Seven Summits: The seven highest mountains in Norway in one week

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Hiking, Multi Activity Level 5 8 days 4-6 participants

Overview

Note: 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. You need significant experience in order to join this trip, if you are interested, please email us. 

Sometime in the 1980s, Richard Bass launched the idea about ascending the highest mountains on each of the seven continents of the world, and he became the first person to achieve this feat on the 30th of April 1985. The climbers of the world still argue which route is correct, but in the aftermath, the idea has been transferred to other parts of the world as well. Including Norway. So, there are some out there who can say they have climbed the seven highest mountains in Norway, but there are very few who can say that they have done it - in less than seven days. 

Highlights

  • Conquer the seven highest mountains in Norway in seven days!
  • Stay at classic Norwegian mountain cabins such as Gjendesheim, Glitterheim, Juvasshytta, and Turtagrø
  • Explore Norway's most mountainous area, Jotunheimen
  • Challenge yourself on this ultimate mountain experience
  • Small and exclusive group 

You will be a small, but an exclusive group that together with two guides will ascend Norway's seven highest mountains. During the trip, you will stay at the homely Gjendesheim, hang around Glitterheim, Juvasshytta, and of course Turtagrø - an institution when it comes to Norwegian mountaineering. 

The seven highest mountains in Norway are Galdhøpiggen (2469), Glittertiden (2464), Store Skagastølstind (2405), Store Styggedalstind (2387), Skarstiden (2373), Veslepiggen (2369) and Surtningssue (2368).

With five of the mountains situated in Lom Municipality, and two others situated in Luster Municipality, together with multiple, great accommodations in between, the logistics are facilitated for us to get ready for some quite exciting days in the heart of Jotunheimen. The idea was put forward a couple of years ago, but it wasn't until 2018 that we did our first departure. And just as a side note, this is by far be the toughest challenge on the Norwegian mainland that we have in our portfolio. 

We are not going to hide the fact that it is a demanding trip, but with good exercise and the will to challenge yourself this experience can be something you will remember for the rest of your life. If Jotunheimen isn't the area you usually go hiking this can also be a good opportunity to get to know big parts of a mountain range that can give you exciting experiences many years ahead. 

This trip can also be arranged for private groups. For those of you who are interested in this please contact us at hvitserk@norrona.com 

What's included

  • All accommodations
  • All meals
  • Local mountain guide
  • All transportation within the itinerary

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

Contact us 

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

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Details

History

Sometime in the 1980s, Richard Bass launched the idea of climbing the seven highest mountains in the world, becoming the first to do so on April 30, 1985. They lamented the controversy over which version of the mountains is the most appropriate, but the idea of reaching the highest mountains in different parts of the world have since been continued in several places and now also... Norway!

Difficulty

This is a tough trip and we demand you to be in good physical shape. It is rated 5 out of 5 on our difficulty scale. You should be physically active several days a week, and preferably have a lot of endurance training on your exercise plan. In large parts of the trip we are in exposed terrain, and this is not a trip for those who have challenges with heights or altitude. Participants must be experienced, and endure relatively hard day trips several days in a row.

This trip requires some climbing/scrambling, and participants must have experience with this. If you are uncertain about your skills, for example, taking part in the climbing trip in Romsdalen will be a very nice preparation.

Please read more about our level of difficulty here.

Safety

Safety is always the number one consideration on a trip with Norrøna Hvitserk Adventure. If there is an emergency on tour with us, help will be able to reach you relatively quickly. We have a 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 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.

Equipment

On this trip we carry everything with us, so please pack light. See the equipment list for more information.

We have normal equipment with us such as first-aid-kit and wind shelter. 

Languages

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.

Accommodation

We stay in 2 or 4-person rooms during the trip. One night we sleep in a tent.

We leave the cars in Lom and take joint transportation to Gjendesheim. On day 5 we take public transport back to the cars from Juvass and drive to Turtagrø, where we park for the last days.

Insurance

You must have adequate health and accident insurance that will also cover any repatriation. Remember to bring proof of travel insurance on your trip.

Some general things to be aware o:

  • Some insurance companies use the number of meters above sea level as a criterion for what the insurance covers and whether they call it an expedition or not. Pay special attention to this - and check it carefully.
  • Some insurance companies require an extension if the individual journey goes beyond a certain duration.
  • Make sure the insurance covers the selected geographical area.
  • Some insurance companies have an upper limit on their cancellation and sickness insurance.

We recommend that you check that your insurance covers the following:

  • Cancellation insurance - must be taken out at the time of booking the trip. Check that the total amount of the cancellation insurance covers the total amount of your trip. If it does not, you should purchase additional cancellation insurance that covers the remaining amount.
  • Luggage
  • Responsibility
  • Delays
  • Lost the purpose of the journey. (For example, you can travel to Africa if you break your arm before departure. But it may not be possible to climb Kilimanjaro and sleep in a tent. Therefore, you should have insurance that covers the loss of the purpose of the trip.)

