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Spiterstulen lodge is a former mountain farm, now a tourist station in the valley Visdalen. Spiterstulen lies 1,100 metres above sea level, between the two highest mountains in Norway, Galdhøpiggen and Glittertind. It is the largest tourist cabin in Jotunheimen, with around 230 beds.

Spiterstulen was originally a cabin for shepherds. In 1836 it was extended for guests for the first time, since one of the paths used to cross the mountain (the Visdalen path which reaches 1,490 metres, slightly higher than the present route 55) passed by. In 1881 a proper tourist station was built, which has been extended several times.

Galdhøpiggen is the highest mountain in Norway, Scandinavia and Northern Europe, at 2,469 metres above sea level. It is located within the municipality of Lom, in the Jotunheimen mountain area.

Galdhøpiggen can also be hiked from the Spiterstulen lodge in Visdalen, with a technically very easy, but still somewhat strenuous climb of 1.300 meters. It takes four hours walk up, two hours down. From Spiterstulen, hikers do not have to cross the Styggebreen glacier, and hence a guide is not required. Ardent peak-baggers may count three summits on the route from Spiterstulen: Svellnose, Keilhaus topp and the summit itself.

At Juvasshytta there is an alpine ski resort with lift on a glacier, with top on 2.200 m.a.sl, the highest in Scandinavia. It is called Galdhøpiggen summer ski center and is open from June and all the summer, when the road is open.



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