This roundtrip-hike takes you through a fascinating landscape of valleys and rivers. If you want to get an understanding of how humans managed to survive and catch prey hundreds of years ago, take a detour to the nearby trapping site. This detour also gives you astonishing views of the Rondane massif and the vast enveloping plains.
Except for the detour to the trapping site, which has an elevation gain of 110 meters, the trail is easy-going without any steep sections.
- Drinking water can be found all along the trail
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 two kilometers look for a sign to Smuksjøseter on the right side of the road.
Immediately after turning off to the right you get to the toll booth for driving the road to Smuksjøseter. You need to pay 40 NOK by cash here or if you don’t have cash, pay by credit card when you get to Smuksjøseter. Follow this road for five kilometers until you reach Smuksjøsæter.
Take the train from Oslo or Trondheim to Otta. From Otta there is a local bus going up to Høvringen and Smuksjøseter. Note that this bus only operates during summer. It is also possible to ask Smuksjøseter for private transport all the way from Otta. This costs 240 NOK during summer and 320 NOK in the wintertime.
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