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We all know Norway as the land of beautiful nature, impressive fjords and diverse landscapes. And what is the best way to fully experience this nature? A multi-day hike, of course! Just a 2-hour drive from Trondheim you will find the starting point of the Trollheimen Triangle Route. This trek takes you past vast plains, white snowfields, clear mountain lakes and three cultural mountain huts. Suitable for hikers ages 10/12 and up, this trek allows you to hike for miles without encountering anything or anyone.

Norwegian culture embraces hiking and many families traditionally go out every Sunday for a brisk walk. As a result, Norway has a well-developed hiking network of thousands of miles of trails. In addition, over 550 log cabins blend beautifully into Norwegian nature, and together this makes for a unique experience of nature and culture. The Trollheim Triangle Route leads you through the Trollheim mountain range, known as Norway's most beautiful ridge due to its wide variety of nature. Are you curious about what Norway has to offer? Then quickly pack your backpack and join the adventure!

What and where is the Trollheimen Triangle Route?

The Trollheimen Triangle Route can be found in the middle of Norway, 400 kilometers north of Oslo. This 58.6-kilometer trek is one of two classic routes in Trollheimen National Park and is put away as one of Norway's most beautiful treks. In three days you walk from hut to hut while fully enjoying the vast landscapes and diverse nature. The hike didn't get this name for nothing, as you walk in an almost perfect triangle, thus ending up back at the starting point. The long distances, combined with some steep ascents, ensure that you will be on the road all day in this breathtaking environment. In total, you cover more than 4,000 altimeters, and even 7,000 altimeters if you also climb the Snota.

But why is this particular trek known as one of the most beautiful in Norway? It is because Trollheimen National Park separates Norway's coastal and terrestrial climates. The result is diverse landscape formations that are home to different types of flora and fauna. The landscape has been shaped by glaciers and the Norwegians who have lived here for centuries, some of whose farmers continue their work to this day. Indeed, Trollheimen offers ideal grazing land for cattle, goats, sheep and reindeer. Due to the different climates, you will find quiet hills in the east of the National Park, and a rugged and less accessible mountain range in the west.

What and where is the Trollheimen Triangle Route?

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Is the Trollheimen Triangle Route what for me?

We can recommend everyone to go to Norway for a hiking trip. But is the Trollheimen Triangle Route the best option for you? The route is completely unique and differs slightly from the usual hut-trekking as you find for example in the Alps and the Dolomites. You should expect long days but this is not because the trails are technical. The distances are long, averaging 20 km per day, and you will encounter some tough ascents. If you are in good shape, you will have a nice day's work to do here. At night, you'll sleep in historic log cabins that look more like simple hostels compared to other European hut tours.

Want to take the whole family on a hike? This trek is a good option for children 10 or 12 years and older. However, because the distances are long, it is not unnecessary to already have some hiking experience.

In short, are you looking for a trip where you spend whole days on the road, rarely meet other people, find no huts or restaurants along the way, and stay in cozy Norwegian log cabins? Then the Trollheimen Triangle route might be your next hiking destination. If this is not challenging enough, add the ascent of the Snota as well to complete your experience.

Is the Trollheimen Triangle Route what for me?

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Climbing Snota during your Trollheimen Triangle Route

Snota is one of the most famous mountains in the Trollheimen area. Although it is not the highest mountain in the province, its 1,668-meter peak makes it the highest mountain in the municipality of Surnadal. In addition, the summit, and the road leading to it, are known to get the best panoramic views of the surrounding area.

For many, the trek to the top of Snota is the most beautiful hike in Norway for this reason. However, this stage is not an official part of the triangular route. Fortunately, it can be added to your hiking trip with a simple adjustment. With an extra night's stay at the Trollheimshytta, the 5-day hike becomes a 6-day one, and this way you can be sure not to skip any of the area's highlights.

Climbing Snota during your Trollheimen Triangle Route

What is the best season for the Trollheimen Triangle Route?

