Galdhøpiggen

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Situated in the northern part of the Jotunheimen National Park, Galdhøpiggen is the highest mountain in Norway - indeed it is the highest point of Northern Europe. The usual route to the peak starts from Boverdal via a toll road to Juvasshytta close to the Summer Ski Centre. Accommodation is available at Juvasshytta if required. From here, regular guided group tours are run through the summer, ascending the peak via the Styggebreen glacier and an easy ridge of rocks and snow. The ascent is without difficulty but the glacier is crevassed and if not going with the guides the usual precautions must be taken.

Another route ascends from Spiterstulen on the opposite side of the peak, which though a much longer route is again without technical difficulties. It is normal to do this route without a guide in good conditions though the rates for the group tours from Juvasshytta are very reasonable compared with similar length routes in the Alps and are highly recommended.

Completely different in character is the North West Wall, a sheer ice sculpted precipice over 2000 feet high which was only climbed as recently as the 1970's. Here lie the most difficult approaches to the mountain.

Elevation (feet): 8,100
Elevation (meters): 2,469
Continent: Europe
Country: Norway
Range/Region: Jotunheimen
Latitude: 61.633
Longitude: 8.317
Difficulty: Basic Snow/Ice Climb
Best months for climbing: Jun, Jul, Aug
Year first climbed: 1850
First successful climber(s): L. Arnesen, S. Flotten, S. Sulheim
Nearest major airport: Bergen or Oslo, Norway
Convenient Center: Boverdal or Spiterstulen, Norway

Trip Reports

NOTE: Trip reports were previously called "Summit Logs" - same feature, new name

There are 39 trip reports for Galdhøpiggen.

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  • Log #22146 - by Silvia Mazzani on Mar 15, 2011

    Basic ice scramble on Styggebreen Glacier starting from Juvasshytta Hut.  

