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Top 10 iconic mountain hikes in Norway
Preikestolen (Pulpit Rock), the Lysefjord Preikestolen is a mountain formed like a huge pulpit towering over the Lysefjord in Rogaland, Fjord Norway. There is a well prepared track from Preikestolen Mountain Lodge to the top of the 604-metre-high mountain plateau. Expect to spend four-five hours hiking from the lodge to the top of the Preikestolen and back down, and allow an hour or two to spend on the plateau. Besseggen, Jotunheimen Besseggen is located in Oppland in Eastern Norway. This is perhaps the most popular of all mountain hikes amongst Norwegians. Steep paths and airy surroundings, with views of the Jotunheimen National Park, give you a feeling of mastering the mountains. Looking down, you have a blue lake on one side and a green one on the other. The walk takes approximately seven to eight hours. Gaustatoppen, Telemark On a clear day, you can see one sixth of Norway from the top of Gaustatoppen. Located in the county of Telemark in Southern Norway, Gaustatoppen is easily accessible. From the parking lot at Stavro, between Rjukan and Tuddal, you will spend about three hours to get to the top, and two to walk back down again - a five hour hike in total. Just before your reach the summit, there is a lodge where you can have a meal or spend the night. It is necessary to book in advance. The altitude difference is 700 metres, and the hike is fairly easy. Hiking boots are recommended. Galdhøpiggen, Jotunheimen Galdhøpiggen is Norway's highest mountain, 2,469 metres above sea level. The view of the Jotunheimen National Park does not get better than from this summit. The mountain is easily accessible from the Spiterstulen and Juvasshytta mountain lodges. Starting from Juvasshytta is the easiest route, suitable also for children who are used to hiking. Galdhøpiggen is located in the county of Oppland. The Aurlandsdalen Valley, Fjord Norway The inland mountains meet Fjord Norway in the Aurlandsdalen Valley. The terrain is varied, from rocky peaks to lush valleys. You will pass rumbling waterfalls and abandoned mountain farms. The hike crosses, for example, the yard of the Sinjarheim Farm, dating back to medieval times. The hike starts at the Geiteryggshytta Mountain Lodge (or at Østerbø Mountain Lodge for a shorter hike), and ends in Vassbygdi.
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