Galdhopiggen
Galdhopiggen
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Galdhopiggen is the highest mountain in Norway, 2.469 m.a.s.l. It is also one of the most visited peaks in the country, apart from some hills in more densely populated areas. The hight is fascinating, and Galdhopiggen is also relatively easy to reach. You can follow the normal t-marked route from Spiterstulen 1.103 m.a.s.l., four hours to the top, two and a half- three hours back down.
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Alicia M
8 contributions
Aug 2022
We hiked up from Spiterstulen, not sure what to expect because some reviews said it was really hard and others said it was easy. It took approx 3h15 on the way up and 3h down and we didn't stop at all. It is lots of scrambling but very do-able in trail running shoes or any shoes with decent grip. There were patches of snow but they weren't too bad to walk through. Unfortunately the top of the mountain was in clouds but on the way down they cleared and the view was fantastic. The cafe at the top doesn't have a toilet so just be prepared for that. Overall a great hike and one that anyone can do with good fitness who isn't too scared to do a bit of scrambling over rocks!
Written August 14, 2022
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Tim S
Uppsala, Sweden122 contributions
Jul 2019 • Friends
Hiked to the summit from Spiterstulen. The path is well-marked, it's hard to miss. Start your trek early as there will be a constant flow of wanderers the whole day.
Bring several liters of water with you - there are no places to fill up after the first hour of the ascent. After that, it's only at the top hut you can buy beverages, and it's a long way to go.
Come prepared, we saw too many unserious persons walking with nothing but a 0.5L water bottle in their hand. Bring warm clothes and a windproof jacket/pants.
It took us 4 hours to reach the top and another 3 to come back to Spiterstulen (breaks included).
During the last part, you will be walking uphill in snow, close to the edge of the cluff, but push on and you will reach the summit. The summit was overcrowded, so we did not stay long. You can buy drinks, snacks and hot dogs in the hut (but no thrashcans or toilet there).
So bring water, food and extra layers, and you will be fine. And start early in the morning!
Written February 18, 2020
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Lars h
Trondheim, Norway30 contributions
Me and my 7 & 9 year old sons wanted challenge ourselves and see if we could climb the highest top in Norway (and northern Europe). Started of at Juvasshytta at 0900 in the morning and got back at 1730. There are three stages of the walk. The first part is an easy walk up to the glacier (Styggebreen). This is doable for everyone. The second part is the walk over the glacier, where you walk in ropelines, headed by experienced guides from Juvasshytta (our guide had climbed Mount Everest on more than one occation 😊). You feel perfectly safe at all times. The final stage is the hardest one with rough rocky surface, and the most elevation. If you're planning on bringing children they need to be somewhat experienced in hiking. My two boys were exhausted when we reached the summit, but thought it was all worthwhile when they realized that they had reached the top of mighty Jotunheimen. Very proud moment for them both. I don't think the view can be explained by words. It's to this day the best one I've ever seen. I recommend everyone to go there if you get the chance. Final tip. GOOD STURDY HIKING SHOES! Also see "www.juvasshytta.no" , where you'll find all the info you need. Also in english.
Written April 12, 2015
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Thomas L
London, UK2 contributions
Oct 2016 • Friends
Climbed Galdhopiggen from Spiterstulen in early October on a beautifully clear sunny day. However, it had snowed a couple of days before hand, with some sections near the top being almost waist deep at some points!

T markers (which mark the path from bottom to top) became very difficult to spot (with some being covered in snow) and then at one point completely disappearing, so was the luck of following other people's footprints on the way both up and down that we did not end up on the surrounding glaciers (and in danger of crevasses).

Having thought I was an experienced walker, I would strongly recommend using a guide for some walks in Norway, because there is just no safety put in place. Summitpost claims that this walk can be done at all times of the year, of which I disagree. Definitely attempt during the peak season (Jun - Sept). With snow on the mountain, it really ramps up the hike time, so paying attention to daylight hours is important - in October, only saw 4 other walkers that day. That being said, the views are incredible, and a must do, if the proper preparation is put into place (good hiking boots and sticking to a turn back time).

For a comparison (for people visiting Norway on holiday) Trolltunga was listed as an expert level hike on the Norway tourism board, and Summitpost./Wikipedia claims Galdopiggon is a relatively easy and non-technical hike. I found I had the complete opposite experiences of these two walks.
Written October 18, 2016
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5shelly
Paris, France48 contributions
Jun 2016 • Couples
I just hiked Galdopiggen last weekend in such a good weather condition. The hike is fairly easy. I started from Spiterstulen lodge in the morning and met many hikers on the way. There is still a lot of snow but it is very easy to follow and walking in the snow is much easier than in the rocks. The view from the summit is awesome. I would highly recommend this place for a day trip.
Written June 8, 2016
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Scotlandmac
Glasgow, UK11,854 contributions
Sep 2017
To be honest, I’ve renamed this hike in my mind as ‘Piggen Awful.’ I love the mountains and we have hiked all of our lives but found the glacier route from the Juvasshytta an unenjoyable hike. In addition, the summit view was just not ‘wow’ enough given the effort involved. Great of course to have bagged Norway’s highest mountain but it felt like Boot Camp from start to finish. It took us 6 hours from start to finish ( 3 hours to the top). It’s only around a 600m ascent but the terrain is tough and slow going and it all feels like a mega rush there and back.
We drove up to the Juvasshytta from Elveseter on a beautiful blue sky day. Once you set off with 50-60 others and the guides, you have already been warned that you have to get to the start of the glacier not too long beyond an hour or so or you probably won’t be allowed to carry on. We were there in 50mins but it’s the start of the time pressure.

