Visitor centers and approaches

An ‘approach’ is a place where visitors can get valuable information that provides you with the best experiences while in the area. There are well-established tourist companies at nearly every approach around Jotunheimen, and visitors will find sufficient car parking, information and accommodation possibilities.
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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

The Norwegian Mountain Center

The Norwegian Mountain Center is an authorized visitor center for Jotunheimen. The center is located in the national park village of Lom, which is surrounded by three national parks: Jotunheimen, Reinheimen and Breheimen.

The center provides visitors with trip suggestions, both inside and outside the national parks.

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The Norwegian Mountain Center in Lom.
Mountain lake.

Sognefjell

This is a place where visitors can take a break and get information about the national park. Visitors can take the round trip of approximately one kilometer around the western part of Fantesteinvatnet lake. There is a footbridge and a raised walkway which makes the trip accessible for everyone. Parts of the trail have been universally designed.

The architectural design of Sognefjellshytta Cabin complements the high mountain scenery found in this area. Jensen & Skodvin is the architect of the Norwegian Scenic Routes’ building at Sognefjellet, and Dronninga Landskap has designed the vantage point that looks out over the national park. The footbridge has been constructed by Florian Kosche and received the award for best Norwegian steel construction in 2019.

The Sognefjellshytta Cabin is located on the Sognefjellet Norwegian Scenic Route, and has received a spectacular wooden and glass building that links the two original buildings together. There is a public toilet in the middle building.

Gjende and Gjendesheim

Gjendesheim is located next to Gjende lake, the busiest approach to Jotunheimen. Most visitors start their trip up Besseggen from here – either by taking the boat to Memurubu and hiking back over Besseggen, or by walking from Gjendesheim to Memurubu.

The main car parking lot in the Gjende area is located at Reinsvangen, just 2 km east of Gjendesheim. From here, visitors can take the shuttle bus that drops you off just before the national park border.

The Gjende ferry 

Parking by Gjende 

Norwegian Scenic Routes 

Besseggen.
Bessheim, Jotunheimen

Bessheim

Bessheim has a long tradition of mountain tourism.

The first hostess, Kari Storvik, started mountain farm tourism towards the end of the 1800s, and the first tourist cabin was built in 1890. The trip to Besseggen from Bessheim has a history that is older than the current route which involves the Gjendebåten ferry (1906) between Memurubu and Gjendesheim. Guests were rowed from Bessvassosen to Bandet and the trip then ran over Besseggen and Veslfjellet mountain, down to Bessvatnet lake and then on to Bessheim. In 1874, the cairn-marked trail from Memurubu to Bessheim was the first route that was waymarked by The Norwegian Trekking Association.

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Bygdin

Bygdin høgfjellshotell is located on the Fv. 51 road, at the western end of the large Bygdin lake. The lake is a regulated body of water. During the summer season, there are daily boat departures to Torfinnsbu and Eidsbugarden/Fondsbu on the MB Bitihorn boat, which has provided scheduled services here since 1912.

Boat services at Bygdin

Bygdin høgfjellshotell

Bygdin høgfjellshotell
Torfinnsbu.

Torfinnsbu

Torfinnsbu is a self-service cabin that is part of The Norwegian Trekking Association’s network. During the summer season, there are daily boat departures to Torfinnsbu from Eidsbugarden or from the eastern end of Bygdin on the MB Bitihorn boat, which has provided scheduled services here since 1912.

Torfinnsbu at Ut.no

Boat services at Bygdin

Eidsbugarden and Fondsbu

Located at the western end of Bygdin Lake, Eidsbugarden is one of the oldest meeting places for mountain tourists in Jotunheimen, and the first cabin was built here by the poet and journalist Aasmund Olavsson Vinje in 1868. Eidsbugarden Hotel and the Fondsbu Norwegian Trekking Association cabin offer accommodation and dining. During the summer season, there are daily boat departures between Eidsbugarden and the eastern end of Bygdin lake on the MB Bitihorn boat, which has provided scheduled services here since 1912.

Boat services at Bygdin

Eidsbugarden Hotel
Turtagrø

Turtagrø

Turtagrø Hotel is located in the western part of Jotunheimen on the Norwegian Scenic Route Fv. 55 road over the Sognefjellet mountains, and has traditions that stretch all the way back to the 1880s. Turtagrø and the Hurrungane mountains have been called the cradle of Norwegian mountain sports, and they are a central gathering place for mountaineering, spring skiing, summit trips, glacier trips and everyday mountain hiking.

