An easy walk towards the climb
One crystal clear morning in August, we set out from the large trekking association cabin, Snøheim, which re-opened in 2012. The mountain plateau is bathed in sunlight, but a strict wind tells us to keep our warm clothes on. We follow the markings towards Stortoppen, and after wandering along easy scree for a while, we embark on the steep climb. On our way up the scree, we can't help thinking about how classic Dovrefjell actually is. The spectacular picturesque nature is the very foundation of Norway, with rare flora, the Arctic fox, musk ox and wild reindeer. Here is the pilgrim path, the king’s road and home to myths, the saga of the kings and Ibsen’s and Grieg’s ‘Dovregubben’. In the midst of it all, we feel how powerful the mountain is.
Peaking after the peak
800 metres of climbing later, we finally find ourselves standing at the top, with an incredible 360 degree view. Luckily, we decide to follow the host at Snøheim, Kjell Hjellødegård’s advice: Walk the extra 20 minutes across to Midttoppen. And we’re glad we did! Midttoppen offers an even grander view, from all sides. This is where the mountain ridge grows narrower, giving it an airy feeling. The view further on towards Hettpiggen and the rest of the Snøhetta traverse is both fascinating and intimidating, but we will have to leave that for another time, as it required climbing experience and proper equipment.
Where: Snøhetta (2286 moh) Dovrefjell- Sunndalsfjella National park
Access: Park by Hjerkinnhus. Take the bus to Snøheim. Follow narked trails to Stortoppen.
Length: 5–7 timer roun trip. 6km one way. Ascent: 800 meters