Photo: Visit Valdres

Mjølkevegen: Family trip South 

Take the weekend trip with the family to beautiful Valdres and Mjølkevegen. Get an insight into one of the largest remaining summer farm areas that are still active. You will meet grazing animals, and maybe you will stop by a visiting farm to watch the milking and greet the animals. Experience wild and beautiful views in kind cycling terrain. Stop and have a swim at beautiful white beach and jump on trampolines along the way. Baggage transport is included. 

Highlights

  • Cycling on gravel roads along beautiful mountain landscapes 

  • Cozy stops with activities for children 

  • Perfect for a weekend getaway 

Included

  • Accommodation x 2 

  • Dinner x 2 

  • Breakfast with packed lunch x 2 

  • Luggage transport x 2 

  • Hiking map and tour description  

Season & prices 2023

16 June – 22 September – daily departures 

Price
Double room: NOK 4 700
Single room: NOK 5 500
Child 6-12 years: NOK 2 875
Child 0-6 years: NOK 1 000

 

 

Mjølkevegen terrain and difficulty

Simple terrain with shorter distances and less altitude

Families who want a great nature experience, where you have time to treat yourself to several good stops without having to stress further to reach your next destination. The distances are 36 and 24 kilometers on fine gravel roads, with gentle inclines. It is possible to cycle with a bicycle trailer the whole way.

 

 

Map

This is the route you will ride!

Day by day

Day 1: Kamben

Arrival at Kamben Høyfjellshotell
Arrival with own car, or with bus.

Accomodation: Kamben Høyfjellshotell
Kamben has40 rooms with a peasant romance style. The kitchen is of a high standard with good homemade food based on local ingredients. Dinner is 5 dishes and breakfast has a great buffet. They also have the curiosity whiskey tasting or their own wine, for whoever wants to try this. They have a large play area where you can, among other things, play ball. There are also loans of cards and games. It is the hotel that has bicycle rental.

 

Day 2: Kamben - Gomobu

Cycling: Kamben → Gomobu 

Difficulty: Easy
Time: 3-4 hours
Length: 36 kilometer
Climb: 590 meters

Cycle on nice mountain roads in beautiful mountain landscape with views to mountains in Hemsedal and Jotunheimen. There is gentle terrain and good roads, you are guaranteed to encounter grazing animals that stroll freely around the mountains.  Stop by a kiosk, which sells waffles, among more, or stop by a mountain hotel to jump on the trampoline and enjoy a cup of coffee. An alternative stop is an exotic lake with a white beach, it is shallow water, perfect for children. You may need to share it with the cows that are there to drink. If you want to explore the summer farm life up close, stop by a mountain farm to watch the cows being milked and perhaps have the opportunity to pet them.  

Accomodation: Gomobu Fjellstue
Arriving at Gomobu, you might want something good to drink on your outdoor terrace, or take a trip to the sauna before dinner.

Gomobu newly renovated rooms inspired by their traditional roots. The menu varies according to season and the chefs combine traditional dishes with modern flavors, based on local ingredients, with the possibility of outdoor seating. The hotel also has a shared sauna, and games and drawing materials for the children. 

 

Day 3: Gomobu - Kamben

Cycling: Gomobu → Kamben

Difficulty: Easy
Time: 2-3 hours
Length: 24 kilometer
Climb: 430 m

Day three is somewhat shorter, and goes as a round trip back to Kamben. Maybe you will meet the milk truck that is on its way to pick up its goods from the farms. Or stop by a milk ramp to eat your lunch if it’s a bit windy. A small top is also a great opportunity for a break, where you can take a mini hike up the a peak only 60 meters up from the road, for even better views.

Departure:Kamben Høyfjellshotell
Privat or bus.

(Add- on: Day 4: Cycling Golsfjellet)

Cycle an extra day, round trip from Kamben

Difficulty: Easy
Time: 2-3 hours
Distance: 30 kilometer
Climb: 600 meters

Cycling an extra tour on Golsfjellet 

Maybe you want a long weekend. Then we can easily expand with a day at Kampen with a nice cycle ride over Golsfjellet.  

Accomodation: Kamben Høyfjellshotell

Practical information 

Below you will find practical information about this trip.
Can’t find what you’re looking for? See our frequently asked questions page, or send us an email – we’ll help you!

Transportation

Arrive by car during the afternoon at Kamben Høyfjellshotell. 

We are happy to arrange an environmentally friendly trip for you, for an extra cost of NOK 1 783 from Oslo.

Get on one of our buses from Oslo and enjoy a leisurely ride up to Fagernes. Maybe you want to complete your workday on Friday afternoon while you start your journey. The bus has WiFi and power outlets for USB. There is also a toilet on the bus. In Fagernes you will be picked up and transported 45 minutes up to Kamben mountain hotel. The buses can accommodate bicycles, for an extra fee, if you do not bring your own bike.  

