Valdresekspressen

Beautiful varied Valdres stretches from the lush and forested valleys in the south to Jotunheimens mighty peaks in the north, which rises more than 2000 meters above sea level. There are only a few regions in Norway that can offer such a varied range of activities throughout all four seasons

Join NOR-WAY Bussekspress for a journey into the impressive Norwegian wilderness via the Valdresekspressen bus route. The Valdresekspressen bus departs daily between Oslo and Årdal and takes you through some of the most beautiful scenery in Norway.

In addition to the daily Valdresekspressen bus route, a seasonal summer route is available between late June and October. This route takes travelers into the spectacular Jotunheimen National Park by way of Valdresflye, one of Norway’s National Scenic Routes.

Jotunheimen National Park, “The Land of Giants”, is home to over 250 peaks towering over 1,900 m.a.s.l.. The park is one of the Norway’s most famous destinations and welcomes tens of thousands of outdoor enthusiasts every year. Once the summer season bus route begins, it will depart daily from Fagernes, one of the main bus stations on the year-round Valdresekspressen route.

Along the Valdresekspressen summer route between Fagernes and Leirvassbu, you will have the opportunity to disembark at any of the bus stops and head out on an adventure in Jotunheimen National Park. Under each bus stop written below, you will find a list of recommended hikes to visit while on your adventure in Jotunheimen National Park. The following information can also be found on the Valdresekspressen Pocket Guide to take with you on your adventure with NOR-WAY Bussekspress.

Bygdin

Hikes: Bitihorn and Rasletinden

Bygdin is the first bus stop you reach upon entering Jotunheimen National Park on the Valdresekspressen bus route. Bygdin is about 12 kilometers north of Beitostølen, and located at the southern point of Valdresflye. The closest, and one of the most popular hiking trails in Jotunheimen, is Bitihorn, which is located just a few hundred meters from the bus stop. For a longer hike, Rasletinden provides a more challenging route found a few kilometers north of the bus stop.

Bitihorn
The hike to the top of Bitihorn is one of Jotunheimen’s most popular trips. The short distance up and the panoramic views from the top are what make this a desirable adventure for those visiting Bygdin and the surrounding area.

For the full trail description and map, check out the adventure on Outtt.

Bitihorn’s Essential Facts:
Distance: 3.2 kilometers out-and-back
Difficulty: Medium
Elevation gain: 550 meters
Estimated Time: 2-4 hours

Rasletinden

Summiting Rasletinden is a challenge but one worth the effort. The views from the top look out over the impressive Valdresflye to the east, Munken to the northwest, and of a variety of glaciers throughout the surrounding mountains.
After reaching the top of Rasletinden, you also have the opportunity descend on a different route by hiking to the north west to the top of Munken, and descending on it’s trail to the northeast. This route will also take you towards Gjendesheim, the next bus stop along Valdresekspressen and another popular trailhead for many other adventures in Jotunheimen National Park.

For the full trail description and map, check out the adventure on Outtt.

Rasletinden’s Essential Facts:
Distance: 15.1 kilometers out-and-back
Difficulty: Medium
Elevation gain: 760 meters
Estimated Time: 5-8 hours


Gjendesheim

Hikes: Munken, Besseggen Ridge, Besshøe, and Knutshøe

Gjendesheim is the second bus stop on the route, following Bygdin. From Gjendesheim, you will have access to most hiking opportunities than any other stop along the Valdresekspressen route. The famous hikes such as: Besseggen Ridge, Besshøe, and Knutshøe can be accessed from Gjendesheim Tourist Lodge, the idyllic accommodation located at the edge of the impressive Gjende Lake.

Besseggen Ridge:
Besseggen Ridge is another one of Norway’s most famous adventures beginning from Gjendesheim and it is very accessible. The hike is a challenging and inspiring trek along the sharp ridge above Gjende Lake. Use the Gjende Lake ferry to transfer you to the other end of the trail and return to Gjendesheim along the ridge, or you can hike from Gjendesheim and return on the ferry. Besseggen Ridge is a “must” when traveling in Jotunheimen National Park.

