Juvasshytta is a family-driven mountain cabin/lodge and the closest starting point to Galdhøpiggen. With traditions from 1884 combined with today's standards we bring you into the adventure. OPENING HOURS 2017 We open our doors May 16th to celebrate the 17th of May on Norway's Roof. Daily treks to Galdhøpiggen start June 1st. 5 participants minimum. Juvasshytta is open until October 1st. Following the footsteps of the great pioneer Knud Vole, we arrange daily treks to the peak from May 30th to mid-September.
Juvasshytta has 36 rooms, with a total capacity of 120 people. You can choose between rooms with 2-4 beds (w/private bathroom) and rooms with 2-5 beds in the annex (w/shared bathroom). Dogs are allowed in some of our rooms in the annex, and they must have a crate. Room with dog: kr 100,- We require a 14 days cancellation notice prior to your arrival, otherwise we will charge kr 1000,-
All prices include breakfast
Our kitchen values homemade food. Many of our ingredients are locally produced.
Expand your adventure! As the nearest neighbour of Galdhøpiggen Summer Ski Centre you can easily combine a hike to the peak or a day in the slopes with a meal and rest at Juvasshytta.
Juvasshytta, 2687 Bøverdalen
+47 612 11 550
A guided trip is obligatory when you book a room. This must be booked separately.
Trek to Galdhøpiggen
High season from June 1st to September 23th. (Contact us for trips before June 1st)
Guided trip hours
09:00 - for guests (July 7th - August 4th)
10:00 - for everyone (June 1th - September 23th) a minimum of 5 persons
11:30 - for everyone (July 7th - August 4th) a minimum of 5 persons
Adults: kr 250,-
Children (from 7 years old): kr 200,-
The trek starts by the climbing wall at the west side of the main building at Juvasshytta, by the information boards. The guides arrive approximately 15-30 min before departure, depending on the amount of participants on the given day.
Practical information is given.
Harnesses are distributed and adjusted
Children will use a full-body harness, which requires more adjustments. Our guides take care of this. If needed, we also supply crampons.
The first leg of the trek goes to the edge of the glacier. It's a gradual climb of approximately 2,8 km (1,7 miles). The first break is at the edge of the glacier. It's important that the participants of the trek adjust to this, and do not take their own breaks before the edge of the glacier. Everyone should eat something before the trip starts and have water easily available. Adjust clothing as you walk, and drink regularly.
This part of the trek takes a little less than an hour. If the participants take too long (more than 1,5 hours) to arrive at the edge of the glacier, the guide can ask you to discontinue the trip for your own safety and in consideration of the rest of the group. At the edge we have our first break. It's important to consider your clothing before embarking on the crossing of the glacier, as there will be no opportunities to adjust clothing during the crossing.
Everyone gets information and basic knowledge of glacier crossing.
A tight rope between the participants during the crossing is important.
Those who wish to be in the same rope team (friends and family) are responsible for lining up together by the ropes.
Take families into consideration here, so that children don't have to walk alone!
The glacier crossing takes approximately 50 min. Participants then arrive at Piggura (the scree of the peak). Here the rope teams are disassembled, and you have a short break. From this point the steepest part of the trip begins.
After 30 min - 1h almost everyone will arrive at the peak.
There is a good break at the peak. Remember to say hello to "Piggjeguten" ("The Peak Boy") in his cabin!
The guides will organize a meetup-time either at the peak or by the ropes. Follow their instructions and consider some extra time on the descent. Important! Some people need more time than others, and it's important to respect this. If the weather is bad, everyone will go up and down together. It is an achievement to reach the summit of Galdhøpiggen. Even if the weather and the view are not the best, people are contented by reaching a goal. We would like for the trek in itself to be a goal.
We can experience pretty rough weather on our treks to Galdhøpiggen, and it can change quickly. If the participants are not dressed appropriately or badly equipped for the conditions, our guides can refuse to bring participants on the trek for safety reasons.
Things to bring/use on the trek
Good shoes, preferrably hiking shoes etc. (no sneakers!)
Hiking shoes can be rented at Juvasshytta.
Gaiters can be good to have - especially in June/July.
Water resistant and windproof outerwear (both pants and jacket).
Change of clothes.
We have a mountain-shop where equipment and clothing is sold at regular store prices.
Our kitchen values homemade food. Many of our ingredients are locally produced. Our weekly menues
consist of elk, deer, reindeer, fish and traditional festive foods from Gudbrandsdalen. On saturday
evenings during the high season we invite you to our "buffet with tradition" - Sour cream porridge, salt-
cured meats, salads and various hot dishes. All bread is homemade.
3 course dinner
Adults: kr. 360,-
Young adults (13-15 years): kr. 280,-
Children: kr. 190,-
Adults: kr. 140,-
Children: kr. 140,-
Packed lunch: kr. 70,-
Refill of thermos (hot water): kr. 20,-
Refill of thermos (coffee, tea, toddy): kr. 50,-
The packed lunch must be made at breakfast.
Juvasshytta has all rights concerning serving of beverages.
Consumption of own drinks is not permitted in the common areas.
Juvasshytta was built as early as in 1884 by the renowned mountain pinoeer Knud O. Vole. Juvashytta is owned and driven today by siblings Silje and Per Arne Vole, as the fifth generation of the Voles.
Juvasshytta has been renovated with a new reception and the addition of a charming annex with rooms consisting of 2-5 beds. Today Juvasshytta is a modern tourist cabin with everything from simple rooms with shared bathrooms to more modern, en-suite rooms. Parts of the original cabin has been converted to a conference hall with room for 60 people, a library and a room for exhibitions. We can't promise straight walls and angles, but you can expect a good standard and a charming atmosphere, 1841 meters above sea-level.
Upon entering Juvasshytta you walk in to a piece of Norwegian mountain history. The mountaineer Knud O. Vole built Juvasshytta in 1884 as a resting place for his guests, travelling from the village to Galdhøpiggen. Four years later he constructed the first cabin at the summit of Galdhøpiggen. The past few years significant changes have been made to Juvasshytta, with the renovation of the entrance and reception, as well as the reconstruction of the old wing, adding a spacious conference room, library and exhibitions.
The lack of roads this far up in the mountains didn't seem to intimidate the old pioneer. His son, Knut. K. Vole, constructed a road from the village to Juvashytta (finished in 1936) - a revolution for the tourism on Norway's highest mountain. The well-known reindeer hunter and mountaineer Svein Kvitingen assisted Knut in paving the road, and the route remained unchanged until the summer of 1997. It's impressive what these two men-of-the-mountain achieved - building the highest road in Northern Europe, and that partly on permafrost!
Juvasshytta lies in the municipality of Lom. If you're arriving from Lom centre, take "riksveg 55" through Bøverdalen in the direction of Sogndal. After 18 km (11,2 miles), take a left off the main road. The exit is marked "Juvasshytta". If you're arriving from Årdal or Sogndal, take a right off the main road 4 km (2,5 miles) after Elveseter.
Galdhøpiggveien opens for traffick May 8th this year
Attention: The road is privately owned and drifted.
All driving must follow private law, and every driver must accept the driving policies.
The road may only be used by passenger cars paying the road tax. Ticket must be placed visibly
in the windshield. Buses from Raubergstulen to Juvasshytta drive