Haute Route Jotunheimen

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Physical 4/6   Risk 4/6 6 days 5-12 participants From NOK 15 500


Join us on a week-long randonee ski tour in the heart of Jotunheimen, perhaps Norway's best-known mountains. On the tour, we will make our way to some of the highest summits in Norway, and stay in cozy mountain cabins.



  • Ski tour up and down some of Norway's best ski touring terrain
  • Explore Jotunheimen National Park's mountains on skis
  • Stay in beautiful, remote mountain huts
  • Enjoy three course meals after long ski days

This route is in the process of establishing itself as Norway's answer to the Alps' best-known ski tour. The Adventure Tour starts at Gjendesheim in the southern part of Jotunheimen, and it takes us five days to cross the mountains to Krossbu. We stay in lovely cabins en route, where we are served delicious meals (three-course dinners) and sleep soundly.

Every day, we will make our way to at least one summit of 2,000 metres with spectacular views of the snow-covered Jotunheimen mountains. The tour has a few long legs, and we are even going to attempt Norway's highest mountain, Galdhøpiggen. This requires participants to be in good shape and to be competent and experienced skiers.

Physical level and risk

So that you can have a good experience, it is important that you choose a trip that suits your ability level. The scales for physical requirements and risk are general. Therefore, it is important that you read more about the difficulty of the specific trip under “Details”. This will help you to gain an understanding of the level required and the risks involved for each specific trip.

Read more about physical requirements and risk here.

Physical: 4

To participate on a level 4 trip with us, you must prepare well and be ready for a real challenge! The trips are often longer than at lower levels, and the accommodation is often of a simple standard. Along the way, it will be both physically and mentally demanding, and it presupposes that you are prepared for this. You should do targeted training well in advance of departure. If the trip includes technical elements such as kayaking, cycling, climbing, glacier, skiing / summit hiking, you should have good skills in the relevant activity. Read more about the grading on our trips here

Risk: 4

Activities / trips with significant risk. Events can happen, and they can be of such a nature that they require professional help. If guidelines from guides and / or the company are not followed, you can be exposed to incidents that in the worst case result in serious injuries. Read more about the grading on our trips here

What's included

  • All accommodations
  • All meals
  • Professional nature guide
  • All transport within itinerary

See more of what's included under the "details" tab


Questions about the trip? Don't hesitate to contact our project leader below, or contact our office here.

Thea Torvund Langeland

thea@hvitserk.com +47 23213080




Level 4 out of 6. Please read more about our level of difficulty here. You need to have backcountry ski touring experience, the proper gear (beacon, shovel, probe) and the knowledge of how to use it. Basic avalanche knowledge is necessary(avalanche course), and your own personal ski touring set up. 

How to get there?

Wondering how to get from the airport to Oslo city? Read more here.


We stay in staffed mountain huts in shared dormitories(3-4 persons in each room). There is bedlinen at the huts so you do not need a sleeping liner or sleeping bag. Dinner and breakfast is served at the huts, we make lunch for breakfast each morning to bring each day. 


Bring as little as possible, as we have to carry our own equipment each day. You need avalanche equipment(probe, shovel and beacon), crampons and an ice axe. Most important, you need to know how to use it. See the equipment list, further down. 


We strongly recommend purchasing travel insurance for your trip. Norrøna Norrøna Hvitserk Adventure Adventure is not responsible for any trip delays, injury, illness, loss of belongings, family emergencies, natural events or other unforeseen issues that may hinder your ability to complete a trip with us. Norrøna Norrøna Hvitserk Adventure Adventure is an adventure holiday company, and with an active holiday there is always a risk of something as simple as a twisted ankle to keep you from your vacation. With trip insurance, your flights, hotels and travel costs can be covered if an unforeseen emergency hinders you from joining our tour, as well as coverage to fly home if necessary. By purchasing travel insurance ahead of time, you can protect your trip and yourself from issues that prevent you from traveling, and rest easy to enjoy your vacation.


Safety is always the number one consideration on a trip with Norrøna Norrøna Hvitserk Adventure Adventure. If there is an emergency on tour with us, help will be able to reach you relatively quickly. We have 24-hour emergency hotline within our office and the guide will always have the ability to contact help. Norway has excellent search and rescue operations throughout the country with evacuations available via helicopter or red cross emergency teams. 

Our guides have first aid training and have a selection of medicines and first aid equipment for the necessary treatment in the mountains. Norrøna Hvitserk Adventure also has a partnership with Turlegen.no (Trip Doctor) who can be contacted if needed for medical advice.

