Visbretind

Page Type
Mountain/Rock
Location:
Oppland, Norway, Europe
Activities:
Hiking, Mountaineering, Scrambling
Elevation:
7329 ft / 2234 m
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Visbretind
Created On: Aug 25, 2011
Last Edited On: Aug 25, 2011

Overview

An attractive mountain near the centre of Jotunheimen and the highest of it's group, Visbretind is situated between the famous obelisk of Kyrkja and the jagged peak of Semelholstinden at the head of the Visdalen valley.

The mountain has glaciers on it's east and northeast sides, a sharp north ridge and steep bouldery slopes to the south and west.

Access is from either Leirvassbu or Spiterstulen lodges.

Getting There

If you're driving, the closest road end to Visbretind is 5km to the north west at Leirvassbu Lodge at the head of Leisdalen. The road to Leirvassbu is reached from Oslo Gardemoen airport by following road E6 to Otta, road 15 to Lom and the Sognefjellet mountain road (road 55) towards Turtagro/Sogndal for about 30km to the Leirvassbu turnoff.

There's no bus to Leirvassbu so if, like me, you come by public transport you'll have to tackle the longer walk in from Spiterstulen to the NNE.

Spiterstulen can be reached by a bus from Lom (twice a day during the summer). Lom is reached by bus direct from Gardemoen or by train from Gardemoen to Otta and bus from Otta to Lom (cheaper than the direct bus if you pre book the train journey).

Websites for the relevant operating companies are given below.

Red Tape

None that I'm aware of.

Camping

You can pay 50Kr to camp close to either Spiterstulen or Leirvassbu lodges and use the facilities - otherwise both request no camping within c.1km.

There are good campsites in upper Visdalen or at Kyrkjaglupen which are convenient for the north ridge.

External Links

Fjord1: operate busses from Otta to Lom and from Lom to Spiterstulen - http://www.fjord1.no/en/default.asp?page=1577

Nor-Way: Norwegian long distance bus operator (for a bus from Gardemoen to Otta/Lom) - http://www.nor-way.no/?lang=en_GB.

NSB: Norwegian national rail company (for a train from Gardemoen to Otta) -http://www.nsb.no/?lang=en_US