Jotunheimen National Park, Jotunheimen

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Jotunheimen National Park is a national park in Norway, recognized as one of the country's premier hiking and fishing regions. The national park covers 1,151 km² and is part of the larger area Jotunheimen. More than 250 peaks rise above 1,900 metres, including Northern Europe's two highest peaks: Galdhøpiggen at 2,469 metres, and Glittertind at 2,465 metres.
The National Park covers most of the mountainous region of Jotunheimen, including Hurrungane, but Utladalen and its surroundings are within Utladalen Landscape Protection Area. Geographically, it lies in both Oppland and Sogn og Fjordane counties. Geologically the Jotunheimen is a Precambrian province. Glaciers have carved the hard gabbro rock massifs of the Jotunheimen, leaving numerous valleys and the many peaks.
Wildlife include the reindeer, elk, deer, wolverines and lynx. Most lakes and rivers hold trout.
Jotunheimen has been the site of hunting since before recorded time. Remains of Stone Age hunting camps have been found near the lakes Gjende and Russvatnet. These remains extend through the bronze and Iron Age, up to recorded times. The high pastures have been used as seters for at least 1000 years.
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  • Jotunheimen has a lot of great places to visit. In this area you have plenty of hikes to do and nice views to experience. I would recommend doing the walk over Besseggen from Memrubu (7-10 hours). Or....  more »
  • We had a great time hiking through the land of the giants, although we did not see any, we saw many large rocks. Amazing scenery and DNT huts on routes for accommodation and food. All perfect! Even...  more »
  • Epic national park, have visited 2x so far. Walked through the whole thing and loved it every day.
  • Kyrkja top. 2032 meters. 5 hours from base and back. Awesome. Beautiful. Recommended.
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