/ The Ridges of Norway's Jotunheim
When to go - is the area like the Rondane where a lot of tourist accommodation simply shuts at the end of August with no warning? That could be a problem if people are expecting to stay somewhere at short notice. Apart from that it looks good.
Thanks for your comment.
The huts "opening and closing" times are often subjected to conditions, i.e. snow conditions.
As most of the huts in the Jotunheim are privately owned, you will need to check each website for the opening and closing times. They can be found at https://www.ut.no.
As most huts are run at a local level its best to check in the shoulder seasons if they are open.
After slogging our guts out through sleet to the top of Fannaråken Hytta, we found it not only locked but hermetically sealed for the winter. When I raised the matter with DNT, they said.... Sorry about that.
I remember skiiing up Storen in the dead of winter, digging the hut out and then discovering it had been down classed from hut to emergency shelter. It was like the ice box of a fridge. Out of the wind and worst of it though
Super article although I would say fans Lyngen might contest the claim that "the Jotunheim are the true alpine mountains of Norway", not saying Jotunheim isn't alpine but Lyngen is pretty alpine too!
From my limited experience in North Norway, grades seem rather inconsistent. I did a great 5 or 5+ route on Kvaloya that felt as tough as 6s I had done on Lofoten, so 5+ can be solid E1! Maybe the southern Norwegians aren't as tough as their arctic brethren though. ;)
Whats the situation with snow on these things at the moment? Thinking of next weekend
Great article - great photos. Haven't been there for over 40 years but it certainly brings back good memories of a trip where we had the sketchiest information https://www.ukclimbing.com/images/dbpage.php?id=274348
The Norwegian grading system is a mess, I think it mostly goes back to when they used the alpine system (back when nothing went beyond 6), and in typical Norwegian style nobody wanted to grade anything harder than that. So often classic or big mountain routes are quite sandbagged* with the grade. Innerdalen is renowned for this. But as we all know the n grade tells you almost nothing!
*especially for those trying to 'convert/ compare' a Norwegian grade to the UK system!
If I remember correctly you wrote a good article about your ascent of Storen via Andres Renne (?).
The hut has been described to me many times as an icebox ;) with many even in winter preferring a tent.
There over the magic 2000m and therefore there status is bedded in steep Norwegian tradition, everything else just doesn’t cut the mustard ;)
Grades in Norway…. don’t get me started. Randomly scattered numbers on out of focus photos would be more accurate
Thanks for the picture / map. Absolutely brilliant.
Great article - almost tempted,
The grades in this article are consistent and accurate for the routes described. Other routes, even classics in the area? Well its a shame the new Jotunheim guidebook didn’t correct the clear errors.
Totally agree about the grades chaos thing. I was reluctant to add a conversion Norwegian to UK grade table, even thought about using alpine grades but decided against it.
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