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Ski touring in Jotunheimen
Skagastølsryggen, Jotunheimen.
Photo: Martin Andersen

Ski touring in Jotunheimen

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From peak to peak

Alpine terrain, cloud-capped peaks and untouched runs await in Scandinavia’s most mountainous region Jotunheimen - the home of the giants.

Quick facts (Jotunheimen)

Main ski touring season
March to early May

Level recommended
Beginners to experts

Epic run
Dyrhaugstinden (2,147 metres): A Hurrungane classic along a ridge with many vertical metres and a beautifully exposed summit. Crampons and ice axe are needed to reach the top, so an option is to turn at the smaller Nordre Dyrhaugstind.

Types of skiing terrain
Alpine peaks
Open mountain plateaus
Glaciers

Types of accommodation
DNT huts (self catered or serviced)
Mountain lodges and hotels
Camp sites and B&Bs in the lowlands/valleys

Joakim Dokka

Joakim Dokka about Jotunheimen

Joakim Dokka is a ski touring enthusiast with a preference for Jotunheimen: "Especially the west part of Jotunheimen is one of my favourite places for ski touring in Norway", he says, "where we have the beautiful and remote valley of Leirdalen with massive peaks on each side. The Smørstabbtindane peaks are fun to ascend, descend and rest your eyes upon".

He also recommends going further west: "The steep mountain massive Hurrungane has a high alpine environment with 23 peaks over 2,000 metres. If you want to add an extra dimension to the ski touring, go even further north", he says and concludes, "to be able to ski to the sea, Lyngen is the place to be".

"I would recommend visiting these areas in late winter and spring, because the accessibility is quite scarce in the middle of winter (closed roads and less daylight)."

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    Getting here and around

    Get in-depth travel information at the National Park Region's official website.

    • Jotunheimen car (ski touring)

      By road

      By car, follow the E6 from Oslo or the E16 via Lærdal from Bergen. The Sognefjellet Mountain Road usually opens again in late April, giving you access to many interesting runs in the area. There are car rental companies in most bigger cities and entry airports in Norway.

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

    • Jotunheimen train (ski touring)

      By train

      From Oslo or Trondheim, take the train to Otta – the nearest train station to the skiing terrain in Jotunheimen. From there, you can take a local bus to several places in the Jotunheimen area.

    • Jotunheimen plane (ski touring)

      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 Jotunheimen region.

      If you prefer your own car, there are several car rental services at both Oslo Airport and Trondheim Airport.

    Safety in the mountains

    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. This is especially the case for ski tourers - check the current situation in your area on varsom.no and make sure you follow the advise given.
    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.
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