Rondane is one of the best known hiking areas in Norway. It lies to the north of Lillehammer and is easily accessible by train. Rondane National Park, established in 1962, counts 10 mountains over 2000 meters. Rondslottet (Round Castle) is the highest (2178m) and most famous one.
Due to the relatively infertile soils, the mountains of Rondane have a sparse vegetation The vastness and emptiness of these mountains is impressive. The effects of the last ice age are easily recognizable. It's a beautiful area.
Two hiking routes are obvious. The first route runs from east to west, from Alvdal to Hjerkinn. The second route starts at Lillehammer and runs north to Hjerkinn. During the first days, the threatening dark mountains of Rondane gradually grow. In both cases, the walk will take about a week. Many well marked trails offer plenty of variety. It is possible to climb some of the peaks without need for special materials.
Well known full service DNT huts are Rondvassbu, Bjørnhollia and Grymsdalshytta. In between are numerous self-service huts. Another 20 private huts are situated especially at the edges of the area.