Jotunheimen

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Jotunheimen: Bessegen - Gjende (984m, L) and Bessvatnet (1373m, R)

Jotunheimen, Home of the Giants, is the most famous and spectacular hiking region in Norway. Thanks to the hard gabbro rock, the mountains in this part of Norway are less eroded. The area counts twenty mountain peaks higher than 2300 meters, including the highest in the country: Galdhøpiggen (2469) and Glittertind (2452), both equipped with a glacier, both a feasible climb.

Great and well marked trails run between these giants. Perhaps the most famous (and busiest) path of Norway is the Besseggen ridge between the huts Memurubu and Gjendebu. This ridge is steep and exposed, but not dangerous. On the horizon is the sharp Hurrungane climbing range. Far below lie two lakes, seperated by a thin wall only: the green lake Gjende and 400 m higher dark blue lake Bessvatnet. Afraid of heights? Remember that the legendary Per Gynt dashed off the ridge on the back of a reindeer: "right along the Edge we two clove our passage through the air", Henrik Ibsen wrote.

Jotunheimen: Gravdalstinden (2113m) (L) and Surtningstinden (1997m) (R)

You are surrounded by high mountains, deep valleys and dark lakes everywhere in Jotunheimen. In early summer, you will hear the roar of waterfalls and streams after every turn.

A good route through the area starts in Otta. Take the morning bus to Glitterheim, and then find your way westward to Hjelle. You can make it in one week, but when you have more time, you can climb some mountains as well. A round trip is also possible, in many variants. Again start in Otta, and continue, criss-crossing the area, to the pleasant DNT hut Gjendesheim. During weekends, buses drive directly to Oslo.

Many huts are available: Gjendesheim, Memurubu, Glitterheim and Gjendebu are staffed DNT huts. Then there are several self-service and unstaffed huts, plus several private huts. Carrying a tent is not needed.

Map

Map of Norway Hiking Regions Centre South

Books

Bol.com
Netherlands
2014
  • Walking in Norway
  • This book describes 20 walking routes in the mains mountain areas of Norway, ranging from the far south to the Arctic regions. Here you will find mountains relatively free from crowds, and few roads criss-crossing the remote landscape; within this ideal setting for walkers, cairned routes twist through splendid scenery and link up with... Read more
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Bol.com
Belgium
2014
  • Walking in Norway
  • This book describes 20 walking routes in the mains mountain areas of Norway, ranging from the far south to the Arctic regions. Here you will find mountains relatively free from crowds, and few roads criss-crossing the remote landscape; within this ideal setting for walkers, cairned routes twist through splendid scenery and link up with... Read more
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De Zwerver
Netherlands
2013
  • Wandelgids Jotunheimen | Conrad Stein Verlag
  • Duitstalige wandelgids Jotunheimen (Noorwegen) met beschrijvingen van meerdaagse wandeltochten door het gebied Jotunheimen – das Heim der Riesen - ist eine der beeindruckendsten Bergwanderregionen Norwegens. Es trägt seinen Namen zu Recht, denn schließlich finden sich alle norwegischen Gipfel über 2.300 m hier, mit Galdøppingen (2.469 m),... Read more
Bol.com
Netherlands
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Belgium
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Bol.com
Netherlands
  • Norway the Outdoor Paradise
  • This book is the story of James Baxter's 2700 kilometre ski up the entire length of Norway, followed by his 3100 kilometre kayak down the whole of Norway's coast. This eight month journey took him through Europe's most pristine natural wonders; the empty snow-covered spine of Scandinavia's mountain chain, the Arctic taiga forests and tundra,... Read more
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Bol.com
Belgium
  • Norway the Outdoor Paradise
  • This book is the story of James Baxter's 2700 kilometre ski up the entire length of Norway, followed by his 3100 kilometre kayak down the whole of Norway's coast. This eight month journey took him through Europe's most pristine natural wonders; the empty snow-covered spine of Scandinavia's mountain chain, the Arctic taiga forests and tundra,... Read more
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Maps

Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Jotunheimen West Nordeca 2505
  • The western part of the Jotunheimen region in Norway in a series of GPS compatible recreational maps at 1:50,000 with cartography from Norway’s topographic survey and additional tourist information. Contours lines are drawn at 20m intervals. The overprint varies from title to title, but includes local footpaths, in some cases distinguishing... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Jotunheimen Nordeca 2215
  • Jotunheimen area in Norway in a series of GPS compatible recreational Turkart maps at 1:100,000 with cartography from Norway’s topographic survey and additional tourist information. Contours lines are drawn at 20m intervals. The overprint varies from title to title, but includes local footpaths, in some cases distinguishing between easy and... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Valdresflye Nordeca Tourist Route 20006
  • This Valdresflye National Tourist Route Map belongs to a series of 18 map and postcards sets describing popular tourist routes all over Norway. The map set includes a map in 1: 50,000 presenting an accurate topography (based on the Norwegian topographic survey) which describes local footpaths, cycle or ski routes, sport and recreational... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Jotunheimen East Nordeca 2503
  • The eastern part of the Jotunheimen region in Norway in a series of GPS compatible recreational maps at 1:50,000 with cartography from Norway’s topographic survey and additional tourist information. Contours lines are drawn at 20m intervals. The overprint varies from title to title, but includes local footpaths, in some cases distinguishing... Read more
De Zwerver
Netherlands
  • Wandelkaart 2505 Turkart Jotunheimen Vest - West | Nordeca
  • Gebied: Årdal; Skjåk; Lom, Luster, Vang Uitstekende wandelkaart van een deel van Noorwegen. De Noren zelf gebruiken deze kaarten ook voor hun wandeltochten in de berggebieden. Afhankelijk van de moeilijkheidsgraad van het gebied voldoet een 1:25.000, 1:50.000 of 1:100.000 kaart. Alle noodzakelijke informatie vind je er op terug: bemande en... Read more
De Zwerver
Netherlands
  • Wandelkaart 2503 Turkart Jotunheimen Aust - Oost | Nordeca
  • Gebied: Vang, Nord-Fron, Lom, Vågå; Øystre Slidre Uitstekende wandelkaart van een deel van Noorwegen. De Noren zelf gebruiken deze kaarten ook voor hun wandeltochten in de berggebieden. Afhankelijk van de moeilijkheidsgraad van het gebied voldoet een 1:25.000, 1:50.000 of 1:100.000 kaart. Alle noodzakelijke informatie vind je er op terug:... Read more
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