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Jotunheimen Tour
Self-guided trekking holiday

+ Choose a length from 3 to 8 days
+ Start on any date you choose
+ Expert, unlimited advice on all the options

Latest news May 2019
Please ask us about a trip during our 2019 season. Thank you.

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.




Alpine Exploratory
JHTsg Jotunheimen Tour (Self-guided)
21 July to 1 September 2019
Prices in GBP
per person
Dorms Private Rooms
Groups of 2+
Popular schedules
4 stages
(5 nights)
Singles 40
Singles 40
6 stages
(7 nights)
Singles 40
Our main JHT
Singles 40
Other schedules
3 stages
(4 nights)
Singles 40
Singles 40
5 stages
(6 nights)
Singles 40
Singles 40
8 stages
(9 nights)
Singles 40
Singles 40
Longer trips Please ask us for details

The 3-stage trek is our Jotunheimen Tour Weekend. We take 6 stages as a good all-round trek in the Jotunheim, while shorter trips cover part of the route and longer trips (8 stages) give an extra portion of the national park to the West.

Baggage transfer

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.

No dormitories
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.

DNT membership

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
Guided or self-guided? Self-guided
Trip code: JHTsg
Route: JHT Jotunheimen Tour
(See our Jotunheimen background page)
(Prefer Guided or a Weekend?)
Group size: Any, from solo trekkers to groups
Length: 6 days' trekking
Start: Gjendesheim in Norway
End: Gjendesheim for night in Otta
Typical walk: 15km, 820m ascent
Highest altitude: 2,258m, optionally 2,469m
Grade: Black3 (Walking grades)

A note on grading
Three stages on our normal 6-stage trek involve some Black terrain, all of which can be missed by taking paths at Red grade as described in our routecards. These are the Glittertind ascent (JHT2), the Bukkelaegret beyond Gjendebu (JHT5) and the Besseggen ridge (JHT6). The Besseggen ridge is a highlight and would be a shame to miss; we can advise further on its difficulty.

Our 8-stage trek includes a fourth section of Black terrain, being the extensive bouldery ground around Uradalsvatnet and Kvitevatnet (JHT8) that is difficult to bypass. Thus we recommend our 8-stage trek only to parties happy with Black ground.

Prices Summer 2019

6 stages, per person:

JHTsg Dorms
GBP 860 (singles 40)
Jotunheimen Tour (self-guided)

JHTsg Private rooms
GBP 990 (singles 40)
Jotunheimen Tour (self-guided)

Research Summer 2019

Phil Jarratt at Alpine ExploratoryAlpine Exploratory's 2019 research on the Jotunheimen Tour will be led by:
Phil Jarratt in July

Recces 2019

The Norway flag flies above Gjendebu
The flag flies above Gjendebu (Photo gallery)

Alpine Exploratory's service

7 nights, staying in:
Mountain huts (6)
Hotels (1)

Accommodation and itinerary
Breakfasts, packed lunches, 6 evening meals
Expert and unlimited advice
Routecards JHT from the Exploratory system
Maps and local information
A year's DNT membership

Season for self-guided treks
21 July to 1 September 2019
19 July to 29 August 2020
Trek on your ideal dates

Leirvassbu to Gjendebu, rain
Leirvassbu to Gjendebu, rain (Photo gallery)

The Jotunheimen in Norway

Map of the Jotunheimen Tour within Norway

Our city information in your info pack:
Olso, Bergen, Trondheim, Stavanger

City breaks after trekking

Find out more

Holiday Notes Read our trip dossier,
    a 2-page PDF which is easy to print

Walking guides Our JHT background page

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