In this blog will we show you the 3 three mountains we regard more than worth the visit:
Age: Approximately 400 million years ago
Located in the Jotunheimen Mountain Range, the mountain is also surrounded by a national park of the same name, which promises fun Norwegian hiking trails and activities for visitors to enjoy. If you are lucky, you may be able to spot the occasional elk, reindeer, wolverine or lynx.
Location: Lom, Oppland, Norway
Height: 2,469 meters (8,100 ft)
Coordinates: 61°38′12″N 8°18′54″E
Prominence: Highest mountain in Norway and Northern Europe.
The Best Time to Visit Galdhøpiggen: May to August
Like most of Norway’s mountains, Galdhøpiggen is part of the Caledonian folding. The stone making up the mountains is called gabbro, which is a coarse-grained type rock, and black in color with white specs.
Geologists believe that the Jothunheimen Mountain Range started forming around 400 million years ago. In the process the Caledonian was thrust upwards. Yet, the process of formation continued till the last Ice Age.
The first effort to climb this grand mountain took place in the 19th century, (and 1850), after many unsuccessful attempts by various avid mountaineers before them. Three men from Lom eventually managed to climb to the Galdhøpiggen summit.
Level: Intermediate to Advanced
This route is a guided one for those who want to traverse right up to the summit.
Starting Point: It starts from Juvasshytta Mountain Lodge at 6,100 feet, with the upward hike being only a little more than five kilometers (5 km) in length. Yet, it takes three hours to complete the route, since most climbers usually spend up to 45 minutes in preparation to cross the Styggebrean Glacier. (This section of the journey is guided and accompanied by a guide, with rope being used. If you are afraid of heights, this route is not the one for you.)
Important: It is not advisable to take this route if you have children under the age of seven (7).
Hikers wishing to join the route need to ensure they are at the lodge at least 30 minutes before the commencement of the hike.
No prior reservations are needed. Sign up at the lodge when you get there.
Level: Beginners to Intermediate
The Spiterstulen-Galdhøpiggen route is great for those who like to hike unguided. The stretch from Spiterstulen, located at 1100 meters, is 5.3 kilometers.
There are no glaciers to be crossed on this route, with the path being well marked.
Starting Point: Hikers will start their hike from a forested area, crossing both rocky and snowy terrain as the route progresses. The advantage of this route is the ability to see some of the highest peaks located within the Jotunheimen Mountain Range.
Guide For Hire Service: Hikers who prefer the services of a guide, can hire one.
Alternative Option: Do you prefer a more challenging route? Another alternative is to take on a more challenging hike that starts from Spiterstulen, then goes via Eventyrisen
, giving hikers the option of crossing a glacier called, Svellnosbrean. (Hikers on this route need to wear warm clothing, gloves and head gear in case of sudden weather changes.)
Jötunheimr was one of the Nine Worlds; the most famous being Asgard of the Gods, and
Midgard of humanity.
- Although Galdhøpiggen is not a tourist hotspot, it is well worth visiting. (One of this hidden secret tourist spots few know about.) Plus, only a few can say they have climbed the highest mountain in Norway.
- The Jotunheimen National Park is one of the best Norway has to offer, with a range of activities for all age groups. Visitors may also be able to see many exquisite species like reindeer, elk and the wolverine.
- Galdhøpiggen is surrounded by other prominent peaks such as Glittertind, which is easily accessible. Furthermore, are there many hidden lakes such as the Gjende and Bessvatn. (Great to visit if you are a nature lover.)
- For those who love skiing, Galdhøpiggen is the place to be, especially since its one of the few places in the summer which has snow.
- Galdhøpiggen is a great place to trek consider hikers will encounter all kinds of terrain during one route – snowy and rocky with a hint of glacier. Plus, the treks don’t take up that much time.
- Skiing: Located at 1,850m on Norway’s highest mountain is the Galdhøpiggen Summer Ski Centre, which offers tourists skiing all through summer - almost till Christmas season (June to November). The road it lies on will also take you to the highest point reachable by road within Norway.
- Horseback Riding: For those who’d rather be on a horse, the Jotunheimen National Park offers visitors the option of horseback riding on many guided tours, ranging from 1 to 8 hours on a given day, with meals included.
- River Rafting: Although this activity is not found on the Galdhøpiggen mountain, visitors can enjoy it at the Jotunheimen National Park. Get an adrenaline rush as you raft down the Sjoa River- fed by snow, rain and ice. A must do for adventure lovers, the levels of rafting range from one to five, and are headed by capable rafting guides.
Age: 2,900 -1,940 million years approx.
The scenery is straight out of a fairytale book. Expect to be gawking at a snowy mountain, the two villages of Äkäslompolo and Ylläsjärvi carved on its slopes, and a beautiful lake glistering at night as the mysteries of mother moon floats above.
