Peak hike to Rondeslottet
If you’re looking for Norway’s mountain peaks, the hike to Rondeslottet is a must – here you get to scale two 2,000-metre peaks on the same hike. First up is the ridge up to the Vinjeronden at 2,044 metres above sea level, before the king of Rondane awaits, with a 360-degree panoramic view of the beautiful mountain scenery. Rondeslottet towers 2,178 metres above sea level and is both the highest mountain and the most popular of Rondane’s ten peaks above 2,000 metres.
A good starting point for the hike starts at the DNT cabin Rondvassbu, but you must park at Spranget, around half an hour’s drive from Otta, and either walk or cycle the last six kilometres to the cabin. They have a bike hire service at Spranget, and the best time to go is from mid-June to the beginning of October. The hike roundtrip takes approx. 6–8 hours to Rondvassbu, but calculate extra time from Spranget. If you want to go with a guide, you can book a hike with Rondaneguiden or Rondvassbu.
A little over an hour from Otta, one of Norway’s greatest mountain classics, Besseggen, awaits. The hike across the airy ridge takes around 7–9 hours, but can boast a majestic view of the green water of Gjende, which is framed by the beautiful Jotunheimen. There is a bus between Otta Skysstasjon and Gjendeosen, where you can hop on the Gjendebåten boat, which rums a shuttle service between Gjendesheim, Memurubu and Gjendebu. You can choose which way to go and then just take the boat the other way. You can also park your own car at Reinsvangen and take a free shuttle bus (approx. 2 km) to the quay.
Peer Gynt cabin
When you find yourself in the middle of Peer Gynt country – it’s said that it was here in the area that Asbjørnsen heard of the legend of Peer Gynt for the first time in 1842 – a trip to the Peer Gynt cabin is almost a must. From the stone cabin, located in the far west of Rondane National Park between Høvringen and Mysusæter, you will find a number of excellent hiking trails. The cabin also serves freshly made sour cream waffles and coffee during holidays and high season. Mysusæter, located around 20 kilometres from the centre of Otta, is a good starting point for both the Peer Gynt cabin, the waterfalls Veslulfossen and Brudesløret, as well as other mountain hikes in Rondane.
Pillarguritoppen and Thokampen
Heard of Pillarguri? According to the legend, she warned the farmers that the Scottish force was heading down the valley by blowing her lure, before the battle at Kringen just south of Otta in 1612. Today there is a statue in memory of the Battle of Pillarguritoppen, 852 metres above sea level, popularly called Otta’s "town mountain". If you hike up, you will also be rewarded with a view of both Rondane and the beautiful Gudbrandsdalen. The hike, which is on gravel roads and trails, starts at the Fjellvegen, is well signposted and the roundtrip takes approx. 3 hours. If you continue on a little further, you will come to Thokampen, where you can visit the "Sameti" cabin which belonged to one of Norway’s most famous psychics, Marcello Haugen.
To get to know the town, the four-kilometre long "Across the bridges" tour is a great option. The tour goes across six bridges and is well suited for both cyclists and those with prams and wheelchairs. If you’re visiting the town centre for the first time, make sure to check out the many blue cultural history plaques you’ll come across, set up to mark buildings and famous names. A great and fun way to learn more about the station town.