To reach the start of the tour you will travel north by train/bus from Oslo Gardermoen Airport to the town of Otta. We will spend the first night in the town of Otta as this allows for anyone arriving late or having transport issues. Once we leave Otta we are in a remote area with few transport options. On the morning of our first hiking day we will take a private transfer to Gjendesheim to start the hike.
On arrival day you should take the train at 1429 hrs to Otta, which is likely to be on the Departure board as the line to Trondheim S. It arrives at Otta at 1754 hrs. The train station is in the airport building at Gardermoen and it all works very efficiently in terms of connecting with your flight. Tickets are easily booked on line, and you will usually have a reduced price if you do this in advance at Norwegian Trains.
Important Update: Until further notice there are no trains travelling north of Lillehammer. At Lillehammer you will transfer to a bus for the remainder of your journey. In summer 2023 the railway bridge at Ringebu was destroyed by floods, and the train is now replaced by a bus service. It is crucial that you book your ticket (which will include the section by bus) as soon as they are available.
On your departure day, which is the Sunday, we will organise a private transfer from Gjendesheim to Otta Railway Station. The timetables are still to be published, but we are expecting to tkae the train at 1043hrs arriving into Oslo Airport at 1421hrs.
You can also consider booking a bus to Oslo airport which departs from directly outside our accommodation at Gjendesheim. The bus leaves at 1000hrs, and arrives at Oslo Airport at 1421hrs, note that the bus timetables for summer 2024 are yet to be published. If you require to be at the airport earlier you can catch a bus around 1735 hrs on the Saturday evening after your last day of hiking which gets to Oslo late evening. We are not able to offer any reduction in trip cost if you choose to make your own departure arrangements.
Please contact us to discuss travel if required.
When booking a trip we ask you to acquire insurance to cover you for the following:
Mountain Rescue Insurance
It is a condition of booking that you are insured against medical expenses, injury, illness, death, mountain rescue, cost of repatriation and personal accident risks. Please ensure that your insurance covers you to the maximum altitude given on your trip itinerary. The maximum altitude for any trip can be checked on the 'At A Glance' box on each trip page. Most of our trips have a maximum altitude of 3,000 metres. If you are unsure or are joining a bespoke trip, then please ask us for specific details.
Trip Cancellation/Curtailment Insurance
You should also have insurance to cover trip cancellation and curtailment. Please note that your deposit and balance payments are non-refundable, unless it is Tracks and Trails who cancel the trip due to a failure to reach the required minimum numbers. In this case we will offer you a refund or the option of transferring to another trip if one is available. We also advise that you should have insurance which covers baggage loss/equipment damage as Tracks and Trails will not be held responsible for loss/damage to baggage/equipment.
As well as medical cover, we recommend that you have appropriate travel insurance so that if you fall ill and test positive for COVID-19 prior to (or during) your trip, you will be financially covered for cancelling your trip. You should also consider booking a policy that covers you if you have to cancel or curtail your holiday because you have to self-isolate. If you choose to cancel, cancellation charges will be payable, but if the reason for your cancellation is covered under the terms of your insurance policy, you may be able to reclaim these charges. Please read the clauses below detailing trip cancellation and curtailment.
Travel Insurance covering COVID-19 is now available from a number of suppliers, Campbell Irvine, Trailfinders and Staysure. Please check their websites for the latest information on what is and isn't covered. It is likely that more companies will offer COVID related cover in the future.
All of the above insurances are detailed in our Terms and Conditions.
If you are joining a trip in the UK helicopter/mountain rescue insurance is not required as this is a free service.
For further details, please read the Insurance section on our website.
When packing for a trip in the mountains it is important to have appropriate equipment and clothing. This kit list features items we believe are necessary for the weather you might encounter and accommodation you will be staying in. If you have any questions with regards to what to bring, do not hesitate to get in touch with us.
The terrain in the Jotunheim is very rocky with boulder fields to be crossed most days, so boots with a good tread are very important. The rocks are granite and very 'grippy' which means the rocks are not generally slippy and offer good contact with the boot even when wet. Most of the huts we will stay in have a 'drying' room to dry kit overnight.
