Helgafossen is a great trail specially tailored to families at Skeikampen. The round trip covers around 4 km of flat terrain. It takes about 1.5 hours from start to finish, unless you decide to linger at the waterfall. The terrain makes for easy walking and before you get to the Skeiselva river, you can hear it far off in the distance.
A nice family trip from Skeikampen. We follow the river for a while, before reaching the rapids/falls. They are not exactly rapids for rafting on, but they are well worth a visit.
The start of the route is marked at the underpass by Skeikampen Fjellandsby. Red arrows are painted on the wall. Follow the road to the T-junction and then proceed straight on along the path. This is where the cross-country ski trail runs in winter, so it can be a little wet in summer. After around 20 metres, take a clear path to the left. It is marked red.
Follow the red trail to Helgafossen. There are several small rapids and picnic spots along the route.
Follow the path out of the forest (by the old waterworks). Go left towards the little garage. Here you will find the red path back.
The trail is great for families with small children as the terrain is easy.
Note that at times of high water, the river can be fast-flowing with strong undercurrents.
- hiking trails - marked
- 2 hours
- marked trails with colour grading
Nature and terrain
- forest area
- hiking area
- pine forest
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Skeikampen is situated about 3 hours north of Oslo and 35 minutes north of Lillehammer.
Trains from Oslo and Trondheim call at Lillehammer. In the season, local bus 265 will take you from Lillehammer to Skei. Driving directions from the south:
Follow the E6 north to Lillehammer, but continue beyond the Lillehammer turn-off. Take the Gausdal exit (Route 255). Toll road. Follow the road through Segalstad Bru towards Svingvold. Turn left at Svingvold (Skeisvegen Road). Follow the road about 10 km to Skeikampen.
Driving directions from the north:
Follow the E6 south to Tretten. At Tretten, turn off towards Gausdal and Skei (Route 254). After 8 km, you will arrive at Svingvold. Turn right towards Skei (Skeisvegen Road) and follow this road about 10 km until you arrive at Skeikampen.