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Walk from the village of Balestrand to ascend Mt. Raudmelen, a popular trail for locals and visitors alike. This guided hike takes you on a steep but comfortable trail with much of it on sherpa made stone stairs.

This guided hiking tour takes you on an energetic, 8-hour hike from Balestrand to the summit of Mt. Raudmelen. The well-maintained, sometimes steep, dirt path takes you through a birch forest and over bogs. 

Once through the forest, the trail opens up to showcase several stunning fjord arms. The trail becomes steeper here, but much of it is on stone steps made by Nepali sherpas. At the summit there is a shelter and plenty of time to relax and take photos.

This mountain is known for its weather, so hikers are encouraged to bring layers and a rain jacket, as well as plenty of water. There is a small public cabin at the top too.

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Group of hikers on the summit of Raudmelen

Credit: Rainer Kleive

Trail marking the path to Raudmelen

Credit: Rainer Kleive

Hikers heading for the summit of Raudmelen

Credit: Rainer Kleive

Fjord sightseeing with RIB from Balestrand
Guided hike to mount Raudmelen

Credit: Rainer Kleive

Guided hike to mount Raudmelen

Credit: Rainer Kleive

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Important on this trip

Meeting Point

Holmen 3 at Balestrand Adventure. Please, make sure to meet 15 minutes before departure.


Make sure to wear solid hiking shoes.


Make sure to pack food and a water bottle.


We recommend that you pack a rain jacket, an extra wool layer and wool socks.

Effort level

This hike is graded as demanding, and requires hiking experience and good stamina.

Nice to have

Rain pants, scarf, sunglasses, sunscreen and gloves.