If you are not traveling from Oslo, there are many places you can hop on along the way. We also have departures from Bergen and Lillehammer. Let us know what you need. 

Luggage transport

Luggage transport is included on this trip, so you only need to bring a daypack with you on the bike. 

Meals

All restaurants offer food based on local ingredients. For breakfast, there will be a buffet. Here you also need to prepare a packed lunch that you bring to lunch for the day. Use the food towel that you have received from us. It is also possible to fill a thermos for breakfast We facilitate food considerations and children meny. 

On both days you will also have the opportunity to stop by a farm or a kiosk where you can buy yourself waffles and other snacks.  

Accomodation

Kamben Høyfjellshotell: Has 40 rooms with a peasant romance style. The kitchen is of a high standard with good homemade food based on local ingredients. Dinner is 5 dishes and breakfast has a great buffet. They also have the curiosity whiskey tasting and their own wine, for whoever wants to try this. It is the hotel that has bicycle rental. 

Gomobu Fjellstue: Has newly renovated rooms inspired by their traditional roots. The menu varies according to season. In the three dish, the chefs combine traditional dishes with modern flavors, based on local ingredients, with the possibility of outdoor seating. The hotel also has a shared sauna.  

Stay one extra night at Kamben Høyfjellshotell

1 extra night for 1 adult NOK 1 305

1 extra night for 1 child NOK 661

Packing list

We will send you a detailed packinglist

Bike rental

If you have your own bikes, you can bring these. If you travel by bus, there are unfortunately limited places for bicycles. Feel free to check with us. 

Otherwise, you can rent bikes at the starting point. Kamben has both e-bikes and mountain bikes. 

The E-bikes are HardRock E-Shock 3, 29″, high mode 60 km, normal mode 85 km, Eco mode 125 km. 9 gear by Shimano Deare RD-M592. Str S, M, L og XL. the smallest fits for people over 140 cm. 

The mountain bikes are Diamant Mogul, female, male, and junior models.

E-bike 2 days: NOK 1 375 (Hard Rocx E-Shock 3, 29″)
E-bike 1 extra day NOK 686

Bike 2 days: NOK 995
Bike 1 extra day NOK 499

Bike trailer 2 days: NOK 700
Bike trailer 1 extra day NOK 350

Route

The entire route runs on a well-prepared gravel road with little car traffic.  

You will be provided with a physical tour map and a detailed tour description with possible stops.

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Day to day

Day 1: Oslo - Gjendesheim

Bus: Valdresekspressen fra Oslo

Transport from Oslo bus Terminal (Oslo Airport). 
If you are coming from Oslo Airport, you must count about 1 hour to transfer to Oslo Bus Terminal. 

If the time schedule does not fit your flight we can help with accommodation in Oslo, adding one extra night. Let us know.

 

Accomodation: Gjendesheim turisthytte DNT

Gjendesheim Turisthytte has a history dating back to 1878. The hut is run by DNT and is located in the heart of the Norwegian mountains, with Besseggen Ridge as a neighbor.

 

Day 2: Knutshøe

First ridge: Knutshøe

Level of difficulty: medium
Duration: 4-6 hours
Distance: 13 kilometers
Ascent: 700 meters

Knutshø is called Bessegens little brother. The mountain has a very cool shape and are exposed with lakes on both sides. The ridge has two challenge points where you will have to use all hands and feet.

Accomodation: Gjendesheim turisthytte DNT

Gjendesheim Turisthytte has a history dating back to 1878. The hut is run by DNT and is located in the heart of the Norwegian mountains, with Besseggen ridge as a neighbor.

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Day 3: Boat cruise to Gjendebu

Boat: Boat cruise to Gjendebu

I dag skal dere ta den flotte båtturen over Gjendevannet. Hvis dere ønsker en kortere båttur, kan dere vandre langs den første delen av innsjøen.

Alt. hike from Gjendesheim to Memurubu 

Level of difficulty: Easy 
Duration: 2-3 hours 
Distance: 10 kilometers 
Ascent: 400 meters

This hike is a nice and easy walk alongside the lake.  

Accommodation: Gjendebu Turisthytte DNT 
At 990 masl at the west end of Gjende Lake you will find Gjendebu. The hotel offers a traditional and historic atmosphere, with good local food - and is the oldest cabin of DNT, built in 1871.  