If you are on prescribed medication, have known allergies or similar, you must always bring your personal medication.

Norrøna Hvitserk Adventure plans the trip days based on the weather, conditions and the group. Our focus is to take care of each other and work together in one team. The guide will have the ability to make safety decisions for the group, although the decision-making process will be transparent and involve guests in the process. 

We plan our trips so that we do not expose ourselves to unwanted risk. On this tour, we will always be close to each other, and if an unforeseen situation occurs - the guide will be present quickly to handle it.


This is a trip popular with Norwegians, so the main language on the trip is Norwegian, but the guide will speak English, so you are welcome to join as an English speaker.

Changes may occur

We reserve the right to make changes to the program, and the price. The day to day program is indicative, and changes may occur. Please have a look at our terms and conditions

Number of participants

Minimum: 4 people; Maximum: 12 people.

Included in the price: 

  • All accommodation
  • Meals as described in the program
  • All local transportation from/to Otta
  • Professional ski guide

Not included in the price:

  • Transportation to the meeting point in Otta. We are happy to assist you in booking a hotel in Oslo and give you advice on what to do when you stay in our capital.
  • Drinks and snacks.

Other information

If it is close to departure, please contact us. Maybe you will be able to join anyway.

It is mandatory to bring avalanche equipment, ice ax, and crampons. It is possible to rent from us. Let us know well ahead of time if you need to rent this. It might not be necessary, but good to have if the conditions demand it. 

Day by Day



Welcome to the mountains

Accommodation Mountain Lodge
Meals B, L, D
Transportation 1hr30min

We meet our guide at Otta train station, at 05.40PM. Otta is reachable by train from Oslo and Trondheim. We travel together to Gjendesheim, where we will spoend the first night on our ski adventure. At Gjendesheim we get settled, go thorugh the gear and have dinner in the evening. 



From Gjendesheim over Besshøe to Memurubu

Accommodation Memurubu Mountain Lodge
Meals B, L, D
Climb 1258
Distance 17km

After a good breakfast we start on the first leg of the Haute Route through Jotunheimen. We start the climb towards Besshøe(2258masl), today is going to be a long day, so be prepared with snacks and have your water bottle nearby. The first part follows the waymarked wintertrail from Gjendesheim towards the eastend of Bessvatnet Lake. From here we follow the ridge up to Bukkehø and up towards Besshøe. We decide which way to go down based on the snowconditions. In case of bad weather, we choose to go directly over the lake to Memurubu. At Memurubu, we are served a 3-course, remember to eat it all, we have some long days ahead of us!



Memurubu - Glitterheim

Accommodation Glitterheim Mountain Lodge
Meals B, L, D
Climb 1400
Distance 19km

Todays leg is long, so remember to eat alot of food at dinner the night before. If the weather is nice, we can ascent several 2000meters today. We follow the ridge over Raudhamarn to the top of Surtningssue(2368masl). We decide the descent based on the weather and snowcondtions. In case of bad weather, we follow the waymarked wintertrail. This is one of the toughest days where we ascent many summits, we take our skins on and off several times. At Glitterheim a 3-course dinner awaits us. 



Norway's second highest mountain - Glittertind

Accommodation Spiterstulen Mountain Lodge
Meals B, L, D
Climb 1100
Distance 15km

Today we might be tired from yesterdays trip, so a shorter trip this day is very welcome. We will hopefully ascend Glittertind(2465masl), Norways second highest mountain. We go the noral royte to the top, from here we will amazing views. We make our way down to Spiterstulen from the top, where a 3-course dinner awaits us. 



Spiterstulen - Leirvassbu

Accommodation Leirvassbu Mountain Lodge
Meals B, L, D
Climb 1800
Distance 25km

Today we go up the ridge Bukkeholsbandet - if the weather is good we will have the best view of the trip today. We follow the normal way up towards Norway's highest mountain - Galdhøpiggen(2469masl), but just before the summit, we head west. It is going to be a long day in the mountains, so getting served a 3-course dinner at Leirvassbu, will be well-deserved. 



Leirvassbu - Krossbu

Meals B, L
Transportation 1hr 30min
Climb 1200
Distance 14km

We enjoy our breakfast with the views of the mountains on our last day. It is a little bit sad, but it will be nice to rest for some days. Our last leg takes us up to Storebjørn(2222masl), one of the classic ski mountaineering mountains in Jotunheimen. We follow the normal route from Leirvassbu up to the top, through Bjørneskaret, down Leirbrean og to Krossbu Mountian Lodge. Our transport is waiting for us to take us back to Otta. From Otta you will be able to catch the evening train. 


