Photo Friday: Jotunheimen National Park

Jotunheimen National Park in southern Norway contains more than 250 mountains, including Norway’s two tallest peaks, Galdhøpiggen (2469 metres above sea level) and Glittertind (2465 metres above sea level). Its name means “Home of the Giants” and it is located within the Scandinavian Mountains. Its glacier-carved landscape is a popular camping, hiking and fishing location, as the park’s official website explains. With up to 60 glaciers, the spectacular scenery and diverse wildlife – including reindeer, elk, deer, wolverine and lynx – make it a popular tourist destination.

 

Galdhøpiggen is Norway's tallest mountain and a popular destination within the park (Source: Tore Røraas / Creative Commons)
Galdhøpiggen is Norway’s tallest mountain and a popular destination within the park (Source: Tore Røraas/Creative Commons).

 

The park contains more than 60 glaciers, making glacier hiking a popular activity (Source: Creative Commons).
The park contains more than 60 glaciers, making glacier hiking a popular activity (Source: Creative Commons).

 

Besseggen Ridge, running along a glacier-carved valley, is one of the most popular hiking trails in Norway (Source: Espen Faugstad / Creative Commons)
Besseggen Ridge, running along a glacier-carved valley, is one of the most popular hiking trails in Norway, attracting more than 30,000 visitors a year (Source: Espen Faugstad/Creative Commons).

 

The park has more than 250 peaks, giving it the highest concentration of peaks within Northern Europe (Source: Marcin Szala / Creative Commons).
The park has more than 250 peaks, giving it the highest concentration of peaks within Northern Europe (Source: Marcin Szala/Creative Commons).

 

Glittertind, Norway's second highest peak, is also located within the park (Source: Anders Beer Wilse / Creative Commons).
Glittertind, Norway’s second highest peak, is also located within the park (Source: Anders Beer Wilse, National Library of Norway/Creative Commons).

 

The park is also a popular location from cross country skiing (Source: Den Norske Turistforening / Creative Commons).
For those who are more adventurous, the park is also a popular location for cross country skiing (Source: Den Norske Turistforening/Creative Commons).

 

The park attracts thousands of people every year, ranging from those looking for easier hikes, to those seeking thrilling adventures, as can be seen in this video.

 

 

Check out more photos of Jotunheimen National Park here.

 

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Photo Friday: Jotunheimen National Park

The Jotunheimen National Park in Norway is one of the dream destinations for hikers in Europe. It is home to spectacular natural scenery of mountains, waterfalls, rivers, lakes, glaciers and valleys. Glaciers have created numerous valleys and mountain peaks in Jotunheimen, including Northern Europe’s highest two peaks—Galdhøpiggen (2,469m) and Glittertind (2,465m)– by carving the hard gabbro massifs.

The name Jotunheimen, meaning “home of the giants”, was proposed by Norwegian poet Aasmund Olavsson Vinje in 1862. This name was directly inspired by the name Jötunheimr in Norse mythology, referring to Rock Giants and Frost Giants.

 

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