A ~110 mile route through some of the most beautiful regions of southern Norway.
The route is clearly marked with red letter 'T's, but these may be hard to see in fog so some means of navigation is important.
The terrain is at times very challenging, notably the first section (Dale-Gullhorgabu) and the end sections (Åsedalen-Ortnevik). I would recommend not taking the Åsedalen-Solrenningen high route in very poor weather, or attempting it alone without prior experience. There is a lowland route (heading east) which can be taken if necessary.
The entire route can be completed comfortably in 10 days, or ambitiously in 6. There are at least 11 cabins and the town of Voss en-route (the Hostel is a nice place for a break in the trip), and all but 3 cabins have provisions available for purchase. Check with the DNT website to make sure. In Ortnevik it is possible to get accomodation in the Town Hall by texting a number pinned to the outside of the building and receiving an access code.
The hike is best attempted between the start of June and the end of September. The closer to the start of that period, the more snow will be on the tops. By the end of September you are likely to see fresh snow falling and the conditions will be colder.
In July and August the days are very long, which gives more time for walking and finding campsites while it is still light.
Safety informationThe entire route is challenging, with sections either coded red or black by Norway's grading system. Experience with navigation, scrambling and camping is a must. Taking a personal locator beacon such as a Garmin InReach is a good idea.
Tips and hintsNote that the trails on the OutdoorActive map are dated, so don't be alarmed if the actual route on the ground deviates. Always use the official paper maps (this and this), and follow the 'T' blazes.
Book recommendations for this region:
- Tent and camping equipment
- Map and compass