Description of the hike
Lårdalstigen is a challenging, but fantastic hike with speactacular views from the edge of the mountain ridge above the Telemark Canal.
Along the hike, you will pass through old cultural landscape and historic sites. You can stop and admire the rugged silhouettes of Risen and Gygri, and read about the legend associated with these rock formations. Perhaps you will also spot ospreys?
Where does the hike start?
Most people choose to start the hike at the top of Eidsborgberget, above Dalen, and walk to Lårdal, but it is also possible to start the hike in Lårdal and walk the opposite direction.
We would recommend that you start the hike in Dalen and hike to Lårdal, as it is a much nicer hiking experience! Plan your trip and start early in the morning (08-09 am), then you will catch the afternoon boat from Lårdal in time. You must estimate 7-8 hours on the full hike (minimum 6 hours). Park your car in the pier area on Dalen (long-term parking on the opposite side of the motorhome parking), here you can park for free. Call Tokke Taxi on tel. + 47 909 71 909, they drive you up to the starting point in Eidsborgberget (4 km) at a fixed price of NOK. 200. Bring plenty of water, a good lunch and hiking snacks and wear good hiking shoes.
The total length of the hike 14 km and a long days hike, or you can bring your tent and make it a 2 day hike. There is also a small cabin along the way, Heddebu, which is open to hikers sleeping 2 people (drop-in).
Enjoy the return from deck on one of the old historic boats M / S Victoria or M / S Henrik Ibsen on the Telemark Canal. Remember to prebook the boat ticket at www.telemarkskanalen.no
The total length of the hike 14 km and a long days walk, or you can bring your tent and make it a 2 day hike. There is also a small cabin along the way, Heddebu, which is open to hikers sleeping 2 people.
The beautiful village of Lårdal has an idyllic lakeside area with the old quay for the ferries on the Telemark Canal. There are also accomocation and eating place in Lårdal.
Day trip, 14 km one way
Time: 6-8 hours
Map: Hiking map Tokke 1 : 50 000
Remember to wear sneakers with good soles or hiking boots, and to bring plenty of water (at least 2-3 litres on warm days).
The ferry boats come in to Lårdal on fixed call in the afternoon. Henrik Ibsen leaves Lårdal on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday at 17.10 and Victoria on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday at 17.55.
If you want to take the morning ferry from Dalen to Lårdal, the departure time for Henrik Ibsen is Mon, Tue, Thu and Sat at 08:35, and for Victoria Wed, Fri and Sun at 08:00.
Useful phone numbers:
M/S Victoria: +47 951 14 395
M/S Henrik Ibsen: +47 948 89 906
Tokke Taxi: +47 909 71 909
Visit Dalen: +47 35 07 56 56
Package deal at Dalen Hotel:
Combine the hike Lårdalstigen with a historical canal boat trip on the Telemark Canal and accommodation at Dalen Hotel!
From NOK 2545,- per person/night, double occupancy. Included breafast and a 3-course dinner.
We supply you with necessary maps, compass and a backpack with sandwiches, cold drinks, coffee/tea, chocolate and fruit. The boat fare is also included in the package. Please note that this is a mountain hike best suited for the physically fit.
If you're driving along the E134, turn off at Høydalsmo, taking the Fv 45 towards Dalen. Approximately 1 km after you have passed the villlage of Eidsborg and the stave church, there is a road to the left signposted Lårdalstigen.
From Dalen you drive on road Fv 45 towards Høydalsmo and approximately after 4 km, after all the turns, there is a road to the right signposted Lårdalstigen.
Park at the end of the gravel road. Please do not park in front of the tunnel entrance.
If you decide to walk from Lårdal, follow the signs to Lårdal from Fv 45 between Høydalsmo and Dalen. Halfway down the through the village of Lårdal there is parking on the left-hand side by Eben Ezer.
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