Itinerary, West Jotunheimen multiday hike, full camping gear, 6 days, August 2016:
Leirvassbu-Kyrkja summit-Bridge over Utla-Fannaråken-Styggedalsbreen-Skogadalsbøen-Utladalen-Avdalen-Øvre Årdal.
- While the Jotunheimen Circuit Hike was characterized by bad weather, the weather was glorious for this hike.
- I simply took the public bus to Leirvassbu Lodge, in the center of Jotunheimen.
- I started by climbing Kyrkja on a glorious day with 25+ degrees.
- It was late afternoon before I left walking west towards Skogadalsbøen. To my surprise I passed a huge dam a couple of hours into this hike, as I did not think dams were allowed. Turns out they are not anymore.
- I passed Storebjørn with the distinctive flat summit and vertical walls.
- Fannaråken, the highest-lying mountain hut in Norway at 2068 meters only sees clear weather less than 50 days a year. This day was one of them.
- Nepalese workers hired by the National Park Authorities had helped carve the stone steps leading down from Fannaråken Nepalese style towards Turtagrø.
- At Fannaråken I spotted a glacier calving directly into a small lake at the other side of the valley, in the Hurrangane plateau. It is called Styggedalsbreen and I walked there to camp.
- At Fannaråken a guy took off paragliding and intended to glide over the top of Storen (Stora Skagstølstind, the 3rd highest montain in Norway).
- Skogadalsbøen is apparently the favorite mountain lodge of Queen Sonia of Norway. Understandable as the location is great and the hut charming.
- Descending Utladalen is a wonderful way to exit Jotunheimen, though the descent is long.
- Vettisfossen, the highest waterfall in Northern Europe with 273 meter is passed on the way down.
- Vetti Gard is an old farm, now open as a Café only. When I arrived at 5 pm looking forward to waffles, it had just closed for the day.
- Ascending 350 meters from the Valley leads to the wonderful old farm Avdalen Gard, now a tourist lodge. It is now run by Romanians and when I was there, only one girl worked there, managing everything connected with up to 10 (or more) sleeping guests, dinner, breakfast and café..
- From Øvre Årdal I caught the bus to Flåm and then further on to Hardangervidda.