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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.
Jotunheimen is ideal for cross-country and alpine skiers, cyclists and climbers who enjoy the experience of basically undisturbed nature and fresh air.
Other popular activities in Jotunheimen include glacier walking, rafting, climbing, caving, canyoning, and horseback riding.
Norwegian author Aasmund Olavsson Vinje, who spent much of his time in the area and had a cabin near Bygdin lake in Valdres, was the one who gave the mountainous area the name “Jøtunheimen” in 1862. According to Vinje, the Jotuns – trolls – have their home here. Jøtunheimen later became Jotunheimen.
Jotunheimen has a long culinary tradition and some popular local produce include herbs, cured meat, sausages, cheese, jam, and bread.
There are many ways to spend the night in the Jotunheimen area, from hotels and mountain cabins to camping out in the wild. The easiest way to get there is by train, bus or car.
Find more inspiration on The National Park Region’s official website.
Whether you’re going on a trip with your family, partner, or friends, you’ll find plenty of things to do here.
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.
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.