Highlights and Hidden Gems in the Northwest

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Physical 3/6   Risk 3/6 7 days 5-8 participants From NOK 26 500

Okay, listen to this. In the course of one week, we will hike over Hoemskaret Mountain Pass, cycle the entire Aursjøvegen Mountain Road (spread over two days), climb Innerdalstårnet, and go to the top Sunndalen's own Pulpit Rock, called Ekkertinden. And not only that, we will spend the nights in cozy accommodations such as Hoemsbu, Renndølsetra, and Budsjord Pilgrim Farm. An unforgettable trip to the Northwest awaits!

 

Highlights

  • Wine tasting at Tuen Wine Farm, on the first day of the trip
  • Hike over Hoemskaret Mountain Pass, to Hoemsbu
  • Visit the iconic Mardalen Waterfall, Norway's highest free-falling waterfall
  • Cycle Aursjøvegen Mountain Road (over the course of two days)
  • Climb the spectacular Innerdalstårnet
  • Experience fantastic views from the top of Ekkertinden
  • Stay in cozy accommodations such as Hoemsbu, Renndølsetra, and Budsjord Pilgrim Farm

The Northwestern part of Norway includes Sunndalen, Rauma, the coastal areas outside Molde, and further up past Kristiansund. Of course, we will not visit all these places in just one week, that would be a bit excessive, so we have therefore selected what we believe are some of the highlights and hidden gems of this region. The common denominator is of course, as always, spectacular nature, from the windswept and wild coast to the dramatic inland where fjord arms, mountains, waterfalls, and idyllic lakes go hand in hand.

We start the trip in Åndalsnes and kickstart the week with a visit to one of the few vineyards in the country, called Tuen Wine Farm. The next day we put on our hiking boots for the hike over the spectacular Hoemskaret, a mountain pass wedged between dramatic mountains. Then the trip goes even further into the valley, where we will cycle Aursjøvegen Mountain Road over the course of two days. From Mardalen Waterfall we cycle through Eikesdalen Valley before embarking on the rather steep climb up to Aursjø Mountain Cabin. Here we have a real challenge ahead of us! The next day is fortunately much easier since all trips up a mountain also involve a trip down. We arrive at Sunndalsøra where we will be transported to Innerdalen, for our climb up one of Norway's most beautiful mountains, called Innerdalstårnet. And last but not least, on the way to our final accommodation we will hike up Ekkertinden as well since it is so conveniently located right by the road we are driving on. 

Physical level and risk

So that you can have a good experience, it is important that you choose a trip that suits your ability level. The scales for physical requirements and risk are general. Therefore, it is important that you read more about the difficulty of the specific trip under “Details”. This will help you to gain an understanding of the level required and the risks involved for each specific trip.

Read more about physical requirements and risk here.

Physical: 3

On these trips, some of the stages are demanding. On level 3 mountain hikes, there are often some long stages, and / or a demanding summit push where it can get cold. You must stand up to reach the goal, and have a good training basis and good health before departure. We sleep in tents and / or in cabins and hotels, but you do not have to have experience with tent life to participate. If the trip includes activities such as kayaking, cycling, climbing, glacier, skiing / mountaineering, it is an advantage to have experience with this activity. Read more about the grading on our trips here

Risk: 3

Activities / trips with some risk. Some incidents may occur, and they may be of such a nature that they require professional help. Read more about the grading on our trips here

What's included

  • All accommodations
  • All meals as mentioned in the day to day itinerary
  • Professional nature guide
  • All transportation within the itinerary

See more of what's included under the "details" tab

Contact

Questions about the trip? Don't hesitate to contact our project leader below, or contact our office here.

Eirik B. Zwart-Nilsen

eirik@hvitserk.com +47 23213080

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Details

Difficulty

Level 3 out of 6. Please read more about our level of difficulty here.

The different day hikes will involve 4-8 hours of moderate, and sometimes difficult hiking. The path can at times be steep, rocky, and slippery if it rains. You should have previous hiking experience with similar conditions. Expect some easy scrambling at certain locations. Be prepared to be challenged if these conditions are new to you, or train for such hikes before the trip begins.

