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Latest news February 2019
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After two years of planning and a few more of dreaming, we are delighted to have expanded the Exploratory system into Norway.
Norway is truly a superb country for trekking and the Jotunheim is a real gem among the nation's national parks. We look forward to sharing it with our clients!
The Jotunheimen is arguably the finest of the national parks, certainly the most popular for walkers: dense with high plateaus, imposing peaks, and deep valleys running with streams, rivers and waterfalls. Glaciers, barren sweeping valleys, flourishing meadows, and Nordic forests can all be traversed in a single day.
Founded in the 1960s, the national parks were Norway's means of protecting its natural beauty and unique flora and fauna from encroaching industrialisation. You'll find little sign of human life other than the huts and the paths. This paired with a lack of mobile phone reception means you'll likely find the walking in Norway free from the noise and stress of modern life!
The Norwegian approach is orderly with a time-honoured reverence to preserving their natural spaces and maintaining the parks for the next generation. As the snow melts, Norwegian families return year after year to the walk in the parks. As you'll experience, trekking and the outdoors form an absolute part of the Norwegian cultural soul. Trekkers in Norway will meet Norwegian walkers of all ages; meeting three generations together is common. With so few foreign walkers it's easy to feel warmly adopted into this lifestyle.
The hut system is possibly our favourite of any nation's and typifies the Norwegian experience. A stay in one is a glimpse into the small things which form the culture. For example, in hot or cold it is expected that you will be trekking with a thermos flask, as is the Norwegian way. Thus in the evening guests line up their flasks, labeled with name and hot beverage of choice and miraculously come breakfast they are full and ready to provide sustenance for a day on the hills. Food in the huts is chiefly Norwegian, with all that can be grown in Norway if not the local region. Hearty mountain food is found for dinner as you might expect!
Meals are taken at communal tables and give an excellent opportunity to dine and chat with local trekkers. English is widely spoken. You'll have to tear yourself away to bed early or risk a spirited night of beer and cards.
We hope you'll enjoy the cultural experience and sense of fellowship between all walkers, Norwegian and otherwise, that is formed through the shared common experience in the hills.
The start and end points of our trek are easily reached from the cities of Bergen and Oslo. Our notes contain all the details to make the journey with confidence by bus or train. To give a hint, it's about 5 hours by coach from Oslo, and between 5 and 7 hours by coach from Bergen. The buses and trains will often be busy with residents escaping the city on their way to adventure in the mountains.
Both Oslo and Bergen make superb stops before or after the trek. Do ask us for any options and advice.
JHTg Jotunheimen Tour (guided)
21 July to 1 September 2019
Prices in GBP
Groups of 2+
|Private trips||Please ask us for details. Trips of 3 to 8 stages work well.|
Although baggage transfer isn't available on this hut-based trip, it's no problem to leave your baggage at the Gjendesheim hut while you trek. There is one possibility of luggage, using the ferry along lake Gjende. This can be organised on the ground and we give details in the info pack.
We can adjust your Jotunheimen Tour in various ways, as follows:
Flexible tour lengths
The tour works well with shorter or longer itineraries; just let us know how long you have and we can suggest.
As normal we'll book your final night in a local hotel in Otta. If you prefer to stay in a hut on the last night that's also no problem.
If you'd like to stay in fewer dorms, please let us know. We can usually book private rooms in most of your huts. Unfortunately because of the way the huts operate, it's not possible to book private rooms in the huts for solo travellers.
Your trip comes with a year's membership of the DNT, Den Norske Turistforening, the Norwegian trekking and travel association.
The DNT has been running since the late 1800s and is responsible for Norway's national parks, the network of 500 mountain huts, plus tourist information offices in Norwegian towns. You'll quickly get used to seeing their red T waymarks.
Membership gives lower prices in some huts, which we have factored into the cost of our Norway trips, and also gives you direct benefits like discounts in DNT shops and some others.
We are delighted that our trekkers become bona fide DNT members like so many Norwegian trekkers, thus supporting the maintenance of the national parks.
In the run-up to your trip we will ask the date of birth of everyone in your group, as it's required for the DNT membership, and also a phone number to which your membership number can be texted. You can then use the DNT app on your Android or iPhone to show your membership to hut wardens and others.
Key information Summer 2019
Trip name: Jotunheimen Tour
Dates Summer 2019
Scheduled dates 2019
Season for private groups
21 July to 1 September 2019
Please join us on your ideal dates
2020 (Provisional, TBC 1 Oct 2019)
Departures: 18 July 2020
Season: 19 July to 30 August 2020
Research Summer 2019
The Gjendesheim hut (Photo gallery)
Alpine Exploratory's service
The Jotunheimen in Norway
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