Mjølkevegen: North Route (7-days)

Mjølkevegen has been voted one of the most attractive cycling routes in Norway. This route will give you our higlights of what the Valdres region has to offer in a week on a bicycle.

Mjølkevegen- the Milky Way- has been voted one of the most attractive cycling routes in Norway. The entire official route is between Vinstra and Gol and stretches a total of 250 km. For our route we have focused on a 7-day trip on a 200 km long route from Lemonsjø to Beitostølen. This route is perfect for those in average shape and who already posses some cycling experience. This route will give you everything the Valdres region has to offer. It takes you through beautiful mountain and traditional farming landscapes, such as the Jotunheimvegen in the East and Stølsvidda in the West, where you will get acquainted with many of our four legged friends such as sheep, cows and goats. You should also keep an eye out for reindeer grazing in some wilder areas.

You will cycle along enchanting rivers and mountain lakes, mainly on gravel roads, with occasional short legs along the main roads. The route covers some of the best highlights in the region, including the boat trip across Bygdin with M/B Bitihorn. The average time per leg is set to 4-5 hours, but some legs are shorter so you will also have time for some hiking opportunities along the way; Synshorn and Bitihorn are popular hikes and on clear days you can see far into the Fjellheim (mountain landscape). You will spend the last night in Beitostølen, a lively and charming mountain village. Here you can get a taste of Norwegian village life and go out to bars, restaurants or you might even catch a nice concert.

Luggage transportation:

  • From Lemonsjø to Bygdin
  • From Bygdin to Tyinholmen
  • From Tyinholmen to Beitostølen

Transfer:

  • Bus transportation round-trip from Oslo to start and end of tour available included
  • Transportation from end of route to start included
  • Transfers during route included

Meal plan:

  • Hiking Board: Breakfast, Lunch to go & Dinner

Accommodation:

  • Day: 1 - Lemonsjøen Fjellstue
  • Day: 2 - Ruten Fjellstue
  • Day: 3 - Bygdin Høifieldshotell
  • Day: 4 - Tyinholmen Høyfjellsstuer
  • Day: 5 - Tyin Filefjellstuene
  • Day: 6 - Radisson BLU Mountain Resort Beitostølen

Agenda day 1:

  • Bus: (Nor-Way) Beitostølen - Lemonsjøen 14:35 → 15:54

    Ride with Valdresekspressen!

    Enjoy the scenic journey from Oslo to the Valdres Region. After leaving the bustle of the capital you will soon find yourself on countryside roads passing through small towns and surrounded by lakes and fields. As you get further into the country, you will see the mountains in the distance and before you know you’ll find yourself climbing the steep roads that take you straight into the national park. The coach has adjustable seats, free WiFi, outlets with USB charging ports and toilet facilities on board.

  • Accommodation: Lemonsjøen Fjellstue

    Lemonsjø Mountain Lodge is a typical little cabin in Jotunheimen National Park. It is located next to Lemonsjø Lake. Many popular trails run via Lemonsjø and the friendly hosts accommodate both hikers and cyclists during the popular summer months.

  • Lemonsjø Fjellstue og Hyttegrend ©Lemonsjø
    Lemonsjø Fjellstue og Hyttegrend ©Lemonsjø
    Lemonsjø Fjellstue og Hyttegrend ©Lemonsjø
    Lemonsjø Fjellstue og Hyttegrend ©Lemonsjø
    Lemonsjø Fjellstue og Hyttegrend ©Lemonsjø
    Lemonsjø Fjellstue og Hyttegrend ©Lemonsjø
    Lemonsjø Fjellstue og Hyttegrend ©Lemonsjø
    Lemonsjø Fjellstue og Hyttegrend ©Lemonsjø
    Lemonsjø Fjellstue og Hyttegrend ©Lemonsjø
    Lemonsjø Fjellstue og Hyttegrend ©Lemonsjø

Agenda day 2:

  • Cycling: Lemonsjøen → Ruten

    Difficulty: Moderate
    Time: 3-6 hour(s)
    Distance: 59 kilometers
    Ascent height: 750 meters
    Descent height: 730 meters

    Travel on gravel road through Murudalen and along several mesmerising rivers such as the river Sjoa, and the river Muru with its impressive twists and turns. Around halfway there will be a steep descent that takes you back down towards the river and past the Lake Slangen, around Lake Olstappen. During summer you might run into goats and other farm animals grazing in the area. For the last stage up to Ruten fjellstue you can either follow the main road or alternatively try the little yet more strenuous path through nature along the river Espa.

