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About the Hike
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 more challenging sort, and requires you to be in good physical health. But once you reach the top, the trip is well worth the challenge. In addition to magnificent views of the spectacular surroundings; one can – on a clear day – see almost all the way to Oslo. Do not forget to bring your camera!
For an even bigger challenge we also offer tours across all three Torfinnstind peaks.
Eastern Torfinnstind is located in the southern part of Jotunheimen, by the shores of lake Bygdin in the municipality of Vang. You can access the area by catching the Bitihorn ferry from Bygdin (the place), and hopping off at Torfinnsbu.
The hike takes anywhere from 3 to 5 hours (breaks not included) and can easily be carried out as a daytrip. From the boat docks at Torfinnsbu at 09:50 am, you have just over 6.5 hours before you have to be back for the return to Bygdin.
The Torfinnstind climb starts directly from Torfinnsbu, and the hike up to the summit is only 3 kilometres long, making the hike 6 kilometres in total counting the return. The trip however has an elevation of 1059m up to the 2119 m top, making it quite challenging.
From Torfinnsbu you start out by following the marked path towards Gjendebu up Torfinnsdalen, to where the terrain flattens out somewhat. Here you turn left onto the unmarked path up to the steepest part of the climb, and into a chute formation. This is where it can get though, as some areas needs to be climbed, and finding the right track that will lead you to the top can be difficult. There are chutes that will lead you nowhere, and there are chutes that do take you to the top; but with a fare more difficult ascent than necessary. Particularly in the case of poor visibility, you can quickly make a wrong turn, and put yourself at risk.
Eastern (Øystre) Torfinnstind lies at 2120 m.a.s.l. and is the highest of the three peaks. It was first ascended by Emanuel Mohn, British William Cecil Slingsby and Knut Lykken in 1876. The first was professor and mountaineer, and the second a well travelled alpinist and climber. The two set out to make several first ascents in Jotunheimen in the year of 1876. Because they knew that they would encounter glaciers they got a third person, Knut Lykken, involved. Knut Lykken was a local farmer, reindeer hunter and mountaineer from Østre Slidre.
Nature and the Surroundings
Torfinnstindane is located in the southern part of Jotunheimen, by the shores of lake Bygdin, in the municipality of Vang. This iconic mountain makes up the most Southern part of a long line of twelve peaks all over 2000 m.a.s.l, stretching from Bygdin going North.
Bygdin Mountain Lake is one of the most characteristical reference points in Jotunheimen. It lies in the southern part of the national park and measures 28 km long and 2 km wide. During the months of July and August the boat, M/B Bitihorn, takes you across the lake to access Eidsbugarden and Torfinnsbu. M/B Bitithorn is in fact Northern Europe’s highest lying boat route and and has been active since the summer of 1912!
Who is this Hike Suitable for
This hike is challenging and only suitable for those in good physical shape with previous experience for similar activities.
The main season is summer/late summer. This is when the area is most suitable for trekking. To access Torfinnsbu, one needs to travel by M/B Bitihorn that runs from late June to the beginning of September.
Stay at Bygdin Mountain Lodge or Fondsbu DNT which are located on the opposite sides of Bygdin Lake. Or spend a night at Torfinnsbu, a self-service DNT cabin right at the foot of Torfinstindane.
How to Get There
You can access the area by catching the M/B Bitihorn ferry from Bygdin (the place), and hopping off at Torfinnsbu. See timetable (TBC)