+ Through the Jotunheimen in a linear trek
+ All-round mountain walking on rough paths
+ The pastoral, charming Skogadaslboen hut
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We make a three-day trek through the Jotunheimen, Norway's national park with its highest mountains. Linking Spiterstulen in the North with Vetti in the South West of the park, paths largely contained within the valleys as opposed to the high mountain lead us from hut to hut.
The walking on this Valleys trip is less challenging than our main Jotunheimen Tour. Paths are rocky and earthy mountain paths, without the consistent rock-hopping that characterises many stages of our main tour. The walk past Skogadaslboen and down-valley to Vetti is popular in Norway and is made in a number of combinations of local huts.
The huts at Leirvassbu and Skogadalsboen, the two intermediate stops, are charming in their own ways. The bustle of Leirvassbu as an unlikely centre in the high hills contrasts with the rural charm and sense of remoteness at Skogadalsboen.
JHVg Jotunheimen Valleys (Self-guided)
19 July to 29 August 2020
Prices in GBP
Groups of 2+
Our main JHV
For trips of 4 or 6 stages we recommend our Jotunheimen Tour. The same start point of Spiterstulen, after a night in Lom, serves our 4-stage trek with the route diverging at Liervassbu for Gjendebu, Memurubu and Gjendesheim.
Here is our normal schedule of 3 stages.
Arrival day: Arrival in Lom
Long-distance buses reach the tourist village of Lom, one of the main Jotunheimen centres and home to a fine example of a stave church.
Hotel in Lom
Stage 1: Spiterstulen to Leirvassbu
Red3 grade, 15km with 425m ascent, 75m descent
We take the local bus up the narrow road to Spiterstulen. Leaving the hut, the path follows the wide valley, ascending gradually and surrounded by walls of glacier-formed peaks. Eventually pass beside a string of small lakes and under the sharp peak Kyrkja before arriving at the Leirvassbu hut. This moderate day is a good introduction to the area.
Stage 2: Leirvassbu to Skogadalsboen
Red3 grade, 18.5km with 80m ascent, 670m descent
This is a gorgeous walk though the Gravdalen valley following a lush network of waterways. Then turning South, the path traverses the side of the Utla valley through birch trees, gaining height as the valley drops below and views open up. The Skogadalsboen is a full-service hut but with the feel of being cut off from the world.
Stage 3: Skogadalsboen to Vetti
Red3 grade, 13km with 580m ascent, 575m descent
This classic walk in the Jotunheimen follows this major valley South to Vetti. Climb steadily from Skogadalsb�en on the side of Friken before dropping to the viewpoint at Fleskenoshaugane, junction with the Fleskedalen and with several other side-valleys in view. Drop steeply to the farm and hut at Vetti, deep in the valley floor. A detour is then possible to see the famous Vettisfossen falls.
Departure day: Vetti to Hjelle and depart
5.5km with 20m ascent, 280m descent
This short walk is along the wide track from Vetti to the road at Hjelle, where the Hjellefossen tumble into the Utla river. This is the final link to the South of the Jotunheimen national park.
Our usual schedule of accommodation might not be available, especially if there is not much time between booking and your trip. We book accommodation as closely as possible to this itinerary and present a schedule for you to check before we proceed.
Although baggage transfer isn't available on this hut-based trip, please ask us about having your bags sent from your first hotel to the end of the trip.
We can adjust your Jotunheimen Valleys walk in various ways:
Hotel at the start
Our trip includes a first night in Lom. Trekkers then take the local bus to Spiterstulen before their first walk. Instead, we can book our hotel in Otta - handier for the train from Oslo - or the hut at Spiterstulen itself. Please ask us about the options.
Accommodation at the end
As normal you depart from Vetti on your last morning, walk to the bus stop at Hjelle for Ovre Ardal, then continue on your Norwegian trip or travel to Oslo airport. Instead we can book further nights' accommodation and we have some lovely options to suggest.
If you'd like to stay in fewer dorms, please let us know. We can often book private rooms in one or two of the huts. Unfortunately for solo trekkers, because of the way the huts operate it isn't possible to book private rooms in the huts.
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.
Our approach to the Jotunheimen
We link three days, plus a short walk-out, from Spiterstulen to Vetti. This route stays largely within the confines of the wonderful valleys, occasionally taking to higher ground when the path goes there.
This valley-based trip runs on a combination of good paths, rockier in places. On some sections the path is less well defined but cairns mark the way. Small streams are quite common and mostly easily crossed. Throughout summer there is a good chance of snow patches lying on the higher paths, but the lower paths are likely to be snow-free.
How to get there
Your holiday starts in the resort of Lom and ends at the bus stop at Hjelle near Vetti. The most convenient airport is Oslo with Bergen also feasible at the end. Travel to Lom and from Hjelle is on the excellent Norwegian bus network; on the way there, the train to Otta also works followed by the local bus.
Travel to and from the trip is not included in the holiday price. We take care to give the most useful notes possible about all the travel options. We supply these both on booking and in your info pack, and we offer personalised tips at any point. The aim is that our trekkers arrange their travel by the simplest and most scenic means as suits their plan.
Key information Summer 2020
Trip name: Jotunheimen Valleys
Prices Summer 2020
3 stages, per person:
Research Summer 2020
The Skogadalsboen hut (Photo gallery)
Alpine Exploratory's service
The Jotunheimen in Norway
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