Summer adventure in Jotunheimen
Join a summer adventure in Jotunheimen! Here you will find the most exciting experiences Jotunheimen and Valdres have to offer. The summer in Jotunheimen is a paradise for all outdoor enthusiasts – from alpine peaks, glaciers, Besseggen, Galdhøpiggen, Gjendevannet and Bygdinvannet, to the lush cultural landscape in the villages of Valdres.
We drive you from Oslo or Bergen straight into the mountains, where we also take care of luggage transport, and arranging accommodation in cozy mountain lodges, with local history and traditional dishes.
A paradise for the outdoor enthusiast
If you want to experience meaningful and sustainable experiences in mountain Norway, Jotunheimen and Valdres are a natural summer destination. The region offers a wide variety from easy to demanding trips, from great nature experiences and to cultural history and local culture.
What kind of trip do you want?
Explore high mountain hikes and summit hikes in Jotunheimen National Park, bike rides along Mjølkevegen and Tour de Dovre, hikes along Kongevegen – horseback riding, fishing, canoeing and kayaking.
Feel free to contact us if you do not find what you want – we will be happy to facilitate your unique summer adventure.
Find your summer adventure
Frequently Asked Questions
You probably have many questions when it comes to summer adventures in Valdres and Jotunheimen. Here we have gathered answers to the most frequently asked questions. If you are wondering about anything else, feel free to contact us.
How is the summer weather in Jotunheimen and Valdres?
In summer, the weather can change from nice summer days, mountain heat, to snowstorms on the very highest peaks. It is just as common to have to wear a thin jacket as a t-shirt, but most days are hot in the summer and it is an area with relatively little rain. Down in the villages it is of course calmer weather than when you cross the tree line, and on the high mountains in Jotunheimen. We have suggestions for detailed package lists during hikes, mountaineering and cycling tours during the summer season.
I can not find a trip I can imagine, can you make personal package tours?
Yes, we can! Contact us, to tell us more about your wishes, and we will tailor an exciting summer adventure for you.
How do I carry all my luggage between activities and accomodations?
Jotunheimen Travel takes care of your luggage between the various accommodations and activities so you can enjoy your summer adventure with just a light backpack.
Luggage transport and handling are included in all our trips in Jotunheimen.
Can children join us on this cykling tour?
Yes! As long as the child is well used to cycling, and they are large enough to cover all the kilometers in the trip description, you are welcome to take the family with the children on trips.
Experience Jotunheimen with us!
Day to day
Day 1: Oslo - Lemonsjøen
Arriving by bus from Oslo to Lemonsjo
Accommodation: Lemonsjø Fjellstue
Day 2: Lemonsjøen - Ruten
Cyckling from Lemonsjøen to Ruten
Time: 3-6 hours, Distance: 59 km, ↑ 750 meters
On your first day, you will travel on a gravel road through wooded Murudalen and along several mesmerizing rivers until you come to the village of Skåbu. From there it is not far to your next accommodation.
Accommodation: Ruten Fjellstue
Day 3: Ruten - Bygdin
Cycling from Ruten à Bygdin
Time: 4-5 hours, Distance: 63 km, ↑ 870 meters
Today you will follow “Jotunheimvegen”, cycling from wooded Espedalen towards the mountains above the treeline. You will pass many summer farms along the way and follow the big lake Vinstra. On the horizon you can see the mountains of Jotunheimen and the summit of Bithorn.
Accommodation: Bygdin Høifieldhotell
Day 4: Bygdin - Tyinkrysset
Hiking suggestion: Sysnhorn
Time: 1-2 hours, Distance: 5 kilometers, ↑ 450 meters
Synshorn is located at 1457 m.a.s.l. and offers a fantastic view of Jotunheimen. The trails are easy to walk and vary between some soft terrain and more rocky terrain near the top.
Boat: (M / B Bitihorn) Bygdin → Eidsbugarden
Cruise with the historical M/B Bitihorn over lake Bygdin (1,5 hours).
Cycling from Eidsbugarden to Tyinkrysset
Time: 2-3 hours, Distance: 23 km, ↑ 400 meters
After you reached Eidsbugarden by boat you can follow the gravel road to Tyin along the big Tyin Lake. You can do a detour into Koldedalen from Tyinholmen crossroad, to come closer to the iconic mountains like Falketinden, Uranostinden and the impressive glaciers along the way. From Tyin you cycle down the paved road to Tyinkrysset, where you can find Filefjellstuene.
Day 5: Tyinkrysset - Syndinstøga
Cycling from Tyinkrysset to Syndinstøga
Time: 4-6 hours, Distance: 53 km, ↑ 974 meters
From Tyinkrysset you will follow the main road and partly the “Kingsroad” down to Lake Vangsmjøsa. From here you will follow this beautiful lake along steep hillsides until you need to climb again to reach Syndin plateau and Syndinstøga at approx.1000 m.a.s.l. This stretch is the most challenging leg of the Mjølkevegen route.