* For the last two days of hiking we will send any hut kit/spare clothes etc with the ferry on Lake Gjende. You need a waterproof stuff sack for these items. The sack will be left outdoors on the dock for collection by the ferry and could get wet. Otherwise bring a really strong bin bag that you can use for this purpose.
Personal First Aid
* We do not include bed linen at the DNT huts nor towels as this would increase the trip cost by around £220 per person and we prefer that you can choose to bring your own sheet sleeping liner and pack towel, or you can hire on arrival. Bed linen and towels will be included at Spiterstulen mountain lodge where we stay for two nights.
**Supplementary snacks if you follow a gluten free or coeliac diet**
Leaders are all first aid trained and will carry their own first aid kit
On many of our trips there will be an element of 'group kit' which will be shared amongst our guests. As mountain people you will be used to team work and working together to the mutual benefit and safety of the group.
The 'group kit' will be minimal and usually just a case of sharing a few lightweight 'survival shelters'. For example on a week-long trip you may carry a small shelter for just one day before passing it to the next person.
We have graded this trip Expert due to the rocky nature of the terrain. The daily distances, ascent and descent are not difficult and are less than other Expert level trips, however, the nature of the trails adds time and effort to the day. Most days we will spend around 40 minutes to 1 hour negotiating rocks and boulders. Even when wet or covered in snow we have found that the rock, which is gabbro, offers a good grip for your hiking boots. There is the possibility that you may be asked to bring Microspikes if there is a lot of winter snow left on the trail. We can advise you of this before departure.
In addition there is no luggage support so you will carry everything you need for 7 days of hiking. In reality this involves just a few extra items for your hut overnights, such as wash kit, slippers and a change of clothes. Each accommodation sells a small selection of snacks, blister kit, sunscreen, maps, batteries, etc.
On the three most challenging hiking days you will be carrying only a light day pack. When we ascend the highest mountain in Northern Europe, Galdhøpiggen we will return to Spiterstulen Hut for a second night so any unwanted items can be left in your room. If you choose not to attempt the summit you can simply rest at Spiterstulen or go for a valley hike. The route to Galdhøpiggen is basically a boulder field for much of the day, but the rocks are solid and grippy and it is not an issue for experienced hikers. Many thousands climb Galdhøpiggen each year as it is something of a Norwegian pilgrimage to do so. Many of these people will have much less experience than our guests yet successfully climb to the summit.
On the two other days on Memurubu Ridge, and Bessegen Ridge we will send extra items on the boat, so you once again only have a light daypack. This is particularly useful on the Bessegen which has a section where you will want to use your hands as well as your feet. The Bessegen presents a low grade scramble which does not have loose rocks and is generally good terrain. Some sense of exposure may be experienced, but essentially it is quite a wide ridge.
Although we stay in remote huts, three of them do have a dirt track access road for supplies, and it is possible to escape if you had major issues due to blisters or tiredness. Also on the second last day you could choose to take the boat between Gjendebu and Memurubu, and on the last day you can once again take the boat, from Memurubu to Gjendesheim, or hike the lakeside trail to Gjendesheim and avoid the Bessegen Ridge. If you opted to do this it would be on a self-guided basis.
For each of our trips a minimum number of guests is required before we can confirm that your trip will go-ahead. The minimum and maximum number of guests on your trip is displayed in the 'At a Glance' box on the righthand side of the trip page.
We strongly advise you do not book travel until we have confirmed your trip is 'guaranteed' to run. If you book travel before we have confirmed it is 'guaranteed' we cannot be held responsible for any financial loss if the trip does not go ahead.
On this trip a single room is available on the first night in Otta and there are other possibilities during the week, but it will depend on how busy the huts are. Please contact us if you would like to know more, and we will provide a quote.
Most likely you will find yourself in a room with two beds sharing with one of the group, and at other times we may have a larger room with 3 or 4 people in the same room. If this is the case be assured that we always group people according to gender, relationships or friendships. This type of accommodation is normal in the mountains.
We would add that the huts in Norway are wonderful, and are certainly not the very basic huts you might find in the French/Swiss Alps. The food is usually excellent and the accommodation cosy.
