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'''Jotunheimen''' [http://www.turistforeningen.no/turplanlegger/location.php?lo_id=NO_jot] is [[Norway]]'s most famous mountain area and national park.
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'''Jotunheimen''' [http://www.turistforeningen.no/turplanlegger/location.php?lo_id=NO_jot] is [[Norway]]'s most famous mountain area and national park. The name "Jotunheimen" has its roots in Norse mythology, and literally means "The home of the giants".
  
 
==Understand==
 
==Understand==
  
 
===History===
 
===History===
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Several English and German noblemen used to visit Jotunheimen in late 1800s and early 1900s to explore the mountain area, and climb the mountains.  The Norwegian poet Vinje named many of the peaks in the western part of the park and is justly celebrated with a monument near Fondsbu DNT Hut.  The Norwegian national playwright Ibsen set one of the most famous scenes in his classic Peer Gynt on the dramatic Besseggen Ridge in the eastern part of the park. The Besseggen Ridge has become one of the most visited natural attractions in Norway with 1-2 people passing any given point every 2-3 minutes in high summer -- not a place for solitude!  The eccentric Englishman HC Slingsby popularised the area through his trip reports published in the Scottish Mountaineering Journal in the 1880s and 1890s.  He also published a classic book-length account entitled ''Norway: the northern playground''.
  
 
===Landscape===
 
===Landscape===
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===Flora and fauna===
 
===Flora and fauna===
High mountain area with very few threes, mostly heathery terrain with some bushes.
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High mountain area with very few trees, mostly heathery terrain with some bushes.
  
 
===Climate===
 
===Climate===
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Rapid weather changes can occur, lots of snow in the winter due to the high altitude, nice summer with over up to 25 degrees celcius if good and sunny weather.
  
 
==Get in==
 
==Get in==
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Jotunheimen can be accessed from north and south. From Oslo its about 380km to the north ([[Lom]]) and about 230km to the south ([[Beitostølen]]) or 265km to [[Tyinkrysset]].
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===By train===
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Train from Oslo and Gardermoen Airport to [[Otta]] 300km north of [[Oslo]] and take bus 80km west to [[Lom]].
  
It is located about 380km from [[Oslo]], if you don't have a car, you can take the train to [[Otta]] 300km north of [[Oslo]], and take the bus 80km west to [[Lom]], where you have easy access to Jotunheimen.
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===By bus===
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* <listing name="Nor-Way Bussekspress" alt="express buses" directions="" address="" phone="" email="" fax="" url="http://www.nor-way.no" hours="" price="">Most express buses running through the region are operated by this company. Connections to [[Oslo]], [[Lillehammer]], [[Sogn]], [[Trondheim]] and [[Nordfjord]]</listing>.
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* <listing name="Valdresekspressen" alt="express coach" directions="" address="" phone="+47 61 36 59 00" email="post@valdresekspressen.no" fax="+47 61 36 16 00" url="http://www.valdresekspressen.no" hours="" price="">Route (Up to five daily departures): [[Oslo]]-[[Hønefoss]]-[[Valdres]]-[[Beitostølen]]-[[Gjendesheim]] (only summerseason to Gjendesheim) and [[Oslo]]-[[Hønefoss]]-[[Valdres]]-[[Tyinkrysset]]-[[Tyin]]-[[Årdal]].</listing>.
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* <listing name="Øst-Vest Xpressen" alt="express coach" directions="" address="" phone="+47 61 36 59 00" email="jvb@jvb.no" fax="+47 61 36 16 00" url="http://www.ostvestxpressen.no" hours="" price=""> Route (One departure per day): [[Bergen]]-[[Voss]]-[[Lærdal]]-[[Tyinkrysset]]-[[Fagernes]]-[[Lillehammer]].</listing>.
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*<listing name="Snowmobile" alt="snowmobile" directions="" address="" phone="+47 61 36 59 00" email="jvb@jvb.no" fax="+47 61 36 16 00" url="http://www.jvb.no/beltebiler/" hours="" price="">Connections: [[Tyin]]-[[Tyinholmen]]-[[Eidsbugarden]] (Fondsbu) and [[Beitostølen]]-[[Bygdin]]. In summerseason there is a local bus-service on those two routes.</listing>.
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*The [http://www.fjord1.no Fjord 1] service runs along the [[Sognefjellet]] mountain pass from [[Sognal]] to [[Otta]] and [[Lom]] ([http://www.fjord1.no/default.asp?page=364|Sognefjellet route information on Fjord1]).
  
 
==Fees/Permits==
 
==Fees/Permits==
It's free to enter the nationalpark, if you want to fish, there is a small fee. Contact the local tourist information for more details.
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If you want to fish, there is a small fee. Contact the local tourist information for more details.
  
 
==Get around==
 
==Get around==
The only way to travel within Jotunheimen national park is by foot or by skies (crosscountry).
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The only way to travel within Jotunheimen national park is by foot or by cross-country skis. The [http://www.turistforeningen.no/english/ DNT] (The Norwegian Trekking Association) have a lot of hiking routes with accommodation in Jotunheimen.
  
 
==See==
 
==See==
A fabulous alpine mountain area, probably the best in whole scandinavia. Several glaciers and steep cliffs in a national park environment.
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A fabulous alpine mountain area; probably the best in the whole of scandinavia. There are several glaciers and steep cliffs in a national park environment.
  
