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Turtagrø - Midtmaradalen - Hjelle

Route info

Description

You start this route from the old lodge in Turtagrö (the building was destroyed in a fire but they are building a new one) and walk in an open green landscape. The ground will be more and more rocky and far away you'll see Tindeklubbhytta in front of the lake Skagastölvatnet. At the end of the lake the glacier Skagastölsbreen starts. The glacier is classified as safe but you never know. Walk over the glacier and up to the crest. From here it's close to Skagastölsbu or "the hut on the crest" which they often call it. Here you'll face a marvellous view with Storen and Midtmaradalen.

To get down to Midtmaradalen can be a little tricky because there are no path signs. Keep to the left and try to find a nice passage down the steep area. In Midtmaradalen there are no problems to walk. The whole valley is nice until you reach the more steeper parts at the end. The path is easy to discover but it can be slippery and muddy when it's rainy. The terrain now turns into birch forest.

After a while you'll see an oasis in the djungle, Stölsmaradalen, with nice meadows. The rest of the route is downhill in birch forest and you pass the cosy lodge Avdalen. From the lodge you follow a nice path the whole way to Hjelle, which is just a big lav!

Hiking time

12 hours

Worth to know

Place your tent in Midtmaradalen or in Stölsmaradalen.

Storen or Store Skagastölstind is the third highest mountain in Norway. But you'll need some climbing experience to reach the top.

 

Lodge info

Turtagrø - 884 metres a.s

  • Staffed private lodge with 102 beds.
    Season: from easter to october.

  • Established again in 2002 after a fire. Don't miss the library with lot of mountain books. Probably you'll meet lots of climbers here.

  • Home page: http://www.turtagro.no
    Email: hotel@turtagro.no
    Phone: 57 68 08 00

Skagastølsbu - 1758 metres a.s

  • Unstaffed DNT hut with 6 beds.
    Season: Open year round.

  • Small but really beautiful cottage. You'll have Storen, the second highest mountain in Norway, as your neighbor. And if you look in another direction you see down to Midtmaradalen.

Stølsmaradalen - 848 metres a.s

  • Unstaffed DNT hut with 4 beds (you'll need a key).
    Season: mid of februar to mid of october.

  • An idyll. Flowers everywhere. But the terrain isn't so good. It really sucks!

Avdalen 400 metres a.s

  • Staffed lodge, Årdal mountain touring club, with 20 beds.
    Season: end of june to beginning of september.

  • The cottage is beautifully located in the area of Vetti.

  • Phone: 91 56 79 24

 

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Pictures from this hiking route

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Turtagrø hotel were we started our trip towards Midtmaradalen.
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A bit further up in Skagastølsdalen.
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The view towards Turtagrø hotel.
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Tindeklubbhytta to the left.
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Chocolate break in front of a big stone.
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Skagastølsvatnet and Skagastølsbreen.
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Preparations before the crossing of the glacier.
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The view towards Midtmaradalen.
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Midtmaradalstindane.
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Kjerringa and Mannen.
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Hytta på bandet, Skagastølsbu, the famous cottage in Midtmaradalen.
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A short break in the cottage.
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Bert and Magnus are enjoying the view from outside the window.
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Think if you waked up to this view.
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The team together before the hike down.
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Jet another picture of Midtmaradalen.
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Stora Skagastølstind in the background.
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We took the time to practice some secure techniques in the steep snow slop.
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Storen with some clouds around it.
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Storen at sun down.
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A tasty view to wake up to.
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At the end of Midtmaradalen.
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The view at the steep towards Snørestødet.
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Drinking pause in the rain.
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The DNT cottage in Stølsmaradalen.
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Magnus wanted a picture of all the flower (can you see them?). Afterwards he got the nickname Ferdinand.
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Avdalen. Nice place were you could rest and dry (but we didn’t = bad, bad choice).
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Nobody can look as pained as Magnus.
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The water fall at Hjelle. Bert and Jonas used the tent.
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But Magnus used the toilette instead.
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