Close your eyes and sense the mountains: over 2,000 metre-high summits in a singular landscape decked in blinding white snow, the rays of the low-hanging sun reflecting on the glittering snow, the bluish light. Tranquillity and quiet, and the knowledge that the sunny day can be transformed within moments to threatening stormy weather. This is when you get the feeling that Rondane is a place you must visit. Perhaps it is this feeling that has led so many artists and writers to derive inspiration from Rondane – and maybe this is why people return to Rondane again and again over generations. Like ancient giants the mountains stand at rest on the road that takes you alongside the Rondane national park. Experiencing the slowly changing landscape with its towering mountains is very special – almost magical. Here you must find repose and let your impressions sink in. The bluish light will accompany you on your way. If you have the opportunity, you should stop at the curving Sohlbergplassen viewing platform at Atnsjøen. The atmosphere in Harald Sohlberg’s famous painting from 1914 “Winter's Night in Rondane” is bewitching. The architect wanted to recreate this atmosphere and from Sohlbergplassen you can take in the view of Rondane from the same angle as portrayed in the painting.

History

Norwegian Scenic Route Rondane is a well preserved cultural landscape relating the history of human settlement in such barren areas since the Stone Age. In 1962 Rondane was the first national park to be established in Norway. As a result the mountain roads grew in importance not only for the summer mountain farms, agriculture and transport: they also opened up for a wonderful natural experience.

Experiences

The area is perfect for families who love hiking, and offers easy terrain for children as well as activities that are easily accessible. Here you will find an abundance of tourist cabins and hiking paths that are well signposted without this detracting from the grandeur of the mountains. And the fact that you’re also in one of Norway’s most beautiful areas makes the experience quite unique.

Cycling

The cycle ride starts up on Venabygdsfjellet, from where you can see Mount Muen. After the descent down to the valley, at Enden, it is possible to make a 24-km return trip detour to the old timber church at Sollia. The ride continues from there through the long valley of Atndalen. The best view towards the mountain tops of Rondane is from the Sohlbergplassen viewpoint. The route is relatively easy to cycle both ways and car traffic is moderate.

Along County Road 27 in Folldal, National Cycle Route No. 6 is being planned. The entire route will be running between Røros and Hardanger.

Hiking 

Strømbu on Norwegian Scenic Route Rondane is a perfect starting point for a number of hikes in Rondane National Park. The trail in to the tourist lodge at Bjørnhollia is a nice walk through birch woods and pine flatlands. Along the way you will have great views towards the majestic peaks of Rondane. After spending the night at Bjørnhollia you can explore the sheltered valley of Skjerdalen. If you would like a multi-day hike, you can proceed to Rondvassbu and Dørålseter before returning to Strømbu. The walk from Strømbu to Høgronden is a nice but demanding day hike. From the top of Høgronden there are magnificent views of Rondslottet, Storronden and Atndalen.

There are also great mountain hikes outside of the National Park. At the south end of the scenic route is the characteristic peak of Muen on Mount Venabygdsfjellet. In the northeast part of Rondane, towards Folldal, you find Fallet at the entrance to the scenic valley of Grimsdalen. From Gamle Grimsa Bridge you can take a nice and easy hike in to Fallfossen waterfall.

You will find more great roadside hikes in the Outtt hiking guide.

Norwegian Scenic Route Rondane runs from Venabygdsfjellet to Folldal, and from Sollia Church to Enden, a total distance of 75 km (Road 27/219). It is open to traffic throughout the year. The stretch linking the tourist route and Euroroute 6 in Gudbrandsdalen (Frya) may be closed over Ringebufjellet for short periods in winter when the weather is bad.

 In the menu below you will find useful links that we hope will be helpful. For more tourist information, please contact local and regional tourist agents.

Travelling by electric car? Map of EV charging points in Rondane.

Traffic and road information - Telephone +47 815 48 991.
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GPS: Venabygdsfjellet 61.682254, 10.125546 -
Folldal 62.129999, 9.999286.
Sollia kirke 61.78265, 10.408634 -
Enden 61.786193, 10.229194

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