Norway is a wonderful destination for both summer and winter. In the winter, the snow and all the activities that come with it are thoroughly enjoyed. However, before the summer hiking season can start, most of this snow must have disappeared. Because of this, the season for Norwegian hut hiking falls between mid-June and mid-September, in line with other European hut hiking seasons. During this period the huts are open and staffed and the trails are easy to find. Outside of these months, the area is also accessible, but the huts are unmanned or closed, and this makes for a completely different experience. Also keep in mind that June is still a very wet month for this area. This makes for more mud on the trails and possibly more snow, or in other words, unstable ground.

Because the Trollheimen Triangle Route faces two climates, the weather can be very unpredictable. The coastal climate provides colder temperatures than the continental climate, and because of this, you can still expect some snow on the trails in June. Therefore, you will be happy with an extra overcoat. Nevertheless, Norway also has summer days where you can go out in shorts and short sleeves. On these days, don't forget your sunscreen and a cap. In short, make sure you are prepared for different situations. To help you with this, we have compiled a packing list later in this blog.

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Trollheimen Triangle Route Map and Navigation

The Trollheimen Triangle Route is well marked and therefore easy to follow. In addition, due to Norway's well-developed network of hiking trails, you can find several maps and guides that can help you navigate. To make it all a touch easier, we have plotted the entire route and its stages for you below.

Trollheimen Triangle Route Program

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1

Arrival in Gjevilvasshytta

Velkommen til Norge, or in other words, welcome to Norway. Today you are expected in the Gjevilvasshytta sometime in the afternoon. This way you can quietly do your last shopping in Oppdal and slowly make your way up the mountain. The easiest way to get to the hut is by car, as there is no public transportation option. Make sure you arrive at the hut on time so you don't miss out on dinner.

Gjevilvasshytta

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Gjevilvasshytta
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2

Gjevilvasshytta - Jøldalshytta

Duration: 07:15 h
Distance: 20.8 km
Ascent: 550 m
Descent: 500 m
After a hearty breakfast at the Gjevilvasshytta, pack your gear early and start the first stage of the Trollheimen Triangle Route. This one starts quietly on relatively easy trails but with varied elevation changes. You walk through a beautiful Fjell Birch forest that characterizes Norway. Fields stretch out beside you as you slowly merge into nature. As you ascend you slowly rise above the tree line where nature changes. Enjoy the surrounding waters and vegetation. Halfway through today's stage you will cross the Minnilla River. This is a great place to take a short break and recharge for the second ascent of the stage. After accomplishing this you continue steadily and slowly find your way back to a lower point. Here you will naturally run into the Jøldalshytta, your overnight spot tonight.

Jøldalshytta

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Jøldalshytta
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3

Jøldalshytta - Trollheimshytta

Duration: 07:40 h
Distance: 16.8 km
Ascent: 640 m
Descent: 840 m
Today is a summit hike and this means you only have to ascend and descend strongly once. You start on flat terrain and walk along several rivers. The Litlsvartåa is a branch of one of these rivers and you will see it coming down as a beautiful waterfall. After a little more than 6 kilometers you will be at the foot of the climb; 600 altitude meters spread over 6 kilometers. Slowly you rise above the tree line and the terrain becomes blocky. From the 1,325-meter-high Geithetta NV, enjoy the magnificent views of dozens of surrounding peaks and possibly take a well-deserved break before beginning the steep descent. Arriving back at 550 meters, it's time to swap your hiking boots for your slippers because you have arrived at the Trollheimshytta, the log cabin for tonight.

Trollheimshytta

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Trollheimshytta
Day
4

Trollheimshytta - Gjevilvasshytta

Duration: 10:15 h
Distance: 21 km
Ascent: 980 m
Descent: 830 m
It's time for the toughest, but also the most beautiful stage of the Trollheimen Triangle Route. You will need between 8 and 10 hours to cover the full 21 kilometers, so leaving on time is essential. After a good night's sleep in the Trollheimshytta, you start with a 4 km climb where you cover more than 700 altimeters. After that you have had the most intense part and you can continue walking in peace. You pass beautiful mountain lakes and the views are unmatched. During this stage you can clearly see how this part of the country has to deal with two climate zones and therefore has a varied nature. In short, during this stage you will get to know the real Norway. After this tough stage you will end up below the tree line again, at the Gjevilvasshytta. This is also where you started your trek 3 days ago. You will spend another night here so you can rest well before continuing your journey the next day.

