(Jotunheimen Valleys) The DNT waymark
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Jotunheimen Valleys
Self-guided trekking holiday

+ Through the Jotunheimen in a linear trek
+ All-round mountain walking on rough paths
+ The pastoral, charming Skogadaslboen hut

Latest news November 2019
Our 2020 dates and prices are up! Availability is great at this early point. Please ask us about a trip - thank you.

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.


Alpine Exploratory
JHVg Jotunheimen Valleys (Self-guided)
19 July to 29 August 2020
Prices in GBP
per person
Dorms Private Rooms
Groups of 2+
Popular schedules
3 stages
(4 nights)

Singles 40
Our main JHV
Singles 40

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.
Mountain hut

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.
Mountain hut

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´┐Żen 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.
Mountain hut

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.

Baggage transfer

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.

No dormitories
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.

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.

The route

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
Guided or self-guided? Self-guided
Trip code: JHVsg
Route: The Jotunheimen Tour (Walking guide)
(Prefer our full week or our Guided trip?)
Length: 3 days' trekking plus walk-out to Hjelle
Start: Lom for bus to Spiterstulen
End: Hjelle for bus to Ovre Ardal
Typical walk: 16km, 450m ascent
Total distance: 52km or 32.5 miles
Highest altitude: 1,480m
Grade: Red3 (Walking grades)

Prices Summer 2020

3 stages, per person:

JHVsg Dorms
GBP 620 (singles 40)
Jotunheimen Valleys (self-guided)

JHVsg Private rooms
GBP 720 (singles 40)
Jotunheimen Valleys (self-guided)

Research Summer 2020

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

Recces 2020

Skogadalsboen hut
The Skogadalsboen hut (Photo gallery)

Alpine Exploratory's service

4 nights, staying in:
Mountain huts (3)
Hotels (1)

Accommodation and itinerary
Breakfasts, 2 packed lunches, 3 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
19 July to 29 August 2020
Trek on your ideal dates

A grass-roofed barn in Norway
A grass-roofed barn (Photo gallery)

The Jotunheimen in Norway

Map of the Jotunheimen Valleys walk within Norway

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

City breaks after trekking

Find out more

About our walking holidays Our FAQs page covering equipment, weather, insurance and more about how our trips work

Walking guides Our background page on the Jotunheimen

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