National Park Route – Mjølkevegen and Tour de Dovre

The National Park Route combines two of the best cycling routes in Mountain-Norway, Mjølkevegen and Tour de Dovre. This 359 km long route is suitable for those in good physical shape, with some cycling experience. It will take you through picturesque mountain terrains and valleys, along rivers and farmlands, and up some steep peaks with rewarding panoramic views. Explore the lush U-valleys of Gudbrandsdalen and Grimsdalen, where Norwegians have been involved with farm and agricultural practices for centuries. This route takes you past no less than five national parks, including Dovrefjell (famous for the musk ox), Dovre, Rondane (famous for the wild reindeer), Langsua and finally Jotunheimen – home to Norway’s highest mountains, Galdhøpiggen.

Experience Norwegian mountain culture such as village life and the farm culture up-close; many four-legged local heroes such as cows, sheep and goats spend the summer grazing freely and peacefully in the mountains. If you’re lucky you might also get a view of the wildlife in our national parks – ranging from the famous musk ox to elks, reindeer and eagles. No other cycling route in Norway can offer a variety of nature, terrain and history comparable to this one. You will mainly travel on gravel roads, with occasional short legs along the main roads and face both steep, strenuous ascents and exhilarating descents. This trip includes a boat trip across the magnificent Bygdin Lake with M/B Bitihorn. 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 concert.




Accommodation, food and drinks:

  • Accommodation and food included
  • Food and drinks are included and served at the 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 as add-on
  • Transfers during route included

Luggage transportation:

  • Your luggage will be transferred separately on all the legs and arrive at each destination, but it will skip *Vågåmo, *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
    • Electric bike: Haibike Sduro FullNine 3.0 S

Classification/Cycling level:

  • Medium to Demanding.

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

Agenda:

  • Day 1: Arrive by train from Oslo. Accommodation and dinner at Hjerkinn Fjellstue
  • Day 2: Cycling from Hjerkinn to Grimsdalshytta (54 km)
  • Day 3: Cycling from Grimsdalshytta to Toftemo (29 km)
  • Day 4: Cycling from Toftemo to Vågåmo (Vågå Hotel) (56 km)
  • Day 5: Cycling from Vågåmo to Lemonsjø (Fjellstue) (19 km)
  • Day 6: Cycling from Lemonsjø to Ruten Fjellstue (59 km) 
  • Day 7: Cycling from Ruten Fjellstue to Bygdin (Hotel) (62 km)
  • Day 8: Bygdin to Filefjellstuene (including boat cruise) (24km)
  • Day 9: Cycling from Filefjellstuene to Beitostølen (56km)
  • Day 10: Departure: Valdresekspressen back to Oslo

Lodges:

  • 1x Hjerkinn Fjellstue
  • 1x Grimsdalshytta
  • 1x Toftemo,
  • 1x Vågå Hotel
  • 1x Lemonsjø Fjellstue
  • 1x Ruten Fjellstue
  • 1x Bygdin Høyfjellshotell
  • 1x Filefjellstuene,
  • 1x Radisson  BLU Beitostølen



Stage Overview

Hjerkinn to Grimsdalshytta

  • Difficulty: Medium
  • Distance: 54 km
  • Elevation Gain: 470 meters
  • Elevation Drop: 490 meters
  • Duration: 3-4 hours
  • Family cycling on mt.bikes allong a trail on Dovre using a guide

The first part of the route is relatively easy and on asphalt which will entail some road traffic. Follow the river Folla down into the valley. You will eventually arrive at Folldal an get on the Rondane National Tourist Road, heading West. You are now entering Grimsdalen which is one of the most stunning mountain valleys in Norway. Cycle between two of Norways finest national parks, Dovre national park on your right, and Rondane National Park on your left. Arrive at Grimsdalshytta which lies in the heart of Dovre National Park.




Grimsdalshytta to Toftemo

  • Difficulty: Easy to medium
  • Distance: 29 km
  • Elevation Gain: 360 meters
  • Elevation Drop: 820 meters
  • Duration: 2-3,5 hours
  • Cycelists in Grimsdalen
  • Cycelists in Grimsdalen

Travel through Grimsdalen, along the rivers Grimse, Grimsdalsmyerene and Veslegrimsi. The trail here is quite flat, but it will eventually reach a steep ascent as you climb up to a plateu. Descend 620 meters within 12 kilometers into Dovre. You are now in one of the most famous valleys in Norway Gudbrandsdalen. Follow the road North up to Toftemo.




Toftemo to Vågåmo (Vågå Hotel)

  • Difficulty: Medium
  • Distance: 56 km
  • Elevation Gain: 990 meters
  • Elevation Drop: 1080 meters
  • Duration: 4,5-6 hours

Scenic journey that connects the Tour de Dovre and Mjølkevegen Routes. This leg takes you through Gudbrandsdalen, along the river Gudbrandsdalslågen and through traditional farming and village areas, up the mountain plateau and along Reinheimen National Park. On the mountain plateau you will first cycle on flat and easy surfaces, and later follow the trails into more dramatic landscapes through deep valleys and along ravines. When you reach Vågå you will find yourself on the doorstep of Jotunheimen National Park.




Vågåmo to Lemonsjøen (Fjellstue)

  • Difficulty: Easy to medium
  • Distance: 19 km
  • Elevation Gain: 810 meters
  • Elevation Drop: 330 meters
  • Duration: 2-3,5 hours
  • Toftemo - Vågå

This short and scenic leg takes you along fields, through forest areas and up some steep elevations leading to rewarding views over Jotunheimen. Cycle along Vågåvatnet and follow the trail to the beautiful mountain lake, Lemonsjøen. If the weather permits it, have a refreshing dip in the mountain lake, followed by a warm dinner.




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 Filefjellstuene

  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Distance: 52km (28km Boat, 24km cycling)
  • Elevation Gain: 220 meters
  • Elevation Drop: 350 meters
  • Duration: 2 hours boat, 1-2 hours cycling
  • M/B Bitihorn on the lake Bygdin taken from Eidsbugarden and Fondsbu

After breakfast, you can enjoy some free time to 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 down to Tyinkrysset and along the stunning Tyin Lake down to Filefjellstuene.




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.




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 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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