  • Lemonsjøen – Ruten – Mjølkevegen – Petter Olsen (1)
    Lemonsjøen – Ruten – Mjølkevegen – Petter Olsen (1)
    Lemonsjøen – Ruten – Mjølkevegen – Petter Olsen (2)
    Lemonsjøen – Ruten – Mjølkevegen – Petter Olsen (2)
    Lemonsjøen – Ruten – Mjølkevegen – Petter Olsen (3)
    Lemonsjøen – Ruten – Mjølkevegen – Petter Olsen (3)
    Lemonsjøen – Ruten – Mjølkevegen – Petter Olsen (4)
    Lemonsjøen – Ruten – Mjølkevegen – Petter Olsen (4)
    Lemonsjøen – Ruten – Mjølkevegen – Petter Olsen (5)
    Lemonsjøen – Ruten – Mjølkevegen – Petter Olsen (5)
  • Accommodation: Ruten Fjellstue

    Ruten Mountain Lodge lies in Gudbrandsdalen, one of the most iconic valleys in Norway. You'll find the lodegs in the Espedalen valley, next to Bjørnsonvegen. This area also goes by the name of Elgland because one of Europe's largest moose herds cross here.

  • Ruten Fjellstue utendørs sommer og høst – By Arthur Bredli (1)
    Ruten Fjellstue utendørs sommer og høst – By Arthur Bredli (1)
    Ruten Fjellstue utendørs sommer og høst – By Arthur Bredli (2)
    Ruten Fjellstue utendørs sommer og høst – By Arthur Bredli (2)
    Ruten Fjellstue utendørs sommer og høst – By Arthur Bredli (3)
    Ruten Fjellstue utendørs sommer og høst – By Arthur Bredli (3)
    Ruten Fjellstue utendørs sommer og høst – By Arthur Bredli (4)
    Ruten Fjellstue utendørs sommer og høst – By Arthur Bredli (4)
    Ruten Fjellstue utendørs sommer og høst – By Arthur Bredli (5)
    Ruten Fjellstue utendørs sommer og høst – By Arthur Bredli (5)
    Ruten Fjellstue utendørs sommer og høst – By Arthur Bredli (6)
    Ruten Fjellstue utendørs sommer og høst – By Arthur Bredli (6)

Agenda day 3:

  • Cycling: Jotunheimvegen (Ruten Fjellstue → Bygdin Høyfjellshotell)

    Difficulty: Challenging
    Time: 4-5 hour(s)
    Distance: 63 kilometers
    Ascent height: 870 meters
    Descent height: 690 meters

    Follow the idyllic Jotunheimvegen through beautiful nature and farming landscape. Keep an eye out for reindeer grazing in the area. The route follows the shore along the Vinstrevatn where you will most likely meet cows, sheep and goats grazing freely in the area. Here you get close to the mountain farm life, which is an important part of the Valdres culture. Further on you will see some spectacular mountains and also have hiking opportunities along the way; such as Synshorn and Bitihorn

