsua National Park. This volcano-shaped mountain is a well-known Valdres landmark. No wonder, then, that it’s often referred to as the Kilimanjaro of Valdres. Allegedly, the name stems from the verb “skaga,” which means to tower. From this towering peak, you’ll have great views of Gausdal Valley in the north, Jotunheimen National Park in the west, and the mountains of Huldreheimen in the east.
The trail runs through relatively smooth mountain terrain, however, there are some rocky parts towards the peak that require you to scramble. Hiking Skaget is thus recommended in clear weather only. There are several trails leading to the top which can be combined to make exciting roundtrips.
There are many accommodation options to choose from in Beitostølen. Stay at Radisson Blu Mountain Resort Beitostølen if you're looking for Scandinavian cuisine as well as spa facilities. Beitostølen Hytter is a good option if apartment or cabin accommodation is what you're after.
Grønolen Fjellgard is situated some 4 kilometers west of Beitostølen. They offer both hotel and apartment accommodation, cozy communal areas where you can socialize with travelers, as well as a large spa department. Enjoy a three-course dinner in their dining hall with stunning views.
There’s a toll fee on the road from Heggenes towards Yddin. The fee is around NOK 60 and can be paid by card, cash or SMS.
- Storeskag is a self-service DNT cabin which is open all year round. The cabin has everything you need for cooking, however, you do need to bring a sleeping bag if planning on staying overnight.
Tips and hints
- There are a couple of grocery stores in Heggenes, and many shops and restaurants in Beitostølen.
From Fagernes, follow the signs to Road 51 towards Vågå/Beitostølen.
Drive on Road 51 for about 21.5 kilometers until you reach Heggenes. Exit towards Yddin. Continue past Yddin Cabins and follow the road that ends up by Storeskag. Park your car in the parking area on the right-hand side of the road, some 100 meters before you reach the DNT cabin Storeskag.
Note: in spring and early summer, the road can be closed due to snowdrifts. In such cases, cycling is a good option.