Gjevilvasshytta

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Gjevilvasshytta
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5

Departure from Gjevilvasshytta

Today you can quietly pack your things, have breakfast, and enjoy the view of Gjevillvatnet (the devils lake) for the last time. Are you ready for a relaxing beach day after the hike, you can lay down your towel 2 kilometers next to the Gjevilvasshytta on Raudøra beach. Here you can park by car or walk within 45 minutes. To get back to the valley, it is best to drive back towards Oppdal and continue your vacation from there. Your Trollheimen adventure is over and it's time to explore the rest of Norway!
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How does spending the night in DNT Huts in Norway work?

Besides the breathtaking nature, this trip also has a dash of culture to offer. This culture can be found in the log cabins where you will spend the night as Norway has perhaps the most unique cabin culture in Europe. As many hikers know, each country has its own hiking association. For example, the Netherlands has the NKBV, Germany the DAV, Austria the ÖAV, and Italy the CAI. These associations deal with trail maintenance, signage, and nature's well-being. They also oversee the provision of mountain huts and their maintenance. For Norway, these are tasks for "Den Norske Turistforening," also known as the DNT.

A total of 550 huts are affiliated with the DNT. This in itself is not so unique but of these huts only 50 are staffed by personnel. These huts can therefore be compared with huts you find elsewhere in Europe. In the remaining cabins you have to serve yourself. Food in the form of canned goods is prepared for the hikers with a price list and money box attached. The Norwegians trust their hikers to pay fairly for the products used and to leave the hut clean. Fortunately, this goes very well to this day.

During the Trollheimen Triangle Route, you will stay in staffed huts. This allows you to enjoy showers, blankets and fitted sheets, a well-kept half-board, and a piece of Norwegian culture. Many huts date back to the 19th century and this is reflected in the wooden walls, massive fireplaces, and in the simple but cozy interior. Enjoy the green surroundings and tranquility together with other hikers, while the cabin staff ensures that nothing essential is missing.

How does spending the night in DNT Huts in Norway work?

To and from Trollheimen National Park

You walk the Trollheimen Triangle Route in a triangle, of course. Because of this, you start and end at the same hut. In this hut you will spend the night before the first stage and the night of the last, also overnight so you don't have to think about anything during your trek. The Gjevilvasshytta can be reached from Oppdal within 30 minutes by car so keep Oppdal as your starting point when planning your trip.

Plane
Oppdal is best reached from Trondheim. The airport is located east of the city and with a (rental) car you can reach Oppdal in just over 2 hours. By public transportation, you can travel from the airport to the city with a direct connection. From here you can continue by train or another bus. In total it will take you 2 hours and 40 minutes to 3 hours. This means that you will have to take a cab from Oppdal to Gjevilvasshytta as there is no bus connection.

Car
Would you like to travel through Norway with your own car? No problem. From most of Europe you first need to drive to Hirtshals in Denmark, from where you take a ferry to Southern Norway. Here you can start your journey or drive on to Oppdal in one go. This takes, via Oslo, about 7 hours.

To and from Trollheimen National Park

Packing List for the Trollheimen Triangle Route

It doesn't matter where you are going trekking or for how long: Carrying the right equipment with you is paramount. For a hiking trip in the mountains, you will need, first and foremost, a good backpack. Its size will depend on how many days you will be spending in the mountains, the season, and the clothes you will be taking with you. We have prepared a packing list with some essential clothing that you should include and some extras that you may find useful:
  • Essentials

  • Extras

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Safe hiking tips for the Trollheimen Triangle Route

When you go on walking holidays it is wise to be aware of a few points. Even if this is not your first time, you should never underestimate the mountains. Good tour planning and compliance with the regulations on the mountains will significantly increase safety. To ensure that your hiking holiday is a safe and enjoyable experience, here below you can find a list of 8 recommendations for safe hiking in the mountains:
  • Know your limits

    Hiking the Trollheimen Triangle Route is the perfect outlet to escape from daily life. It is an endurance sport along with a beautiful nature experience with a positive effect on body and mind —as long as one is in good shape and has a realistic picture of one's possibilities and limits—. Never overestimate yourself or underestimate the route. Don't overdo it! Always choose the slower variant and take more time for your plans. Hiking under time pressure is not fun and at too fast a pace it can be dangerous. Be wise!

