Hiking Routes in Jotunheimen National Park

– Grab your boots, pack your bag and wander off on a hike into Jotunheimen’s beautiful landscapes and stunning wilderness.

When hiking in Jotunheimen National Park, you will have thousands of kilometres of walks, covering all kinds of magnificent terrain, to choose from. Walk for for half an hour, a day, a week or a month! Choose the track that suits your ability and schedule.

About hiking in Jotunheimen

Jotunheimen is one of Norway’s most alpine areas with sharp peaks and deep valleys. The dramatic landscape is made up of snow, ice, rocks and vegetation. In the Jotunheimen National Park you will find one of Norway’s most popular and stunning hikes, the narrow Besseggen ridge that runs between a green and a blue lake. Our national park offers Northern Europe’s most beautiful vistas and dramatic walks. If Jotunheimen is the heart of Norway, thousands of kilometres of tracks are its veins. Are you ready?!

Walking in Jotunheimen can be everything from a short one-day hike to a multiple-day trek. From the Bygdin Lake in the East, discover the stunning summit of Synshorn (1,475 m.a.s.l.). Or a nice and short trip with beautiful views over Jotunheimen, Raslet, Kalvåhøgde, Heimdalen and Østre Slidre. Try also the longer hike to Bitihorn (1607 m.a.s.l.), that lies at the entrance to Jotunheimen National Park. Get on the boat M/B Bitihorn and travel across the Bygdin Lake to Torfinnsbu to hike the mysterious Svartdalen Valley. Attempt a climb up the impressive peaks of Torfinnstraversen or Nørdre Kalvehøtinden. Here you will be accompanied by local guides as the ascents require skill, climbing and special equipment.

North of the Bygdin Lake lies the emerald green Gjende Lake, surrounded by Veslefjellet, Besseggen, Memurutunga, Bukkelægret, Gjendtunga and so much more. These hikes can be enjoyed individually where you can board the boat Gjendebåten. Or you can combine them on a multi-day hike and experience the trekking of a life time. West for Bygdin Lake you will find Eidsbugarden, and access to a range of hikes, including short family friendly trips to Utsikten or Torshamaren, and glacier walks to Uranostind.

Maps of the Jotunheimen National Park trails can be obtained in local stores, hotels and tourist information offices as well as online or in upscale bookshops across Europe and the rest of the world.

When to hike in Jotunheimen

The best time of year for hiking in Jotunheimen is from the middle of July until the middle of August. June and September or even early October may also offer pleasant hiking conditions, depending on weather conditions and the amount of snow.

Hiking possibilities in Jotunheimen

There are more than 50 marked routes within the national park and about a further 70 in the surrounding areas. The duration of the hikes vary from one hour up to eight or ten hours. There are also plenty of opportunities for multi-day hikes, lasting from three to ten days or even longer. For hikes to the higher areas of the Jotunheimen National Park, an average physical condition is recommended and previous experience is definitely a benefit. Families and non-experienced hikers may prefer one of the flat, easy routes in the valleys. There are also short, easy hikes outside the park, for example in Beitotstølen, Lom or in the Skjåk municipality.

Jotunheimen is incredibly popular amongst hikers and climbers, in particular the famous Besseggen-trail, and the Norwegian Mountain Touring Association (DNT) maintains a number mountain lodges in the area, as well as well-marked trails that run between the lodges and others up to some of the peaks.

Hiking Routes in Jotunheimen National Park

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Besseggen (Memurubu ↔ Gjendesheim)

Duration: 7-9 hour(s)
Distance: 13 kilometers
Ascent height: 1300 meters

The popular Besseggen ridge is a route route of about 6-8 hours (breaks included). The Besseggen hike takes you over the spectacular, steep, and some places very narrow trails which plunge four hundred meters straight down into the lake below.


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Besseggen (via Bessvatn from Bessheim)

Duration: 7-9 hour(s)
Distance: 20 kilometers
Ascent height: 800 meters

Hike the famous Besseggen ridge on this alternative route from Bessheim. The route is a little longer but with less height meters to ascend.

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Bitihorn

Duration: 5-8 hour(s)
Distance: 10 kilometers
Peak Elevation: 1607 meters
Ascent height: 600 meters

Bitihorn at 1607 meters above sea level is one of the classical and easier hikes suited well for beginners in the area. The route start at the doorstep of Bygdin hotel and takes you up to a fantastic panoramic view over Valdres.


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Bukkelægret: Memurubu ↔ Gjendebu

Duration: 6-8 hour(s)
Distance: 10 kilometers
Ascent height: 760 meters

Bukkelægret has a steady steep climb/descent on both sides of the route, with a longer flat plateau in the middle. The hike will take you through a variety of beautiful trout-filled lakes – a great place to catch your lunch. The high mountain offer great views of Gjende. In the steepest a...


