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Jotunheimen

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Jotunheimen, mainland Norway's major massif, borders in the east to Sjodalen and Valdresflye, in the south to Skarvheimen, and in the west and north to Sognefjellet and Bøverdalen.

Here there are groups of sharp ridges, many ending in towering peaks. Here are high plateaus and glaciers, many steep and inaccessible, others filling valleys and cols between peaks, to be tour goals for hikers and skiers. Between the peaks and ridges there are deep valleys, many with rivers, waterfalls and lakes. Here are all Norwegian summits above 2300 metres, including Galdhøpiggen at 2469 m and Glittertind at 2452 m (with its glacier in 1999: 2472 m).

Gjendesheim and the famous Besseggen

Both novices and experienced climbers trek the Jotunheimen. Hurrungane mountain and the peaks between Bygdin and Gjende are climbing favourites.

Most popular routes:
The hike over Veslefjellet and Besseggen between Gjendesheim and Memurubu is the favourite by far, with the hike to Galdhøpiggen from Juvasshytta a solid second.

Good starting points:
Gjendesheim, Fondsbu, Hjelle i Utladalen, Sognefjellet, Leirvassbu, Spiterstulen and Juvasshytta.

Maps:
In addition to the main 1:50,000 map series, the 1:100,000 Cappelens trekking map of Jotunheimen (2000) and the 1:50,000 Ugland IT trekking maps of Jotunheimen East (1998) and West (1998) as well as the 1:50,000 trekking maps of Beitostølen (1998), Vang in Valdres (2003) and Årdal (2000) are excellent for the areas they cover.