This roundtrip hike to Melbyfjellet via Knausehøgdi and Sørre Knausen Mountains awards you stunning views of Jotunheimen and Langsua National Parks. The hike features lush mountain flora, several viewpoints and Tutjernet Lake where, if weather permitting, it’s nice to take a swim.
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). The most demanding part of the hike is the ascent from Tutjernet Lake to the top of Melbyfjellet, otherwise, the trail leads you through relatively smooth mountain terrain.
Stay at Radisson Blu Mountain Resort Beitostølen for Scandinavian cuisine as well as spa facilities.
Bring water. From the trailhead, there are about 4,5 kilometers to the first decent water source, Tutjernet Lake.
If the weather’s nice, bring a towel and a swimsuit so you can take a refreshing swim in Tutjernet Lake.
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.
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 is close to the trailhead at the bottom of Bjødnabakken.
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