Mjølkevegen: North Route Hightlights


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 to Ruten Fjellstue

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

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
  • Mjølkevegen: Ruten - Bygdin
  • Mjølkevegen: Ruten - Bygdin
  • Mjølkevegen: Ruten - Bygdin
  • Mjølkevegen: 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
  • Bygdin
  • The boat Bitihorn on Bygdin
  • Tyinholmen

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
  • Tyin
  • 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: Easy to demanding
  • Distance: 56 km
  • Elevation Gain: 1460 meters
  • Elevation Drop: 1430 meters
  • Duration: 5-7 hours
  • Mjølkevegen (Photo by Yngve Ask/Scanout)
  • Mjølkevegen (Photo by Yngve Ask/Scanout)
  • Mjølkevegen (Photo by Yngve Ask/Scanout)
  • Mjølkevegen (Photo by Yngve Ask/Scanout)

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.




Accommodations:

Lemonsjø Fjellstue

Lemonsjø Fjellstue og Hyttegrend is comprised of cabins, apartments and hotel rooms for short and long term rental. Located on the second floor of the Lodge they have four comfortable hotel room with beautiful views over the lake and the mountains. Each room is comprised of a double bed, sitting area and en-suite bathroom. Our salon offers a cosy atmosphere with a traditional Norwegian fireplace the enjoy anytime for our guests.

  • Lemonsjø Fjellstue og Hyttegrend
  • Lemonsjø - Fjellutsikt fra dobbeltrom (Bilde fra Lemonsjø)
  • Lemonsjø - Bad på dobbeltrom (Bilde fra Lemonsjø)
  • Lemonsjø Fjellstue og Hyttegrend (Bilde fra Lemonsjø)

Activities around Lemonsjø

Lemonsjø Fjellstue & Hyttegrend offers boat rental on five different mountain lakes, maps of hiking and biking trails in the area along the best local information. There are very good opportunities for swimming in the vicinity. A refreshing bath in crystal clear, pure water is always teasing. Fresh is a suitable term in any case. The water is hardly ever above 15°C even in summer. Near Lemonsjøen, on the river Rinda or near Tessesjøen you will find the best places.

Check in the reception for better descriptions and other tour suggestions.




Ruten Fjellstue

Ruten Fjellstue is located in the upper part of Espedalen, and was originally an old mountain farm that belonged to the farm named Søre Brenden in Skåbu. Espedalen is a side valley to Gudbrandsdalen and is found by classified road (rv) 255, between the roads Peer Gynt-veien and Jotunheimveien

  • Ruten Fjellstue (Photo by Ian Brodie)
  • Ruten Fjellstue (Photo by Ian Brodie)
  • Ruten Fjellstue (Photo by Ian Brodie)
  • Ruten Fjellstue (Photo by Ian Brodie)
  • Ruten Fjellstue (Photo by Ian Brodie)
  • Ruten Fjellstue (Photo by Ian Brodie)
  • Ruten Fjellstue (Photo by Ian Brodie)



Bygdin Høifieldshotell

Bygdin Høifieldshotell is located 1065 meters above sea level, next to Bygdin lake and 12 km north of the tourist area Beitostølen. Just outside the door you will also find Jotunheimen National Park, with several different hiking tours and some of the highest mountains in Norway. The known Besseggen route starts only 20 km away. On Bygdin lake you will also find M/B Bitihorn, the local transportation boat from 1912 with 2 daily departures.

  • Bygdin Høyfjellshotell - Entrance
  • Bygdin Høifieldshotel - Damesalongen
  • Bygdin Høyfjellshotell - Restaurant view of the sea
  • Bygdin Høyfjellshotell - View of the sea
  • Bygdin Høyfjellshotell - Summer

Bygdin Høifieldshotell has been operated since 1897. With this history you will find several extinguished rooms, some historical and some brand new. Some with a bath and shower, and some rooms with access to bath in the hallway. These rooms include a housecoat/robe and slippers. All rooms have access to sauna and shower in the first floor. Bygdin Høifieldshotell try to keep the old style and atmosphere. Furnitures and other equipment around the building can be traces back through history and gives the building its soul. There is also space for mountain boots, ski shoes, dining shoes, bikes and of course space for your dogs.

