Galdhøpiggen at 2,469 m above sea level is the highest mountain in Norway and Northern Europe. It is also one of Norway’s most visited peaks.

The hike

Galdhøpiggen is one of the greatest Norwegian hiking classics, located in Jotunheimen National Park. An astounding panorama opens up at the top. You can see Rondane, Glittertind, Snøhetta and other summits as far as the eye can see. One can ascend Galdhøpiggen either from Juvasshytta or from Spiterstulen. For most, this hike will be an easy challenge.

The return trip from Juvashytta will take about five hours. It is 11 km long with an elevation difference of 650 meters. You will have to cross the Juvassbren glacier in a guided rope team. Reservations must be made in advance. The glacier is relatively flat and there are no broad crevasses to be crossed. Ice axes and crampons are not required. However, the glacier is known for its snow bridges and concealed crevasses. It is therefore dangerous to cross the glacier without a rope team. On the top of Galdhøpiggen, you will find a stone cabin offering simple snacks and beverages during the high season.

Getting there: Juvasshytta and Spiterstulen can be accessed via toll roads. The walking distance to Galdhøpiggen is longer from Spiterstulen.

GUIDE: Jotunheimen Arrangement and Lom & Skjåk Adventure will guide you safely to “the roof of Norway” all year round, regardless of your skills.

TIP: Experience the glacier’s history from the inside! A 60-meter long ice tunnel in Klimapark 2469 is a fascinating journey into the ice. Travel thousands of years back in time and explore a forgotten world, which is now slowly melting away due to climate change.

Norsk Fjellsenter (The Norwegian Mountain Center) in Lom has reopened under a new name, with a new information desk and a new exhibition – not to mention a very popular indoor hearth. Join one of the tours and learn more about the history of the national parks!

The National Park Region

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