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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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  • We went to Galdhopiggen 3 years in a row during June for skiing. All days it was stormy, snowing, raining and in the valley it could be +25C. Amazing differences.  more »
  • Beautiful mountain with spectacular views. You can see perfectly white glaciers and beautiful mountains. The only difficult thing is to catch nice weather.  more »
  • Climbed Galdhopiggen from Spiterstulen in early October on a beautifully clear sunny day. However, it had snowed a couple of days before hand, with some sections near the top being almost waist deep a...  more »
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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • It's amazing that this is huge ! I have been looking for it because I'm doing a project about that. Thanks!!!😁🙄
  • 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.