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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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  • 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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  • Galdhøpiggen-highest mountain not only in Norway but also throughout Scandinavia. Walk to a height of 2500 metres, of course, is not an easy undertaking, but at the same time, it is available to every healthy person. The main thing-to pre-select the appropriate gear (shoes, warm clothing, trekking poles) and not to rush. Still, the mountains do not forgive errors.
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  • We took the trip in the rain and wind, but it was still a fantastic trip. From Juvasshytta one can get guides that lead you up to the glacier and to the top. The trip one can say has three stages. The first part about 1time-90 minutes is the steady rise in part to rough terrain. So you reach the Ugly glacier where Glacier Guides will put turgåerne in the rope and preside over the glacier. It is recommended to not go here alone since there can be cracks. This section takes approximately 45 minutes. The last part, some more demanding, but is quite possible for most people. About 1 hour walking and climbing over rocks and some snow. Calculate 6 hours on the entire trip. We so not much from the top when it was misty (it often is) but still got the fog ceiling a few minutes so that we could look down on the ugly glacier and down to the bottom. With good shoes and sensible noise (wool and windproof jacket and sunglasses) is this a trip to recommend for the whole family.
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  • This is a must for anyone who likes trekking in mountains and a short trip over the glacier. The view from the tallest mountain in Norway is incredible on fine days. The trip is fairly easy if in ok shape, also children may make it. Remember to pack warm clothing such as gloves, jacket, sunglasses, sunscreen, and a hat to cover ears. It is necessary to rent a guide to cross glacier if you do not have your own equipment. If you are planing to drive up to the ski center and walk from there, it will be a quite expensive toll half way up.
  • Good trail and great ride. Go up in June from spiterstølen so one can toboggan large parts of the way down
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