Hiking Heklefjellrunden allows you to experience the best of Beitostølen, both in terms of nature and food. This roundtrip gives you far-reaching views and the chance to take refreshing swims in mountain lakes. A highlight is having coffee and “lapper” (a type of pancake) with fresh jam at Bitibua, a tiny kiosk selling locally sourced food.Many of the trails around Beitostølen result from the tracks made by livestock going to and from the old summer mountain farms (“støl” is a term for a mountain farm used in summer). These trails run through smooth mountain terrain and are easy to follow. However, the length of the route when starting from Bjødnabakken makes this a demanding hike. If you want a shorter alternative, it’s possible to hike to the Bitibua Kiosk (4.7 kilometers) or Båtskaret (8.5 kilometers) and take the bus back to Beitostølen.
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There are several water sources along the way but do remember to fill up your bottle before you leave as there’s some distance to the first source.
If the weather’s nice, bring a towel and a swimsuit so you can take a refreshing swim in the lakes along the trail.
Tips and hints
- Buy coffee and locally sourced refreshments at Bitibua Kiosk.
From Fagernes, take NOR-WAY 161 Valdresekspressen or the local route 137 and alight at Beitostølen. Walk some 100 meters along the road and you’ll reach the trailhead at the bottom of Bjødnabakken, on your right-hand side when coming in the direction of Fagernes.
If you want a shorter hike, you can take the bus back from Båtskaret (8.5 kilometers) or Bitibua Kiosk (4.7 kilometers). Note that Bitibua Kiosk isn’t a registered bus stop, but the bus should draw to a halt if you position yourself so that you’re clearly visible from the road, signaling to the driver to stop. Buses run infrequently, so you’ll need to plan your trip carefully by checking departure times at Entur before heading off.
CarFrom Fagernes, follow the signs to Road 51 towards Vågå/Beitostølen. Drive on Road 51 for about 40 kilometers until you reach Beitostølen. Find parking in the center of Beitostølen. Beitostølvegen Parking is an alternative that's close to the trailhead at the bottom of Bjødnabakken.
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