Have you ever been cold, exhausted and cursing under your breath asking yourself “why am I doing this?” This is how I felt when hiking up to Snohetta Viewpoint in Dovrefjell, Norway.
Snohetta Viewpoint is only a 1500km hike with a medium level elevation. Takes about 30 minutes on a normal day. The day I decided to go to Snohetta viewpoint it was winter, and windy with dark clouds all around.
However, you cannot go to Dovrefjell without going to Snohetta viewpoint. So I knew no matter the conditions, I had to hike up there.
My sister and I drove to the area where Snohetta was supposed to be. After driving up a few a questionable unpaved roads we found a sign pointing in the direction of Snohetta Viewpoint. The problem was, that this place was deserted and we were not 100% sure where we were going.
Nevertheless, we decided to try it anyways and began hiking up the mountain. The hike wasn’t terrible, but because it was winter a lot of the path was covered in snow with only patches of the trail showing through. These patches became our guide to the top.
There was a few times I wanted to quit. The higher I hiked the more ferocious the wind got and I could see less and less of the path. But! I am so glad I didn’t quit.
Getting to the top was joyous and well worth the hike because the view up there is incredible. When I got to the top the sun was shining through the clouds and bouncing off the snow banks. It was a beautiful sight to see.
The structure at the top of Snohetta is also incredible. There is firewood inside with comfortable seating so you can enjoy the view while staying warm.
However, I think the best part of reaching the top was seeing the family of Musk Ox.
I had heard it was difficult to see Musk Ox during this time of year and I had been worried I would miss them.
It was an amazing sight. There was a family of about 20 Musk Ox’s, ranging from full grown to babies. It was the kind of the thing you feel really lucky to witness.
I would highly recommend hiking to Snohetta viewpoint. If you can, try and hike it in the winter. This is Norway's low season and you can enjoy the view uninterrupted. When you are hiking, and you want to quit, don't! The view is worth the battle.