Hiking Between Rivers and Waterfalls in Vettisriket

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Come discover Vettisriket, a hidden gem where mountain Norway meets the fjords. Travel by car to Hjelle, and catch a glimpse of Hjellefossen before you travel by foot through Utladalen to Vetti Gard (farm) and Vettisfossen, Norway’s highest protected waterfall. This is an easy hike and a lovely getaway with beautiful scenery, in Jotunheimen National Park. 

Discover the fairy-tale like and enchanting area of Utladalen, a scenic and lush valley, with a perfect mix of vegetation, rivers and waterfalls not found anywhere else in the rest of the National Park. Stay at the old farm, Vetti Gard, whose history dates back to 1120! It is said that it used to be wheat farm, but after the plague in the 14th century that killed half the Norwegian population, it was left uninhabited. Like many abandoned settlements in that period,  the farm was given the name “Øydegård”, which means “remote farm”. In 1714 the current owners, the Vetti-family arrived at the farm. Hike further into the park to Vettisfossen, Norway’s tallest protected waterfall. You can choose to climb to the top of the waterfall and take in the breathtaking view, or hike to the bottom and in the impressive sight.

Accommodation, food and drinks:

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

Agenda:

  • Day 1: Arrive at Hjelle and walk to Vetti Gard
  • Day 2: Hike to Vettisfossen (and Departure)
  • Day 3: Hike to Vettisfossen Mountain Peak (and Departure)

Accommodations:

  • 1-2x Vetti Gard

Hike agenda / Stage information:

Hjelle – Vetti Gård

  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Distance: 4,5 kilometers (point‑to‑point)
  • Elevation Gain: 160 meters
  • Duration: 1-1,5 hours
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Hjelle – Vetti Gård 
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Hjelle – Vetti Gård 
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Hjelle – Vetti Gård 
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Hjelle – Vetti Gård 
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Hjelle – Vetti Gård 

Vetti can be reached by foot or by horse-carriage from the nearby Hjelle farm to the south. The scenic route between Hjelle to Vetti Gård is well marked and is more like a well groomed road than the normal trails we are used to in Jotunheimen. Vetti is no longer regularly inhabited, but it is now used as a cafeteria and bed and breakfast for mountain hikers during summer months. During your hike you will be walking next to rivers and surrounded by mountain peaks, and passing several waterfalls. The hike is suitable for all ages and fitness level.

Vetti Gård – Vettisfossen

  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Distance: 3 kilometers (round-trip)
  • Elevation Gain: 150 meters
  • Duration: 1-1,5 hours
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Vettisfossen  
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Vettisfossen  
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Vettisfossen  
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Vettisfossen  
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Vettisfossen  

Continue from Vetti Gård up into the beautiful Utladalen. The green wild nature and the river along the hike creates a superb scenery all the way on to Vettisfossen. With a free fall of 275 metres, Vettisfoss is the highest waterfall in Norway which has not been regulated. The short hike has some short steep parts, but is overall an easy route.

Vetti Gård – Vettisfossen Mountain Peak – Vetti Gård

  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Distance: 7 kilometers (round-trip)
  • Elevation Gain: 500 meters
  • Duration: 2-2,5 hours
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Vettisfossen 
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Vettisfossen 
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Vettisfossen 
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Vettisfossen 

Vettisfossen is one of Norway’s tallest waterfalls, and the 284th tallest in the world. Most people hike to the base of the waterfall for a view of Vettisfossen. It’s also possible to hike to the top. The route and climb is longer than to the base. But while you are at Vetti Gård this is a great scenic hike to combine with any tour. On your way to the top you will get a great view of Vetti Gård and the surrounding area. Once you reach the top of the waterfall you will have a great view Utladalen. But be careful of moving too close to the edge, as there is a free fall for almost 300 meters down.

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