I thought we would have been given crampons(a couple of people brought their own) as well as being roped up but I suppose it’s probably too much hassle and time (plus if you aren’t used to them they can be more of problem than help.) But it does make walking in hard packed snow slow and awkward rather than enjoyable. If it had been icy, it would have been downright dangerous on those last slopes to the summit hut. At home , we would have used crampons and had our ice axes ready in these conditions.
Our guide warned everyone at the start of the walk that the rocky ridge and final slopes were ‘steep’ and in places icy. The ridge is indeed a scramble/clamber up large boulders, quite steep yes but made more awkward by the hard packed snow and ice in between. No exposure as such but you are aware of a big drop on the right and the crevassed glacier to your left.
No sitting around for a rest and a snack after what has now been two hours of effort with the rocky ridge ahead…it’s go, go , go once those ropes are off, as you have to get up to the summit and back on a tight timescale. Forget any sort of break at any point for a breather. It’s not how I like experiencing a mountain.
The view…well, it’s not like the Alps.No soaring shapely peaks but uniform, long black rocky mountain ridges, their corries filled with deep snow, flattening out any shape. No colour…just a study in black and white. I have seen much more impressive views on many a smaller mountain requiring far less effort and time.
Then an almost immediate turn around from the summit to the bottom of the rocky ridge, to meet the guides for roping up again.
I now know what Roman slaves must have felt like, all roped together, on the march! One minute you were pulled forward , the next, someone fell and you are yanked backwards. Not pleasant!
The boulder fields back to the Juvasshytta are not enjoyable terrain. Very awkward.
A relief to reach the Hytta, 6 hours after starting out!
This wasn’t how I expected to feel after the hike, the sense of achievement and summit views after a hard slog up a mountain are usually so exhilarating but, for me, not on this one.
Written October 22, 2017
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Linda K
Karlstad, Sweden8 contributions
Aug 2019 • Couples
Beautiful hike but with a lot of fogg and really not recommended to hike in those conditions due to risk of walking of the edge. We were really careful, looking for the red "T"-s that mark the route. Eventually we walked above the clouds and the view became better. Took us bout 5h up (including lunch and water breaks) and 4h down (bad knees so took it really slow). Lot of rock to rock jumping and some snow crossings, really magical to be standing on Norways highest point 🤩
Written August 4, 2019
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Gone Walkabout
Tonsberg, Norway563 contributions
Jul 2017 • Friends
Hiking the highest mountain in Norway is a classic route and a must for those able. We went from Juvasshytta on an organised trip with guide at 10.00 in the morning. Do not cross the glacier on your own. It takes about 1 hour to walk to the edge of the glacier, about 45 minutes across, and 30-60 minutes to get to the top.Total elevation climb about 650 meters. Have been here in total fog and blue skies. Blue skies is my favourite, but it is an awesome experience no matter what. Alternative 2 is hiking from Spiterstulen, then you don`t need a guide, but is the elevation is 1400 meters from here.
Written July 16, 2017
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Marcabo
Oslo, Norway55 contributions
Jun 2016 • Family
This is one of Norways most accessible destinations and also the highest mountain. You can get to both of the most popular starting points by car or bus from the small town of Lom. The shortest route from Juvashytte is also a guided hike with ropes over a glacier at the foot of the mountain. It is a long and steep hike, requiring good hiking shoes and clothing for all weather conditions regardless of the time of year. You will be gasping for air on the last stretch, but here you cab go at your own pace. Take small pack with food water and your extra cloths. The is a stone kiosk on the top with refreshments, and room to get out of the elements, but there´s not much room inside.
Written August 24, 2016
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IronMaiden69
Penrith, UK14 contributions
Jun 2016 • Couples
A spectacular country - mouth watering mountains - you just cant get to them - - went from Aberdeen 13th to 23rd June 2016
No buses till July tried and failed to hitch
So sadly forced into car hire £85 for one day shocking!!
From ski centre to summit 2hrs 40m nice and simple easy snowy glacier didn't bother with guides or ropes took glacier running spikes but didn't use them.
Ace view from Glacier poor on Summit. Hut on summit sells t shirts and drinks - would rate a full five apart from public transport Switzerland it is not don't think they understand tourism...
Written July 2, 2016
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