Equipment List

Take a good look at this list, and make sure you bring everything you need. We encourage you to use what you have for this trip, and purchase items if you're missing something important on the list below. 

Layering is extremely important in a variable climate like Norway. This list will guide you through the essentials. Remember the Norwegian saying "There is no bad weather, only bad gear", and prepare appropriately for any weather. You can read about the weather where you're traveling here.

The video below is for SUMMER gear, but you can get a lot of great tips for winter hiking as well! Welcome to Norway!

Please contact us at hvitserk@norrona.com if you have any questions.

We always recommend wool in the Norwegian Mountains, but if you already have synthetic layers and don't want to buy new ones, synthetic is okay. 

Touring skis, boots and backcountry ski poles. 
Safety first! Make sure it fits over your thin, windproof hat and does not move when you shake your head.
To assist in steep ascents. Consider bringing an ice ax or whippet as well.
Bring extra batteries for your beacon and make sure your beacon currently has above 90% battery.
2 sets of wool long-sleeved top and bottom. Warm, Extra Warm or Expedition thickness is recommended. 
A medium thickness wool or fleece top to go over your base layer. 
A thick, warm, insulated jacket to put on during breaks. We recommend a puffy jacket with down or synthetic. 
Gore-Tex or similar is mandatory. Extrememly important in Norwegian climate. The jacket must be waterproof, have a hood, and make sure you don’t get wet even if it rains all day. We recommend jackets with pit zips for ventilation. 
Use a synthetic or down jacket that fits over your base layer and mid layer, yet underneathe your rain shell. Should be comfortable with full range of movement when all layers are on.
Bring an extra medium thick layer to add underneathe your medium insulated jacket in case you get cold easily. 
1 thin pair of wool gloves to protect your hands. 1 pair of over mittens for additional warmth with windproofing. 1 extra pair of thick mittens in case yours get wet. 3 in total. 
2 warm hats. 1 thick, 1 thin. Make sure at least one has a windproof lining. 1 sun hat to protect your face.
4 pairs, we recommend wool, above the ankle or higher. 2 thin. 2 thick. We recommend a 5th pair that are extra thick for evenings. 
Bring lightweight boots.
Ski pack for emergency gear and daily needs: food, water, beacon, shovel, probe, layers, first aid kit, etc... 40-50 liters recommended. 
UV rated, we recommend a strap to keep them in place and so they don't get lost. Bring dark lenses with plastic frames, not metal. 
Make sure the Chapstick has UV rated sunscreen in it. We also suggest cold cream such as Dermatone to help protect your skin. 
Insulated water bottle, 2 liter capacity. Do not bring a camelback bladder, this will freeze in cold temperatures. 
Personal basics: shampoo, conditioner, toothbrush, toothpaste, hairbrush, etc...
Make sure you bring any personal meds you need on your trip, and ensure the Hvitserk office is updated on your allergies or needs. 
Waterproof shell pants. Gortex is best. We recommend heavier duty pants to keep you warm with zips for ventilation. 
Make sure you bring extra batteries as they die faster in the cold. 
It is customary to leave wet shoes at the door and change into indoor slippers.
We highly recommend bringing wool underwear and bra. No cotton.
Recommended for storing your gear, keeping it dry, and compressing your down jackets to create more space. 
A wool layer to protect your neck and face. 
We recommend a thermos for hot drinks to have with you all day. We suggest a large, 1 liter thermos.
If you have certain hiking aids specific to you: i.e. blister care or ibuprofen, etc...
Be prepared for the cold. Insulating your camera will keep it working for the entire trip. We suggest bringing an extra battery pack. 
Cozy clothes to wear when we are not participating in activities and eating dinner.
Strongly recommended to insulate you from the ground.
For sitting ine saunas. 


If you need it for the bathroom or lunch. 
If you have a bathroom emergency while hiking. We use "pack it in pack it out" ethics, so you will need to carry out your used items and throw them away later.
If youre a light sleeper.
 In order to take notes and write about the trip.
Chocolate, nuts or energy bars if there is something particular you enjoy eating. You will have the opportunity to buy snacks on your trip.
If you would like to listen to music or an audio book while skiing.

Bed linens and towels are included all nights. 

Dates & booking

Sat 25. Mar 2023 Thu 30. Mar 2023
Petter Edvardsen Westgaard
Guide: Petter
Limited availability
NOK 15 500
Sat 1. Apr 2023 Thu 6. Apr 2023
NOK 15 500
Mon 3. Apr 2023 Sat 8. Apr 2023
Petter Edvardsen Westgaard
Guide: Petter
NOK 15 500