Day 6: Syndinstøga - Vaset
Cycling from Syndinstøga to Vaset
Time: 2-4 hours, Distance: 29 km, ↑ 423 meters
A shorter day awaits you and a more lively region with many summer farms, cabins, and farm animals on or along the gravel roads. You will reach today the Vaset region – a very popular cabin region amongst Norwegians.
Accommodation: Gomobu Mountain Lodge
Day 7: Vaset - Kamben
Cycling from Vaset to Kamben
Time: 2-3 hours, Distance: 35 km, ↑ 330 meters
From Gomobu you will follow “Panoramavegen” – like the name says with a panoramic view over the rolling and cultivated landscape of Golsmountains. In between you have the chance to visit a summar farm and the famous café Langestølen.
Accommodation: Kamben Høyfjellshotell
Day 8: Departure
We will bring you to the bus at Fagernes (30 minutes drive)
Bus from Fagernes to Oslo
Below you will find practical information about this trip.
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The journey includes all transport to / from Oslo, and between accommodations.
We will send your luggage (1x luggage per person) from accommodation to accommodation, to make your daily experiences as light and easy as possible.
Tour pension includes breakfast, packed lunch and dinner. If you want another drink for dinner or snacks / chocolate on the trip, this can be bought at the cabins. It is possible to fill the thermos with hot drinks (for a fee) and drinking bottles with water (free of charge) at all accommodation.
We choose our accommodations carefully with focus on cyclist specific services and delicious local food.
All accommodations offer a place to lock your bicycle, charge the battery and have some basic tools if you need to fix your bicycle.
You will need a light backpack for day trips, preferably between 20 and 30 liters. A waterproof "duffel bag" for the rest of the luggage is recommended. The luggage is moved from place to place and may be exposed to rain and other elements during transport.
Wool socks, thin
Wool underwear or track underwear
Rain, and windproof jacket and trousers
Shirt, or sweater of wool or fleece
Rain, and windproof jacket and trousers
Buff / scarf
Mittens / cycling gloves
Cycling shorts / trousers
Extra indoor pants
Toilet paper and clogged paper bags
Thermos and water bottles
For self-guided bike rides:
Map and tour description
Map app on mobile - eg Norway map
Small first aid kit
You are welcome to bring your own bike if you have one, or you can rent a bike from us.
All the bikes we rent out are mountain bikes with front dampers that are well adapted to the gravel roads you will be riding on. You can choose between a regular bike or an electric bike. If you want to cycle Mjølkevegen Nord, it is only possible to rent an electric bicycle. Helmet and repair kit are included in the rent. When you have arrived at your last accommodation, we will take care of the bike for you.
Do you have your own bike you want to bring?
It is possible to bring your own bike, subject to free luggage space on the bus. Enter the desired when ordering.
The roads along Mjølkevegen and Tour de Dovre mainly consist of gravel roads with some sections of path and asphalt. We recommend a so-called hardtail, ie a mountain bike with a front damper. We recommend tires with a little width and good studs. Electric bike is incredibly nice to ride Mjølkevegen with, then you get enough energy to enjoy the ride, and the nice surroundings around you. We also recommend having a mini tool set, patchwork for tires, and a mini bike pump. Then you have the opportunity to quickly move on if the injury should occur.
You are welcome to bring your own bike if you have, or you can rent a bike from us.
Renting an electric bike (Giant Talon/Giant Raom) for the Grand Tour costs NOK 5 500
Then you can rent a men's bike, a women's bike and/or a junior bike. Everyone costs the same. Junior fits height 145-165cm.
It is also possible to rent a bike trailer for NOK 1 700.
All the bikes we rent out are electric bikes with front suspention forks that are well suited to the gravel roads you will be riding on. A helmet and repair kit are included in the rent. When you have arrived at your last accommodation, we will take care of the bike for you. (It is not possible to use bikre trailer on thesse bikes).
It is also possible to rent a mountain bike (Diamant Mogul) for NOK 4 400. On these bikes you can use bike trailer, it costs NOK 3 275)
Do you have your own bike you want to bring? The roads along Mjølkevegen consist mainly of gravel roads with some sections of paths and asphalt. We recommend a so-called hardtail, its a mountain bike with front suspention fork. We recommend tyres with some width and good lugs. Electric bikes are incredibly nice to cycle Mjølkevegen with, then you get enough energy to enjoy the ride, and the nice surroundings around you. We also recommend bringing mini tool kits, patches for tires, and a mini bike pump. Then you have the opportunity to quickly move on if the accident should occur.
Mjølkevegen (the Milky Way) consist mainly of gravel roads. Partly you will cycle paved roads and as well single trails. You share the road with cars – but traffic is very limited. What you more often will meet are cows, goats and sheep along your way.
The route is well marked. However, you will get the original Mjølkevegen map from us and in addition gpx files for all routes for your own navigation.