152 Route 22. GALDH0PIG. Jotunheim.
the E. the view is confined to the Glittertind. In li/2 hr. more we
reach the Juvvashytte (ca. 6230 ft. ; twenty beds, good and not
dear, but often full), built and occupied by the guide, Knud Vote.
Adjacent is the small Juvvand, backed by the Tverbra, against
which the semicircular cliffs of Kjedelen (7300 ft.) are seen in relief.
At the Juvvashytte begins the ascent proper (guide 6 kr., every
additional person 2 kr.; Knud Vole or his son). A fair path leads
over stony debris to the snow-fields, where snow-shoes ('skier')
are provided for those who can use them. We now obtain our first
view of the summit of the Galdhepig and the Sveilnaasi, its dark
rocky spur, with the Keilhaustop and Sveilnaaspig, looking almost
black as they rise above the vast expanse of snow and above the
Styggebra or Vetljuvbra. Crossing snow and a stony tract, we reach
the 'Varde' (6365 ft.) on the Styggebrae in l-li/2 hr., and take
3/4-l hr. more to cross the glacier. (Beware of the crevasses.) We
next ascend a» ridge of rock covered with loose stones. Lastly we
mount a toilsome snowy arète to the (1/2 hr.) summit, with a
shelter-hut, stocked with coffee, port, and champagne.
The **Galdh#pig (8400 ft.; accent on first syllable), the loftiest
mountain in Norway, is the highest peak ofthe Ymes fjeld, apecu-
liar mountain-plateau with precipitous sides, enclosed by the val¬
leys of the Leira, Visa, and Baevra, and connected with the other
mountains of Jotunheim by the Hegvagel (p. 164) only. The view
is marvellously extensive. On the N.E. it extends to the Snehaetta
(p. 71) and the Rondane (p. 74), to the left of the Glittertind
(p. 165), which is about the same height as the Galdhepig; to the
S.E., S., and S.W. extends the whole of Jotunheim; to the S.
the Gausta (p. 31), 125 M. distant, is said to be visible in clear
weather beyond the Uladalstinder ; to the S.W. are the Smerrstab-
tinder, the Horùnger, and a piece of the Sognefjord ; to the W. are
the Jostedalsbrae and the Nordfjord mountain-chain ; lastly the Sne¬
haetta group to the N. No inhabited valleys are visible.
A fair path leads from the Juvvashytte across a glacier and then down,
finally crossing the Visa bridge, to Spiterstulen (p. 165). — Another path
descends to the W. to the Elve-Smter (p. 153).
The Lomsegg (8885 ft.), to the N. of Rajshjem, may he ascended on
horseback via the gaard Sulheim fp. 151) in 5-6 hrs. Imposing view of the
Glittertind and Galdh0pig, and of the Sm0rstabbrecpigge and the Fanaraak
to the S.W. The view of the valley is also very picturesque.
The view from the Hestbrsepigge (6095 ft.) reveals the Jotunheim
range in lon^rer array than that from the Lomsegg. Riding praciicable part of
the way. The latter part of the ascent over snow and ice is nearly level.
From R0jshjem to Lake Gjende, see pp. 166-164.
f. From Rejshjem over the Sognefjeld to Turtegr*.
lst Day. To the Bcevertun-Sceter, a walk of 6'/2 hrs. ; driving practic-
able to (8 Kil.) the Elve-Smter, a third of the way. — 2nd Day. To
Turtegre, 8 hrs. (guide unnecessary for experts). Stout shoes are required
for the upper Beeverdal (p. 153). Horse and guide from E0jshjem to
Fortun (p. 148) via Turtegr0, 20 kr.