Jotunheimen - Mountain Hike, June 30 - July 1

Schedule and accommodation are subject to change.

According to Norse mythology, Jotunheimen is the home of the giants (jotun or jotne) and the trolls. These were the main adversaries of the old Norse gods such as Thor and Odin. Jotunheimen offers a beautiful and majestic landscape, with several of Norway’s highest mountains

Photo: Live Kjos Fjell

An excursion for students in good physical condition

Please be aware that we will be hiking through a wild and rugged area. The hikes are estimated to take approximately 3-5 hours on Saturday and 6-8 hours on Sunday. Therefore the participants must be in good physical condition. No climbing experience or equipment is required. The students are expected to carry their own luggage the whole trip on Sunday, so it will be important to bring a good backpack with hip belt.  


Day 1

We leave Blindern Dormitory at 08:00. We travel directly with bus from Oslo to Jotunheimen and Gjendesheim. Here, the boat "Gjende" will take us from Gjendesheim to Gjendebu across the beautiful lake Gjende. From Gjendebu, we hike to a top to further discover the landscape of Jotunheimen. We stay the night in mountain lodges and lavvos at Gjendebu.

Day 2

On Sunday we walk from Gjendebu to Fondsbu. As you can see on the map we start the hike at the second red point and walk to the third red point next to Eidsbugarden where we eat dinner and take the bus back to Oslo. The hike is approxematly 16 km long, and will take 6-8 hours. We will walk through a landscape characterized by sharp peaks and deep valleys. In case of nice weather we will stop to take a bath (voluntary).

Packing list

The weather up in the mountains is usually colder than in the Oslo region and it is also likely to change quickly. In bad weather we might experience temperatures down to -5°C, with wind and rain or even snow. It is therefore very important that you bring warm clothing and rain gear (jacket and trousers) to keep you warm and dry. 

Solid mountain hiking boots providing support for the ankles. If you have only ordinary shoes (including jogging shoes) with you, you will not be able to take part in the hike. 

  • Mountain hiking boots
  • Backpack with hip belt
  • Wool sweater
  • Wool socks
  • Windproof coat
  • Mittens and a cap
  • Rain gear
  • Change of clothing
  • Sunglasses
  • Bathing suit (optional)
  • Towel
  • Water bottle
  • Thermos (optional)

See also: How to dress for Norwegian mountains

Information about room and board

About half of the students will be accommodated in a mountain lodge, and the rest will sleep outside in lavvos. Bedding and towels will be provided. 

Toilets and warm showers are available, but the standard is simple.

Lunch is not included on day 1. If you are a resident on Blindern Dormitory you must pack your lunch at breakfast. If you do not live at Blindern Dormitory you must bring your own lunch.

Students who prefer beverages other than ordinary tap water (which is of good quality in Norway) at dinner will have to pay for this individually.

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Published Oct. 7, 2016 10:35 PM - Last modified Jan. 4, 2018 11:19 AM