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Welcome to Jotunheimen National Park

Jotunheimen provides you with mountain experiences that you will never forget. It is a place that has something for everyone – whether you want to climb the highest peaks, or simply experience nature by a quiet mountain lake.

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Nasjonalparkstyret for Jotunheimen og Utladalen
Fylkesmannen i Innlandet
Postboks 987
N-2604 Lillehammer
E: fminpost@fylkesmannen.no

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About Jotunheimen National Park and Utladalen Protected Landscape

The villages surrounding the national park in the five municipalities of Lom, Luster, Vang, Vågå and Årdal are attractions in themselves, with both nature and cultural experiences that are well worth exploring.

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How to get to Jotunheimen

Jotunheimen is situated right in the middle of Southern Norway, a 4 to 5 hour drive from Oslo, Trondheim or Bergen. There are also bus services to Jotunheimen during the summer season.

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Storebjørn mountain.
Children resting on a hike.

Experiences and tourist destinations

The peak season for mountain hiking is during the months of July and August, but an increasing number of people visit the mountains during all seasons. The most popular hiking destinations are Besseggen and Galdhøpiggen, but Jotunheimen also offers around two hundred 2000 meter high peaks and many tranquil mountain valleys if you wish to spend some time alone in the mountains.

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Cabins in Jotunheimen

The first mountain tourists came to Jotunheimen in the 1800s, and many of the tourist cabins were established in combination with mountain dairy farming. The cabins were gradually extended, and today they provide a wide range of accommodation possibilities in the mountains.

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Gjendbu, tourist cabin.
Family on a hike.

Tourist destinations and approaches

Established tourist cabins such as Eidsbugarden/Fondsbu, Turtagrø, Sognefjell Cabin, Krossbu, Leirvassbu, Spiterstulen and Gjendesheim form the approaches to Jotunheimen. Utladalen Naturhus (The Nature House of Utladalen) welcomes visitors to the area via Utladalen in the west.

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Advice when visiting

Everyone is welcome to visit Jotunheimen and Utladalen, but it is important to leave your campsite clean and tidy for the next visitors.
Plan your trip and make sure you wear the correct clothes for high mountain conditions. Show consideration to animals and birds, and remember that you are nature’s guest.

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Tent in mountain.
Title Address Description
Jotunheimen nasjonalpark
Jotunheimen, Lom, Norge
Fanaråkhytta
9FH9GW85+M8
Gjendebu
2686 Lom, Norge
Gjendesheim
Gjendevegen 200, 2683 Tessanden, Norge
Glitterheim
9FHCJJFM+45
Veodalen
9FHCMPC9+J2
Memurubu
FJRH+7W Gjendebu, Norge
Olavsbu
6877 Fortun, Norge
Skogadalsbøen
9FHCF276+3J
Avdalen Gard
9V4J+F4 Teigen, Norge
Krossbu parkering
Fv55 1, 2687 Bøverdalen, Norge
Krossbu Turisthytte
Sognefjellsvegen 4688, 2687 Bøverdalen, Norge
Sognefjellshytta
Sognefjellsvegen 4974, 2687 Bøverdalen, Norge
Leirvassbu
Leirdalsvegen 1440, 2687 Bøverdalen, Norge
Lom Nasjonalparklandsby og Lom fjellmuseum
Brubakken 2, 2686 Lom, Norge
Spiterstulen
Visdalsveien 1710, 2686 Lom, Norge
Juvasshytta
2686 Lom, Norge
Turtagrø parkering
Sognefjellsvegen 6666, 6877 Fortun, Norge
Turtagrø
Fv55 340, 6877 Fortun, Norge
Bygdin
Bygdin, Vang kommune, Norge
Eidsbugarden
Eidsbugardvegen, 2985 Tyinkrysset, Norge
Fondsbu
DNT Fondsbu, Eidsbugardvegen 1920, 2985 Tyinkrysset, Norge
Torfinnsbu
9FHC9H4W+G9
Utladalen Naturhus
Utladalsvegen 3, 6884 Øvre Årdal, Norge
Vetti gard
9WFG+WM Teigen, Norge
Tyinkrysset
Tyinkrysset, Norge
Hjelle parkering
Utladalsvegen 1, 6884 Øvre Årdal, Norge
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Where is Jotunheimen National Park situated?

