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. The area is also the home of Galdhøpiggen, the highest peak in Northern Europe at 2,469 metres above sea level. Maps are sold in local shops, tourist information offices and hotels around Jotunheimen. You can also find maps of Jotunheimen in well stocked bookshops all over Europe as well as online.
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.
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.
Learn more about hiking in Jotunheimen here: Famous walks in the Jotunheimen