Discover Norway on Foot

Holiday dates

2022 dates:

18 – 25 June 2022:
Places available

6 – 13 August 2022:
Places available

Holiday price

From 17 325 NOK

Per person, based on a twin/double room share

Book for 2022 and benefit from our 2021 prices.

Walking holiday grade

Moderate hiking for the active traveller

8-13km hikes, a maximum of 415m ascent and descent on tracks and hill paths with some rocky paths and muddy areas.
Expect to be out for 5 – 6 hours.

We use short transfers by hotel minibus to help us explore the area.

See our hiking holiday grades page.

Small group size

Minimum 4, maximum 10.

Please do not make travel arrangements until your receive your booking confirmation and the holiday is guaranteed to run.

Hike and discover one of the most beautiful countries on Earth

Explore the scenic landscape of Eastern Norway, best enjoyed on foot. Discover the rich Norwegian heritage that has grown out of this magnificent land. On this centre-based walking holiday we combine walking in wild reindeer country with fascinating cultural experiences.

Enjoy nature and wilderness and gain insights into local history and culture: from 6000 years ago to the present day. We visit the fascinating Maihaugen outdoor, living museum and the historic stavechurch at Ringebu. We will hear stories of life at the summer farm over a lunch of traditional, local foods.

A hiking holiday for active travellers

The walking and pace on this holiday is moderate, perhaps even gentle, and designed for people who lead active lives. It is a holiday on which to enjoy the peace and tranquillity of an open landscape with big skies.

Appreciate the contrasts between the pastoral family farms and wild upland areas.

Cultural experiences woven through the programme give insights and context alongside hikes in the mountains of Eastern Norway.

holiday highlights

  • Discover the Nordic flora and fauna, migratory and ground nesting birds, birds of prey and rare arctic alpine plants
  • See how the forces of water, geology and time have created this vast landscape
  • Enjoy a traditional lunch and storytelling at the summer farm or ‘seter’
  • Guided tour to Ringebu Stavechurch and the Vicarage art gallery and garden
  • Gain insights into Norwegian mountain heritage on the visit to Maihaugen open-air, living museum
  • Enjoy our renowned dinner: “A Taste of Norwegian Tradition” served on Wednesday evening
  • Relax in our comfortable, family run mountain hotel on this centre-based walking holiday
  • Ideal for solo travellers, friends and couples who would like to share their walking holiday with like-minded people

Holiday itinerary

Day 1. Arrival

19.00: Dinner is served.

This evening we will meet after dinner for the holiday briefing. After a day of travelling this is an evening to meet everyone and settle into your week.

Day 2. The Pilgrim’s Road and Ringebu Stavechurch

Walk details: 8km, 400m ascent

We start our holiday with a gentle introduction: after a short transfer we enjoy a morning walk above the magnificent river valley of Gudbrandsdalen along a section of St Olav’s Pilgrim Road, featured in The Guardian: Nordic Walking: a pilgrim’s route from Oslo to Trondheim. We visit the site of a historic hillfort and hear about St Olav and the origins of Christianity in Norway.

There follows a guided tour to Ringebu Stavechurch, one of Norway’s 28 remaining stavechurches, and a visit to the Prestegard or vicarage with its garden and gallery. The gallery’s summer exhibition features high quality, original work by internationally known Norwegian artists. We return to the hotel by minibus (twenty minutes).

19.00 Dinner is served.

Day 3. Local peak Dynjefjellet, 1151m

Walk details: 12km, 250m ascent and descent

Our start point today is a summer farm with a colourful history. A steady path leads to the summit of Dynjefjellet. 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. Learn about the lives of the wild reindeer that migrated up here as the last ice age ended and the glaciers retreated. People followed the reindeer 6000 years ago and we visit the special features they created to hunt the reindeer.

19.00 Dinner is served.

Day 4. Canyons and waterfalls: Dørfallet and Myfallet

Walk details: 12.5km, 300m ascent and descent

The highlight of today’s hike is the walk to the dramatic Dørfallet and Myfallet canyons and waterfalls. Experience for yourself the powerful forces that carved this landscape.

19.00 Dinner is served.

This evening we aim to offer the Moose Safari as an optional tour.

Day 5. Visit to Maihaugen

 

A change of pace and location today as we visit the excellent Maihaugen living museum in Lillehammer, one of Europe’s largest open-air museums. Curated with care, the museum is home to original houses and farms from different periods of Norwegian history. The creative exhibitions and experiences include walking plays and invitations from ‘locals’ into their homes, each furnished from a particular decade. This is a fascinating and fun day giving a lively insight into Norwegian village, rural and town life throughout the ages.

19.00 Venabu serves its special dinner: ‘A Taste of Norwegian Tradition’.

Day 6. Tour with traditional 'seter' lunch

Walk details: 12km, 270m ascent and descent

Another contrast again today as we walk to our summer farm, Lykkesetra, set in the meadows below Forbundsfjellet. Over a lunch of local, traditional food the farmer will tell stories from lived experience about the history and folklore of summers spent in the mountains. We hear about life on the farm and the hard work of producing the fabled Norwegian delicacy, brown cheese. Time spent at the summer farm was always special, much enjoyed by the farming families and it remains close to the heart of Gundbrandsdalen today.

19.00 Dinner is served.

Day 7. Finnsjøvola

Walk details: 12km, 380m ascent.

Both tranquil and sublime Finnsjøvola offers us an easier yet spectacular day. We ascend steadily through delightful, pine forest to open land and sparkling lakes. There are views of the Rondane massif and east towards Sweden. As we walk and soak up the beautiful scenery, we may be lucky enough to see wild reindeer and the almost mythical cloudberries, ‘the gold of the mountain’.

After the walk we make a cultural visit in Sollia, where our tour ends.

19.00 Dinner is served.

Day 8. Departure day

Departure after breakfast.

Please note that the order of the itinerary may vary to adapt to the weather and the needs of the group.

“Great walks”

“Thank you for the great walks and good guides in this beautiful Norwegian region. I really enjoyed learning about nature!”

Annemarie (The Netherlands)

What’s included

  • 7 nights accommodation in our comfortable mountain hotel
  • Breakfast and evening meals, packed lunches and flasks filled
  • Guided walks on 6 days with our expert guides
  • Entry to Maihaugen
  • Entry and guided tour of Ringebu Stavechurch and vicarage
  • A traditional lunch and storytelling at our summer farm or ‘seter’
  • Transfers to and from Ringebu at the start and end of the trip.
  • All transfers for guiding

Optional extras:

The Peer Gynt Festival

This festival at Gålå, close to Venabu, is one of Norway’s premier outdoor cultural events. The festival celebrates Henrik Ibsen’s work of the same name. We offer a special package for this superb spectacle. The Peer Gynt package can usually be added to the August holiday, please contact us for details.

Moose Safari

In the evening light we explore the forest in the company of a local wildlife expert and tracker to encounter the moose, King of the Forest. We make this an optional tour as we will only run our moose safaris when there is a very good chance of seeing these magnificent animals.

“Lovely”

“Lovely place and wonderful stay. Thank you!”

 

Kim (USA)

You may also enjoy these other hiking holidays at Venabu

Wild Reindeer Country Explorer

Norwegian National Parks Challenge

Autumn Hiking Experience

“Wonderful visit”

“Many, many thanks for yet another wonderful visit to Venabu – our first in Summer/Autumn. Our wonderful trip with Wenche, great company..”

Anne and Chris (UK)

Questions?

Joy O'Flanagan

Head of Guiding

e: joy@venabu.no