Safety

Norrøna Hvitserk Adventure places great emphasis on safety. If an accident happens, know that you will get help quickly. We have 24h emergency preparedness at our office when someone is on a trip. This person can be contacted if something happens during the trip. We place great demands on the local partners we use on the specific trip and also on the client's experience and understanding of our products.

Our guides are trained in first aid and have a selection of medicines and first aid equipment for necessary treatment in the field. Norrøna Hvitserk Adventure also has a collaboration with Turlegen.no which can be contacted if the group is in need of medical advice.

NB - If you are on any kind of medication, have known allergies, or something similar, you must always bring your personal medications with you.

What to bring?

Have a look at the full equipment list by clicking "Equipment list" in the menu above. You can leave your luggage at the accommodation, or in the car each day, so when hiking/biking, you will only have to carry what you need for that specific day in your day backpack.  

How to get there?

The easiest way to get to our meeting point at Åndalsnes train station is to either take the train from Oslo via Dombås or from Trondheim via Dombås. 

Accommodation

We stay in unique and welcoming accommodations within the area. If you are traveling alone, you will share a same-sex twin room. If you would like a single room, please request this directly for an additional payment of 1000 NOK. Note! We can only guarantee single rooms for two nights. 

Baggage

It is a criteria that you pack in a backpack and not in a bag. This is because we will need to carry all our own luggage when hiking the 3 kilometers from the parking lot and into Renndølsetra on day 4. Therefore, use a slightly larger backpack for your main luggage and bring a small day backpack in addition to this. The day backpack needs room for the most necessary items such as food, water, snacks, and some extra clothes.

Insurance

You need travel and health insurance, which also includes transportation back to your country. Remember to bring your insurance card/information. 

Languages

The guide will speak English.

Changes may occur

We reserve the right to make changes to the program, and the price. The day-to-day program is indicative, and changes may occur. Please have a look at our terms and conditions.

What's included:

  • All accommodations
  • All meals as mentioned in the day to day itinerary
  • Professional nature guide
  • All transportation within the itinerary
  • Wine tasting at Tuen Wine Farm
  • Necessary equipment for the biking trip over Aursjøvegen Mountain Road

What's not included:

  • Transportation to the meeting point in Åndalsnes/from the endpoint in Dombås
  • Drinks and snacks
  • Travel insurance

Day by Day

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1

Welcome to Åndalsnes!

Accommodation Grand Hotel Bellevue
Meals D

Finally, the trip has started! We meet at Åndalsnes train station at 13.30 (01.30 PM). We check-in at Grand Hotel Bellevue before we can spend the afternoon on a short hike up to Rampestreken if the group is interested in this. Then we take the trip over to Tuen Wine Farm for a wine tasting at one of Norway's few wineries. The owner of the place will tell anecdotes to take you on a journey through his own wine history. We taste some selected wines and also get the opportunity to purchase a few bottles if this is desired. In the evening we enjoy a delicious 3-course dinner in the hotel restaurant.

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2

Hike over Hoemskaret Mountain Pass

Accommodation Hoemsbu
Meals B, L, D
Transportation 30 min
Duration 6-8 hrs
Climb 1200 m
Descent 1200 m
Distance 11 km

After breakfast, we are ready for our first real hike of the trip! We check out of the hotel before we are transported to Rabben where the hike starts. The first half of the trip goes uphill where we slowly but surely approach Hoemskaret. Around us, and on all sides we have views of dramatic mountains, the most striking is perhaps Gjuratinden to our right. After we have reached Hoemskaret, the trip goes down towards Eikesdalen Lake before we finally arrive at Hoemsbu where we will spend the night. Maybe a swim is tempting upon arrival? In the evening we prepare dinner together from the selection at the cabin.

