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Jotunheimen loop - Norways two highest peaks

A loop of Jotunheimen that includes both of Norways highest peaks without breaking you

Hiking Difficult

118 km
5.9 km
5.8 km
1 day +
Low Point
1 km
High Point
2.5 km
Jotunheimen loop - Norways two highest peaks Map

A 6 day loop of Jotunheimen that starts and ends at Spiterstulen. This hike will take you to Norway's highest peak, Galdhøpiggen on the first day, and Norway's second highest peak, Glittertind on the last day. This hike can be walked from hut to hut, or huts can be completely avoided, depending on your preferences. Highlights include walking over snow fields, views of Norway's highest mountain range, many glacial and snow-melt lakes and roaring waterfalls. Wildlife you can expect to encounter are mainly reindeer. You will most likely share the path with other hikers when heading up Galdøpiggen and perhaps Glittertind, but other than that you are not likely to meet other people. Note: arctic conditions, so expect changeable weather, lots of wind and freezing temperatures, even in summer.


Day 1: Spiterstulen - Galdhøppigen - Spiterstulen (8 hours) Day 2: Spiterstulen - Leirvatnet Day 3: Leirvatnet - Gjendebu valley Day 4: Gjendebu valley - Russvatnet Day 5: Russvatnet - Glitterheim Day 6: Glitterheim - Spiterstulen



Hiking trails where obstacles such as rocks or roots are prevalent. Some obstacles can require care to step over or around. At times, the trail can be worn and eroded. The grade of the trail is generally quite steep, and can often lead to strenuous hiking.

High Exposure

3 out of 4

Some trail sections have exposed ledges or steep ascents/descents where falling could cause serious injury.


2 out of 4

Away from help but easily accessed.

Best time to visit

between June and September


  • Wildlife
  • Picturesque
  • Summit Hike
  • Dog friendly
  • Wild flowers
  • Water features