The fell further features one of the longest downhill ski slopes in Finland.
Location: Kalori Municipality
Height: 718 meters (2,356 ft)
Range: Ylläs Fell
Coordinates: 67°33′52″N 24°13′28″E
Prominence: Highest skiing fell in Finland.
The Best Time to Visit Ylläs: November to May(Ski season) and June to August (midnight sun)
and argillite rocks. The metamorphic rocks have been placed between 2,900–1,940 million years old.
Summer: If it’s the midnight sun you wish to see; summer is the time. (Just keep in mind it is not ski season then.)
This trail is only 2.5 km long and starts at the bird watching tower of Ylläslompolo, in the village of Ylläsjärvi. The beautiful trail runs through a forest, meadows and past a pond. (The trail is well marked.)
This trail starts at Lake Kesänkijärvi at the village of Äkäslompolo. Roughly translating “star trail,” in Finnish, this 8 km long trail will take you on a celestial journey from
Lake Kesänkijärvi, to Pirunkuru Ravine and further to the Tahkokuru Ravine. Please be advised that the Pirunkuru Ravine is challenging as it is more difficult to climb up than the other ravines on the route.
- Ylläs is located 150 km from the Arctic and will get you quite close to the end of the earth without actually venturing out into the freezing Arctic Sea.
- Its proximity to the Arctic means that the famed Aurora Borealis and the Midnight Sun are not a rare commodity for visitors.
- Skiers and snowboarders will love Ylläs because of its long downward slope. Outdoor enthusiasts will enjoy ample hiking, cross country and mountain biking facilities.
- Visitors can live in traditional Finnish villages of Äkäslompolo and Ylläsjärvi, while getting five-star amenities.
- Avid mountaineers and nature lovers can visit one of the best Finish national parks, the Pallas–Yllästunturi National Park, in the vicinity.
- Visit the Yllästunturi Visitor Centre located at the foot of the fell. This center is fully equipped with an exhibition center, a cafe, maps, and some hiking supplies.
- Eat at the exclusive Saaga Hotel, Ylläs' best. Try Lapland specialties such as arctic char, buckwheat blini and some delicious blueberry crème brûlée with ice cream.
- Ride the Gondola, a ski-lift that takes visitors right up to the 718 meter fell.
Snowmobiles: Have a ball going downhill on a snowmobile as many companies offer snowmobile tours.
Stay indoors: Treat yourself to some traditional Finnish spa time at one of the many resorts here, such as Lapland Hotel Saaga, and Lapland Hotel Äkäshotelli.
Age: 420 – 405 million years ago
Province/State: Län (county) of Norrbotten
Coordinates: 67°54′00″N 18°31′00″E
Prominence: Sweden’s tallest mountain
The Best Time to Visit Mountain Name Here: June to September
rose by more than a meter instead of shrinking due to climate change.
This route is guided and measures about 20 km from the starting point at Kebnekaise Fjellstation, to the summit and back. It takes about 3-5 hours to hike. The hike requires quite a bit of climbing and is not recommended for those scared of heights. The trail goes through the Kitteldalen valley after which you will have to cross a stream and a ridge from where hikers continue to the Bjørlings Glacier and up to the summit. Climbers will be required to use some climbing equipment.
Level: Beginner to Intermediate
This route also starts at Kebnekaise Fjellstation, and measures roughly 25 km from start to the summit and back. Taking about 6 hours to complete. It follows the same route as the eastern route till the stream, after which the route continues up the Kitteldalen valley. Be careful along the river, since the trail is cut a little. Hikers will be required to cross rivers along the way, after which they will ascend to Vierramvare, and finally the summit.
- On a clear day, visitors can see numerous large glaciers from the summit, including Björlings, Isfalls, Stor, Rabots and Kebnepakte.
- The summit always has snow come summer or winter, and provides snow climbing enthusiasts some great opportunities.
- It is a good area to witness the endless Midnight Sun during the summer.
- It lies on the famous 400 km Kungsleden Trail (King’s Trail) that extends from Abisko in the north to Hemavan in the south of Sweden.
- The base camp at Nikkaluokta, is a quaint little place that will provide visitors with a serious, cozy vibe.
- Satosjohka Sami Camp: Located in the village of Kiruna near the summit, is an adorable Sami camp where visitors will be able to spend a night amongst local culture and reindeer.
- Nikaluokta Base Camp: Since there is practically no attraction on the summit itself, most of the area’s civilization can be found here including accommodation, cafes and a bus stop.
- Skiing: Apart from climbers and hikers, ski enthusiasts, though a small number, come to this challenging summit.