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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 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 »
  • Me and my best friend took us here up on one of the year's best days. It was blue skies and-believe it or not-still on top! Absolutely amazing! With short stops along the way up to take in some calories and liquid so it took 4 hours to go from spiterstulen. Down went considerably faster, 2.5 hours. We met both older people and small children so this is something that can fit the whole family, if you manage to land a day with good visibility from the top!
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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.  more »
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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.