If you're someone that thrives above 2000 metres, there are 253 reasons to visit Jotunheimen! Jotunheimen boasts Norway's highest mountains, some of Norway's most popular mountain routes and amazing adventures for all.
It was the poet Aasmund Olavsson Vinje, who travelled extensively in the area in the 1860s and had a cabin at Bygdin in Valdres, who first christened this place Jotunheimen. In Norse mythology, the Jotun were giants - trolls - who lived in a place called Jotunheimen.
Winter in Jotunheimen
In wintertime, Jotunheimen and Sjodalen are exceptional skiing destinations, with peaks such as Besshø and Høgdebråtet, or Høgruta (the high-level route) in Jotunheimen starting in Sjodalen. Cross-country skiing is also superb. You can strap on your skis in the valley and take the cross-country trails past Lemonsjøen, through Sjodalen and into Gjende - in the heart of Jotunheimen. You'll find great places to eat and stay along the way.
Lemonsjøen has the country's most charming ski resort, which has nurtured some of the world's most awesome skiers.
As the spring skiing season approaches, many Norwegians make the pilgrimage to Jotunheimen and Sjodalen. With its stable climate and conditions, Jotunheimen has become one of the most popular areas in the country for alpine touring and off-piste skiing.