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Galdhopiggen, Lom
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Galdhøpiggen is the highest 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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  • Beautiful mountain with spectacular views. You can see perfectly white glaciers and beautiful mountains. The only difficult thing is to catch nice weather. 
  • 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 »
  • We had glorious sunshine and it was absolutely no wind. Went from Spiterstulen to the top of Galhøpiggen. Spent 4 hours up, with many pauses, pretty hard trip. Very steep, almost all the time, but worth the toil when we got up! Had been good weather without precipitation a week in forvegen. Had been heavily to gone in the fresh snow, but fortunately it was well trampled trails all over the road, both on the snow and rock. Took 3 hours down. We went with wool underwear and windproof jacket, held in lots in the baking oktobersola. With two dogs had been enjoying himself on tour as. We called to Spiterstulen and heard about the road was up, since we went 11. October 2016, and this was out of season.
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  • 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.
  • Great walking trip to the highest peak in Norway. Normal tempo: 3-4h up, 2-3h down, included breaks. If you have glacier experience and equipment you can organize this with your family/group. Else, buy a ticket for a guide at Juvasshytta (250 kr for adults).
  • 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.
  • There is a amazing view from the tallest hill of Norway.
  • You must climb the highest sommet of Northern Europe.