Monday, 16 August 2010

Jotunheimen National Park, Norway

The Norse word Jotunheimen means "The Home of the Giants" – and there is a good reason for that. It is a mountainous area of roughly 3,500 square kilometres in Southern Norway and is part of the long Scandinavian Mountain range. The 29 highest mountains in Norway are all in Jotunheimen, including the very highest - Galdhøpiggen (2,469 metres).

The Jotunheimen area contains the Jotunheimen National Park, which was established in 1980 and covers an area of 1,151 square kilometres. The mountain range Hurrungane is also inside the national park with the sharpest peaks in Jotunheimen. Adjacent to the national park border is Utladalen Nature Reserve which covers the valley Utladalen and the mountain Falketind, amongst others.

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