Mjølkevegen: North Route Hightlights

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Mjølkevegen- the Milky Way- has been voted one of the most attractive cycling routes in Norway. The entire official route is between Vinstra and Gol and stretches a total of 250 km. For our route we have focused on a 7-day trip on a 200 km long route from Lemonsjø to Beitostølen. This route is perfect for those in average shape and who already posses some cycling experience. This route will give you everything the Valdres region has to offer. It takes you through beautiful mountain and traditional farming landscapes, such as the Jotunheimvegen in the East and Stølsvidda in the West, where you will get acquainted with many of our four legged friends such as sheep, cows and goats. You should also keep an eye out for reindeer grazing in some wilder areas.

You will cycle along enchanting rivers and mountain lakes, mainly on gravel roads, with occasional short legs along the main roads. The route covers some of the best highlights in the region, including the boat trip across Bygdin with M/B Bitihorn. The average time per leg is set to 4-5 hours, but some legs are shorter so you will also have time for some hiking opportunities along the way; Synshorn and Bitihorn are popular hikes and on clear days you can see far into the Fjellheim (mountain landscape). You will spend the last night in Beitostølen, a lively and charming mountain village. Here you can get a taste of Norwegian village life and go out to bars, restaurants or you might even catch a nice concert.

Accommodation, food and drinks:

  • All accommodation included
  • Food and drinks are included and served at accommodations
  • Hiking-Board” meal plan with 3 meals a day included in the price! For more information read more here.

Transportation:

  • Bus transportation round-trip from Oslo to start and end of tour available included
  • Transportation from end of route to start included
  • Transfers during route included

Luggage transportation:

  • From Lemonsjø to Bygdin
  • From Bygdin to Tyinholmen
  • From Tyinholmen to Beitostølen

Your luggage will be transferred separately on all the legs and arrive at each destination, but it will skip *Ruten and *Filefjellstuene, and will arrive at the destinations after instead. Bring an extra bag with you on the legs for these overnight stays *.

Bike:

  • Bring your own bike or bike rental available as add-on

Classification/Cycling level:

  • Medium

Most of the legs are medium and easy with the last leg being quite demanding. We offer electrical bikes that provide support in the ascents. With an electrical bike this route is a easy to medium.

Agenda:

  • Day 1: Arrival Lemonsjø Fjellstue
  • Day 2: Lemonsjø to Ruten Fjellstue
  • Day 3: Ruten Fjellstue to Bygdin Fjellhotell
  • Day 4: Bygdin Fjellhotell to Tyinholmen (Boat ride with M/B Bitihorn Bygdin- Eidsbugarden, and cycling Eidsbugarden to Tyinholmen
  • Day 5: Tyinholmen to Filefjellstuene
  • Day 6: Filefjellstuene to Beitostølen
  • Day 7: Departure from Beitostølen

Stage overview

Lemonsjøen – Ruten Fjellstue

  • Difficulty: Medium
  • Distance: 58,5 km
  • Elevation Gain: 750 meters
  • Elevation Drop: 730 meters
  • Duration: 3-5,5 hours
Petter Olsen
 
Petter Olsen
 
Petter Olsen
 
Petter Olsen
 

Travel on gravel road through Murudalen and along several mesmerising rivers such as the river Sjoa, and the river Muru with its impressive twists and turns. Around halfway there will be a steep descent that takes you back down towards the river and past the Lake Slangen, around Lake Olstappen. During summer you might run into goats and other farm animals grazing in the area. For the last stage up to Ruten fjellstue you can either follow the main road or alternatively try the little yet more strenuous path through nature along the river Espa.

