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The Big Guide to Hike Galdhøpiggen

Are you looking forward to hiking northern Europe's highest mountain, Galdhøpiggen?
Awesome, that means you have reached the right place! I hiked the mountain in June 2017 together with my boyfriend, my boyfriend's brother, my boyfriend's brothers girlfriend and their dog and it was just such an amazing experience that I think everyone that has the opportunity should try - and therefore I've done a guide on how to hike Galdhøpiggen! Do you think there is something I've missed and are wondering about, just ask me in the comments below!
Height: 2469 meters above mean sea level (MAMSL)
Lenght: 6 kilometers, which might sound like nothing, but it's straight uphill and in snow
Time: It took us 5 hours up, and 3 hours down
When: The guides I've read says July-September but we hiked in June and that went well, just look at local weather reports before doing the hike
Where: Loms, Norway
Where to start?
The most common place to start the hike is from Spiterstulen (1104 MAMSL) and Juvasshytta (1841 MAMSL). We started from Spiterstulen which is classified as the easy way up since it's "just a hike", if you start at Juvashytta you'll have to cross a glacier and need to bring both ropes and a guide. At Spiterstulen you can just go, no guides or permits are currently needed.
Who can hike Galdhøpiggen?
I really want to exclaim "ALL!" to this since I live by the theory that you can do anything with the right motivation. However, I would like to say that you should be in good shape and it is good to have some knowledge of walking in snow - or go with someone who does. I am certainly not in good shape and got up to the top on will power, but I'm not sure if I would recommend someone else to do it, haha!
Whatever you do, don't be one of those who "give up" and call the mountain rescuers - they have far more important things to do than to "save" people who are tired or badly dressed. This is a big problem right now in the mountains, so please think one more time if you are really capable of doing this before you start.
What to wear?
"Clothes after weather" is a classic expression, but so true. The golden rule to hiking is to wear layers so you easily can put on/remove a layer of clothing if needed. Closest to the skin, I wore underclothing made out of wool. Over that, I wore waterproof hiking trousers and a wind and water-repellent softshell jacket (if it would ha rained or snowed, I would have worn a water-proof jacket instead) and on the way down I also wore a fleece jacket since it was more exhausting (=warmer) to go up than down ;)
On the feet, I wore two pairs of hiking socks, one thinner pair, and one thicker pair so they could rub against each other instead of rubbing against the skin to avoid blisters. I also wore a pair of hiking boots with Gore-Tex, regular sneakers are not recommended since you will walk in the snow - even in the middle of summer.
What to bring?
Camera, obviously! However, I can guarantee that you do not want to carry the entire camera equipment (you will hate yourself if you do, because it get's heavy!) so choose a camera body and a lens that you usually use (I brought my Canon EOS 5D Mark III + Canon EF 16-35mm f/4L IS USM) and then stick to that equipment.
In my backpack, I brought, except for the camera, some food, extra (dry!) clothes, blister patch, a water bottle and fully charged mobile phone. Now afterward, I would also recommend bringing Norwegian money (since there is a little shop at the top) and something to slide down on, perhaps a bum slider, since it makes the way down so much more FUN!
What to eat?
Before starting the hike, make sure to eat a big and steady breakfast. Do not even think about hiking a mountain with just a bowl of yogurt in your stomach! On the way up you probably will take short breaks so it's good to bring some nuts, fruits or power bars to refill the energy. I ate two sandwiches, three power bars, one banana and drank a lot of water on the way up, and ate nothing on the way down.
At the top of the mountain, there's a small cabin with a shop where you can buy sausages and souvenirs so don't forget to bring Norwegian money. I ate one sausage and drank a jar of coke at the top, and when we got down again we stopped for a pizza on the way home.
How is the terrain? 
Think of a snowy hill with some patches of grass and stones. The whole hike is quite even, but sometimes I needed to use both my hands to get up. The snow was quite compact, it usually was possible to walk without a problem, but sometimes you could take a step and sink down so you have snow to the waist. Be careful where you step!
Anything else?
Sherpas from Mount Everest have been to Galdhøpiggen and laid out a trail so you can walk safely on the mountain, FOLLOW THIS TRAIL! It is marked with red markings all the way from the start to the top, and if you go there it's no risk you will fall off a cliff somewhere.
Also, make sure to hike the mountain with someone, and/or have someone at the ground that knows when you started walking - and can notify you as missing if you're not down again after a reasonable amount of time. Keep in mind that the weather in the mountains changes quickly and even though it was sunshine when you left, it could be a snowstorm a couple of minutes later.
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2018-04-18 / 07:19:53
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Så vackert! Och härlig läsning :)