Day 4: Bukkelægret


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Hike: Bukkelægret

Level of difficulty: Medium 
Duration: 5 hours 
Distance: 11 kilometers 
Ascent: 850 meters 

Bukkelægret is an exciting, steep walk with a longer flat section in the middle. The trip takes you through several mountain lakes packed with mountain trout - a perfect area to have lunch. The high route gives a great view over the water Gjende. In the steepest parts of this route you can hold on to the chain for extra safety, or hike an alternative route.  

Accomodation: Memurubu DNT
Memurubu is a tourist hut at the end or start of the famous Besseggen hiking trail. Memurubu is originally an old mountain pasture dating back to 1872, but has had tourists just as long. Cows are still grazing around the tourist hut, which lies at the mouth of the river Muru in the valley Memurudalen.

Day 5: Besseggen

Hike: Besseggen 

Level of difficulty: Medium 
Duration: 6-8 hours 
Distance: 14 kilometers 
Ascent: 1132 meters 

Besseggen is one of Norway's most popular hikes. There is a fantastic view of majestic Jotunheimen on a trip over the narrow, airy ridge. With the green Gjende Lake 400 meters straight down on one side, and the deep blue Bessvatnet Lake on the other, you will have an experience you will never forget.

Accommodation: Gjendebu Turisthytte DNT 

At 990 masl at the west end of Gjende Lake you will find Gjendebu. The hotel offers a traditional and historic atmosphere, with good local food - and is the oldest cabin of DNT, built in 1871.

Day 6: Gjendesheim - Oslo

 

Bus: Gjendesheim - Oslo 

Transport from Gjendesheim to Oslo bus Terminal (Oslo Airport). 
If you are going to Oslo Airport, you must count about 1 hour to transfer from Oslo Bus Terminal. 

If the time schedule does not fit your flight we can help with accommodation in Oslo, adding one extra night. Let us know.

See bus departures from Gjendesheim below Practical information.

Practical information

Below you will find practical information about this trip.
Can not find what you are looking for? See our frequently asked questions page, or send us an email – we will help you!

Departures from Oslo

Monday-Wednesday

8.30 am – 1.05 pm 

Thursdays 

8.30 am – 1.05 pm 
3.05 pm – 7.05 pm 
5.00 pm – 9.05 pm 
5.20 pm – 9.03 pm (Directly from Oslo Airport) 

Friday 

8.30 am - 1.05 pm 
1.05 pm – 5.45 pm 
5.20 pm – 9.03 pm (Directly from Oslo Airport) 

Saturday 

8.30 am - 1.05 pm 
10.20 am – 1.35 pm 

Sunday 

10.20 am – 1.35 pm 
12.20 pm – 4.50 pm 
5.20 pm – 9.03 pm (Directly from Oslo Airport)

 

Luggage transport

We will send your luggage from cabin to cabin, so you only need to bring a daypack.

Departures from Gjendesheim

Monday-Friday 

2.00 pm – 6.35 pm 

Saturday 

10.00 am – 2.45 pm 
2.00 pm – 6.35 pm 

Sunday 

10.00 am – 2.45 pm 
10.00 am -2.21 pm (Directly to Oslo Airport) 
4.00 pm – 8.20 pm 
5.35 pm – 10.00 pm

Meals

All restaurants offer food based on local ingredients. For breakfast, there will be a buffet. Here you also need to make yourself a packed lunch that you bring to lunch for the day. Use your beewax food wrap. It is possible to fill a thermos, check with the accommodation. Dinner will be served in the afternoon/evening. 

Accomodation

Gjendesheim Turisthytte DNT:  

Gjendesheim Turisthytte has a history dating back to 1878. The hut is run by DNT and is located in the heart of the Norwegian mountains, with Besseggen Ridge as a neighbor.  

Gjendebu Turisthytte DNT:  

At 990 masl at the west end of Gjende Lake, you will find Gjendebu. The DNT cabin offers a traditional and historic atmosphere, with good local food – and is the oldest cabin of DNT, built in 1871. 

Memurubu Turisthytte:  

Memurubu is a tourist hut at the end or start of the famous Besseggen hiking trail. Memurubu is originally an old mountain pasture dating back to 1872, but has had tourists for just as long. Cows are still grazing around the tourist hut, which lies at the mouth of the river Muru in the valley Memurudalen. 

Trails and weather

The conditions in the autumn are wonderful, but it can also give some challenges. You need to be prepared to walk in the snow in case of snowfall. We have also described alternative routes for the steepest parts if the exposure or conditions makes it uncountable. In September, normal temperature is between 0-10 degrees.

All the paths are well-marked. The terrain varies from flat and easy to rocky and hilly. All the hikes as a short steep, exposed crux where you will have to use both legs and arms. Thou these sections can be avoided by walking an alternative route around.

Equipment list

We will send you equipment-list when ordering. 

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