 Ruten Fjellstue to Bygdin (Høyfjellshotell)

  • Difficulty: Medium
  • Distance: 62 km
  • Elevation Gain: 870 meters
  • Elevation Drop: 690 meters
  • Duration: 4-5 hours
Yngve Ask
Ruten – Bygdin 
Yngve Ask
Ruten – Bygdin 
Yngve Ask
Ruten – Bygdin 
Yngve Ask
Ruten – Bygdin 

Follow the idyllic Jotunheimvegen through beautiful nature and farming landscape. Keep an eye out for reindeer grazing in the area. The route follows the shore along the Vinstrevatn where you will most likely meet cows, sheep and goats grazing freely in the area. Here you get close to the mountain farm life, which is an important part of the Valdres culture.  Further on you will see some spectacular mountains and also have hiking opportunities along the way; such as Synshorn and Bitihorn

Bygdin to Tyinholmen

  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Distance: 32km (28km Boat, 3-4km cycling)
  • Elevation Gain: 220 meters
  • Elevation Drop: 350 meters
  • Duration: 2 hours, 30 min cycling
Jotunheimen Travel
Eidsbugarden 
Yngve Ask
M/B Bitihorn 
Yngve Ask
M/B Bitihorn 
Yngve Ask
M/B Bitihorn 

After breakfast, you can enjoy some free time and explore the area. We suggest a hike up to Bitihorn or Synshorn (also possible on the Via ferrata – prebooking required) or into the idyllic Fagerdalen Valley. On a lovely summer’s day you might be tempted to enjoy a swim in the lake. Boat cruise from Bygdin to Eidsbugarden: 09:05-10:50 where you will witness the impressive mountain scenery of southern Jotunheimen. Cycle up to Tyinholmen just a few km away. There’s still enough time left of the afternoon to take a side trip on your bicycle into the Koldedalen Valley with a phenomenal view towards the legendary mountain of Falketind or hike up to Utsikten, the mountain named “View”.

Tyinholmen – Filefjellstuene

  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Distance: 20 km
  • Elevation Gain: 80 meters
  • Elevation Drop: 280 meters
  • Duration: 1-2 hours
Jotunheimen Travel
Tyin 
Jotunheimen Travel
Tyin 
Jotunheimen Travel
Tyin 

Cycle on gravel road along the magnificent Tyin Lake down to Tyinkrysset and then Filefjellstuene. This scenic lower mountain landscape is very peaceful with the occasional sheep field on the side of the road. Notice the drastic difference in scenery from the previous legs. Tyinkrysset is an important crossing in this region; the West-road will take you to Lærdal and the East-road will take you to Vangsmjøse and eventually Fagernes. You will follow the road going South until you reach the charming Filefjellstuene, a family run accommodation which lies right in the centre of the Tyin-Filefjell area.

Filefjellstuene to Beitostølen

  • Difficulty: Demanding
  • Distance: 56 km
  • Elevation Gain: 1460 meters
  • Elevation Drop: 1430 meters
  • Duration: 5-7 hours
Yngve Ask
Slettefjell 
Yngve Ask
Slettefjell 
Yngve Ask
Slettefjell 
Yngve Ask
Slettefjell 

This is the toughest leg of the route, mostly on gravel road. It takes you to the historical Kongevegen (King’s Road), and past Sputrefossen waterfall. You will face a tough ascent to the highest point of the road on the Slettefjell mountain plateau. It is not too long, but it is steep! On the top of Slettefjell, you are at 1315 m.a.s.l. Cycle down towards the mountain farm Mugnestølen and continue along Slettefjellvegen via Lykkja to Beitostølen. Beitostølen is a lively and charming mountain village. Here you can get a taste of Norwegian mountain life and go out to bars, restaurants or even catch a concert.

Relaxing Scenic Bus Ride

Ride with Valdresekspressen!

Enjoy the scenic journey from Oslo to the Valdres Region. After leaving the bustle of the capital you will soon find yourself on countryside roads passing through small towns and surrounded by lakes and fields. As you get further into the country, you will see the mountains in the distance and before you know you’ll find yourself climbing the steep roads that take you straight into the national park. The coach has adjustable seats, free WiFi, outlets with USB charging ports and toilet facilities on board.

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