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Point to Point Trail Adventure in Rondane National Park (Norway)

Mountain runs between comfortable lodges in Rondane National Park with beautiful views and a day of e-biking

  • Guided
  • Medium-Hard
  • From £/person
  • Aug-Sep, 8 days/7 nights
  • Adults, Groups, Solo

Highlights:

  • Runs for swims, waffles and views!
  • Stunning mountain scenery
  • Mountain biking and outdoor skills complement the runs
  • Just 3 hours by train from Oslo
  • Run point-to-point between local accommodation
  • Optional whitewater rafting for extra adventure

Description »

A running holiday with spectacular scenery easily accessible from Oslo

Rondane National Park, located in central Norway just 3 hours by train from Oslo and Norway's oldest National Park, offers a wonderful playground for lovers of fresh air, beautiful mountian scenery and comfortable, welcoming traditional accommodation.

Popular as a hiking destination in summer and for its excellent cross country skiing in winter, Rondane also the perfect location for a mountain running holiday.

Running in Rondane, Norway

Spectacular scenery and wide open spaces in Rondane. Photo: MON

Running for views, swims and waffles

This tour takes you through some of Norway's most beautiful scenery, with a varied mix of running tours, from peak runs rewarding you with majestic views from the summit, valley runs to crashing waterfalls, and even a run for waffles!

Interspersed with the daily runs are a host of other activities to provide extra variety and allow you time to recoup your energy – the week includes a half-day tour with electric mountain bikes, an afternoon introduction to outdoor skills such as fire making and foraging and an optional whitewater rafting trip to end the week.

Peer Gynt Cabin, Rondane, Norway

Optional whitewater rafting adds to the adventure. Photo: MON

Comfortable accommodation, all meals and luggage transfers included

Along the way you will be staying at a series of cosy local mountain lodges, all with their own character and charm. Hot tubs, spas and swimming pools are available at some of the overnights to get those tired legs back into shape for the next day's adventure!

Your main luggage will be transferred between the overnight locations, meaning you need to take with you only what you need during the day – a packed lunch, water, and some extra layers.

Whitewater Rafting, Rondane, Norway

The Peer Gynt cabin – serving delicious waffles! Photo: MON

Fixed dates tours or private tours on custom dates

Fixed date tours are suitable for solo travellers or guests travelling with one or more companions. Prices are based on 2 persons sharing. Please see under “Prices” for details of single supplement if solo traveller or requiring single occupancy.

For fixed date tours, you should at minimum be able to run 10-20km/day in mixed terrain and weather conditions. Terrain varies from steep, rocky mountain paths to flatter forest tracks.

For private tours, a greater degree of flexibility to vary level of challenge is possible.

Itinerary »

Day 1: Arrival

Summary: Arrival to Otta train station for transfer to your accommodation. Accommodation: Fagerli Nature Lodge.

Travel by train to Oslo to Otta, from where transfers are included (approx. 25 mins) to your accommodation.

From Oslo Gardermoen (OSL) airport, there are regular connections departing 09.59 arriving Otta 13.27, 14.29 arriving 17.34 or 16.29 arriving 19.40 (timings and services may vary depending on dates).

If staying in Oslo city, travel from Oslo S (Oslo central station) rather than the airport.

Full travel details will be sent on booking.

If you have time and energy after your trip, you're welcome to do a short self-guided walk or run in the afternoon:

  • To the mountain pasture at Fagerli (total 4km).
  • To Fagerlifossen waterfall (total 1.5km).

At 19.00 the group will assemble for dinner and an introductory welcome meeting with your guide.

Your accomodation tonight is an old farmhouse from the 18th century, now given a new lease of life as a nature lodge.

Day 2: A Run With A View (Vardhøe viewpoint)

Summary: Distance: 12km; Height gain: 650m; Time: 4-5 hours; Accommodation: Øigardseter (luggage transferred).

Today you're aiming for the viewpoint at Vardhøe, distance approx. 12km, height gain 650m. The run should take around 4-5 hours.

Following a leisurely breakfast (available 08.00-09.30), get ready for your run! Make a packed lunch from the breakfast buffet to sustain you during the day.

Please ensure you pack your luggage, taking with you only what you can run with for the day, and be ready to start from the lodge at 10.00. You'll be out until around 15.00, when you reach your next accommodation.

Today's route takes you along the historic Skogsetrin trail via Storrusten.

Reaching the viewpoint at Vardhøe, you can see down to the mountain village of Høvringen and the area you'll be exploring in the coming days.

You continue your run towards Øigardseter, your accommodation for the night, a lovely mountain lodge offering hotel-standard accommodation on the border of the Rondane National Park.

There's chance to relax (or a walk if you still have energy to burn!) before dinner at 19.00.

