Join experienced guides on a hike to the summit of the highest peak in the Dovrefjell mountains! Snøhetta is a majestic mountain with four peaks, all of which are more than 2,000 m high. This hike leads you to the summit of Stortoppen.

Stortoppen (2,286 m.a.s.l.) is described as the “actual” Snøhetta and is therefore the most popular peak to climb. You can follow the marked route on your own or opt to join experienced tour guides from Oppdal Safari. The hike starts from the Snøheim cabin, which we reach by shuttle bus.

The shuttle bus system has been implemented to limit the traffic in the area to protect the unique wild reindeer population in the Dovrefjell mountains. Consequently, the driving of motorised vehicles to the Snøheim cabin is prohibited. However, biking on the road (Snøheimvegen) is permitted from 1 June to 15 July. A well-marked path leads from the venerable tourist cabin at the foot of Snøhetta up to Stortoppen. Now just over 800 altitude metres await before you are standing on the “roof of Dovrefjell”.

To Snøhetta at Dovrefjell. Photo: Martin I. Dalen

You get ever closer to the top of Snøhetta via paths, over streams, in scree and during tough climbs hills. The weather at altitude in the mountains is often fickle and can alternate between scorching sun, strong and cold winds, dense fog or sleet showers. You must take this into consideration when planning your hike up Snøhetta. This is a proper mountain hike, so you need to be prepared for the weather. While this is not a hike for novices, it’s not particularly technical and does not involve any major challenges.

Snøheim lodge. Photo: Martin I. Dalen

The guide is accustomed to the mountains and knowledgeable. As well as offering good company, the guide will inform you about local history of Snøhetta, human activity in the Dovrefjell mountains, geology, botany, the musk ox and wild reindeer. The guide will also serve a cup of coffee and a snack. For people with a normal level of fitness, the return hike takes 6-8 hours. You will encounter a lot of rocks and scree, so we recommend wearing good hiking boots with stiff soles. The ascent is 800 altitude metres, while the total distance up and down is around 12 km. The maximum group size on this hike is 12. A lower age limit of 10 years applies.

The shuttle bus operates every day during the summer.

The guided hike with a guide from Oppdal Safari is available on Saturdays in July and August. For details about dates and booking, please contact Oppdal Safari.