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Falketind

Duration: 10-12 hour(s)
Distance: 13 kilometers
Peak Elevation: 2067 meters
Ascent height: 1000 meters

Falketind was first ascended in 1820 and was the first mountain of "alpine character " to be climbed in Norway. This discovery is considered "the awakening of Jotunheimen", as people became aware of the real potential and all the breadth of opportunities in the area. It is probably the most deman...


Galdhøpiggen

Peak Elevation: 2469 meters

To sit on top of Jotunheimen, you’ll have to conquer a 2469m (8,100ft) rise above sea level first. You’ll be rewarded with a 360 degree panorama of Jotunheimens mountain and lakes.


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Galdhøpiggen via Svellnosbreen

Duration: 9 hour(s)
Distance: 12 kilometers
Peak Elevation: 2469 meters
Ascent height: 1350 meters

This is a longer, but much more exciting route to the summit of Galdhøpiggen, 2469 meters above sea level. The route includes a spectacular glacier crossing and steep, but easy scrambling up the south face of Galdhøpiggen. We follow the normal route down to Spiterstulen. It is a demanding trip ...


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Gjendetunga (From Gjendebu)

Duration: 3-5 hour(s)
Distance: 10 kilometers
Ascent height: 520 meters
Descent: 520 meters

Gjendetunga is the perfect hike for those who want to indulge in a nice, relaxing and shorter trek, but who doesn’t want to go without a panoramic view experience. Towering over Gjendebu, Gjendetunga lies at 1516 MASL (4973, 7 feet) and is “a not to miss” hike if you’re in this area. On c...


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Glacier hike to Svellnosbreen

Duration: 7 hour(s)
Distance: 8 kilometers
Ascent height: 550 meters

A glacier tour to Svellnosbreen is a spectacular experience with large crevasses and blue ice towers. This is a day trip starting from Spiterstulen at 10:00 and we arrive at the edge of the glacier around 12:30 where we put on the gear needed for glacier travel: rope, harness and crampons. We exp...


Glittertind

Peak Elevation: 2457 meters
Ascent height: 1057 meters

– At 2,457 m above sea level, Glittertind is the second highest mountain in Norway, located within the municipality of Lom. It’s easy to grasp why the hike to Glittertind is so popular; not only is it an exciting hike that takes you over a glacier, which in itself is reason enough to go, b...


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Hjelle - Vetti Gård

Duration: 1-2 hour(s)
Distance: 5 kilometers
Ascent height: 160 meters

Vetti can be reached by foot or by horse-carriage from the nearby Hjelle farm to the south. The scenic route between Hjelle to Vetti Gård is well marked and is more like a well groomed road than the normal trails we are used to in Jotunheimen. Vetti is no longer regularly inhabited, but it is no...


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Knutshøe

Duration: 4-6 hour(s)
Distance: 12 kilometers
Peak Elevation: 1517 meters
Ascent height: 690 meters

Next to his bigger brother Besseggen, you will find the 1517m high peak of Knutshøe. Knutshøe offers outstanding views towards the peaks towering all around and the surrounding lakes.


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Kvitskardtinden

Duration: 5-7 hour(s)
Distance: 8 kilometers
Peak Elevation: 2193 meters
Ascent height: 1160 meters

With its 2,193 meters above sea level, Kvitskardtinden is Norway’s 59th highest mountain. Great views over Svartdalen bellow and Jotunheimen in the background!


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Kvitskardtinden (From Torfinnsbu)

Duration: 5-7 hour(s)
Distance: 16 kilometers
Peak Elevation: 2193 meters
Ascent height: 1280 meters

With its 2,193 meters above sea level, Kvitskardtinden is Norway’s 59th highest mountain. Great views over Svartdalen bellow and Jotunheimen in the background!


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Nørdre Kalvehølotinden

Duration: 4-6 hour(s)
Distance: 7 kilometers
Peak Elevation: 2019 meters
Ascent height: 970 meters

North (Nørdre in Norwegian) Kalvehølotinden, with its 2019 meters above sea level, is the southernmost of Norway’s 2000-meter peaks. The mountain is part of a ten-kilometer-long mountain massif called Kalvehøgde, which consists of ten peaks over 2000 meters, including Vang and Valdres’ hig...


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Ridderspranget (The Knight’s leap)

Distance: 2 kilometers

Ridderspranget (The Knight’s leap) is a narrow gorge through Sjodalen in the river Sjoa. Ridderspranget is easy to get to, with a drivable road which turns off road 51, 5 km south of Randsverk. From the car park it is only a short walk to the gorge. Please don´t try to jump across the gorge. I...


