Traverse of the Jotunheimen of Norway
Norway, Trek & Walk, 9 days - from £1,295 (land only) - from €1,745 (land only) - from $2,440 (land only)
- Walking holiday in Norway`s Land of the Giants
- Climb Galdhopiggen, the highest peak in Norway
- The finest mountain trek in Norway, including the Bessegen Ridge
- Beginners glacier day on the fairy-tale blue ice of Svellnosbrean
- Stay in well appointed mountain refuges with all meals included
An exciting and challenging walking holiday adventure trekking in the Jotunheimen region of Norway. Known in Norse mythology as the Land of the Giants, the Jotunheimen is the biggest and most impressive mountain region in Norway. With a network of good paths and excellent mountain huts, this is a simply superb area for trekking amongst dramatic peaks and glaciers. After transferring from Oslo, our first walking day is an acknowledged classic, trekking along the airy Besseggen Ridge which divides two lakes, one blue, the other green. This is probably the most famous and best mountain walking route in Norway. After a short boat ride we then walk through the Urdadalen Valley to reach Spiterstulen, our base for the next 3 nights. We then attempt the summit of Galdhopiggen (2469m) a contender for the title of the highest mountain in Norway before spending a day roped up trekking on the splendid Svellnosbrean Glacier. Trekking out towards the west, through some of the wildest Jotunheimen landscapes, we overnight in splendidly located refuges and old farmsteads, finally walking down to the roadhead via the magnificent valley of Utladalen with its 200 m waterfall. This is the finest mountain walking adventure holiday in Norway!
Is this holiday for you?
This is real mountain journey in Norway with significant amounts of ascent and descent on most days. The trails are predominantly good but there are sections of scree, bare rock, boulder fields and some easy scrambling, as well as patches of old snow and sections of glaciated terrain. The group will be roped-up whilst crossing glaciated ground, but there is nothing technically demanding about this holiday and previous experience of walking with crampons is not required. We will be walking for between 5 and 8 hours each day. This trekking holiday is suitable for regular hillwalkers, looking for an excellent week of mountain walking. Throughout the holiday, you will carry your personal equipment. In practice, since sleeping bags and camping mats are not needed, so you should be able to keep the weight of your rucksack down to 10kgs. On the glacier day your crampons and ice axes are provided by the mountain hut, so minimal carrying of this equipment is required. These are not required on other days.