Uranostind Glacier

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the pride of Jotunheimen

About the Hike

Uranostind rises majestically in the southern part of Jotunheimen, and it is the highest summit on a several kilometre-long and sharp mountain ridge. It’s recognisable for its sharp peak, that during winter is covered with beautiful white snow. The views from such an isolated and dominating summit are spectacular and unique; the hike offers views over the entire Jotunheimen, including Hurungane in the West, Uradalen in the North. To access the peak the route takes you over the glacier Uranosbreen, located East of the Mountain ridge.

Hike Description

The most popular version of this hike is to follow the route that crosses the Uranosbreen glacier. Starting from Koldedalen, you’ll walk 3.5 km heading north towards the glacier. Once you reach the Glacier there will be a short change of equipment before the hike continues to Uraknatten and the climb to Uranostind. The trek takes you over crevasses, and you will do some easy climbing and then crawl out on the top ridge and admire the spectacular view from the summit.

History

The team William C. Slingsby, Emanuel M. Mohn and Knut Lykken made the first ascent in 1876. Slingsby was a well-travelled and very experienced British alpinist and mountaineer who, together with Mohn and the local farmer, reindeer hunter and mountaineer, Lykken, decided to conquer some of the toughest peaks in Jotunheimen. Uranostind was the fourth first ascent the trio did that summer. Slingsby wrote about the ascents in “Norway, the northern playground”. He emphasises how impressed he was with Lykken’s natural agility and how he was able to find his feet down the glaciers.

Nature and the Surroundings

The hike offers views over the entire Jotunheimen, including Hurungane in the West, Uradalen in the North and South towards Kvitevatnet and Tyin. East of the ridge lies the largest ice field in this part of Jotunheimen. It consists of three glaciers; Uransbreen, Mjølkedalsbreen and Skogadalsbreen. Together, the three glaciers cover more than 7 square km.

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.

Season

The main season is summer/late summer as this is when the area is most suitable for trekking. To access Eidsbugarden which is the starting point for the trek, one needs to travel by M/B Bitihorn that runs from late June to the beginning of September.

Accommodation

Stay at Fondsbu DNT which is located by the shore of Bygdin Lake.

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)

Uranostind

  • Municipality: Vang/Vågå/Luster
  • Jotunheimen National Park
  • Bygdin Lake
  • Koldedalen Valley

Hike Info

  • Difficulty: Challenging
  • Distance: 17 kilometers (Out and back)
  • Climb Height: 1,050 meters
  • Elevation: 2157 m.a.s.l.
  • Duration: 10-11 hours
  • Season: Summer
  • Guided Tour

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