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Svartdalen (The Black Valley)

Duration: 6-8 hour(s)
Distance: 14 kilometers
Ascent height: 610 meters

The popular hiking route from Torfinnsbu to Gjendebu takes you through Svartdalen, meaning “The Black Valley”, which is often referred to as the most beautiful valley in Jotunheimen. As you wander through this lush valley, you'll be surrounded by majestic towering peaks, several of which ...


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Synshorn

Duration: 1-2 hour(s)
Distance: 5 kilometers
Peak Elevation: 1457 meters
Ascent height: 450 meters

Synshorn at 1457 meters above sea level invites to a fantastic view of Jotunheimen. The trail is easy to follow and climb, and varies from soft terreng to rock closer to the peak. The hike is well suited for beginners and is a short hike starting at the doorsteps of Bygdin Hotel.


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Torfinnstindtraversen

Duration: 8-12 hour(s)
Distance: 11 kilometers
Peak Elevation: 2119 meters
Ascent height: 1200 meters

Torfinnstraversen is one of the more extreme climbs we offer and consists of three peaks, Østre Tofinnstind (2120m), Mitre Torfinnstind (2112m) and Vestre Torfinnstind (2095m).


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Torshammaren (From Eidsbugarden)

Duration: 2-4 hour(s)
Distance: 7 kilometers
Ascent height: 370 meters

The tour to Torshammaren will provide a feeling of being surrounded by Jotunheimen's mountain peaks. At the peak you will find yourself at the gates of Jotunheimen's wilderness. The tour is easy, and a great tour for beginners. There are only 370 height meters from start to the peak, with a fairl...


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Uranostind

Duration: 9-12 hour(s)
Distance: 17 kilometers
Peak Elevation: 2157 meters
Ascent height: 1050 meters
Descent: 1050 meters

Uranostind - The Pride of Jotunheimen! The iconic Uranostind lies at 2,157 m.a.s.l. This demanding 10-11 hour hike is great for experienced hikers. The hike will take you past Urdadalsvannet on the way to Koldedalen. Once you reach the Glacier there will be a short change of equipment before t...


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Utsikten (From Eidsbugarden)

Duration: 2-4 hour(s)
Distance: 6 kilometers
Ascent height: 410 meters

Utsikten is a short, easy tour with spectacular view over the great nature landscape of Jotunheimen. Its about 410m height meters to ascend, but short and fits beginners well.


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Veslådalen (Gjendebu → Eidsbugarden)

Duration: 5-7 hour(s)
Distance: 16 kilometers
Ascent height: 516 meters

The hiking route between the Gjendebu and Eidsbugard takes you from Lake Gjende to Lake Bygdin through Jotunheimen National Park. Starting off from the birch forest by Gjendebu you follow the Veslådalen valley before heading down to Lake Bygdin and Eidsbugard. The hike is long but moderate wi...


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Vetti Gard - Vettifossen peak (Round-trip)

Duration: 2-3 hour(s)
Distance: 7 kilometers
Ascent height: 500 meters

Vettisfossen is one of Norway's tallest waterfalls, and the 284th tallest in the world. Most people hike to the base of the waterfall for a view of Vettisfossen. It's also possible to hike to the top. The route and climb is longer than to the base. But while you are at Vetti Gård this is a great...


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Vetti Gård - Vettisfossen (Round-trip)

Duration: 1 hour(s)
Distance: 3 kilometers
Ascent height: 150 meters

Continue from Vetti Gård up into the beautiful Utladalen. The green wild nature and the river along the hike creates a superb scenery all the way on to Vettisfossen. With a free fall of 275 metres, Vettisfoss is the highest waterfall in Norway which has not been regulated. The short hike has som...


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Vindhellavegen & Borgund Stave Church

Duration: 1 hour(s)
Distance: 4 kilometers
Ascent height: 200 meters

Vindhellavegen combined with Borgund Stave Church is the most spectacular and famous part of The Kings Road. The hike was renovated by the Kings Road project and is not a superb hiking route.

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Østre Torfinnstind

Duration: 5-6 hour(s)
Distance: 6 kilometers
Peak Elevation: 2119 meters
Ascent height: 1060 meters

Østre Torfinnstind or “Eastern Torfinnstind” is the highest one of the mountain Torfinnstindane’s three peaks. At 2119 meters above sea level, it rises majestically in the sky behind Torfinnsbu, and can be seen from most mountains in the southern area of Jotunheimen. The hike is of the mor...