Ranastøngji/Ranastongji - Topp20 Hemsedal
This hike should be on everybodys "to do" list when they are in Hemsedal. Fantastisc view that takes your breath away, you overlook a canyon and the mountains towards Jotunheimen.
How to get there
From the Tourist Office drive 4.6 km to Tuv, take to the right into Grøndalen and then up the toll road Hydalsvegen, toll road. At the end of the lake, Vavatn, the road turns sharply to the right (at Vabuleino). In the turn, there is parking and a signpost Ranastøngji.
Toll road 90 nok, payment with card.
This hike includes jumping on stones over a river or walking in the river, so ensure your footwear is suitable.
This must be on your to-do list if you are fit for it. You can also make this as a roundtrip if you bring a map and compass.
To get to the trailhead you drive through Grøndalen and up the mountains towards Harahorn and the lake Vavatn. This is an old summer farm area with both new and old cabins. A lot of free grazing cattle so keep your dog on a leash.
The hike starts of on a path along the river Lysebøttån. Follow the blue marks until you reach the river. There is no bridge so you can choose to walk in the river or jump on stones to get over. Remember there is no shame in turning around if the water level is too high - there are plenty of beautiful hikes in the area.
Halfway up, the path becomes more unclear as it transforms into loose stones The marking from this point is marker cairns that lead you all the way to the peak.
At the top you'll get the most fantastic view over the mountains of Hemsedal, Jotunheim and the Jostedal glacier. Right behind the top there is a special “canyon” with a vertical drop of approx. 600 meters.