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Krossbu

Krossbu is located on the eastern side of the Norwegian Scenic Route along the Fv. 55 road over the Sognefjellet mountains. With easy access to glaciers and trips to a number of 2000 meter high peaks, it is a very popular place among mountain hikers. Krossbu is part of The Norwegian Trekking Association’s network, but is probably best known for spring skiing and glacier trips.

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Krossbu
A person doing tricks on skis.

Leirvassbu in Leirdalen valley

In 1873, Emanuel Mohn, one of the major profiles in Norwegian mountain sports and one of the founders of the Norwegian Trekking Association (DNT), proposed the construction of the first tourist cabin at Leirvatnet lake. The Norwegian Trekking Association guaranteed funding, and in agreement with the farmer Thorstein Sulheim in Lom, a stone cabin with four beds was ready for the first visitors the following year. After a while, a new and larger cabin was built that was gradually extended, and the cabin currently has 200 guest beds. Leirvassbu is very centrally located, with access to approximately fifty 2000 meter high peaks that can be reached on day-trips.

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Juvasshytta and Galdhøpiggen

Juvasshytta has a long tradition of guided trips to Galdhøpiggen, but it is also the starting point for other exciting summit trips. The famous mountain guide Knud Vole (1849-1929) built the first cabin up on the high mountain plateau at the foot of Galdhøpiggen in 1885. He also built the first cabin on the summit of Galdhøpiggen in 1888. Juvass Cabin also owns and operates Pigg Cabin up on the roof of Norway. Here, visitors can buy drinks and other kiosk goods, but it isn’t a cabin where people can sleep over and seek shelter for the night.

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Galdhøpiggen - highest peak in Norway
Glacier

Spiterstulen

Spiterstulen lies at an altitude of 1111 masl next to the old thoroughfare that passes through Visdalen valley in Lom. The road turns off the main Fv. 55 road at Røisheim in Boverdalen valley. Originally, this was Nigard Sulheim’s mountain farm, but it was extended with additional rooms for travelers in the 1800s. Steinar Sulheim (1815 – 1856) had local knowledge of the surrounding mountains, and together with the teachers Arnesen and Flåten, he made the first ascent of Galdhøpiggen in 1850. Other mountain pioneers, such as Slingsby, visited Spiterstulen on several occasions. Visitors can experience a rich flora in the warm Visdalen valley, but you can also choose advanced mountain hikes, accessing 17 of the highest peaks in Norway. The tourist cabin offers glacier and mountain guiding, and the most spectacular glacier is Svellnosbrean – also called The Adventure Glacier.  

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Veodalen valley and Glitterheim

To get to Glitterheim, turn off the Fv. 51 road at Randsverk, where a parking lot has been developed at the national park border in Veodalen valley. It is possible to rent a bike at the road barrier and take a trip further in to Glitterheim.

Mountain landscape.
Flye 1389

Flye 1389

The new Flye 1389 service facility is located by the Norwegian Scenic Route Valdresflye. This place serves food, offer toilet facilities and are a base for activities.
 

Flye 1389

Utladalen

From Øvre Årdal, visitors can follow Utladalsvegen road for approximately 7 km to the car parking lot at Hjelle. From there, Vettisvegen road runs past The Nature House of Utladalen (approximately 5 km), and further up to Vetti Farm Tourist Station.

Utladalen is a great starting point for day-trips to Avdalen Farm, Vetti Farm, Vettisfossen waterfall or Vettismorki, but visitors can also take longer hikes into Jotunheimen.

Vettisvegen road crosses the River Utla at four different places, and visitors can experience Hjellefossen waterfall, Avdalsfossen waterfall and the deep pool called Høljahølen, before reaching Vettisfossen waterfall. The road was built by volunteers between 1973 and 1977 and is also called ‘Folkevegen’ (The People’s Road). Here, visitors can travel on foot and by bike, but the use of electric bikes is prohibited.

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Waterfall.
The Nature House of Utladalen

The Nature House of Utladalen

The Nature House of Utladalen is a gateway to nature, and presents much of Western Jotunheimen and Utladalen’s cultural history. The nature house offers information, exhibitions and dining.

It also manages the maintenance and upkeep work that takes place in Heimre Utladalen. This work aims to preserve and maintain the cultural landscape as it was when active farming took place in the valley.

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Read more about Utladalen at Vettisrikett