  • Log #20765 - by Pete Buckley on May 01, 2007
    Reaching the snowy summit, I stopped at the viewing indicator to take photos. The cloud had all but gone and we were treated to a view extending past Fanaraki and the jagged Skagastoltind to the...
  • Log #18737 - by Krist0f on July 15, 2005
    Set off early to avoid crowd if you climb in the summer and start from the Spiterstulen - you can be sure you will meet a lot of people ascending Galdhoppigen on your way back. Easy route but quite...
  • Log #2277 - by an anonymous user on July 18, 2004
    Easy climb,great view.
  • Log #2241 - by Johan Mattila on Mar 12, 2004
    My first winter ascent of a major peak in Scandinavia. Unfortunatly I had to do it solo. Experienced a frosty night in the tent 100-200 height meters above Spiterstulen, started the ascent late at...
  • Log #2242 - by Thomas C. Johansen on Dec 03, 2003
    It is a little early to summit this peak at that time of year. Although the snow was melting, it was tough because the snow was wet, heavy and kneedeep. I guess in summertime the trek would have been...
  • Log #2243 - by Mats Magnusson on Aug 21, 2003
    Me and my wife in cloudy weather during our honymoon
  • Log #2244 - by Ludolf on Aug 20, 2003
    The first attempt we had bad weather on the glacier on the route from Juvasshytta. The second attempt we walked from Spiterstulen, a route without glaciours. This time we had perfect weather and...
  • Log #2245 - by Stig Nohlert on July 30, 2003
    Two years after my first summit to Galdöpiggen I am here again with two of my children Anna 20 and Johan 15. Good weather and very nice view on top. The scramble up Galdöpiggen is steep and...
  • Log #2246 - by Jan-Theo Varkevisser on Jan 10, 2003
    A soloclimb on a nice clear morning, fresh snow and not too crowded, so great conditions for taking photo's. It took me 3 hours to go up and 2 for decending. By the time I was halfway down clouds...
  • Log #2247 - by Ola Torstein Endresen on July 20, 2002
    Det snødde fra 1800-1900 meter og oppover mot toppen ble skydekket tettere og tettere. Jeg så ikke hytten på toppen før jeg var ca. 20 meter fra. Der satt det til min overraskelse en kar og...
  • Log #2248 - by Karsten L. Poulsen on July 17, 2002
    Really a good trip. Took the dusty road up to Juvuashytta and the guided tour to the summit. Really attractive tour. Not as long as from Spiterstulen, and a really nice wiev to thr top on the hole...
  • Log #2249 - by Stefan Lundmark on Mar 27, 2002
    It was a summer day that started out pretty soggy with some rain and lots of clouds, but mother nature was kind and opened the clouds for us after half an hour on the summit ;0)
  • Log #2250 - by Trevor Mose on Jan 16, 2002
    We climbed the mountain in two groups from our campsite in Spiterstulen. The first group taking the mainroute up in beautiful conditions in order to be sure of a successful summit attempt. The second...
  • Log #2251 - by Stig Nohlert on Aug 28, 2001
    My son Per 11 year and myself started from Spiterstulen at 10.30 with nice weather and good pace. My son was very eager and I had to work hard to follow him all the way up to the top. Summit at 13.
  • Log #2252 - by Rebecca Pascoe on July 27, 2001
    It was hard work, View not too good at the summit but the coffee was, I'd recommend it to anyone
  • Log #2253 - by Alex Joyce on May 02, 2001
    I went up alone knowing there was another climber preparing to start as I left. It was my first peak in Europe. I liked Boverdalen so much I stayed and worked on a farm for the next 6 weeks. My heart...
  • Log #2254 - by John Holmgren on Apr 24, 2001
    East flank route early in the morning, lovely weather!
  • Log #2255 - by Teemu Laitinen on Jan 23, 2001
    http://personal.inet.fi/luonto/hevvey/galdhopiggen.htm
  • Log #2256 - by Kristina Russell on Dec 13, 2000
    It was extremely windy the day my friend, Christy, and I summitted Galhopiggen. We were afraid we were going to be blown into a crevasse at times. We perservered although it was miserable at times....
  • Log #2257 - by Kjetil Kjernsmo on Oct 30, 2000
    We ascended on after a guided tour up the Svellnos glacier on the southern side of the summit. It was foggy with 30 meters sight on the summit. The descend was down the standard route to...
  • Log #2258 - by Tim Hjellum on Sep 29, 2000
    The glacier route was great! Expect winter conditions in september.
  • Log #2259 - by Craig Powers on Aug 13, 2000
    Breath-taking walk through the glacier and into a cave within the glacier.
  • Log #2260 - by Mogens Skov on July 31, 2000
    108 persons in two ropes -> highway to the top. We brought our three kids (12, 10, 8 y) and they did fine. Perfect view from the top.
  • Log #2261 - by Hjalmar Munk on Apr 02, 2000
    Walk in the park. Very nice view. No maps needed just follow the crowd. Do the glacier trip first.
  • Log #2262 - by Jeff Pagels on Mar 10, 2000
    Our expedition consisting of American and Norwegians seeks to put the first wheelchair users on the summit on June 9, 2000. Wish us luck! Last year we reached over 11,500 feet on Mt. Rainier in the...
  • Log #2263 - by Helge Eide on Jan 27, 2000
    My brother and I had a nice trek to the top. We started early (07.30 a.m) and did the first acent of the summit that day. We did that because we wanted to avoid the crowd we knew would come on the...
  • Log #2264 - by Brendan S. Howard on Jan 04, 2000
    In the Summer of 98' my older sister (then 21) was in Norway having fun doing canoeing and some hiking, this has given my more interest in Norway and as noted above I plan to climb soon....ish.
  • Log #2265 - by Jaap van der Velde on Jan 04, 2000
    2 "guides" with each 50 persons on a rope, easy route. Rather cloudy with some good moments. A bit a deception. But a beautiful view and terrific hiking area.
  • Log #2266 - by Martin on Sep 29, 1999
    Great trip up there. Do not forget a piece of plastic to slide down on!
  • Log #2267 - by Ronald J. Sulheim on July 04, 1999
    I am the great, great,great grandson of Steiner Sulheim. I found it a wonderful experience to climb Galdhopiggen. My father, John M. Sulheim, gave the ice axe that Steiner used in 1850.
  • Log #2268 - by Martin J. Orneberg on June 25, 1999
    I am 12 years old. I was there with my schoolclass. The wether was not to good but some of us made it to the topp. Jeg vil sende en hilsen til Lille Per og Matias (storebro hilser ogs, han var der i...
  • Log #2269 - by Daniel Green on June 06, 1999
    Bring your on food, beacause the hut is often closed.
  • Log #2271 - by an anonymous user on Feb 25, 1999
    There was so much fog thatwe only knew that we had reached the top because we could not go any higher.
  • Log #2272 - by Gorm Engen on Feb 10, 1999
    This is an easy trip and everyone can make it
  • Log #2273 - by Rami Salminen on Dec 31, 1998
    This was the first mountain I have climbed so far. It was July and I was on my summer vacation. I had planned that would go skiing in Stryn but it was covered by clouds. I was disappointed.
  • Log #2274 - by Michael Engelsbok on Dec 07, 1998
    My first peak ever, but not the last! Remember to make an steady start.
  • Log #2275 - by Onno Kuiper on Dec 06, 1998
    Geen moeilijke berg. Wel gletscher ervaring nodig.De gletscher is tamelijk vlak, maar heeft zeker flinke spleten, We hebben de top met mijn oudste zoon 6 jaar gedaan. Het was voor hem een zware klim.
  • Log #2276 - by Didier Rechatin on Nov 17, 1998
    Great view on top but god how cold the night under the tent was !!! (-18)