The Smådalsrunden round-trip is a rather short but fairly demanding cycling tour in incredibly beautiful mountain surroundings in Vang which gives you the impresion really of being out in the great outdoors! It contains a tough climb of 4 km to the highest point of the tour. at almost 1200 m.a.s.l. It is therefore only recommendable for older children who have cycling experience and can tolerate a longer climb. You may end this incredible trip with a swim in the fresh water of Lake Helin as the icing on the cake.
Difficulty: moderate; suitable for older children with cycling experience
Distance: 16,5 km
Elevation gain: approx. 460 meters
From the E16 in Vang, exit towards Helin (toll road) and drive all the way to Grøvstølen at the northern end of the lake where there are a few spots to park the car.
From there, follow the cycling signs “Smådalsrunden” southwards along the road on the western shore of the lake. After approx. 3 km the road splits up and you keep right uphill for the 4 km climb up to 1200 meters. The view is spectacular! At the intersection on the mountain plateau, keep to the right towards Nørdre Smådalen and enjoy the beautiful surroundings. You will now cycle around the north-western end of Smådalsfjellet, with the mountain Grindane on your left. The last 2 km on the return to Grøvstølen are a very steep downhill run; be careful to use your brakes!
* The circuit is signed in both directions, however we recommend cycling it clockwise as discribed.
* From Smådalsfjellet, you can put down your bike for an easy walk (no path) approx. 1.5 km southwards on the flat plateau to the large boulder “Hallingsteinen”.
* It’s a 3-hours hike (return) to the summit of Grindane from the signpost at the trailhead north-west of Smådalsfjellet.
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