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3

Biking trip over Aursjøvegen Mountain Road (Part 1)

Accommodation Aursjø Mountain Cabin
Meals B, L, D
Transportation 30 min
Duration 6-8 hrs
Climb 850 m
Descent 0 m
Distance 30 km

Today will be a challenging day. From Hoemsbu we take a boat over to Vike Farm on the other side of the lake where our transport is waiting for us. From here we drive to Mardalen Waterfall where we first take a short walk up to the waterfall before we hop on the bikes and head into Eikesdalen Valley. When we are halfway into the valley we start the climb up to Aursjø Mountain Cabin. This is a tough, but also very spectacular part of the bike ride so we recommend everyone to grind their teeth together and work their way up the mountainside. Our escort car makes sure that everyone gets up, and if it gets too tiring for someone, they will be transported the last stretch. On arrival at Aursjø Mountain Cabin, we check-in before a 3-course dinner awaits in the evening.

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4

Biking trip over Aursjøvegen Mountain Road (Part 2)

Accommodation Renndølsetra
Meals B, L, D
Transportation 1 hr
Duration 4-6 hrs
Climb 0 m
Descent 850 m
Distance 35 km

Every trip up a mountain also means a trip down, in other words, we are ready for part 2 of the bike ride over Aursjøvegen Mountain Road. Today's stage is considerably easier than yesterday's where we stroll down towards Sunndalsøra. However, it is almost 15 kilometers of mountain terrain at first, so we have to leave some strength behind today as well. If the group is interested, we also make a short stop at the beautiful Torbuvollen Farm, where we can buy locally produced food. Upon arrival at Sunndalsøra, we will be transported further into Innerdalen Mountain Valley where we will spend the next two nights. We take the backpacks with us and walk the last three kilometers from the parking lot and into Renndølsetra. One of Norway's most beautiful mountain valleys opens up for us, and on the horizon, we see tomorrow's goal, Innerdalstårnet. We check-in at our accommodation before we enjoy a lovely 3-course dinner in the evening.

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5

We conquer Innerdalstårnet!

Accommodation Renndølsetra
Meals B, L, D
Duration 4-6 hrs
Climb 1000 m
Descent 1000 m
Distance 8 km

We are ready for one of the absolute highlights of the trip. Today we are going to climb Innerdalstårnet. We enjoy a delicious breakfast at our accommodation before we get ready. However, we do not need to walk far before the steep ascent begins. At the foot of the mountain, the trail shoots upwards, getting steeper as we continue to the summit. This can be a demanding hike for many, so if it gets too high or too steep for some it is of course no shame in turning around. We take one step at a time and work our way up the terrain before we finally stand on top where we can let go of the jubilation, if not the view from the top leaves us speechless... Back at the accommodation, we enjoy a relaxing afternoon before a 3-course dinner awaits in the evening.

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6

One last hike, Ekkertinden

Accommodation Budsjord Pilgrim Farm
Meals B, L, D
Transportation 2,5 hrs
Duration 4-6 hrs
Climb 1000 m
Descent 1000 m
Distance 9 km

Unfortunately, we are closing in on the end of the trip, but before that, we have time for one last hike. From Innerdalen Valley we are transported to Gjøra in Sunndalen where we go up to Ekkertinden, a mountain that has been called Sunndalen's answer to the Pulpit Rock. On the way up we go via the beautiful Vollasetra, a self-service DNT cabin that is idyllically located in the lush, green valley side. From the top of Ekkertinden, we can enjoy fantastic views of the surrounding area. After we have taken in all the impressions, we go down again for our transport to the last accommodation, Budsjord Pilgrim Farm which is located right at the heart of Dovre, a beautiful mountain valley. Here we are served a delicious 3-course dinner in the evening. We spend the last hours of the day reminiscing about the week we have shared together.

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7

Departure from Dombås

Meals B
Transportation 15 min

Today the trip has unfortunately come to an end. We enjoy breakfast at Budsjord before we are transported to Dombås train station where we catch the train to either Oslo or Trondheim. We hope that the trip with us will leave you with everlasting memories, and dreams of new visits!

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Equipment List

Take a good look at this list, and make sure you bring everything you need. We encourage you to use what you have for this trip, and purchase items if you're missing something important on the list below. We have divided the gear list into three categories:

  1. Required: If you do not own this gear, you must acquire it for your trip.
  2. Recommended: Gear we suggest to be comfortable, but it is not imperative.
  3. Optional: Fun, additional luxuries.  

