Tenting and Outdoor recreation


Besides the hundreds of kilometres of T-marked hiking trails in Jotunheimen and the neighbouring valley of Utladalen, the park offers countless possibilities for climbing as well. To conquer the highest peaks in Northern Europe, professional gear and sometimes the hell of a guide is a must, both of which can be rented or hired at various locations around Jotunheimen.

During winter, ski tracks are marked with stakes and skiers as well as hikers can make use of a number of unmanned huts and staffed lodges in and around the edges of the park to spend the night. Visitors looking for more comfort have numerous possibilities, ranging from low-key cabins to luxury boutique hotels.

Though in the second half of summer Jotunheimen National Park sees its peak in visitors, you will experience no problem at all when looking for solitude and peace of mind amidst unspoiled nature. The only creatures you might encounter away from the crowds are large birds of prey, wolverines, reindeer, Arctic foxes, lynxes and, as legend goes, Trolls.

Apart from hiking, walking over ridges, exploring glaciers, rafting white headed rivers, skiing on the slopes of the Hurrungane mountains, biking past emerald green and deep blue lakes and climbing the demanding Store Skagastølstind with both ropes and Alpinist equipment, you can choose to go trout fishing or even hunt. For these last two activities, strict rules apply and licenses must be purchased.

In short, Jotunheimen is an outdoor recreation Mekka. One that can be explored by oneself or with tours organized by for example the Norwegian Trekking Association or (rafting, hiking, glacier, bicycle and (cross-country) ski) guides that can be hired at several companies around the park.

In open country in the lowlands, you can pitch a tent and camp overnight for up to 48 hours in one location without prior permission from the landowner. In the mountains the national park Jotunheimen, and in remote, sparsely populated areas, you may camp for longer than 48 hours.

Unless local bylaws provide otherwise, you must never pitch your tent within 150 metres (500 feet) of an inhabited house or cabin. Always take care not to damage young trees. Remember, you must not camp on fenced land without the landowner’s permission. You may light a fire in open country, but not in or near woodland between April 15 and September 15. Don’t damage trees when gathering wood for your fire – use old, dry branches and twigs. If you build a bonfire on the shore, don’t place it directly on rock, as this may cause the rock to split.

We have a lot of campings in and around the park: Campings in Jotunheimen National Park

Already in the 19th century, Jotunheimen was a very popular outdoor destination for hiking and mountain climbing. Not very surprising considering the fact that the National Park offers over 300 kilometres of trails on which hikers as well as nowadays bikers, can get in touch with the unspoiled wilderness for hours, days or even weeks in a row.

DNT Mountain Lodges

Den Norske Turistforeningen (DNT) Den Norske Turistforening (DNT) – the Norwegian Trekking Association – was founded in 1868, in the spirit of promoting sustainable outdoor tourism in Norway. Two years prior to its founding, writer and poet Aasmund O. Vinje wrote in Dølen newspaper how philanthropist and banker Thomas Heftye had convened a meeting to […] Read more

Farm Holidays & Private Cabins

Private Cabins Nestled high in the middle of eastern Norway, Jotunheimen National Park is situated in some of the most scenic landscapes in the country. Most of the activities are for the active. Hiking, fishing, and horseback riding are among favorites. Renting a cabin is the perfect way to escape the daily hustle and bustle and instead enjoy the […] Read more

Camping and caravan parks

There are several caravan camps in and around Jotunheimen National Park. Jotunheimen offers camping life at its best. With miles of hiking trails, biking routes and other activities this is a great place to park your van and discover Jotunheimen. Most campsites are open year-round, and some offer cabins and apartments more suited for winter […] Read more

Hotels and mountain lodges

Looking for a hotel in Jotunheimen National park? Find some of our suggestions bellow from where you can start your different activities. Most properties are located around the park, as logistics and legal restrictions limit building and traveling within the park. We also have a list of several hiking cabins from The Norwegian Trekking Association […] Read more