Rena - Tynset

185 KM
12 days
A hike that leads through beautiful eastern Norwegian nature with open pine forests, over soft reindeer lichen and a cranberry covered forrest flor. Experience the first stage of the St. Olav Ways's wilderness trail.
Hard route

Gradering på turforslag

Alle turforslagene på er gradert etter en nasjonal standard for merking av vanskelighetsgrad, slik at du enklere kan finne en tur som passer for deg.

Grønn = Enkel

Dette er stort sett korte og enkle turer som passer for alle, uten krav til spesielle ferdigheter eller utstyr. I de tilfeller hvor det er tilrettelagt for rullestolbrukere eller barnevogn, merkes dette spesielt.

Blå = Middels

Dette er turer som passer for deg som har grunnleggende turferdigheter og er i normal fysisk form.

Rød = Krevende

Turer merket med rødt passer for erfarne turgåere, med god utholdenhet. Turene krever ofte gode tursko og annet turutstyr, samt kunnskap om kart og kompass.

Svart = Ekstra krevende

Dette er turer passer for erfarne fjellfolk, med god fysikk, styrke og utholdenhet. Godt turutstyr og gode kunnskaper om kart og kompass er nødvendig på slike turer.

Hvor krevende en tur er bestemmes blant annet av antall høydemeter (stigning) og lengde på turen. Selv om turen går i flatt terreng, kan den merkes med rødt dersom den er veldig lang. Og motsatt, selv om turen er kort, kan den merkes med svart dersom den går i bratt og krevende terreng.

Situated along Østerdalsleden

The stage Rena to Tynset is a hike that marks the beginning of the western branch of the wilderness trail: Østerdalsleden. It links with the eastern branch of the Østerdalsleden from Trysil at Åkerstrømen, and continues north to Tynset. The hike goes through beautiful eastern Norwegian nature, in dense spruce forests, open pine forests with soft reindeer lichen and clusters of cranberry covering the forest floor. Over mountains and with several touches of idyllic cultural landscapes.

Day 1: (20km) Rena – Deset west

The trail from Rena starts at Nesvangen, in the meeting between the rivers Glomma and Rena-elva. From here, the trail runs along the west side of the Rena river, over Rødsmoen on the outer edge of Rena Millitary camp to Ljørkoia by Løpsjøen. A great opportunity for a break, and a simple overnight stay if needed. It is located on the riverbank 250 meters from the trail. Further along the idyllic river Rena-elva, you will find a rich bird life and several Stone Age cultural areas. The trail continues on the outer edge of Rena military area, in hilly terrain over one of the country's most beautiful pebble hills, until it passes Rød farm at Deset's west side.



Day 2: (10km) Deset west – Netlandet

This stage will lead you across flat pine forests. On the way you'll pass the Pilgrim's Mound. Later you will enter Deset's Quaternary Geological Nature Reserve. A place protected due to it's rare geologica phenomena. Further on, one will travel along a small gravel road up to Perskoia by Netlandet, which has a great location just up a few hundred meters from the road.



Day 3: (14km) Netlandet – Holmslia

From Perskoia, the trail follows the forest gravel road further north. At Søre Grønvoll, the trail passes the plot after a earlier prison camp for Russian prisoners of war during World War II. The Rena-elva is one of the country's best trout rivers, and is a popular spot for fly fishermen. From Dalby, the trail goes on a path in scenic surroundings by the riverfront up to Storsjøveien road, next the bridge crossing the river Rena-elva in the south end of Storsjøen. The trail follows Storsjøveien road further a few kilometers to Eriksbekken. Where it takes off on a path to the west up a steep hill approx. 700 meters to Trollhytta.



Day 4: (9km) Holmlia – Netsjøen

Today's stage goes through marked forest terrain, both on and off trail. Along the way, you will pass the scenic Trolltjønna (small lake). Perfect for a good break before arriving at the Netsjøen a few kilometers later.



Day 5: (24km) Netsjøen – Lia

The longest stage of the journey will guide you through beautifully marked forest terrain, both on and off trail. As well on small distanses along roads. After 18km you will reach Skånsjøen and idyllic Lialy gapahuk (shelter). A great resting place for tired pilgrims. Then the trail draws to Lia Gård, and the yard's own St. John's Church which is always open.


Lia Gård

Day 6: (17km) Lia – Fiskvik

Shortly after leaving Lia, the Østerdalsleden crosses a hill called Bønnåsen by the Greek Orthodox Fotini's chapel. Then the trail goes to the Moraveien: The old royal road where the Birkebeiner(s) fled from the Baglerne with little Prince Håkon.



Day 7: (14km) Fiskvik – Otnes

Today's stage follows gravel and paved road. Just before you reach Åkrestrømen, you will walk through a short forest path that enters into a cultural landscape by the riverbank. Here on the banks of the river, the western and eastern branches of the Østerdalsleden meets with each other. Here the St. Olavs Way continues north upstream. Eventually the trail goes by the pilgrim stone at Åkre. Further the trail goes to Otnes on the west side of the lake Lomnessjøen.


Pilgrim cabin in Otnes

Day 8: (17km) Otnes – Bergset

The Østerdalsleden follows the road for a few kilometers before descending down to the river, where it follows gravel roads along the river bank. Here the trail bends with the meandering river all the way to Bergset in Øvre Rendal. Some fragments must be wandered along paved roads.


Smedberget pilgrim hostel

Day 9: (18km) Otnes – Skorsåa

The stage begins with a ascent to the pond Storbekktjønna on Fonnåsfjellet. From here the trail continues along the mountainside and down to Skorså.



Day 10: (12km) Skorsåa – Søndre Kvanntjønn

The stage will cross over a mountain terrain covered by soft reindeer lichen. After passing the highest point, the trail will descend to the natural resting place by Lake Skarsjøen. Before a last hill must be overcomed to reach the pond called Søndre Kvanntjønn.


Pilegrimslavo by Søndre Kvanntjønna

Day 11: (12km) Søndre Kvanntjønn – Småvangan

From Søndre Kvanntjønna, Østerdalseden will go down to Tylldalen, where it goes through the Tylldalen village museum. Later, you will reach Småvangan on the trail out of Tylldalen.


Småvangan ski cabin

Day 12: (18km) Småvangan – Tynset

The final stage of the journey extends through classic eastern Norwegian pine forest, as the journey began. Along dirt roads and trails between Tylldalen and Tynset.


Tynset hotell

Tynset room & camping

Reconmended period

June, July, August, September


Train: Rena Station

Nearest Airport: Oslo Lufthavn - Gardemoen


Train: Tynset Station


There is possible to by dry wares in the small cottages along the way. Pay by bank account number.

  • grocery stores at:
    • Rena
    • (Lia Gård)
    • Åkrestrømmen
    • Otnes
    • Bergset

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