Jotunheimen National Park is located in the municipalities of Lom, Luster, Vang, Vågå and Årdal. Midway between Oslo, Bergen and Trondheim.

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How do I get there?

Via the E6/Rv15 and E16, and the Rv51 over Valdresflya and the Rv 55 over the Sognefjellet mountains. There are many public transport services available. More info

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National parks in the vicinity

Breheimen National Park, Reinheimen National Park, Langsua National Park, Jostedalsbreen National Park and Nærøyfjorden Protected Landscape.

The Right to Roam – joys and duties

Just think how lucky we are: The right to roam is a common good that is free to everyone and gives you the right to travel in uncultivated land, regardless of who owns it. For a long time, people in Norway have had the right to travel in forests and fields, along rivers, on lakes, along the coastline and in the mountains. As long as you show consideration and don’t leave any waste behind, the right to roam allows you to travel freely in nature.

The main principles of the right to roam are legally established in the Outdoor Recreation Act of 1957. A basic rule for everyone who exercises the right to roam is: Leave nature the way you would like to find it yourself!

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Welcome to Jotunheimen, take care of nature

The Right to Roam. Visitors are free to walk and ski wherever they want. Feel free to follow the waymarked/signposted trails or the staked ski trails in the national park. Visitors are permitted to ride horses and bikes on trails and roads. You are allowed to pitch your tent wherever you want, as long as you are at least 150 meters away from inhabited houses or cabins. Remember to tidy your campsite when you leave! You are allowed to pick berries, mushrooms and common flowers, but do not pick endangered and protected species such as orchids.

Cairnsare waymarks that help you follow the trail, especially on days with poor visibility. Do not build new cairns when you stop for a break, as this could lead people off-course. It is also important that you don’t remove stones from old cairns. Some of them are cultural monuments.

Cultural monuments such as old homesteads and pitfall traps are protected sites, so don’t move stones from old walls.

Keep Jotunheimen clean. Make sure you clean up after yourself and take your garbage with you when traveling in Jotunheimen.

Visitors are permitted to light a campfire  between 15 September and 15 April, and throughout the rest of the year in places where there is no risk of causing wildfires. Be aware of local restrictions. Show consideration when finding firewood.

Hunting and fishing.. Visitors may hunt and fish in the national park as in other mountainous areas. Remember to buy a hunting/fishing license. Fishing with a fishing rod is free for children/young people under the age of 16. Using live fish as bait is prohibited. Visitors are also prohibited from taking live fish or wet fishing gear from one watercourse to another.

Dogs in the national park. Visitors are welcome to take their dogs on a trip. All dogs must be kept on a leash between 1 April and 1 October/ 1 November. You are obligated to show consideration regarding wild animals, grazing animals and other visitors all year round. The reindeer are especially vulnerable in the period directly after Christmas and during the spring.

Regulations concerning keeping your dog on a leash also apply to small dogs and dogs that are trained not to chase sheep. Remember that there are species of birds here that build their nests on the ground. These species are especially vulnerable to dogs that are on the loose.

Motorized travel. Typically, using motorized transport in the national park is prohibited, this also applies to electric bikes.

Clothing and equipment. The weather in the mountains can change very quickly, during both the summer and winter months. It is not unusual to experience low temperatures and thick fog during the summer. During the winter, visitors might experience sun and great visibility, or cold winds and dense snow drifts. You are responsible for assessing the weather and conditions, and your own physical ability and skills. You must also be prepared with appropriate clothing and equipment before setting off on a trip. Hiking in the mountains can be challenging. Going on a trip with a mountain guide provides safety and useful advice.

Drones
Section 3, paragraph 7.3 of the Conservation Regulations state that the use of drones in the national park and in the protected landscape is prohibited.