For the full trail description and map, check out the adventure on Outtt.

Besseggen’s Essential Facts:
Distance: 13.1 kilometers one-way
Difficulty: Demanding
Elevation gain: 1,100 meters
Estimated Time: 7-9 hours

Besshøe:
The hike to Besshøe is one of the popular trails from the famous tourist lodge, Gjendesheim. The trail is quite easy to follow and it is a steady climb along the entire route. Enjoy views of the nearby Besseggen Ridge as you scale the mountain and check out the impressive lakes that are found throughout the “Gjende Alps”.

For the full trail description and map, check out the adventure on Outtt.

Knutshøe:
Knutshøe may not be as famous as the neighboring Besseggen Ridge, but it is still a force to be reckoned with. The climb to the top of the peak is steep and challenging, but worth it for the exquisite views of the beautiful lakes, valleys, and surrounding peaks. Located just south of Gjendesheim, it is another amazing and accessible hike from Valdresekspressen’s bus stop.

For the full trail description and map, check out the adventure on Outtt.

Knutshøe's Essential Facts
Distance: 12.1 kilometers roundtrip
Difficulty: Demanding
Elevation gain: 690 meters
Estimated Time: 8-10 hours

Munken:
Munken is one of the seven summits that offshoots from Mount Kalvehøgde, and it is located on the northeastern part of a spectacular glacier. You can climb and descend Munken along the same route, or you can choose to take an alternate trail on the way down and conquer the nearby peak, Rasletinden, along the way.

For the full trail description and map, check out the adventure on Outtt.

Munken's Essential Facts
Distance: 18.9 kilometers roundtrip
Difficulty: Demanding
Elevation gain: 1,210 meters
Estimated Time: 10-12 hours

Lom

Galdhøpiggen
The easiest way to travel to the trailhead for Norway’s tallest mountain would be disembarking the Valdresekspressen bus in Lom, which is the closest town to the trailhead. From Lom, there is a local bus that travels twice a day to the trailhead at Spiterstulen during the high season. Spiterstulen is a great place to start the hike, as well as stay overnight before or after your adventure.

For the full trail description and map, check out the adventure on Outtt.

Galdhøpiggen’s Essential Facts:
Distance: 5.6 kilometers out-and-back
Difficulty: Demanding
Elevation gain: 1,400 meters
Estimated Time: 6-9 hours

Leirvassbu

Kyrkja
From Leirvassbu Tourist Lodge, follow the marked trail to the top of the impressive spike-shaped peak. Kyrkja is one of the national park’s taller mountains, reaching 2,000 m.a.s.l., and therefore has impressive views of the surrounding landscape. The hike may look daunting from below, but it is manageable for all levels of outdoor enthusiasts.

For the full trail description and map, check out the adventure on Outtt.

Kyrkja’s Essential Facts:
Distance: 4 kilometers
Difficulty: Demanding
Elevation gain: 620 meters
Estimated Time: 3.5 - 5.5 hours

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Valdresekspressen stops at ferry terminals if pre-booked ticket at nor-way.no

Valdresekspressen stop at the ferry terminals at Filipstad (Color Line) and Vippetangen (DFDS and Stena Line) if pre-booking a ticket on nor-way.no or by calling +47 61 36 59 00.

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When fv. 53 Tyin - Årdal is closed will NW160 Valdresekspressen run through Lærdal:

When the road is closed, the departure from Øvre Årdal will be 7:40 and 15:10, and Årdalstangen 08:00 15:30.

When the road is closed to the arrival time at Årdalstangen will be 16:35. and 23:25. and Øvre Årdal 16:55 and 23:40.

Information about road closures can be found at vegvesen.no or phone +47 915 02030

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