Svar: Svar: Kul att höra! :D
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Saga Aginger
2018-04-18 / 09:25:36
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Superbra tips! Drömmer om framtida vandringsresor :) Men måste helt klart öva upp min kondition och styrka först!

Svar: Svar: Åh, hoppas verkligen att du kommer iväg på en vandring snart! Bästa motivationen är ändå att ge sig ut och vandra, inse hur dåligt tränad man är, komma hem och kötta gärnet för att orka med nästa vandring bättre! ;)
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2018-04-18 / 10:28:29
URL: http://monkiapa.blogg.se/

Jäklar vad häftigt!!

Svar: Svar: Ja, verkligen! :)
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2018-04-18 / 11:01:44
URL: http://juliahellgreen.se

Så häftigt! Din blogg inspirerar så!!!

Svar: Svar: Men åh gulle dig! Tusen tack för din kommentar, det värmer verkligen! <3
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Ellen Gräntz
2018-04-18 / 13:16:26
URL: http://ellengrantz.blogg.se/

Wow vad häftigt det ser ut!

Svar: Svar: Det var det också! :)
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2018-04-19 / 09:48:56
URL: http://megs.blogg.se

Amazing! Vill också vandra i de norska bergen nu!

Svar: Svar: Åh, håller tummarna för att du får möjlighet att göra det! :D
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Linnea Kinis
2018-04-19 / 10:02:29
URL: http://linneakinis.blogg.se/

häftigt det ser ut!

Svar: Svar: Det var det! :)
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2018-04-19 / 10:42:46
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det verkar så häftigt att vandra i dom norska bergen! :)

Svar: Svar: Det är det verkligen :)
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Jeanette Karlsson Koplik
2018-04-19 / 22:30:46
URL: http://devote.se/jea

Det ser helt underbart ut! :) Jag vill så himla gärna göra något sådant där :)

Svar: Svar: Åh, håller tummar och tår att du kommer iväg på en bergsvandring! :)
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2018-04-20 / 06:10:43
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wow så vackert <3 Vilken upplevelse ;)

Svar: Svar: Ja, det var det verkligen! :)
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Matilda Berlin
2018-04-20 / 08:19:07
URL: http://matildaberlin.se

Sååå bra tips!! Jag är långt ifrån något fan av snö och kyla, men det kanske är minst lika fint att göra på sommaren? DÅ skulle det ju verkligen vara något för mig =) Kram <3

Svar: Svar: Jag besteg berget i juni så det är alltså en hel del snö där även på sommaren ;) Är inte heller något stort fan av varken kyla, vinter eller snö och skrek ett antal gånger "JAG HATAR SNÖ!" när jag klev igenom och sjönk ner en meter i snön, men vilken upplevelse det var alltså! Mäktig känsla att ha klarat av det! :)
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2018-04-20 / 08:36:07
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Wow vilka vackra berg!

Svar: Svar: Ja, verkligen! :D
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Alice Lindström
2018-04-20 / 10:03:38
URL: http://alicelindstrom.se/

Bra tips och jäkligt bra jobbat av dig som gått upp!

