History, characteristics and high point of the trip
The trip to Ranastøngji is a hiking experience of the rarest type. Take your car to Vavatn, where the trip begins. Be aware that the road up to Vavatn is a toll road, and expect to pay a fee of about NOK 40.
The trip goes over varied terrain. To begin with, there are several waterfalls in the stream along the mossy trail to enjoy before you move up in the terrain to where the trail becomes rockier. The last part of the trip is on bare rock, where you follow blue markers all the way to the summit.
The mountain’s characteristic shape makes the trip up to Ranastøgnji very special. The view from the summit of the mountain makes the trip perfect. When standing on the summit and looking out over the landscape, you might briefly think you were in the Grand Canyon in Arizona. However, with the wider view of Jotenheimen, Hurrungane, Vardresfløya there is no doubt that you are at the heart of Norwegian mountains.
On the road down from Ranastøgnji, there is a view into Hydalen, or you might take a short detour to Hydalen after the end of your trip. Here there is a difference in height of 900 metres from bottom to top. Hydalen is protected by legislation[PC1] . The purpose of this protection has been and remains the conservation of the east Norwegian mountain dairy farming valleys including their topography and flora. See grazing animals and rich and diverse flora. Enjoy great opportunities for hiking or try your luck in fine fishing lakes.
Tips for Trips
The trip is demanding. Prepare well and do take an extra jacket and warm clothes along in a rucksack. Even though the trip is well marked, you should not start out without a map. Wear proper hiking boots and remember that the weather in the mountains can rapidly change. Worth seeing - the trip is not recommended in thick fog.
Maps may be purchased at Hemsedal Tourist Office, or sent to you by post. In addition, maps may be purchased in the sports shops in Hemsedal.
Gather inspiration for the trip. See Ranastøgnji via our SkyCam Fjell&Fjord:360. With it, you may view the area and obtain an impression of the trip terrain around Ranastøgnji. Enjoy your trip!
For information about other trips in the vicinity, contact Hemsedal Tourist Office. Top 20 in Hemsedal is Hemsedal's hiking programme with 20 really nice trips for large and small.
Please note that the height profile indicates the height of the terrain for one way of the trip.
Read more about hiking trips in the Fjell & Fjord region here