Tracks and Trails go to great lengths to work with first class guides and instructors who are passionate about their work. They are all fully qualified, insured, and hold the correct documentation for the countries that they work in.
Note your guide has complete discretion to make a daily decision on whether or not to take the advertised route based on the weather and the ability of the members of the group. They have our authority to make any route changes they believe are necessary in the interests of safety and enjoyment.
Your hiking guide will be a fully qualified and experienced International Mountain Leader. International Mountain Leaders are not only qualified to ensure the safe management of the group, but are also a source of knowledge about the local flora and fauna, and traditions of the area which you are visiting. You can learn more about our guides and instructors on the About Us page.
On this trip there is no luggage support and you will carry everything you need for the hike. You will meet many Norwegians with enormous rucksacks carrying tents stoves, etc, but you just need a few extra items for the hut nights. Our guides would normally arrive in Norway with only what they need for the hike, but you can use the Left Luggage either at Oslo airport or Oslo Central Station to store items for your return.
On your itinerary you will find an indication of the amount of ascent and descent you can expect each day. This offers a guideline to how much effort might be expended each day and allows you to decide, based on previous experience, if your fitness and stamina are correct for the trip.
We make every attempt to ensure these statistics are as accurate as possible, but ask you to note that the most modern of technology used to record these details can show considerable variations in terms of ascent, descent, and in particular distance. In other words no two people using GPS devices on the same route will have exactly the same details recorded at the end of the day.
The statistics given should be used as a 'general' indication of the effort required.
Your leader will carry the correct maps and you are not expected to navigate, but if you would like to have a map detailing the entire seven day hike you can refer to the one below:
Cappelen Damm Kart 45 - Jotunheimen 1:100,000/1:50,000
The weather in Norway is very similar to that found in the Scottish Highlands, in short you can have 4 seasons in one day. Everything from snow showers to strong sun. You should come equipped to deal with wet weather, and have sufficient waterproof stuff sacks in your rucksack to keep items dry. You can check a ten day forecast here.
Even in summer you may need a thick pair of winter gloves if the weather turns inclement, so do refer to our Kit List. Water proof socks are a very good idea as we will often have to cross streams and rivers, hopping from rock to rock, and your feet may get damp. Most huts have a 'drying' room to dry kit overnight.
In July the average temperature for the Jotunheim mountains range from a high of 12°C (54°F) to a low of 5°C (41°F). In late autumn it ranges from 7°C (44°F) to 1°C (34°F). Winter snow can lie on the trails till mid-summer.
The DNT system of cabins in Norway is a wonderful concept. 'DNT' stands for Den Norske Turistforening, which translates to the 'Norwegian Trekking Association'.
According to the DNT local member associations operate 550 cabins across Norway. They maintain a network of about 22,000 km (13,730 miles) of marked hiking trails and about 7000 km (4375 miles) of branch-marked ski tracks. Each year, volunteers work a total of more than 800,000 hours maintaining this system.
A number of our trips such as our require you to be a member of the DNT. Please check the 'Dates & Prices' section of the your trip itinerary. To become a member click here.
DNT Cabins are either 'staffed' or 'self-service':
Staffed cabins serve all meals; breakfast, dinner and a picnic lunch which you make yourself from the breakfast buffet. Meals are excellent in both quality and quantity! Many have showers and electricity, either from the power grid or from a local generator. They are very cosy and traditional in style and are just as comfortable as a rustic hotel. Staffed cabins are open only in certain seasons.
The self-service cabins are equipped with all that we need for cooking and sleeping. Firewood, gas, kitchen utensils, table linen and bunks with blanks or duvets and pillows. We do require you to bring a 'sheet sleeping bag liner' for reasons of hygiene. The cabins are also stocked with tinned and dried food which means we do not have to carry provisions! It is not possible to 'reserve' beds in self-service cabins and it is a case of 'first come, first served'. We aim to arrive in good time to secure the necessary number of beds which are usually in rooms with between 2 - 8 bunk beds. If we arrive late in the day and the cabin is already crowded then as 'members of the DNT' you will have priority over non-members in terms of acquiring a mattress. Please note this may be a mattress on the floor, think of it as camping, but with a roof!
