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Mellsjøen round and Birken-land

Route 4

Mellsjøen round and Birken-land

This is a hike that takes you into Birken-land with the famous Rosinbakken. Be aware that there are a couple of stretches of trail that can be demanding. But don't worry, there are easy detours on gravel roads in both places if you wish.

The route is defined as normal

Routes defined as normal are suitable for most people who have experience with somewhat demanding parties

Time
3:30 hours

Length
47 km

Popularity
3out of 10

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The tour starts at the large parking lot at Pellestova. If you want to shorten the hike, you can drive 5-6 km further until you find parking spaces just before Reina. This shortens the hike by about 10-12 km. From Reina the hike goes in easy terrain towards Hornsjø and at the hotel you have to follow the trail. The trail takes you onto a nice gravel road marked towards Hynna, which eventually turns into a fairly demanding 3.5 km trail to Hynna. If you're not used to trail biking, you can follow the gravel road over the Åsta river and along it before crossing the river again and returning to the route. Perhaps this is where the group will split up for a while?

The prize for those who follow the route and the trail section is a fun trail in between and two pleasant stretches without traffic. The trails separate at 14.5 km from the start and meet again at 19.5 km. Once you're back on the road, it climbs up to Storstilen and you're on the Birken trail and the famous Rosinbakken. This is where many people struggle with cramps and "hit the wall" in the Birkebeiner race, which runs between Rena and Lillehammer. Once up Rosinbakken, the terrain is slightly hilly over Elgåsen, where you leave the Birken trail and cycle along the beautiful Mellsjøen lake. Here you'll find nice picnic and campfire sites in the ski paradise within Sjusjøen. Back at Reinsvannet, a new, shorter and slightly easier section of trail awaits. Here there is also an easy detour via Reina, for those who want to stay on a gravel road.

If you're not too tired after your hike, you might be tempted to cycle down one of the trails in Hafjell Bike Park. If so, green trails 7 and 16 and blue trails 5, 12 and 14 are exciting options. The way they are built makes them challenging for everyone based on their own skill and speed.

In general, the mountain tours from Nermo Hotel can be used as a framework for multiple experiences. They are mostly on gravel roads, but at the same time they pass through some of Norway's finest terrain for trail cycling. On our tours, you'll find everything from fantastic flow trails to more demanding trails for the experienced. Check the web or signs along the road marked with bikes in the colors green (easiest), blue, red or the most demanding black. HAVE A GOOD TRIP!

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How can I navigate the route?

This depends primarily on whether you have installed a GPS, navigate by App on your mobile phone or prefer paper printouts. Here we describe the most common workflows:

  • Download the GPX file for the route you want to your computer
  • Import the file to your route planning tool (e.g. Garmin's Basecamp or Tom Tom's MyDrive)
  • Export the route to your GPS in the usual way
  • Check that the route is calculated correctly in your GPS (It is recommended that the GPS is set to select the fastest route and any avoidance turned off for the route to be calculated as described).
  • Have a great trip!
  • Download the GPX file for the route you want to your mobile phone
  • Send/open the file in the App that belongs to your GPS model (e.g. Garmin's Drive or Tom Tom's MyDrive)
  • Send the route to your GPS (follow the instructions that come with your GPS and App)
  • Check that the route is calculated correctly in your GPS (It is recommended that the GPS is set to select the fastest route and any avoidance turned off for the route to be calculated as described).
  • Have a great trip!

Many of the routes on Hubriding use the app Ride with GPS app for route planning and navigation of the routes. You can download this as a free version or pay for extended use. Click on the Send to Device link on the map on this page, when the app has started and you see the current route, click Navigate and then just follow the route.

  • Click on the link in the map on the page and the map will open in a new window
  • Print the map, with or without description
  • Have a great trip!