There are two places in Norway that
should not be missed by people who love mountains. Both of them are not
too far from Kvitneset. Though they are probably to far for a day trip,
they definitly deserve your consideration. If you are staying for an
extended period in Kvitneset you may plan a two or three day
exceursions and if you are plaaning to be here for just a week or less
you can add a visit to them on your way here or back.
Jostedalsbreen is the biggest
glacier in continental Europe. It is located inside Jostedalsbreen National Park. The
best approach and the main tourist services are in Briksdalen, about
160km (100 miles) from Kvitneset. Count on 3+ hours driving an ferring
Your options there are vary from an easy walk
on a handicap accessible trails to the glaicer tongue with possibility
to step on the safe part of it to multiday glacier crossing journey.
Jotunheimen is the
most well-known mountain national park in Norway that embraces about
200 peaks higher than 2000m in 1140 km² area. It has an excellent
trail network that includes both family friendly trails and difficult
mountaneering paths with mountain huts well placed all over the area.
It provides for both rock climbers and snow and ice lovers.
Two of the highest Norwegian peaks are here: Galdhopiggen and Glittertind.
Both offer moderately easy ascents by footpath with a little bit of scramble.
Galdhopiggen also has a simple glacier route (ropes required)
that can be combined with normal path to form a loop.
Below Galdhopiggen we have
Galdhøpiggen Summerski, the summerski center with the highest
altitude in Norway. It is located at Juvbreen Glacier close to
Juvasshytta where you can find accomodations and meals. You can find
more information about it here.
The distance from Kvitneset to the village of Spiterstullen - the tourist center of Jotunheimen is about 240km which will take probably 5 hours of driving including some time spent on ferries. Both Galdhopiggen and Glittertind can be climbed in one long day from here. The same distance is to Juvasshytta the summer ski center and the starting point for glacier route to Galdhopiggen.