Hallingskarvet National Park hike

Stairway to heaven – or stairway to Hallingskarvet? Both real awesome choices, but the 2000 steps that lead us directly up to the mountain massif Hallingskarvet National Park was this weekend’s winner for sure.

I chose the trail Prestholtrunden , which is a nice hike suitable for dogs and the whole family. This hike includes some very nice views, so me and puppy shot some selfies up there of courseHallingskarvet view point turblogg turjenter

So, once again me and puppy packed our backpack and headed for a sunny Sunday adventure.  From Geilo we continued on a toll road (40 NOK/have some coins ready!) upwards all the way to Prestholtseter, where we parked and started our hike.

My curious little dog Jenta, she really likes working her way uphills. Probable lots of interesting scents to sniff along the trail too, as you never walk alone here on a Sunday like this Hallingskarvet Prestholtrunden sherpa stairs geilo trail view

Jenta is dancing upwards like a ballerina, and not necessarily on the sherpa stepsHallingskarvet Prestholtrunden sherpa stairs geiloWe are soon reaching the “plateau”. We had no plan here, just “let’s see what trail to choose”  Hallingskarvet Prestholtrunden sherpa stairs geilo trapper

Here we are at Skarvsenden – this hike’s highest point 1 705 meters above sea level. Yes, it’s yet another big pile of rocks/steinrøys we are balancing, and we do love it. The word “Skarv” actually means bare mountain or rock.Hallingskarvet national park views Geilo turblogg

A little lunch break at a view point up there. Here me and puppy where alone, most hikers that day just followed the main trail – today we didn’t. If I see a tiny detour trail, I’m usually too curious too curious to ignore it 😀Hallingskarvet mountain massif

Just one of those beautiful fall views on our way down. According to the map we must be passing Perstølen hereHallingskarvet Prestholtrunden mountain massif geilo

On our way down part of the trail was pretty soggy and muddy after a rainy night, thankfully we could walk on these planks, and puppy could wade in the small rivers to clean here paws. Hallingskarvet Prestholtrunden lapphund geilo

The last part, after coming down from the mountain trail, is on the gravel road towards Prestholtseter. Autumn is for sure a favorite hiking season.  Lots of hiking people this day,so me and puppy drove down to a gas station to get a cheap and tasty cafe latte:DHallingskarvet prestholtseter landscape autumn hike Geilo outdoor friluftsliv Norway

Ok, we will for sure be back as there are other hikes to discover in this area, but first thing first, until then – tada dear readers 😉

Map and some further readings about the hike in Hallingskarvet National Park:

 

Rondane National Park area

When Plan A is down, Plan B is on. A very good Plan B I may say indeed.

Plan A was to bike from Stryn over the old and famous mountain road Gamle Strynefjellsvegen to my next job in Tafjord – but, as many travellers also wondered about early that summer; when would the old mountain road open for summer?? (Actually – not before the day after I had to leave ..ha..ha)

So, aware of this I made a Plan B: to take the bus through the mountain tunnels, continue to Otta and from there “bicycle” up to Mysusæter (a cabin and mountain farm cluster area) at the foot of Rondane National Park. And that is what I did. I only had 3 whole days for disposal before next job startup, so there was really no time to lose…

From Otta and up the serpentine road towards Mysusæter and Rondane mountain range – the weather is great and the view is getting better and better for every “tornante” upwardsotta uphill serpentine road bicycle trip travel rondane national park

Otta. I remember standing in front of that mountain wall looking up on its serpentine roads that was waiting for me and my fully packet bicycle. Oh my … I could just feel the sweat and pain already… but the weather was nice, so good to go!

My lil “carrot” was an old saeter cottage I had rented at a mountain pasture for a very nice price, so I knew I would arrive to a very cosy place to relax.. eh..did I say relax? well..yay and nay.

The road up was a sweat alrighty, I bicycled whenever I could, and pushed when needed. I met curious people to talk to and get some information about the area. After xx?? hours (who cares) upwards (and some downhills I finally reached the gravel road leading to the mountain pasture…whohaa, absolutely lovely to arrive!

My little saeter cottage to the left – how about these beautiful surroundings? Some sheep and lambs was lurching around here and made the whole area just magnificent… just watch out for sheep cake droppings, as I didn’t! rondane national park mountain pasture tradition

Oh, what a lovely place to arrive in the afternoon. When the cottage owners heard I was arriving on a bicycle, they had made the fireplace ready, filled up several water cans and made up the bed for me. That is just how wonderful people can be ❤ I parked the bike on the newly renovated porch, packed up my stuff and made a warm meal and coffee on the propane burner.

Lake Furusjøen in the eveningRondane National Park Norway mountains lake Mysusaeter Furusjoen sunset landscape fjelltur

View from my bedroom window… but the old window glass and thick lumber walls could not protect my ears against the bleating baryton sheep passing at 5 o’clock in the morning… 😀window view rondane rondablikk mysusæter rondane

I kept the dairy products chilled in the old cellar hatch in the floor. Right across the gravel road there was a big old sheep barn with an outhouse privy, and if I wanted a shower I could go down to the lake for a refreshing bath. PC and phone was recharged by a small solar cell panel.

mysuseter mountain pasture cabin window view furusjoen rondablikk rondane national park seter hyttetur landscape

The evening was still young, so I decided to explore the trails in the area around my cabin… always curious where all the trail signs would take me… and oh what an amazing evening hike that was! It is fully possible to hike from this place all the way into Rondvassbu and the national park as the trails seems to be well-connected to each other (take a closer look at the map below).

This was worth every bead of sweat that day…no-one around.. only peaceful nature at it’s best with panoramic view towards Rondane National Park and it’s 10 peaks rising above 2000 meters. So which one to choose? rondane nasjonalpark national park landscape photography selfie fjelltur nysysæter

Cosy evening in the mountain pasture cottage by the open fireplace – loading for a longer and higher hike next morning. I absolutely adore this old and peaceful place ❤ hyttetur rondane koselig cosy open fireplace mountain pasture seter mysysæter

The very next day was going to be even more amazing (was that possible?)… entering the national park and hiking a bit higher up… so just stay calm and tuned my dear readers 🙂

 

TRAVEL INFORMATION

Klick on the map below for a larger interactive map and hiking trails information at UT.NO

Map kart Rondane National Park Mysusaeter Veslesmeden Rondablikk Furusjoen Rondvassbu Rondvatnet

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