Use Sognefjellshytta as a base for hiking in any direction. There is good hiking terrain whether you want to follow marked paths, sheep tracks or make your own way. Hiking in the area is best done during the summer, especially from July onwards. Because of the large amounts of snowfall during the winter, it takes a while for the snow to melt and for the paths to clear. You can also choose between different levels of difficulty of the terrains for hiking, and it is a great area for taking children on exciting walks. There are DNT-marked paths to our neighbouring chalets Fanaråken, Skogadalsbøen, Nørstedalsseter, Leirvassbu and Olavsbu.
You can also take the old route over Sognefjellet, which leads to Krossbu and Turtagrø.
Chalet to chalet
An excellent starting point for both cycling and walking! Sognefjellshytta is connected to DNT’s network of marked mountain paths. Sognefjellet is a good starting point for these types of tours, especially if you’re planning to head south or west. During the summer the bus stops right outside the hotel door, resolving all problems of logistics. You can also include a glacier tour as part of a day trip to Leirvassbu, if you want.
DNT members are entitled to a discount on their accommodation with us.
There are a great many beautiful peaks around the Smørstabbrean glacier. Store Smørstabbtinden is the most distinctive, seen from Sognefjellet, and it is the only 2,000-meter peak you can reach without a glacier hike. From the top you get the feeling of being in a place completely different from Norway. You are surrounded by sharp peaks with glaciers all around. There are paths from the very start of the tour but in some places you will also find cairns. The path from Leirvatnet up to the top is very stony. There is parking 200 m down the hill from Krossbu. Then cross Bøvra and follow the path op to the left of Leira. When you see a moraine with a lot of stones, turn left and take the gentle, easy-to-walk mountain plateau. The moraine shows how low the Leirbrean glacier was in the middle of the 1700s. Keep to the left of the moraines all the time. Go straight up the steep hill in the depression between the 1,730 and 1,723 m peaks towards the Leirvatnet lake. Then take the south side of the lake, height 1,723 m. The hill from Leirvatnet is easy to cross, and it’s a good idea to fill up with water here. The climb up to the top starts here, and to start with there are small cairns that lead the way. After approx. 100 metres the ground becomes a little less steep, and after a further 100 m you come to the steepest part. You will pass a distinctive crag on your right. A little small-scale mountain climbing will be necessary here, and there are quite a few loose stones, so be careful. After quarter of an hour it gets easier, and then it’s an easy climb to the top. Beware of snow drifts around the Storbrean glacier. The view is one of the best in Jotunheimen! The trip takes 5.5 hours using the Jotunheimen West tourist map, which you can buy in our reception. Have a good trip!
Storebjørn is one of the most beautiful mountains in Jotunheimen, precipitous in all directions near the north face, where the Bjørnebreen glacier reaches all the way to the top. Access to this glacier peak is possible from several sides, all of which provide magnificent views of the Smørstabb massif and the glacier.
Our favourite route goes over the mountains between Bøverbreen and Leirbreen, over the glacier and then through the pass between Skeia and Veslebjørn. From here, Veslebjørn is easily reached and only the Bjørnebreen glacier is left before you reach the summit.
Bjørnebreen provides a lot of fun challenges in high mountain terrain, which is quite fissured but with a good choice of safe routes, nonetheless. There are fantastic views of Gravdalen, Leirdalen and Hurrungane from the summit.
It is quite a long trek to Storebjørn, and participants are expected to be in good shape. There are excellent conditions for this climb at the beginning of the summer, when most of the glaciers are still covered with snow.
The tour can be booked with Norgesguidene
At Skeie you can find some of the best climbing in the Smørstabb peaks. After an enjoyable and varied approach, either via Leirbreen or Bøverbreen, two lengths of rope, with excellent climbing, will take you right to the top of Skeie, where a spectacular view of the entire Smørstabb massif awaits you.
The return trip is usually made between Skeie and Veslebjørn and down the Leirbreen
Duration: 9-11 hours
Numbers: 1-3 participants per guide
Equipment: Normal mountain clothes, good mountain boots, rucksack, food and drinks
Minimum age: 16 years
The tour can be booked with Norgesguidene
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