Activities around Bygdin

Bygdin is the perfect location and starting point for several hiking and biking routes. Take a walk or biking trip along the Bygdin lake. The road is a easy flat gravel road that is great both for biking and hiking. The route is only 6 km as a roundtrip and suitable for short easy trip just to enjoy the beautiful scenery. For a bigger challenge you can try the Via Ferrata to Synshorn. A 400 meter climb up to the Synshorn Peak, supported by a guide, equipment and a settled route with a high level of safety. The trip takes about 4 hours, and is well worth it when you reach the top!




Tyinholmen

Tyinholmen is one of the oldest and most traditional tourist destinations in Jotunheimen. The site was already established in 1892 and has since been in continuous operation, all the time owned by the same family. Building materials and facilities have been expanded and upgraded along the way and adapted to different times’ expectations. The magnificent surroundings and unique atmosphere of the place have always been the same.

Tyinholmen has a total of 80 beds and you may choose from comfortable cabins, rooms or a apartment. After a day filled with activity you will sleep well in solid beds with Jensen mattress. The cabins have from 5 to 8 beds, living room, kitchen and newly upgraded bathroom and toilet. The cabins are comfortable with rustic interior and solid furniture. In the living room there is a corner with a diningtable and seating for 6 people and centrally located there is a nice fireplace.

We highly recommend Tyinholmens cuisine that offers solid Norwegian mountain food based on local ingredients. All meals are served in the dining room. In the main building there are several nice living rooms including reception, dining room, fireplace, bar and a lounge. In the lounge you can retreat with a book from our small collection of mountain literature. Downstairs we have shower facilities with sauna, which is a popular choice after hiking in the mountains.

Activities around Tyinholmen

From Tyinholmen there is a 9 km long construction road into Koldedalen to the foot of Falketind. From the bicycle seat you can experience a spectacular high mountain range with impressive views of glaciers, waterfalls, blue green mountain water and well known 2000 meters peaks.

The perhaps most spectacular cycling trip from Tyinholmen is to follow the old road from Tyin towards Årdal, also known as the “1000 meter”. The road goes on the mountainside at about 1000 – meter altitude across the valley. Instead it is very steep and the mountain area Hurrungane is revealed along the way while cycling down. Down from the highest point on the road, it winds for approx. 40 turns all the way down to the gravel road at Riksvei 53. Returning back to Tyin can be done by buss with Valdresekspressen or if you are up for it by bike the same way back.

Check in the reception for better descriptions and other tour suggestions.

Filefjellstuene

Filefjellstuene is a charming and welcoming place to stay in the centre of the Tyin-Filefjell area. Here you will be accommodated in traditional huts, each hut has a shared kitchen restroom and kitchen facilities, a living room space and a fire place. Dinner is served in the main building and usually consists of traditional Norwegian food, followed by coffee and cake.

Filefjellstuene
Filefjellstuene ©Jotunheimen Travel

Filefjellstuene’s location gives perfect access to alpine facilities during the winter, and mountain trekking trails during the summer. They provide free shuttle service to and from popular trails in the area for their guests.




Radisson Blu Mountain Resort Beitostølen

A traditional first-class full service resort situated closed to Jotunheimen og Langsua Nationalpark . Close to shopping, restaurants, summerpark and other attractions. The hotel offers 127 rooms and suites . Wireless Internet Access is available throughout the hotel.

The hotel also offers a fitness centre, SPA, 25m swimming pool, sauna, solarium and indoor squash.

Activities around Beitostølen

Beitostølen Summer Park: A unique alpine sledge, a mini high rope course, a downhill carting track, bumper boats, chair lift and huge bungy trampolines.

Lyskappellet: Small chapel with special stained glass art designed by Ferdinand Finne. At Beitostølen Helsesportsenter, 2 km south of Beitostølen.

Olestølen: Visit Olestølen mountain farm, 15 minutes north-east of Beitostølen. You can greet the animals, taste the local food and buy tasty home-made cheese.

Check with the reception for better descriptions and more tour suggestions.




Relaxing Scenic Bus Ride

Direct express bus from Oslo Airport
Direct express bus from Oslo Airport – Photo by Yngve Ask

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 country side 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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