  • Ruten – Bygdin – Jotunheimvegen – Yngve Ask – Mjølkevegen (1)
    Ruten – Bygdin – Jotunheimvegen – Yngve Ask – Mjølkevegen (1)
    Ruten – Bygdin – Jotunheimvegen – Yngve Ask – Mjølkevegen (2)
    Ruten – Bygdin – Jotunheimvegen – Yngve Ask – Mjølkevegen (2)
    Ruten – Bygdin – Jotunheimvegen – Yngve Ask – Mjølkevegen (3)
    Ruten – Bygdin – Jotunheimvegen – Yngve Ask – Mjølkevegen (3)
    Ruten – Bygdin – Jotunheimvegen – Yngve Ask – Mjølkevegen (4)
    Ruten – Bygdin – Jotunheimvegen – Yngve Ask – Mjølkevegen (4)
    Ruten – Bygdin – Jotunheimvegen – Yngve Ask – Mjølkevegen (5)
    Ruten – Bygdin – Jotunheimvegen – Yngve Ask – Mjølkevegen (5)
    Ruten – Bygdin – Jotunheimvegen – Yngve Ask – Mjølkevegen (6)
    Ruten – Bygdin – Jotunheimvegen – Yngve Ask – Mjølkevegen (6)
  • Accommodation: Bygdin Høifieldshotell

    Bygdin Fjellhotel is situated south of Jotunheimen, near the inlake "Bygdin" in an altitude of 3910 ft. It is 12km north of Beitostolen and 22 km from Bessenggen. The mainroad 51 over Valdresflya passes the hotel. The Hotel was built in 1912, and in 1955 and 1965 extensions were added on. The hotel has an old-fashioned warm style,which has been maintained throughout the entire building. Bygdin Fjellhotel is situated at the boarder of Jotunheimen National Park, with a view to fantastic scenery over the mountains with peaks up to 6900ft.

  • ©Bygdin Hotel
    ©Bygdin Hotel
    ©Bygdin Hotel
    ©Bygdin Hotel
    Sommer mot vannet – Bygdin Hotel
    Sommer mot vannet – Bygdin Hotel
    Bygdin Hotel
    Bygdin Hotel
    Sommer hotellet ©Bygdin Hotel
    Sommer hotellet ©Bygdin Hotel
    Bygdin Hotel
    Bygdin Hotel

Agenda day 4:

  • Cruise: (M/B Bitihorn) Bygdin → Eidsbugarden: 09:05 → 10:50

    Cruise on the lake Bygdin with M/B Bitihorn. Between Bygdin and Eidsbugarden.

  • The ferry Bitihorn on the lake Bygdin taken from Eidsbugarden and Fondsbu
    The ferry Bitihorn on the lake Bygdin taken from Eidsbugarden and Fondsbu
    The ferry Bitihorn on the lake Bygdin taken from Eidsbugarden and Fondsbu
    The ferry Bitihorn on the lake Bygdin taken from Eidsbugarden and Fondsbu
    The ferry Bitihorn on the lake Bygdin taken from Eidsbugarden and Fondsbu
    The ferry Bitihorn on the lake Bygdin taken from Eidsbugarden and Fondsbu
    The ferry Bitihorn on the lake Bygdin taken from Eidsbugarden and Fondsbu
    The ferry Bitihorn on the lake Bygdin taken from Eidsbugarden and Fondsbu
    The ferry Bitihorn on the lake Bygdin taken from Eidsbugarden and Fondsbu
    The ferry Bitihorn on the lake Bygdin taken from Eidsbugarden and Fondsbu
    The ferry Bitihorn on the lake Bygdin taken from Eidsbugarden and Fondsbu
    The ferry Bitihorn on the lake Bygdin taken from Eidsbugarden and Fondsbu
  • Cycling: Eidsbugarden → Tyinholmen

    Difficulty: Easy
    Time: 1 hour(s)
    Distance: 3 kilometers
    Ascent height: 220 meters

    Cycle from Eidsbugarden up to Tyinholmen just a few km away. There’s still enough time left of the afternoon to take a side trip on your bicycle into the Koldedalen Valley with a phenomenal view towards the legendary mountain of Falketind or hike up to "Utsikten", the mountain named “View”.

  • Accommodation: Tyinholmen Høyfjellsstuer

    Tyinholmen is one of the most traditional places in Jotunheimen. Since it's opening in 1892 it has served as an excellent starting point to discover Jotunheimen. It lies at the North end of the Tyin Lake.

