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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.NameGaldhøpiggen 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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  • August 16, 2017
    When the weather is good, this is a fantastic hike. The trail takes about 7 hours and includes a crossing over a glacier. Luckily, they have professional guides that take groups safely over the glacie...  more »
  • August 15, 2017
    We wanted to climb the Galdhøpiggen with children from 6 to 15 years. It was a long, tough and fantastic trip where the mountain turned out from its best side. To get in the way with children on a long mountain ride would prove to be a bit too far for the smallest where she had to be carried the worst parties. We all came to the top but the weather had been bad so I don't think we had managed it ...
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  • August 15, 2017
    Ordered the Kids tour from Jotunheimen event AS, and was glad that we started at Juvasshytta and got a safe and nice trip over the Ugly glacier and further up to the Stinger. A little overcast prevented us in sight of the pretty country, but fun for big and small to have been where the Dopey on 7.5 years managed the trip with flying colors
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  • December 22, 2016
    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.
  • January 14, 2017
    First time for me walking on a glacier - and when the sight is clear on the top, you have a very nice view ;)
  • August 9, 2016
    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.
  • November 25, 2016
    It's amazing that this is huge ! I have been looking for it because I'm doing a project about that. Thanks!!!😁🙄
  • July 19, 2016
    Very easy walk up to the top. Need to have a glacier tour guide or safety equipment to walk across the glacier. Otherwise, simple and easy walk up.

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