A short but lovely vacation – part four: Hiking to the Peer Gynt hut

Tuesday is our big day, we have planned to hike from Høvringen to the Peer Gynt hut. That means we will be walking 20 kilometers, most of it inside Rondane national park. We enjoy a delicious breakfast at our base and prepare some food and coffee to carry in our backpacks for a meal at the hut when we get there. Luckily we have a little chat with the hostess at Høvringen Fjellstue before we start. She knows the area well, and suggests a round trip which will give us some fine views of the wonderful scenery. We follow her advice, which turns out to be very good.

The weather is still fine, with glimpses of sun and blue sky and almost no wind, and we quickly find the footpath to follow. It is easy going, slowly ascending from around 1000 up to 1180 meters at the highest. We are passing the foot of the mountain Formokampen, which is another popular destination because of its great view, but today its peak at 1428 meters is covered by low clouds.

After a couple of hours we can see down into the valley where our destination lies. To the north, we can see the lake Høvringvatn, with Smuksjøseter at its eastern shore, and to the south we can see the smaller and rounder lake Søndre Høvringsvatn, with the Peer Gynt hut a little south of its southern end. We descend into the valley at around 1000 meters, and have a good rest and a meal at the hut.

Footpath from Høvringen towards Formokampen (photo: Jan Nergård)
Footpath from Høvringen towards Formokampen (photo: Jan Nergård)
View towards lake Høvringvatnet (photo: Jan Nergård)
View towards lake Høvringvatnet (photo: Jan Nergård)
Lake Søndre Høvringsvatnet (photo: Jan Nergård)
Lake Søndre Høvringsvatnet (photo: Jan Nergård)
Our destination - the Peer Gynt hut (photo: Jan Nergård)
Our destination – the Peer Gynt hut (photo: Jan Nergård)
The Peer Gynt hut (photo: Jan Nergård)
The Peer Gynt hut (photo: Jan Nergård)
A happy man and his wife, resting and eating and having a good time (photo: Jan Nergård)
A happy man and his wife, resting and eating and having a good time (photo: Jan Nergård)
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Author: Jan's bulletin board

I live in a part of the world called Norway with my wife and two daughters. I worked as a telecom engineer for 20 years. Nowadays I am attending a helpdesk supporting colleagues with computer problems. I am also a hobby photographer who believe we ought to pay more attention to how we treat our planet and each other. I trust the reports from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, and I am disappointed that leading politicians in my own and other countries more or less have been ignoring warnings from the scientists for 20 years.

3 thoughts on “A short but lovely vacation – part four: Hiking to the Peer Gynt hut”

    1. Thank you, Julie! I’m trying my best to share the beauty of the mountains in this area, because I feel a special kind of love for them. I am not a very religious person, but in a way it makes me feel blessed to just be there, and be able to admire the scenery, breathe the air, smell the spicy smell of heather and berries and marsh. Quite impossible to catch in a photo, but I have to try, somehow. It makes me very happy when I receive feedback that tells me that others have seen the beauty through my photos 🙂

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