Day 3: A Run With A Swim (Lake Harrtjern)

Summary: Distance: 15km; Height gain: 480m; Time: 3-4 hours; Accommodation: Puttenseter (luggage transferred).

Today you will be covering around 15km with a height gain of 480m (estimated time 3-4 hours) as you run to Lake Harrtjern, a beautiful mountain lake ideal for a “refreshing”(!) dip, and on to tonight's accommodation at Puttenseter.

08.00-09.30: Breakfast. As before, please make packed lunch from the breakfast buffet, have your luggage packed and be ready to start by 10.00.

Your run begins over the peak of Anaripigg and to the lake, before continuing to reach Puttenseter around 14.00.

As it's a relatively short outing today, the day's activities are not over yet! In the afternoon, you will have an introduction to Norwegian outdoor living, with instruction and advice on camping, making a campfire, outdoor cooking and foraging foods from the nature around you.

Day 4: E-biking, Foraging and Fishing

Summary: Distance: 12km; Height gain: 460m; Time: 3-4 hours; Accommodation: Smuksj&olash;seter (luggage transferred).

A break from running today! After breakfast 08.00-09.30, you meet at 10.00 as normal, this time taking to electric mountain bikes towards your next accommodation at Smuksj&olash;seter.

Total distance today is around 12km with 460m of height gain, with the bike tour taking 3-4 hours.

Your route will take you via Kampen, including an optional ascent to the viewpoint at Kampen at Formokampen.

You have a challenge to complete during your trip, using your knowledge from the course the day before – to collect three types of edible plants or berries for tonight's dinner!

You finish e-biking around 13.00, arriving at Smuksj&olash;seter, a family-run mountain lodge, where your fishing guide will meet you with gear to try your hand at mountain trout fishing in the lake of H&olash;vringsvatnet.

Tonight's dinner at 18.00 is cooked outdoors over open fire – hopefully using the fish you have caught from the lake and the foods collected during your bike tour.

A perfect end to the day is a soak in the outdoor hot tub at the lodge, enjoying the long evening light and beautiful views.

Day 5: Peak Run to Bråkdalsbelgen

Summary: Distance: 17km; Height gain: 880m; Time: 5-6 hours; Accommodation: Smuksj&olash;seter.

Breakfast 08.00-09.30 and meeting at 10.00 – it's back to running today! You don't need to pack your main luggage today, as you will return to the lodge for a second night.

You'll be running/hiking to Bråkdalsbelgen, a stunning viewpoint and one of the principal peaks of Rondane National Park, returning to the lodge at Smuksj&olash;seter around 16.00.

Total distance today is around 17km with a height gain of 880m. Today's trip should take around 5-6 hours.

The afternoon is an opportunity to take it easy and soak up the mountain surroundings, or of course there are always self-guided runs or walks available!

Dinner is served at 19.00.

Day 6: Waffle Run and the Peer Gynt Cabin

Summary: Distance: 15km; Height gain: 150m; Time: 3-4 hours; Accommodation: Rondane H&olash;yfjellshotell (luggage transferred).

Breakfast 08.00-09.30, meet at 10.00. You'll be moving on again today, so pack your main luggage for transfer!

A lovely varied run today, distance around 15km, height gain 150m, taking around 3-4 hours.

From wide mountain views above the tree line, to the forested valleys of the river Ula dotted with waterfalls, today is a today to really enjoy the beauty of the Rondane area.

Every runner needs a treat as reward for all your hard work, and at the halfway point you find the Peer Gynt cabin, serving, according to locals, the world's most delicious waffles! You will have a chance to judge for yourself and decide! (additional cost for waffles payable locally).

Around 14.00 you reach Rondane H&olash;yfjellshotell, your accommodation for the night, a traditional mountain hotel which offers facilities including swimming pool and, if you have some tired muscles which need soothing, spa treatments (additional cost payable locally if you would like treatments).

Dinner at 19.00.

Day 7: Waterfall Run to Brudesl&olash;ret (with optional whitewater rafting)

Summary: Distance: 8.5km; Height gain: 190m; Time: 2.5-4 hours; Accommodation: Rondane H&olash;yfjellshotell.

Breakfast 08.00-09.30 and meet at 10.00. You will be returning to Rondane H&olash;yfjellshotell tonight, so there's no need to pack your main luggage.

After the challenges of the previous days, you'll take things a little easier today for your last day of running, covering 8.5km with a height gain of 190m, taking around 2.5-4 hours depending on options chosen.

From the hotel, you run to the beautiful waterfall at Brudesl&olash;ret. If you have energy to spare, there's the option to return home via a viewpoint at Gråh&olash;e.