  • Plan carefully

    Good planning is half the work! Hiking maps, literature, the Internet and expert advice are invaluable when planning the route in the Trollheimen Triangle Route and enable you to determine the length, altitude difference, difficulty and conditions of the hike. When planning group treks, the itinerary should always be planned for the weakest member of the group! The weather in the mountains can change incredibly quickly and rain, wind and cold all increase the risk factor. For this reason, always check the weather forecast beforehand and contact our trekking experts to find your way around before you start.

  • Be fully equipped

    Equipment is everything. In the most extreme case, it makes the difference between life and death, and in any case, it definitely makes the difference between having fun and having a bad time. Food and water, sunscreen and waterproof and warm clothes must always be in your backpack, as well as a first aid kit and a mobile phone with a full battery (in case there is an emergency). However, packing light makes walking easier, so don't take too much extra luggage with you. Your equipment should always be suitable for the terrain you'll be hiking on in the Trollheimen Triangle Route.

  • Wear suitable footwear

    Good walking shoes protect your feet and provide a better fit. Shoes with a good fit, with non-slip soles, water-resistant and lightweight are a must for additional walking pleasure during the Trollheimen Triangle Route. Trail running shoes are great for a weekend in the mountains, but on longer hikes or more technical trails, you'll want at least A/B hiking boots. That means it is recommended wearing high mountain shoes that are water-repellent with extra ankle support to prevent sprains.

  • Stay on marked trails

    Trollheimen Triangle Route has endless marked hiking trails, which are controlled and maintained and should not be deviated from. It may be tempting, but it's not a good idea to take shortcuts or alternative routes through unmarked terrain. It increases the risk of disorientation and you're more likely to get lost and have accidents or fall in the mountains. Even steep slopes of packed old snow are often underestimated and dangerous. Are you in doubt? Better don't do it. For easy navigation we work with our trusted partner Komoot, whose interactive maps, also available offline, provide you with the necessary digital means to get from A to B. As a backup, make sure to bring a hiking guide or a paper map with you. FYI, 75% of stumbles occur due to carelessness on marked paths or roads, not in open terrain!

  • Take regular breaks

    Remember you're on a hiking holiday. Timely and regular breaks not only provide welcome relaxation but also make it possible to enjoy the Trollheimen Triangle Route. The body needs a regular food and drink intake to maintain performance and concentration. Our advice is that if you have little time, it's better to follow the short itinerary than to speed up the long one.

  • Stay reachable

    If you are hiking solo or in small groups it is advisable to inform people back home about your plans, what route you are taking and when you plan to return. Even small incidents can lead to unpleasant emergencies so make sure you are available at all times. Bring a charged phone containing at least the phone numbers of immediate family members, your accommodations en route and the emergency phone numbers operating in the Trollheimen Triangle Route.

  • Respect nature

    Leave no rubbish behind, prevent noise, stay on the marked trails, do not disturb wildlife or grazing animals, and respect protected areas.

How much does a hut tour in Norway cost?

A hut tour in Norway does not have to be expensive at all. Huts are usually simple, but offer everything you need to recharge your mental and physical batteries for the next hiking day(s). For 5 days in the Trollheim area you can count on about 90 EUR per hiking day. This includes route description, navigation aid, your accommodation in a log cabin and half board. For hut tours in general, we then recommend bringing 40 to 60 EUR (470 - 710 NOK) pocket money. This is for lunch and your drinks. Most of our pocket money usually goes to that ice cold drink in the next hut!

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Where Can I Book the Trollheimen Triangle Route?

At Bookatrekking.com you can book the self-guided Trollheimen Triangle Route and many other treks. We take care of all the details for you, including arranging accommodations and providing you with relevant information well in advance of your trek. Find our offers here. Our easy-to-use platform allows you to browse and compare different trekking options and find the perfect fit for your interests, abilities, and budget.

If you have any questions about a specific trek or need help choosing the right one for you, our team of trekking experts is here to assist you. Simply reach out to us and we will be happy to provide you with personalized recommendations and advice to help you plan the trekking adventure of a lifetime.

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