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Galdhopiggen, Lom

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Galdhøpiggen is the tallest mountain in Norway, Scandinavia and Northern Europe, at 2,469 m (8,100 ft) above sea level. It is located within the municipality of Lom (in Oppland), in the Jotunheimen mountain area.EtymologyGaldhøpiggen means "the peak/spike of the mountain Galdhø." The first element in the name of the mountain is gald "steep mountain road", the last element is hø " rounded mountain." An old road between Gudbrandsdalen and Sogn passes beneath the mountain.HistoryGeologically Galdhøpiggen, like most of Southern Norway's mountain ranges, belongs to the Caledonian folding. The peak is made of gabbro, a hard but rather coarse-grained rock which is found in most of the Jotunheimen range. During the ice ages it was heavily glaciated and got its present form. The theory that the highest summits in Norway stayed above the ice as nunataks has been abandoned by most geologists. It fits well with the present flora in the area, but it does not fit well with the present knowledge of ice thickness and the results of glaciation.
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  • To be honest, I’ve renamed this hike in my mind as ‘Piggen Awful.’ I love the mountains and we have hiked all of our lives but found the glacier route from the Juvasshytta an unenjoyable hike. In addi...  more »
  • Had the privilege to go to the top on september 16 in a glorious weather. Fairly cold morning but clear blue skies and absolutely no wind. We went from Spiterstulen, and clearly, it's a challenging hike to the top, but absolutely worth it. "wonderful environment and stunning views.
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  • Great trip to Norway's roof. Clever bre drivers and fine conditions at Juvasshytta gives a good start to the tour. The tour is in no way demanding. Suitable for most! Is recommended
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  • Easy walk up here from Juvasshytta. Harder and longer from Spiterstulen, about 8 hours round trip. Bring something to slide on the snow on back down.
  • Beautiful scenery. A very easy walk up that doesn't require any training. However, if you don't have experience on glaciers it is recommended to go with a guide as the crevices can actually be dangerous. Regarding fitness level this climb should be suitable for all ages as long as you have a basic fitness level.
  • The highest peak of Norway. Great !!
  • First time for me walking on a glacier - and when the sight is clear on the top, you have a very nice view ;)
  • Simple and easy home to the top (almost disappointingly easy). About 3 hours. If you want to walk across the glacier, you'll need property equipment or a guide. A was a little bit disappointed about the weather, but nothing could be done about that.

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