Returning around 12.30 or a little later, you can either choose to relax for the afternoon or take self-guided trips from the hotel, or for thrill seekers, choose a whitewater rafting trip as optional extra.

Norway is a wonderful destination for whitewater rafting on the river Sjoa, and this provides a wonderful way to round off your week in the Rondane mountains.

Day 8: Departure

Summary: Transfer to Otta train station for departure.

Breakfast 08.00-09.30 followed by departure.

Transfers are included (approx. 20 mins) to Otta train station for onward travel.

Train connections to Oslo Airport normally leave 11.29 arriving 14.32 or 16.27 arriving 19.33.

Dates»

Dates 2020

Fixed dates:

  • 16.08-23.08.20
  • 06.09-13.09.20

These tour dates are open to anyone fulfilling the running ability requirements (min. age 16). Total minimum 4 persons required for tours to be guaranteed to run.

Custom tour dates for groups:

Private tours for groups are also possible on dates by arrangement between July and September, offered at standard prices based on min. group size 4 persons. Please contact us to discuss your requirements.

Prices»

Prices 2020

Standard Prices  
Per person (group size 6-10 persons)GBP EUR
Per person (group size 4-5 persons)GBP EUR
Single SupplementGBP EUR
Optional Extras (see description below)  
Whitewater rafting activity Day 7GBP EUR
  • Whitewater rafting: An optional activity for the afternoon of Day 7, for extra adventure and variety to the week. See under "Itinerary" for details. Includes local transfers and all necessary equipment.

What's Included »

Included

Accommodation and Meals:

7 nights' accommodation in twin/double rooms incl. half-board (breakfast and dinner) + self-made packed lunches.

Activities, guiding and equipment:

  • Guided runs and activities as per itinerary.
  • Hire of electric bikes (Day 4).
  • Map and information with suggestions for self-guided runs and walks during free time.

Transfers:

  • Local transfers to and from Otta train station in connection with arrival/departure.
  • Luggage transfers for days moving between accommodation locations.

Not Included

  • Travel: We do not arrange flights or domestic travel, but are happy to advise on suitable connections and assist you with any aspect of planning your journey. See under "Getting There" for general travel information.
  • Optional whitewater rafting activity (Day 7).
  • Spa treatments (available to book locally as per itinerary).
  • Waffles at Peer Gynt Cabin (Day 6).
  • Drinks (available to purchase locally).

Good To Know »

Required

Health requirements/experience:

For fixed date tours, you should at minimum be able to run to 10-20km per day in steep/rocky terrain (shorter distances) or flatter terrain (longer distances) at min. average speed of 6 mins/km (depending on terrain).

Height gain/day between 150m-880m. Terrain varies from steep, rocky mountain paths to flatter forest tracks.

For private tours, a greater degree of flexibility to vary level of challenge is possible.

What makes this "Medium-Hard"?

As with any mountain environment, weather and temperature conditions can change quickly. The terrain is hilly with some significant height gains on some days, and the trails rocky and uneven.

Accommodation during the tour is comfortable standard, with a varied itinerary during the week to break up the most challenging components.

NB: Perception of difficulty is very subjective. What is hard to one person may be easy for another and vice versa, depending on factors including level of fitness, age and previous experience. Weather conditions/temperatures can also dramatically affect the actual level of challenge encountered.

Equipment/clothes needed:

For information on any equipment and/or clothing included as standard for this experience, please see under "What's Included".

A detailed recommended packing list for personal items to bring will be sent with your booking documentation.

NB: We advise you not to buy equipment or clothes for your trip or to incur other non-refundable expenses such as flights until you have received confirmation of your booking from us in writing. Note of course that the most appropriate clothing to use as well as the level of challenge experienced during any outdoor activity may vary significantly depending on factors such as the time of year and the particular weather/temperature conditions during your trip.

Preparing for your trip:

For further reading, we also have a number of general information articles to get you ready for your trip, covering a wide variety of topics from what to do on a city break before/after your tour, advice on packing, eyewear for winter and considerations for female travellers.

Minimum number:

A total of minimum 4 persons are required for fixed-date tours to be guaranteed to run. You are of course welcome to book as a solo traveller.

Groups

Max. group size 12 persons.

Eco Info

This provider has a written ecotourism policy.

Getting There »

Getting There

See below for a summary of travel options. To learn more about how to travel to this experience, please get in touch!

Detailed information on travel will be provided in response to your enquiry. We are happy to advise on suitable connections and assist you with any aspect of planning your journey.

NB: Please ensure that you make a booking with us first and wait for confirmation that your spaces are reserved before making any travel arrangements.

Travel Summary:

By Air:

Fly to Oslo for train (3-3.5 hours to Otta, from where transfer (approx. 25 mins) is included.

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