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

Price includes

  • Accommodation as described in the day-to-day program
  • Three-course dinner every day
  • Two Peak Guides/UIAGM guides
  • All necessary general equipment to the group is included
  • Transportation with the Gjende boats
  • Transportation from Lom to Gjendesheim

Price does not include

  • Transportation to/from Gjendesheim/Turtagrø
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Personal hiking equipment

Other information

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

Day by Day

day

1

Arrival Gjendesheim

Accommodation Gjendesheim
Meals D

We will meet up at 4 PM in Lom. Here we will park our cars before we take a taxi together towards Gjendesheim. Vi will go through the different hikes of the week, finish off the last preparations before we head off tomorrow morning. We will do a short trip in the afternoon to check that all the gear works as it should - it is not only The Besseggen Ridge that is tempting in this area, we can promise you that. In the evening there will be socializing with your new climbing friends. And of course, the talks will be about the different adventures ahead. 

day

2

Glitterheim and Surtningssue (2368)

Accommodation Glitterheim
Meals B, L, D

Today we will head for Surtningssue and Glitterheim (ca. 10-12 hrs) and the challenge today will involve crossing some rivers. The summit of Surtningssue is said to be one of the places in Jotunheimen with the greatest views. We will take our time and enjoy the day so that we can save some of our strength for the upcoming days. We will spend the night at Glitterheim where we will be served both a delicious dinner and supper.  

day

3

Glittertind (2464) and Spiterstulen

Accommodation Spiterstulen
Meals B, L, D

Glittertind (2464) is Norway's second highest mountain, just a few meters shorter than the big brother Galdhøpiggen. On top of the glacier the height shows 2464 meters above sea level, and in good weather the view both up and down are formidable. In the afternoon we will arrive at Spiterstulen, one of the oldest mountain cabins in Jotunheimen. This place actually served hikers for the first time early in the 1800s, and they still keep their beds and pots ready even today for people who are  hiking in the mountains.  

day

4

Vesle Galdhøpiggen (2369) and Galdhøpiggen (2469)

Accommodation Juvasshytta
Meals B, L, D

Today we are going to ascend two on Norway's highest mountains, one of the actually being the highest of them all - Galdhøpiggen. En route to Galdhøpiggen we will also ascend Small Galdhøpiggen, among many regarder as a summit much prettier than its big brother. The view during the hike, if the weather permits, is spectacular. So if you are a lover of the mountains, this is a day that you will remember for a long time. Tonight we will stay at Juvasshytta where will be served a nice three-course dinner. 

day

5

Skarstind (2373) - One of the definite highlights in Jotunheimen

Accommodation Juvasshytta
Meals B, L, D

The fifth highest mountain in Norway is an alpine experience of the rarest kind. Among many of the earlier participants on the Seven Summits trip, this mountains os usually characterized as the most beautiful mountain during the week. In the evening we will be served a nice dinner at Juvasshytta - the go-to place for mountaineering in Norway for more than 130 years. 

 

day

6

Styggedalstind (2387) and spend the night outside

Accommodation Spend the night outside
Meals B, L, D

Today Styggedalstind awaits. This will be the first of two mountains we will climb in Sogn og Fjordane. With its 2387 meters this mountain is the fourth highest in Norway, and the climb today will present us with some easy climbing and scrambling on our way to the top of one of Lusters truly magnificent peaks. If the weather permits, and to save some time tomorrow we will sleep at the mountain ridge - we will be surprised if you can find a cooler place to spend then night than here.

day

7

Storen - Store Skagastølstind (2405)

Accommodation Turtagrø
Meals B, L, D

For many, this mountain is a dream in itself. The highest peak in Hurrungane (Western Jotunheimen), has been a favorite hiking destination since the 1800s, and when you reach the summit you will stand on top of Norway's third-highest mountain. The climbing isnt classified as more than a 3 to 4, but with multiple hikes in our legs, and a bigger backpack than usual when it comes to climbing at lower alltitude mountains the challenges will of course be present. A lot of people have heard about exprecions such as Vigedals Sva, Heftyes Renne or Andrews Renne. The common term among these is that they all tell the story about one of norwegian mountaineerings most important mountains. In the evening, we will celebrate our achievement with a proper farewell dinner at Turtagrø where we can crown ourselfs as ascenders of the norwegian Seven Summits.  

day

8

End of trip

Meals B

It is allowed to give yourself a couple of days rest when this trip is over. Hopefully, it will be the last trip of your summer holiday, because, to be honest, we're afraid that it would be difficult to top this week. 

