Estenstadmarka, at just 30 km2, is the smaller of Trondheim's public forests, but what it lacks in size, it makes up in ease of accessibility and character.

The park, which is also called Strindamarka on some maps, has 40 km of hiking trails and 60 km of ski trails, of which 12 km are lighted in winter. It’s an especially popular area for NTNU students because of its proximity to the Dragvoll campus.

Built by volunteers
Estenstadhytta, the only staffed hut in the area, serves warm and cold food and drinks weekends and selected weeknights. The hut was built in 1958, at a time when it was unthinkable to build a road directly to the construction area. That meant everything needed to construct the hut – from sacks of sand to nails and timber – was carried in on the backs of volunteers, who were fed waffles and cups of coffee by women at the building site proper. And because Norway at that time had a 6-day workweek, this enormous volunteer effort was limited to Sundays, the only free day of the week.

These days, a gated gravel road goes up to Estenstadhytta from the parking lot at Bekken, so you don’t have to worry that the food you buy had to be borne in on someone’s back.

Fine views
Liaåsen, at 428 m a.s.l. is Estenstadmarka’s highest point, and offers fine views of Jonsvannet, Trondheim, and Trondheim fjord.

Busses no. 5 and 9 stop right next to the Lohove parking lot, a main access point for the park.