  • Tyinholmen (3)
    Tyinholmen (3)
    Tyinholmen (1a)
    Tyinholmen (1a)
    Tyinholmen (5a)
    Tyinholmen (5a)
    Tyinholmen (2a)
    Tyinholmen (2a)
    Tyinholmen (4a)
    Tyinholmen (4a)

Agenda day 5:

  • Cycling: Tyinholmen → Filefjellstuene

    Difficulty: Challenging
    Time: 1-3 hour(s)
    Distance: 20 kilometers
    Ascent height: 80 meters
    Descent height: 280 meters

    Cycle on gravel road along the magnificent Tyin Lake down to Tyinkrysset and then Filefjellstuene. This scenic lower mountain landscape is very peaceful with the occasional sheep field on the side of the road. Notice the drastic difference in scenery from the previous legs. Tyinkrysset is an important crossing in this region; the West-road will take you to Lærdal and the East-road will take you to Vangsmjøse and eventually Fagernes. You will follow the road going South until you reach the charming Filefjellstuene, a family run accommodation which lies right in the centre of the Tyin-Filefjell area.

  • Tyin
    Tyin
    Tyin
    Tyin
    Tyin
    Tyin
    Tyin
    Tyin
  • Accommodation: Tyin Filefjellstuene

    Filefjellstuene is located in amid beautiful surroundings, in the heart of Tyin/Filefjell. It is a lively place both during summer and winter as there a re loads of activities to do here such as ski touring, cross country skiing, alpine skiing, and trekking. Welcome

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Agenda day 6:

  • Cycling: Filefjellstuene → Beitostølen

    Difficulty: Difficult
    Time: 5-8 hour(s)
    Distance: 65 kilometers
    Ascent height: 987 meters
    Descent height: 996 meters

    This is the toughest leg of Mjølkevegen, mostly on gravel road. It takes you to the historical Kongevegen (King’s Road), and past Sputrefossen waterfall. You will face a tough ascent to the highest point of the road on the Slettefjell mountain plateau. It is not too long, but it is steep! On the top of Slettefjell, you are at 1315 m.a.s.l. Cycle down towards the mountain farm Mugnestølen and continue along Slettefjellvegen via Lykkja to Beitostølen. Beitostølen is a lively and charming mountain village. Here you can get a taste of Norwegian mountain life and go out to bars, restaurants or even catch a concert.

  • Slettefjell – Mjølkevegen – Yngve Ask (1)
    Slettefjell – Mjølkevegen – Yngve Ask (1)
    Slettefjell – Mjølkevegen – Yngve Ask (2)
    Slettefjell – Mjølkevegen – Yngve Ask (2)
    Slettefjell – Mjølkevegen – Yngve Ask (3)
    Slettefjell – Mjølkevegen – Yngve Ask (3)
    Slettefjell – Mjølkevegen – Yngve Ask (4)
    Slettefjell – Mjølkevegen – Yngve Ask (4)
    Slettefjell – Mjølkevegen – Yngve Ask (5)
    Slettefjell – Mjølkevegen – Yngve Ask (5)
    Slettefjell – Mjølkevegen – Yngve Ask (6)
    Slettefjell – Mjølkevegen – Yngve Ask (6)
  • Accommodation: Radisson BLU Mountain Resort Beitostølen

    A traditional first-class full service resort situated at the bottom of the slopes in the centre of Beitostølen.

  • Radisson BLU Beitostølen (1)
    Radisson BLU Beitostølen (1)
    Radisson BLU Beitostølen (1)
    Radisson BLU Beitostølen (1)
    Radisson BLU Beitostølen (2)
    Radisson BLU Beitostølen (2)
    Radisson BLU Beitostølen (3)
    Radisson BLU Beitostølen (3)
    Radisson BLU Beitostølen (4)
    Radisson BLU Beitostølen (4)
    Radisson BLU Beitostølen (5)
    Radisson BLU Beitostølen (5)

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