Svar: Svar: Åh, tack så hemskt mycket! :)
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2018-04-20 / 19:34:39
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Såg och lät mysigt ut. Bra att kunna läsa:)

Svar: Svar: Kul att höra! :D
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2018-04-20 / 20:18:20
URL: http://linnealiebig.blogg.se

Så härliga bilder och inlägg :p

Svar: Svar: Tusen tack! :)
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Emelie Andersson
2018-04-20 / 22:20:46
URL: http://nouw.com/emelieanderssoon

vilken utsikt :)

Svar: Svar: Ja, verkligen! :)
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2018-04-21 / 15:39:38
URL: http://sofijasfashion.bloggo.nu

Vad fint med berg!

Svar: Svar: Håller helt klart med! :)
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2018-04-21 / 16:20:38
URL: http://nouw.com/celinelundqvists

Dit vill verkligen jag!

Svar: Svar: Håller tummarna för att du får åka dit en dag! :D
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2018-04-21 / 16:58:31
URL: http://www.nouw.se/melan

Åh vilken häftig resa!

Svar: Svar: Ja, verkligen! :)
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2018-04-21 / 18:09:20
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Så underbart :D

Svar: Svar: Verkligen! :)
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Julia Svensson
2018-04-21 / 18:13:55
URL: http://juliasvenssons.se

Åh vad underbart!!

Svar: Svar: Verkligen! :)
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Johanna Utterberg
2018-04-21 / 22:18:00
URL: http://johannautterberg.se

Så bra tips!! :)

Svar: Svar: Åh, tusen tack, kul att höra att du tycker det! :D
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2018-04-21 / 22:29:47
URL: http://louiseelinore.com

Galet underbara bilder! :D

Svar: Svar: Tack så hemskt mycket! :)
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Ullie webersköld
2018-04-21 / 22:51:22
URL: http://weberskold.blogg.se

ja men vilka fina bilder fast ser lite kallt u t ja som vill ha sommar nu =) kram på dej

Svar: Svar: Haha dessa bilder är faktiskt fotograferade mitt i sommaren ;)
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Pauline Hurtig
2018-04-22 / 09:27:24
URL: http://lillafrokenhurtig.blogg.se/

åh så bra, det skulle jag också vilja göra någongång :D

Svar: Svar: Håller tummarna för att du får möjlighet att göra det en dag! :D
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Dixi Wonderland
2018-04-22 / 10:08:16
URL: http://dixiwonderland.com/

Vilka äventyr du har varit med om :D

Svar: Svar: Ja verkligen, älskar att hitta på spännande grejer! :)
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2018-04-22 / 10:18:27
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Svar: Svar: :)
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Emelie Andersson
2018-04-22 / 13:22:34
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Vad häftigt! :)

Svar: Svar: Absolut! :)
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2018-04-22 / 13:58:40
URL: http://lallizzlife.blogg.se

Åh, såååå häftigt ju, ser verkligen så vackert ut! :D

Svar: Svar: Det är det verkligen :)
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Maja Söderberg
2018-04-22 / 14:15:41
URL: http://majasoderbergs.devote.se

wow så coolt!!

Svar: Svar: Ja, verkligen! :)
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Iselin Renée
2018-04-22 / 20:53:59
URL: http://www.iselinrenee.blogg.no

Har hatt lyst til å gå opp dit selv også :)

Svar: Svar: Tycker helt klart att du ska göra det om du får möjligheten! :)
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2018-04-24 / 22:27:10
URL: http://helna.blogg.se

Underbara bilder! En upplevelse jag också skulle vilja vara med om framöver :D Hoppas allt är bra med dig fina Amanda <3 Kramar

Svar: Svar: Åh tusen tack! Så kul att se ditt namn i kommentarsfältet igen! :D
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2018-04-26 / 15:45:44
URL: http://tippellertopp.blogg.se

fina foto :D

Svar: Svar: Tusen tack! :)
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