 
==Do==
 
==Do==
  
Here you can go hiking both in summer and by cross country skiing in the winter.
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Here you can go hiking both in summer and by cross country skiing in the winter. Several possibilities of guided glacier hiking and guided climbing in the high mountains.
  
In Jotunheimen you climb several alpine mountains. Jotunheimens highest mountain is Galdhøpiggen at 2469m above sea level. Second highest is Glittertind with 2464m. One of the most famous hiking routes in Jotunheimen is across Besseggen a narrow edge with steep cliffs on both sides.
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In Jotunheimen you climb several alpine mountains. Jotunheimens highest mountain is Galdhøpiggen at 2469m above sea level. Second highest is Glittertind with 2464m. These are both long, but technically easy hikes. One of the most famous hiking routes in Jotunheimen is across Besseggen a narrow edge with steep cliffs on both sides. The most famous mountain where you have to climb to get to the top, is Store Skagastølstind (2405m).
  
 
==Buy==
 
==Buy==
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==Eat==
 
==Eat==
What you bring with your, or buy at the local hotels in the park.
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What you bring with you, or buy at the local hotels in the park. Try Elk Burgers or Reindeer Steak.
  
 
==Drink==
 
==Drink==
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There are several places where you can get accommodation in the mountain, both full service mountain hotels and self service cabins.
 
There are several places where you can get accommodation in the mountain, both full service mountain hotels and self service cabins.
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Visit [http://www.turistforeningen.no/english/ DNT] (The Norwegian Trekking Association) for more information.
  
 
===Lodging===
 
===Lodging===
  
 
===Camping===
 
===Camping===
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Wild camp. Not more than three days in a row on the same spot.
  
 
===Backcountry===
 
===Backcountry===
  
 
==Stay safe==
 
==Stay safe==
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Always bring a map and a compass, pay attention to the local weather forcasts. Always remember to tell where you go an when you expect to arrive there. Talk to locals if you're in doubt.
  
 
==Get out==
 
==Get out==
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Revision as of 17:44, 12 June 2012

Walking on Besseggen

Jotunheimen [1] is Norway's most famous mountain area and national park. The name "Jotunheimen" has its roots in Norse mythology, and literally means "The home of the giants".

Contents

Understand

History

Several English and German noblemen used to visit Jotunheimen in late 1800s and early 1900s to explore the mountain area, and climb the mountains. The Norwegian poet Vinje named many of the peaks in the western part of the park and is justly celebrated with a monument near Fondsbu DNT Hut. The Norwegian national playwright Ibsen set one of the most famous scenes in his classic Peer Gynt on the dramatic Besseggen Ridge in the eastern part of the park. The Besseggen Ridge has become one of the most visited natural attractions in Norway with 1-2 people passing any given point every 2-3 minutes in high summer -- not a place for solitude! The eccentric Englishman HC Slingsby popularised the area through his trip reports published in the Scottish Mountaineering Journal in the 1880s and 1890s. He also published a classic book-length account entitled Norway: the northern playground.

Landscape

Alpine mountains, glaciers with lakes and small rivers.

Flora and fauna

High mountain area with very few trees, mostly heathery terrain with some bushes.

Climate

Rapid weather changes can occur, lots of snow in the winter due to the high altitude, nice summer with over up to 25 degrees celcius if good and sunny weather.

Get in

Jotunheimen can be accessed from north and south. From Oslo its about 380km to the north (Lom) and about 230km to the south (Beitostølen) or 265km to Tyinkrysset.

By train

Train from Oslo and Gardermoen Airport to Otta 300km north of Oslo and take bus 80km west to Lom.

By bus

Fees/Permits

If you want to fish, there is a small fee. Contact the local tourist information for more details.

Get around

The only way to travel within Jotunheimen national park is by foot or by cross-country skis. The DNT (The Norwegian Trekking Association) have a lot of hiking routes with accommodation in Jotunheimen.

See

A fabulous alpine mountain area; probably the best in the whole of scandinavia. There are several glaciers and steep cliffs in a national park environment.

Do

Here you can go hiking both in summer and by cross country skiing in the winter. Several possibilities of guided glacier hiking and guided climbing in the high mountains.

In Jotunheimen you climb several alpine mountains. Jotunheimens highest mountain is Galdhøpiggen at 2469m above sea level. Second highest is Glittertind with 2464m. These are both long, but technically easy hikes. One of the most famous hiking routes in Jotunheimen is across Besseggen a narrow edge with steep cliffs on both sides. The most famous mountain where you have to climb to get to the top, is Store Skagastølstind (2405m).

Buy

Eat

What you bring with you, or buy at the local hotels in the park. Try Elk Burgers or Reindeer Steak.

Drink

Fresh mountain water

Sleep

There are several places where you can get accommodation in the mountain, both full service mountain hotels and self service cabins. Visit DNT (The Norwegian Trekking Association) for more information.

Lodging

Camping

Wild camp. Not more than three days in a row on the same spot.

Backcountry

Stay safe

Always bring a map and a compass, pay attention to the local weather forcasts. Always remember to tell where you go an when you expect to arrive there. Talk to locals if you're in doubt.

Get out

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