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Jotunheimen National Park

Skagastøl mountains (Hurrungane), with Store Skagastølstind on the right.

Skagastøl mountains (Hurrungane), with Store Skagastølstind on the right.

The Creeping Azalea is quite common in Jotunheimen

The Creeping Azalea is quite common in Jotunheimen

This wild flower in on the IUCN redlist. It is endemic to Scandinavia

This wild flower, Primula scandinavica (Fjellnøkleblom), is on the IUCN redlist. It is endemic to Scandinavia

 

The highest peaks in Norway are located in Jotunheimen National Park. The highest of them all is Galdhøpiggen at 2469 m (8230 feet). Although their heights are not extraordinarily impressive, the area is packed with peaks and glaciers. The valleys, however, are flat and easily hiked.  The name of the national park means “The home of the Jotuns” (trolls). The alpine flora is abundant in places. Still, the area is accessible from all corners. A footpath system for hikers and proper accomodation makes hiking trips between tourist quarters possible for the physically fit. Steep hillsides and valleys with lush vegetation make the trips memorable. Waterfalls with clear, tasty mountain water makes the need for bringing drinking water unnecessary. Mountaineers find the area of peaks called Hurrungane irresistible. The Englishman William Cecil Slingsby was the first to climb the highest peak of Hurrungane Store Skagastølstind (2405 m or 8017 feet) in 1876. Traditional sheep grazing is allowed in areas of the park. A drive along the Sognefjell road is mindblowing in nice weather. The road runs close to the northern border of the national park.