Norway·July 18 - 25 2023
THE LAND OF GIANTS - NORWAY TREKKING
Backpacking to discover the Jotunheimen National Park!BOOK NOW
Jotunheimen in the Norse language means "Land of the Giants", you will soon understand why: the highest peaks of Norway, glaciers, crystal clear lakes and majestic valleys, camping close to the excellent mountain huts of the DNT association. We'll move around with our backpacks, in a small group, sleeping in tents and cooking the food we'll bring with us, free to take a shower, relax in the evening in the warmth of the shelters or indulge in a Norwegian dinner. It is a pretty wild journey, in a mountainous environment with a cool and unpredictable climate as per the nordic tradition, where one day you get soaked and the next day you burn your nose. The support of the mountain huts and a couple of hiking with unloaded backpacks will be our welcome luxuries. Then, have you ever drunk water directly from streams? The country of free trekking, a majestic park, untamed nature and a bit of adventure.
Francesco is an Aigae Guide with his feet in Molise and Norway in his heart. After travelling the country far and wide on foot, by car and by canoe, with his Fuoritraccia-trekking e natura, he is looking forward to sharing so much beauty with you!
Arrival in Oslo!
We will meet in Oslo and spend the night at the Anker Hostel. For those arriving early, free visit of the city. For dinner, we can choose between cooking in our mini-apartment or going out and eating around.
Our adventure begins
We will board the first bus of the morning bound for Bygdin in the Jotunheimen National Park, where we will arrive around lunchtime. After setting our first camp near the Mountain Lodge, we will go for the first hike of the trip. Return to the tents and dinner.
The black valley
The time for a goodbye to Bigdyn, and we will board the “Bitihorn” boat, which will take us across the lake to Torfinnsbu, the gateway to Svartalen, the “Black Valley”. 15 km of trekking in the most beautiful valley of Jotunheimen and, here we are, descending to the Gjendebu hut, where we will set up camp.
Leaving our tents pitched and with light backpacks, we will reach the top of Gjendetunga with its magnificent view or the Hellerfossen waterfall at the bottom of the Storadalen. Back to the tents, why not a nice cold beer at the hut or a fearless dip in Lake Gjende? Second and last night in Gjendebu.
Let's start again, backpacks on our shoulders, between valleys and snow-capped peaks, a 16 km walk to the Olavsbu self-service hut, the highest on our journey at 1440 m, near where we will set up camp. Here we will be able to discover life in self-managed Norwegian shelters and buy trekker food.
After 15 km between lakes, rivers and glacier flaps, we will reach the mountain hut of Fondsbu, again on the shores of Lake Bygdin, in the magnificent Eidsbugarden. Last night in the field and tearful farewell from Jotunheimen.
Bye Bye Jotunheimen
Again on board the “Bitihorn” boat, this time between Eidsbugarden and Bygdin, for a relaxing lake crossing. From there the first bus back to Oslo, where the Anker Hostel is waiting for us again. What do you think, do we deserve some fun in Olso?
Time to say goodbye! Independent transfer to the departure airport and return home.
The programme is very flexible to take into account weather conditions, activities level and endurance of the group.
Anker Hostel Oslo
Overnight stay in a double room with private bathroom and kitchen. First and last night of our trip.
2 nights in Oslo
Transport during the trek (bus and ferry)
A certified guide
5 nights in tent near the refuges
What's Not Included
All breakfasts, lunches and dinners
Everything not specified in the paragraph “What is included”.
Transfer to/from airport
It is considered a challenging trek, with walks of around 15km and maximum ascents of +700m with loaded backpacks (hopefully not too much!). We will have two days of hiking with unloaded backpacks. Trekking experience is required, better if sleeping in a tent, and good physical fitness. Bring a beautiful smile, adaptability and a great desire for adventure.
Please DO NOT book your flights until this trip is confirmed. Most of our trips require a minimum number of participants to run. Wait for the status of the trip to be confirmed and for more information go to the "How it works" section
What type of equipment do you need for this trip?
- Backpack > 50 l,
- light trekking tent (can be rented) and a sleeping bag with a temperature < 5°C,
- 3-season insulating mattress (R-value >3),
- down jacket,
- waterproof jacket and trousers,
- outdoor cooking kit,
- high goretex trekking shoes,
- trekking poles,
- spare fleece, trousers and underwear.
Take care to keep the weight of the backpack down. Contact the guide for any doubts or advice on necessary equipment and clothing.
Will there be phone coverage during the trek?
Phone coverage will often be absent.