Grindane is a characteristic mountain towering over the village of Vang. The mix of plutonic rocks and loose shale has created the steep cliffs of this impressive mountain. From the top, you’ll have splendid views of Vangsmjøsa Lake and the center of Vang, as well as the mountains of Jotunheimen National Park.
If you gaze up at the peak from Vang, Grindane looks impossible to climb. However, in summer, it’s perfectly achievable to tackle the mountain from the south. The trail is well-maintained but rocky at the end. Bring children only if they’ve got some hiking experience.
Stay at Vang Summer Hotel for excellent locally sourced food as well as beautiful views of Vangsmjøsa Lake. The hotel is open between mid-June and mid-August.
Be sure to wear proper hiking boots as part of the trail is covered with loose rocks and gravel.
Because of the steep cliffs, do not undertake this hike in foggy weather.
From Fagernes, take Road E16 towards Vang. Drive some 50 kilometers. Exit Road E16 by following the signs to Helin. Drive 750 meter on Burmaveien before turning right onto Helinvegen.
You’ll pass two toll stations on your way to the trailhead (the fee is NOK 70 and NOK 60). Having passed the first toll station, continue for about 4 kilometers until you reach a junction. Continue straight ahead, passing a cluster of mountain farms, before turning right onto Smådalsvegen. Here you’ll pass the second toll station before continuing a steep road up to the parking. The parking is located by the western end of Grindatjernet Lake, marked by signs reading “Grindadn.”