Layering is extremely important in a variable climate like Norway. This list will guide you through the essentials. Remember the Norwegian saying "There is no bad weather, only bad gear", and prepare appropriately for any weather. You can read about the weather where you're traveling here.

Please contact us at hvitserk@norrona.com if you have any questions and check our gear page for more information. 

We always recommend wool in the Norwegian Mountains, but if you already have synthetic layers and don't want to buy new ones, synthetic is okay. 

Required:

 

BASE LAYER
Wool long-sleeved top and bottom.
MID-LAYER
A medium thickness wool or fleece top.
INSULATED JACKET
A warm jacket for breaks and before after hiking. We recommend a puffy jacket with down or synthetic. Something equivalant in warmth is also okay.
WATERPROOF SHELL PANTS
We strongly recommend having a water proof layer for your legs in case the weather is cold and rainy. You will enjoy the hiking more when warm and comfortable.
SHELL/RAIN JACKET
Gore-Tex or similar is mandatory. Extrememly important in Norwegian climate. The jacket must be waterproof, have a hood, and make sure you don’t get wet even if it rains all day. We recommend jackets with pit zips for ventilation. 
HIKING PANTS
Hiking pants comfortable for all day wear. Should fit your long underwear beneathe and fit under your rain shell pants if you choose to bring some. Zip off into shorts or an additional pair of shorts is option. 
HIKING SHIRT
Bring 1-2 shirts for daily hiking. 
GLOVES/MITTENS
1 thin pair of gloves to protect your hands. 1 pair of over mittens for additional warmth.
HATS
1 sun hat, 1 warm hat.
HIKING SOCKS
2-4 pairs, we recommend wool, above the ankle, in your preferred thickness. If your footwear is not waterproof consider a gortex sock option.
HIKING SHOES
Bring footwear you know fits you and is comfortable. Trails can be wet and rocky. We recommend waterproof hiking boots. 
BACKPACK
Daypack for warm layers, food, snacks, water and needed items. 20-40 liters.
SUNGLASSES
UV rated, we recommend a strap to keep them in place and so they don't get lost.
SUNSCREEN/CHAPSTICK
Make sure the Chapstick has UV rated sunscreen in it. 
WATER BOTTLE/CAMELBACK
2 liter capacity. 
TOILETRIES
Personal basics: shampoo, conditioner, toothbrush, toothpaste, hairbrush, etc...
PERSONAL MEDICATIONS
Make sure you bring any personal meds you need on your trip, and ensure the Hvitserk office is updated on your allergies or needs. 
SLEEPING BAG LINER
For the night at Hoemsbu. 

Recommended:

WOOL UNDERWEAR
We highly recommend bringing wool underwear and bra for hiking. No cotton.
SCARF OR BUFF
A layer to protect your neck or face. 
THERMOS
We recommend a thermos for hot drinks to have with you all day.
SWIMWEAR
A bathing suit and small towel if you would like to swim, hot tub or sauna depending on your trip. 
TREKKING POLES
Most guests prefer hiking with poles. Helps with challenging terrain and to maintain energy over long days. 
HEADLAMP
Important item to always have in your backpack. Emergency backup and useful for long days. 
FIRST AID KIT
If you have certain hiking aids specific to you: i.e. blister care or ibuprofen, etc...
CAMERA
Its important to be present while hiking, but also a great joy to bring some snapshots home with you for memory lane. 
CASUAL CLOTHES
A reminder to bring a set of clothes for transfers, relaxing in the evenings, and non-hiking time. An extra, dry pair of shoes is recommended for after and before hiking.

Optional:

ANTIBAC
If you need it for the bathroom or lunch. 
WET WIPE OR TOILET PAPER
If you have a bathroom emergency while hiking. We use "pack it in pack it out" ethics, so you will need to carry out your used items and throw them away later.
EARPLUGS
If you are a light sleeper. 
JOURNAL
In order to take notes and write about the trip.
SNACKS
Chocolate, nuts or energy bars if there is something particular you enjoy eating. You will have the opportunity to buy snacks on your trip.

Bed linens and towels are included all nights, except for the one night at Hoemsbu, we recommend bringing a sleeping bag liner to use at Hoemsbu.

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