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Home of the giants

Enjoy the view from the top of Norway’s highest mountain Galdhøpiggen, walk along the narrow, but popular Besseggen ridge, and try some of the traditional food from the area.

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Hiking in the mountains, walking on glaciers, river rafting, and summer skiing are activities you can participate in whilst visiting the Jotunheimen national park. Here you can reach the top of Northern Europe’s highest mountain Galdhøpiggen, hike from cabin to cabin, or find a nice spot to set up your tent.

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Safety in the mountains

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Norway is an incredible place to explore, with untamed mythical landscapes, mountains, valleys, and fjords. Before you enter the outdoors, get familiar with the nine simple rules of the Norwegian mountain code to help you stay safe.

  1. Plan your trip and inform others about the route you have selected.
  2. Adapt the planned routes according to ability and conditions.
  3. Pay attention to the weather and the avalanche warnings.
  4. Be prepared for bad weather and frost, even on short trips.
  5. Bring the necessary equipment so you can help yourself and others.
  6. Choose safe routes. Recognize avalanche terrain and unsafe ice.
  7. Use a map and a compass. Always know where you are.
  8. Don’t be ashamed to turn around.
  9. Conserve your energy and seek shelter if necessary.

Read the mountain code with supplementary comments.

The right to roam

Guidelines to roaming where you want

As long as you understand and follow a few basic rules and regulations, you are free to walk almost everywhere in the Norwegian countryside. Outdoor recreation is an important part of the national identity, and access to nature is considered a right established by law.

The so called right of access (“allemannsretten”) is a traditional right from ancient times. Since 1957, it has been part of the Outdoor Recreation Act. It ensures that everybody can experience nature, even on larger privately owned areas.

The main rules are easy: Be considerate and thoughtful. Make sure you pick up your rubbish and show respect for nature and people – in other words, leave the landscape as you would want to find it.

The right to roam applies to open country, sometimes also known as “unfenced land”, which is land that is not cultivated. In Norway, the term covers most shores, bogs, forests and mountains. Small islands of uncultivated land within cultivated land are not regarded as open country.

Getting here and around

Get in-depth travel information at The National Park Region’s official website.

  • Jotunheimen train

    By train

    Otta is the nearest train station. From there, you can take local buses to several places in the Jotunheimen area.

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  • Jotunheimen bus

    By bus

    The Jotunheimen area can be reached with express buses from Oslo, Bergen, and Trondheim several times per day. 

     

  • Jotunheimen car

    By car

    If you want to go to Jotunheimen by car, follow the E6 from Oslo or Lillehammer, or the E16 via Lærdal from Bergen.

    Three of Norway’s National Tourist Routes pass through Jotunheimen: Sognefjellet, Gamle Stynefjellsvegen, and Valdresflye.

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    Local travel

    Local buses serve the most popular hiking areas in the summer.

    In the summer, boats traffic the Gjende and Bygdin lakes, transporting hikers, luggage, and canoes and kayaks.

  • Jotunheimen plane

    By plane

    The nearest airports are Oslo Airport Gardermoen and Trondheim Airport Værnes. You can travel by train from both airports to several destinations in the region.

    If you prefer your own car. There is several rental car services at both Oslo Airport and Trondheim Airport.

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Jotunheimen also offers …

There is no need to wait until you’re here to find out what you’d like to do.

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