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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. We have divided the gear list into three categories:

  1. Required: If you do not own this gear, you must acquire it for your trip.
  2. Recommended: Gear we suggest to be comfortable, but it is not imperative.
  3. Optional: Fun, additional luxuries.  

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

Advice on other essentials to pack in your pack from Norrøna Hvitserk Adventure on Vimeo.

How to pack for your trip to Norway from Norrøna Hvitserk Adventure on Vimeo.

Please contact us at hvitserk@norrona.com if you have any questions and check out our gear page to learn more.

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. 

Required:

BASE LAYER

Wool long-sleeved top and bottom.

MID-LAYER Medium thickness wool or fleece top.

INSULATED JACKET

A warm jacket for breaks and before after hiking. We recommend a puffy jacket with down or synthetic. Something equivalent in warmth is also okay.

FLEECE JACKET

We recommend one at 200-300g. 

SHELL / RAIN JACKET

Gore-Tex or similar is mandatory. Extremely 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. 

HIKING PANTS

Hiking pants comfortable for all-day wear. Should fit your long underwear beneath and fit under your rain shell pants if you choose to bring some. Zip-off into shorts or an additional pair of shorts is an option. 

HIKING SHIRT

Bring 1-2 shirts for daily hiking. 

GLOVES / MITTENS

1 thin pair of gloves to protect your hands. 1 pair of over mittens for additional warmth.

HATS

1 warm hat.

HIKING SOCKS

2-4 pairs, we recommend wool, above the ankle, in your preferred thickness. If your footwear is not waterproof consider a Gortex sock option.

HIKING SHOES

Bring footwear you know fits you and is comfortable. Trails can be wet and rocky. We recommend waterproof hiking boots. It must be compatible with crampons.  

GAITERS

If there is a lot of snow in the mountains. 

CRAMPONS AND ICE AX

Your crampons must be compatible with your shoes. This needs to be checked before arrival.

BACKPACK

Daypack for warm layers, food, snacks, water, and needed items. 20-40 liters.

SUNGLASSES

UV rated, we recommend a strap to keep them in place and so they don't get lost.

TENT FOR 1 OR 2 PERSONS

We will sleep at the mountain ridge for one night.

SLEEPING BAG

A light sleeping bag. 

SLEEPING PAD

A light sleeping pad. 

SUNSCREEN / CHAPSTICK

Make sure the Chapstick has UV rated sunscreen in it. 

WATER BOTTLE / CAMELBACK

2-liter capacity. 

TOILETRIES

Personal basics: shampoo, conditioner, toothbrush, toothpaste, hairbrush, etc...

PERSONAL MEDICATIONS

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 PACKING BAG

To store items that are necessary to keep dry.

BIVY BAG

To use outside your sleeping bag if necessary.

CLIMBING HARNESS / CLIMBING HELMET

For the days where we need to climb to get to the summit. 

3 CARBINES

For climbing. 

120 CM SLING

For climbing. 

CA 100-110 CM 5MM ROPE

For climbing.

BELAY DEVICE

For climbing.

Recommended:

WOOL UNDERWEAR

We highly recommend bringing wool underwear and bra for hiking. No cotton.

WATERPROOF SHELL PANTS

We recommend having a waterproof layer for your legs in case the weather is cold and rainy. You will enjoy hiking more when warm and comfortable.

SCARF OR BUFF

A layer to protect your neck or face. 

THERMOS

We recommend a thermos for hot drinks to have with you all day.

SWIMWEAR

A bathing suit and a small towel if you would like to swim, hot-tub or sauna depending on your trip. 

TREKKING POLES

Most guests prefer hiking with poles. Helps with challenging terrain and to maintain energy over long days. 

HEADLAMP

An important item to always have in your pack. Emergency back up and useful for long days. On departures after Aug25, it is mandatory to bring a headlamp.

FIRST AID KIT

If you have certain hiking aids specific to you: i.e. blister care or ibuprofen, etc...

CAMERA

It's important to be present while hiking, but also a great joy to bring some snapshots home with you for memory lane. 

CASUAL CLOTHES

A reminder to bring a set of clothes for transfers, relaxing in the evenings, and non-hiking time. An extra, dry pair of shoes is recommended for after and before hiking.

Optional:

ANTI BAC

If you need it for the bathroom or lunch. 

WET WIPE OR TOILET PAPER

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.

EARPLUGS

If you're a light sleeper.

JOURNAL

In order to take notes and write about the trip.

SNACKS

Chocolate, nuts or energy bars if there is something particular you enjoy eating. You will have the opportunity to buy snacks on your trip.

SLEEPING MASK

To cover your eyes when sleeping in 24 hour light. You can also use your buff.

POWERBANK

If you need extra charging.

Dates & booking

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Fri 7. Aug 2020 Fri 14. Aug 2020
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NOK 29 900

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