from the hilly woodlands of begnadalen and vassfaret in the south, to the snowcapped mountains of jotunheimen in the north – valdres can offer some of the most rewarding hiking in fjellnorway. whether you are looking for hikes suitable for children, legendary hikes such as besseggen or bukkelæ gret, 2000-meter summits, or want to spend from one hour walking to a whole day, valdres is your natural choice. enjoy the fresh and clean air, stunning views and a healthy form of exercise – and best of all – it’s for free. TOP 30 & CULTURAL WALKS To make it easier for you to choose among the countless options, we recommend our selection of 30 family friendly walks all over Valdres. They are marked, easily accessible and most of them are suitable for baby carriers. Even the smallest feet can accomplish some of the walks by themselves, while others are a little more demanding. Visit us at www.valdres.com/hiking or stop by the Tourist Information for brochures, maps and recommendations.
PEAK BAGGING Are you collecting 2000-meter summits in Norway? Not only are about 20–30 of them located in Valdres, but Valdres is also a very good starting point for climbing many more. So why not choose Valdres as a ”base camp” for your summit hunt?
THE KINGS ROAD TO BERGEN The Kings Road, between Oslo and Bergen, was built through Valdres in the end of the 1700s. This used to be the most important route between East and West. Today, many parts of this historic road have become popular cultural trails, on foot or on bicycle. Well marked trails are over Tonsåsen, at Kvamskleiva in Vang and from Kyrkjestølen (Filefjell) to Maristova. An old milestone from 1687 can be seen at Grihamar in Vang, and there are many other milestones from the 1800s along road E16. BEACON WALKS Open fires on mountain tops were in ancient times used as a warning system for trouble and war. In the Middle Ages war beacons were used all over Europe, and similar customs are known from Japan, Australia, North and South America and Africa. Around 950 AD King Håkon the Good built war beacons in Norway, and of a total of 770 about 20 are preserved today, six in Valdres: Langeberget at Reinli, Vardeberget at Aurdal, Ryeberget at Svennes, Olberg at Slidre, Kvithøvd at Volbu and Hugakøllen at Vang. You can get a free beacon card at the Tourist Offices, or in the information boxes at the beacon locations. If you collect stamps at all 6 beacon points, you will receive a beacon guard diploma.
The official tourism guide to the Valdres region, located in the mountain area of southern Norway. www.valdres.com