In the self-service cabins we look after ourselves: fetch water, cook food, wash up and chop wood. At the cabin we fill out a payment form which details everything we have used. The DNT then contact us on our email addresses and we make payment for your stay.
We encourage you to experience local tastes and dishes and for this reason many of our accommodation options will be family run with a reputation for traditional food.
If you have a 'special' diet because of an allergy or intolerance which will make you ill then the accommodation will cater for this as best they can, eg gluten free, nut free, lactose free. Gluten-free diets will be possible with regard to the evening meals, but we would advise that you bring along some gluten-free snacks for your breakfasts and lunches.
If you are vegetarian his is not a problem as the hotels/refuges are used to being asked for vegetarian meals. Our accommodation will try to cater for those with vegan diets but in remote refuges in the mountains this is more difficult. If you would like to discuss the suitability of a trip for a vegan diet contact us.
If you have a 'special' diet which is NOT because of an allergy or intolerance, and is not 'veggie' then we apologise, but we cannot cater for this. The accommodation on the popular routes will be catering for many people each evening, in some cases up to 70/80 meals per night, 7 days a week, and realistically they cannot produce many different meal options unless the food will result in illness.
We request that you do not CHANGE your dietary requirements during the trip as we will have pre-ordered your meals.
The countries we visit all have tap water which is drinkable. If for any reason a particular hotel is having a problem with a remote mountain water supply they will normally post a sign over the tap indicating that you must not drink the water. At all times you are welcome to ask your guide/instructor if the water can be drunk. We would ask, for environmental reasons, that you avoid using single-use plastic bottles, and bring a water bottle that can be used repeatedly.
A passport with 6 months remaining validity at the end of your stay is generally required. Please check the relevant embassy or consulate for the country you are visiting, paying attention to your citizenship. It is your responsibility to ensure that you have the correct travel documents and visas for your holiday. Visa requirements and charges are subject to change without notice.
We ask that you carry a paper copy of your passport with you on your trip. We suggest keeping your passport in your rucksack, and a paper copy of your passport in any luggage you might have. If your trip is without luggage transfers then keep a paper copy somewhere in your rucksack, separate from your original document.
We recommend you check if you require an adaptor for your electrical items at:
Note that if your trip involves staying in a mountain refuge/rifugio/hut that electric sockets may be in short supply and for that night you may not be able to charge any items. Although the accommodation will have electricity this will often be supplied by solar panels or a generator and limited to use by the staff. For this reason we advise that carrying a small slimline and lightweight 'battery pack' can be very useful for recharging phones which many of you will also use as your camera.
Before booking consider whether you expect to be in the appropriate physical condition on the date of your departure to allow you to fully participate in and enjoy your holiday. If you have any doubts because of an illness or injury it would be advisable to check with your doctor.
For UK residents travelling to an EU country you should obtain and bring with you a free Global Health Insurance Card (GHIC). This entitles you to state provided medical treatment in certain European countries, but is not a substitute for medical travel insurance.
If you have a UK European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) it will be valid until the expiry date on the card. Once it expires, you’ll need to apply for a GHIC to replace it. The UK Global Health Insurance Card (GHIC) lets you get state healthcare in Europe at a reduced cost or sometimes for free. Please check this before departing. We advise that you always carry your insurance documents with details of the Emergency Medical telephone number for your insurance provider, and your policy number.
We feel strongly about protecting the environment and do not encourage the use of single-use plastic items. We would ask that you arrive with a ‘water bottle’ or ‘hydration system’ that can be used repeatedly. We would point out that we operate a ‘zero tolerance’ for rubbish, and would ask you to remove all your rubbish items from the mountain even those you consider to be bio-degradable. In particular we ask that you remove any toilet tissue.
You can read our full policy here.
Working across international boundaries, and with various currencies means that the price of our trips can change overnight. We have, however, undertaken to guarantee that once you have paid your deposit the price of your trip is fixed. In this respect we urge you to book early to ensure that you receive the price advertised on our website. The website price may increase due to currency fluctuations, but we guarantee that the price advertised on the date of your booking will be maintained in your individual case.
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