Only the day before did I fly from northern Sweden to southern Norway, and thanks to a most conveniently scheduled bus connection I wasted no time to get to Jotunheimen. After a spell of rain (and snow high up in the mountains) this was the first day of a good weather period, and I made the most of it by traversing Galdhøpiggen. I made my way up from Juvashutte, then descended to Spiterstulen.
Today my dad and I climbed Galdhopiggen from Juvashytta. We took this route since the guidebook said that it was more pleasant and scenic. From Lom, we rode the bus to the trailhead and since we didn't carry crevasse rescue gear on this trip, signed up at the lodge to join a group to cross the glacier. Safety wise, this was a wise move as the Styggebrean Glacier does indeed have hidden crevasses, but since it was on a weekend and since the weather was completely clear, it was crowded!
Once we were off the glacier, we unroped and scrambled to the summit. The views were really spectacular and we couldn't ask for a better day. It actually felt hot at 2469 meters/8100 feet in Norway!
After enjoying the summit, we climbed back down to the glacier and joined a roped team. One girl, maybe 10 years old or so was afraid to jump the crevasses and wanted us to stop. Because it was so hot, we actually had to wade through knee deep water and slush on the glacier so everyone got very wet!
It was a great climb and after completing the climb we rode the bus back to our campground at Lom.
From Juvashytta to the summit through the Styggebraen route. We're part of a proyect with blind mountainners, 22 alpinist, 5 of them totally blind. We all succesfully climb it to the top. 11 hours rounded route.
We started from Juvashytta up to the summit via the glacier, down to Spiterstulen.
Beautiful, a bit too cloudy that day though.
Enjoyable and challenging climb with my niece Megan. Perfect weather with good visibility. Beautiful views.
Great day hike, summiting 3 peaks. Very rewarding views. From Spiterstulen.
A nice climb though with very windy conditions and clouds, plus some rain, we appreciated to spend some time in the refuge on the top!
Using a rope on the glacier is of course mandatory, some crevasses.
Nice hike with a lot of people. We were glad to still have some snowfields on the way up. Took us about 2.5 hours to summit.
Attempted the normal route but due to the fog and snow conditions turned around about 200m shy of the summit
Climbed this high point with a group of friends on August 18, 2013. Low visibility (50M) restricted view above 2,000M (seems to be common). However, the views on the glacier to be crossed from the Juvashytte route were spectacular when visibility cleared for short moments. The low visibility didn't seem to stop many people from climbing Galdhoppigen though.
The Spiterstulen route requires no technical equipment or skills. However, be aware that the rocks near the top can be very slippery. A good sole is a must (I used worn-out shoes, which was a little problematic due to lack of grip and water resistance). The climb itself is relatively constant, but remember that the galdhoppigen has a small structure on top (we thought we reached the top initially, but it appeared to be the Keilhaus topp).
Tried to climb Galdhpiggen from Spiterstulen but I didn't have luck with the weather and due to thick fog and strong wind I lost the path and after a short wandering around decided to go back to the refuge. Hope to have a better luck next time.
Early summer season climb! Approached through Svellnosbrean glacier and put tents up just under the ridge. Nice ridge climbing requires some rappels and III+ rock climbing sections. But nothing too difficult. One of the best routes up to the highest mountain in Northern Europe.
Cold, sunny and beautiful hike.
No real experience required. It is a long plod with an easy scramble. Fitness, warm clothes, and food are the only things you need in summer. It is SO worth it, breathtaking views of gigantic glaciers, distant mountains all from the highest mountain in Scandinavia :) Began in sunny conditions, but summitted in a blizzard as weather changed, adding to the thrill. Jogged down the mountain to Spiterstulen for 9pm (late start I know), relaxed with a glass of wine and cards in the log cabin by a fire. What could be more perfect? 10/10.
1st time from Spiterstulen, 2nd time via Styggebreen the following year.
It was suppose to rain so we hurried up the mountain and reached the summit in 3,5 hour. Our reward was a 360 degree panorama view! Lovely! But later when we got back to Spiterstulen it started to rain...and it never stopped, so we went home to Sweden.
Me and my girlfriend Åsa climbed Galdhøpiggen from the Jyvvas hytta across the Styggebraen-glacier. Our descent was via the Spiterstulen-route. We were the first party on the glacier at around 08:00 hrs. Later during the day huge parties of 30-40 people crossed the Styggebraen. (Guided groups from Jyvvas hytta). No early alpine starts over here....
A sunny walk to the top of Norway.
Great hike with some very impressive views of those vast glaciers all around there.
A nice climb from Spiterstulen. We started the day around 7 AM in nice, sunny weather, which unfortunately went from bad to worse on the way up. By the time we reached the top, we had strong winds, the rain was a mix of water and sleet, and it was hard to stand up. The weather continued to get worse when we descended from the mountain, and a lot of groups decided to turn back, so we had made it just in-time.
According to discussion inside the summit hut, the previous night had been the prettiest on the mountain that whole year - just our luck!
The climb took us around 7 hours, including some rest at the summit hut.