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Jotunheimen

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Jotunheimen [1] is Norway's most famous mountain area and national park.

Understand

History

Several english and german noblemen used to visit Jotunheimen in late 1800 and early 1900 to explore the mountain area, and climb the moutains.

Landscape

Alpine mountains, glaciers with lakes and small rivers.

Flora and fauna

High mountain area with very few threes, 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

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.

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.

Get around

The only way to travel within Jotunheimen national park is by foot or by skies (crosscountry). The DNT (The Norwegian Trekking Association) have a lot of hikings routes with acommodation in Jotunheimen.

See

A fabulous alpine mountain area, probably the best in whole scandinavia. 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.

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.

Buy

Eat

What you bring with you, or buy at the local hotels in the park.

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

Backcountry

Stay safe

Always bring a map and a compass, pay attention to the local the 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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