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Visit the Jotunheimen National Park

If you're someone that thrives above 2000 metres, there are 253 reasons to visit Jotunheimen! Jotunheimen boasts Norway's highest mountains, some of the best hikes in Norway and amazing adventures for all.

It was the poet Aasmund Olavsson Vinje who first christened this place Jotunheimen. In Norse mythology, the Jotun were giants - trolls - who lived in a place called Jotunheimen.

Historical hiking route Jotunheimen

Hike your way through the magical Jotunheimen National Park along this historical route, and learn about some of the pioneers in Norwegian mountaineering history.

Historisk vandrerute

Into the ice

Into the ice! In the Climate Park 2469 you can join a guided tour into the glacier.

Klimapark 2469

Bike & Hike i Jotunheimen

Join an electric bike adventure in Jotunheimen. Cycle from mountain lodge to mountain lodge, and experience cultural landscapes and Norwegian mountains at their best.

Bike & Hike Jotunheimen

Winter in Jotunheimen

In wintertime, Jotunheimen and Sjodalen are exceptional skiing destinations, with peaks such as Besshø and Høgdebråtet, or Haute Route Jotunheimen 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.

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Besseggen hike

It is not without reason that Besseggen is one of Norway's most popular hikes. Here is the guide and guide to the best experiences on and around Besseggen.

Read more about Besseggen!

Summer in Jotunheimen

Jotunheimen has an extensive network of walking trails and is excellent for hiking, from short family-friendly walks, mountain hikes and mountaineering, exploring glaciers and rock climbing, to multi-day cabin-to cabin expeditions.

Jotunheimen is bursting with opportunities for fishing and hunting for small and large game. Local restaurants often source their raw ingredients directly from nature's very own pantry. The trout are eager to bite in the streams and fishing waters; in autumn you can pick berries and mushrooms; and reindeer, moose and grouse thrive in the mountain landscape.

Besseggen ridge is considered one of Norway's greatest mountain hiking routes, with some believing it should be compulsory for all Norwegians. About 60, 000 visitors walk Besseggen each year. The views are magnificent, with steep mountainsides surrounding Lake Gjende's green waters and the majestic Jotunheimen as the perfect backdrop.

Along the newly-marked “Historic Hiking Route Jotunheimen” you will experience the very best the Norwegian mountains have to offer. It follows in the historic footprints of Peer Gynt, Jo Gjende, Edvard Grieg, Edvard Munch and many more celebrated Norwegians.

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Accommodation and camping in Jotunheimen

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