Holidays run Sunday – Friday
12th – 17th September 2021
11th – 16th September 2022
At present our booking page is just in Norwegian, English version coming soon!
Walking holiday grade
Intermediate mountain walking for experienced hikers.
Expect to be out 6 hours
Typically 12-16km per day. The distances given in the itinerary are approximate.
Mountain paths, these can be rocky, rough or boggy. Please visit our walking grades page for more information.
We use short transfers by hotel minibus to help us explore the area.
Small group size
Minimum 4, maximum 10.
Enjoy the glorious colours of autumn in the mountains
At this time of year, the mountains “are on fire” with the oranges and reds of the trees and shrubs. There are berries a plenty and one of the pleasures of hiking at this time of year is stopping to taste blueberries, cloudberries and cranberries.
We have chosen the walks so that you see the best of the autumn colours. Each day we walk in a different area: visiting local peaks with stunning views, picnicking by clear mountain lakes and visiting wild reindeer country. Beside enjoying beautiful hikes you will have insights into Gudbrandsdalen’s rich history and cultural traditions. Our experienced guides will show you some of their favourite and less frequented areas.
This intermediate grade walking holiday is centre-based, at Venabu Fjellhotell. Our family run hotel is well known for an inclusive atmosphere and good food.
This holiday will suit hillwalkers who enjoy:
- peace and tranquility
- open landscapes and big views
- learning about the history and culture of the places they visit
- the beautiful colours and textures of the Norwegian mountains in autumn
The appeal of these hikes are the colours along with the sense of wildness and unspoilt nature.
- Enjoy the beauty of the mountains in autumn: glittering lakes and golden mountains
- Hike in unspoilt, wild reindeer country
- Discover the natural history of this beautiful area
- Relax in our comfortable, family run mountain hotel on this centre-based walking holiday
- Enjoy our renowned dinner: “A Taste of Norwegian Tradition” served on Wednesday evening
- Ideal for solo travellers, friends and couples who would like to share their walking holiday with like-minded people
Autumn Colours Walking Holiday Itinerary
Sunday - Arrival
Check in from 15h.
19.00 Dinner is served
20.30 After dinner meeting with your guide. There will be a briefing about the holiday and time for any questions.
Monday - Dynjefjellet and Svartfjellet
Walk details: 13km Ascent: 400m Duration: 5-6 hours, approximately
The stunning 360° views from each of these peaks give us a taste of what lies ahead this week. The high peaks of the Rondane are visible to the north. The wild land of Venabygdsfjellet opens before us. Distant to the west are also the glaciated peaks of the Jotunheimen, home to Northern Europe’s highest mountains. We pass “Himmelvannet” – two small lakes high in the mountains with fantastic views north. A reindeer trap close to our route, illustrates our ancestors´hunting practices in earlier times.
19.00 Dinner is served.
Tuesday - Muen and Bretningen
Walk details: 15 km Ascent:400 m Duration: 5-6 hours, approximately.
Today we hike well away from the beaten track. We traverse an area widely used by the wild reindeer. The terrain is different from yesterday, flatter and with mountain ranges as far as the eye can see. The highlight of the day is the view that surprises us later in the day, over Lake Atna, towards the east side of Rondane and Dovre.
Wednesday - Ramshøgda, Venabygdsfjellet's highest peak
Walk details: 18km Ascent: 460m Duration: 6 hours, approximately
Today we hike over the peak of Store Ramshøgda Venabygdsfjellet’s highest peak (1463 m.o.h.) and into Rondane National Park. This was Norway’s first National Park, created to protect the genetically unique wild reindeer living here. At the top of Ramhøgda awaits a fantastic view of three of Norway’s national parks! On the way we may stop by more ancient reindeer graves. You will gain insights into the relationship between humans and reindeer that has existed in this area for millenia.
19.00h Dinner. This evening it is our special weekly food event: “A Taste of Norwegian Tradition“. The emphasis is on local food and dishes, with a presentation by the host.
Thursday - Finnsjøvola
Walk details: 15 km Ascent: 380m Duration: 5 hours, approximately
On our final day we have an easier, though no less beautiful walk, through deep pine forests and up above the treeline. There will be the opportunity to taste mountain cranberries, blueberries and perhaps cloudberries along the way. On the open plateau with sparkling lakes and views of Rendalssølen and Dovre, we enjoy a packed lunch. There is a wild reindeer herd in the area and if we are lucky we might catch a glimpse of these shy creatures. After lunch, the trip continues towards Sollia church, a beautiful timber church with an interesting history.
Friday - Departure day
08.00 to 10.00h Breakfast is served.
Departure after breakfast.
Please note that the order of the itinerary may vary to adapt to the weather and the needs of the group.
“Thank you again for a very warm and welcoming week!”
“I very much enjoyed your hospitality and the great walks with Wenche and Joy, during the Wild Reindeer Walking week.
I very much hope to be back”.
Margaret (The Netherlands)
- 5 nights accommodation in our comfortable mountain hotel
- Breakfast and evening meals, packed lunches and flasks filled
- Guided walks on 4 days
- The services of our expert hiking guide
- “A Taste of Norwegian Tradition” our special food event on Wednesday evening
- A selection of teas and coffee freely available in our lounge
- All transfers for guiding
Susan and Jayne (UK)
You may also enjoy these other hiking holidays at Venabu
Discover Norway on Foot
Norwegian National Parks Challenge
Wild Reindeer Country Highlights
“Thank you to everyone at Venabu for yet another wonderful visit …. We will return!!”