Guidebook

3 of the Finest Alpine Climbs in Jotunheimen

A trio of beautiful mountaineering adventures amongst Norway's highest peaks.

Charlie Boscoe

Description

Home to the 29 highest mountains in Norway, the Jotunheimen is the jewel in Scandinavia's impressive mountaineering crown. The mountains there are high and wild, and they're separated by deep, green valleys - it all adds up to a stunning landscape which any mountain lover will enjoy.

There's a lifetime of adventure to be had in the Jotunheimen and in this guidebook you'll find 3 routes which exemplify what the area is all about. For those looking for the biggest challenge that the Jotunheimen has to offer, look no further than the Styggedalsryggen traverse - arguably the most remote and wild-feeling route in the whole region.

If you want to get a couple of routes in the bag before tackling that, then Austanbotntindtraversen is a good place to start. Comfortably doable in a day, the route takes you to a wild summit without requiring any climbing harder than French 4+. There's also some abseiling and other rope work required so the route is ideal for getting some mountain mileage in. The next logical step is Skagastølstindtraversen - judged by FATMAP writer Emil Neby to be the greatest alpine traverse in the whole of Norway. The route is longer and more involved than Austanbotntindtraversen but if you can do it in a (long) day then you're probably ready for the Styggedalsryggen traverse.

Once you've got that done you'll have earned the right to call yourself a Jotunheimen mountaineer, but your exploration of the area will just be beginning!

Austanbotntindtraversen
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Austanbotntindtraversen

9.9 km
903 m
An epic traverse of the most alpine summit in Jotunheimen
Difficult
Private
Skagastølstindtraversen
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Skagastølstindtraversen

14.6 km
1,590 m
Norway's greatest alpine traverse
Difficult
Private
Styggedalsryggen
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Styggedalsryggen

19.9 km
1,771 m
The most remote ridge traverse in Jotunheimen offers a spectacular multi day adventure
Difficult
Private