Galdhöpiggen 2,469 m
Galdhöpiggen (2 469 m) is the highest mountain in Scandinavia. This is a great day hike within easy reach from Spiterstulen. There are no scary parts if you are afraid of heights. If you want to shorten the hike an option is starting at Juvasshytta. You then go with a guide.
Starting/Finishing point: Spiterstulen
Distance: 15 km
Length of time: 5-8 hours
Ascent/Descent: +/-1 500 metres
Water: Unavailable, fill at the Spiterstulen mountain hut. The water in the river is not drinkable!
Shoes to choose: Hiking boots
Starting/Finishing point: Juvasshytta
Distance: 11 km
Lenght of time: 3-5 hours
Ascent/Descent: +/-600 metres
How to get to Galdhöpiggen?
Take off from road 55 in direction Spiterstulen that is very well signed along the road 15 kilometers from Lom. Drive along the small road through the forest. After 17 kilometers you arrive in Spiterstulenhytta. There is a road toll (100 NOK) that you pay at Spiterstulen hytta.
To get to Juvasshytta you drive a little further from Lom and turn left at the sign Juvasshytta.
The Galdhöpiggen hike
The walk from Spiterstulen up to the top of Galdhöpiggen is quite easy and well-signed even though the ascent probably will be a challenge. You pass small rivers, blocks of stone, snow and will probably see some sheep.
If possible you should try to be either very early, starting around 7 a.m. or late, starting after lunch. The hike is very popular, especially if the weather is nice. Most hikers choose the easier path starting at Juvasshytta. These group trips start at 10 a.m. reaching the top around 12 a.m. Before 12 a.m. and after 3 p.m. there are fewer people on the top.
There is usually snow as you come closer to the top (even in July). If you want a faster ride down, use your rain jacket to sit sliding down. Beware of the stones at the end though.
The walk from Juvasshytta is easier in length as well as in ascent, but includes crossing a glacier. Because of that, you can only take this route with a guide. (300 NOK per person.)
Going down in snow from Galdhöpiggen!
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