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The Galdhöpiggen mountain Hike Experience

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Galdhöpiggen

Galdhöpiggen, Norway’s highest mountain at 2 469m/ 7,100 feet, is situated in Jotunheimen National Park between the lowlands of eastern Norway and the fjords of western Norway. Even though the mountain itself is fairly high, it is relatively easy to climb as it is possible to drive halfway up to Juvass Hytte base camp at 1 840m/ 6,000 feet. However, as there is a glacier along the way, hiring a local mountain guide is required to help you cross it with ropes. This is not as difficult as it sounds – you can walk upright across the glacier, but because the ice tends to move, a guide is required to help you identify and avoid any dangerous cracks.

About 1/3 of the hike consists of rocky and slightly demanding terrain. Healthy legs and appropriate clothing and equipment are therefore essential.

Our guests on this hike were aged 50 to 70 with relatively good hiking experience and excellent equipment (see photos). We therefore did not hesitate to set out on our hike despite the somewhat unstable weather.

Village of Lom

We stayed in the nearby village of Lom, in the beautiful Nordal hotel, which also gave us an opportunity to visit the famous Lom Stave Church from the 12th century.

The hotel had an excellent breakfast and we were also provided with a packed lunch consisting of sandwiches and hot chocolate. From the village, Juvasshytta base camp was about a 40-minute drive. The base camp consists of a tourist centre and a motel, where toilets were available and it was also possible to purchase additional equipment.

Our young mountain and glacier guide handed out crampons and harnesses to use when crossing the glacier and explained the rules and security procedures we had to follow during the crossing.

From Juvashytta to the edge of the glacier was an easy 1-hour walk along a mountain path. After a quick break for some chocolate, we put on our crampons and harnessess, and got into a line with our mountain guide at the front, guests in the middle, and our Norway Exclusive guide at the back.

Crossing the Glacier

The walk across the glacier was relatively easy, at a pace appropriate for all members of the group. We had occasional sunshine and did not experience any problems. Nor did we see any cracks in the ice – but as our guide explained, it is the invisible cracks that are especially dangerous, particularly those that form directly beneath fresh layers of snow. As this was early September, there was no fresh snow on the glacier.

The next hour was slightly more demanding – up the final, rockiest part of the mountain. Though there were no exposed parts, climbing over the rocks was somewhat difficult. However, the view was incredible!

At the top!

There was great excitement amongst our party when we were finally able to spot the cabin at the very top. Towards the very end there were a couple of hundred metres with hard snow where we could walk individually without crampons.

And then we had arrived! The cabin is heated and sells various snacks and drinks. We had our packed lunches at the communal table and got to know some of the other travellers.  We then had a photo session at the highest point in Norway. Unfortunately, it was now slightly foggy and we did not have much of the view. But our hike up had been mostly fog-free so we had already seen the landscape.

The relatively easy return to Juvasshytta took about 2 ½ hours. Altogether the entire hike took us about 6 – 7 hours including breaks.

Relaxing at historical Hotel Röisheim

The same night we upgraded to the area’s finest hotel – the historical Röisheim, consisting of ancient Norwegian farm buildings. The rooms are extremely atmospheric and retains the rustic charm of an old Norwegian farm. Luckily all amenities are fully modernised. One of our rooms even had a beautfiul bath tub made entirely of wood!

In the evening we had a fantastic (and well-deserved!) gourmet dinner in the hotel restaurant. After a good night’s sleep we returned to Oslo Airport (a 4-hour drive) the next day.

How to get to Galdhöpiggen

The village of Lom is approximately 5 hours from Oslo by car (4 hours from Oslo airport). Our group of visitors incorporated a Galdhöpiggen trip into their tailor-made tour of the Western Fjords. This meant they could do the hike on their way back to Oslo from Geiranger.

Should you wish to go on a Galdhöpiggen hike, please send us a non-binding request to get in touch and we will propose an itinerary in collaboration with our partners. If you are a travel agent or incoming operator for Norway tours, we are happy to cooperate to create the best possible travel experience for your guests.