5 – 11 April 2024

Pure Academy Three

Home of the Giants

Climb the highest peak in the Nordics, Galdhøpiggen, and several of its neighbouring peaks above 2,300 m asl. The skiing here offers lots of vertical meters and long days outside. This is the highest alpine region of Norway. Hut to hut, this is as classic as ski touring gets.

Location: Jotunheimen massifs
Ski days: 6
Instructor: IFMGA mountain guide
Max participants: 6 per guide

Prerequisites:

  • Theory One
  • Pure Academy One
  • Avalanche certification SVELAV Freeride 1
  • Pure Academy Two
  • Avalanche certification SVELAV Freeride 2
  • A – Rock climbing fundamentals
  • B – Evening training sessions, Level One
  • C – Theory two
  • D – Off-piste skiing, Level One
  • E – Wilderness First Aid
  • F – Evening training sessions, Level Two
  • G – Orienteering
  • H – Skimo competition
  • I – Off-piste skiing, Level Two
  • J – Theory three
  • Age limit: 18

Syllabus:

  • Own planning for top tour
  • Personal feedback from mountain guide
  • Guided participant in crampon and ice ax technique
  • Ski alpinism, techniques and rope handling
  • Steep skiing, snow anchor, abseiling
Mountain &
Guides

The highest mountain in the Nordics

Jotunheimen is a mountainous region in southern Norway and forms a part of the Scandics mountain range which crosses the Scandinavian peninsula. Jotunheimen National Park, which covers a third of the Jotunheimen region, was founded in 1980 and is about the same size as the UK’s Peak District National Park, or half the size of the Swedish island of Gotland. Jotunheimen is the home of Galdhøpiggen, which at 2,469m asl is the highest peak in the Nordics. No fewer than 24 peaks in Jotunheimen reach above 2,000m asl, more than any other region in northern Europe.

 

To walk the Jotunheimen Haute Route — The High Route — is a five-day randonée ski tour in the heart of the National Park. The route crosses eight glaciers and seven summits above 2,000m, including Glittertind and Galdhøpiggen. Each stage is around 15km long, and we’ll ascend on average 1,300 vertical meters per day. The landscape is dramatic, and nature is still wild and untouched here. High summits and steep cols follow on from exposed ridges. The majority of the Mountain Huts in the area are situated at around 1,000m altitude. Our accommodation is full-service Mountain Huts with showers, sauna and restaurant facilities. See the route profile.

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Christian Edelstam

Christian Edelstam is an IFMGA-certified mountain guide and Pure Ski Touring’s head guide. Christian lives in Abisko in the north of Sweden, and also teaches avalanche safety, a climbing instructor, member of the Abisko ski patrol, glaciologist and product tester for Tierra. After more than 10 years’ experience guiding at the Kebnekaise and Abisko mountain stations he now runs his own guiding company. Since a year back, Christian only guides in mountains reachable without flying.

He is driven by a genuine joy for adventure and discovery — everything from finding out what the snow’s like on the other side of the ridge, to opening new alpine climbing routes in high mountains. The best part of guiding is to get to share the joy with the guests! Christian has been working with Pure Ski Touring since 2010, and guided for us in Japan, Lyngen, Senja, Tarfala, Dolomites, Pyrenees, Iceland, Andermatt, Haute Route, Urner, Jotunheimen, Sunnmøre and on Svalbard.

Mountain & guides
Accommodation & 
Travel

Jotunheimen

The word “Jotunheimen” means “Home of the Giants”, and is a high alpine area in the middle of the national park. Here you’ll find some of the highest summits in Norway and northern Europe. Both Galdhøpiggen (2,469m asl) and Glittertind (2,452 m asl) are here. During winter, there are few visitors here, and the dramatic landscape is ideal for a Pure trip.

Accommodation

We start our tour from Bessegen/Gjendesheim and end our tour in Leirvassbu, five days later. We stay overnight in: Glitterheim, Spitestulen (DNT) and Leirvassbu Fjellstue. All huts we stay in are fully serviced, offering breakfast buffet, lunch packs and three course dinner. The huts are of great standard, offering single, double and bunk rooms. Shared showers and toilet facilities. We carry travel sheets with us (bedding and towels available for hire; not included). New for this year is that we stay our first and last night at Thon Hotel in Otta, which includes all meals, bedding and towel. This means we’ll get a full day on the mountain from Leirvassbu down to our transfer pick-up point taking us directly to the hotel.

Travel

On this trip we all travel by train to and from our destination. You can also make your own travel arrangements, in which case we meet at Oslo Station (in which case we’ll deduct the travel costs from your package price).

Rail

The rail journey starts in the morning from Stockholm Central Station with the destination Otta, via Oslo. Our mountain guide will travel with us on the train, and we’ll provide sandwiches and beverages for the journey. If you wish you can leave a bag with a change of clothes at our hotel in Otta, as we’ll be staying at the same hotel our first and last night. We’ll have dinner at the hotel and breakfast the following morning.

Itinerary

SJ, April 10th, Stockholm C, 06:30 – Oslo C, 12:55
VY April 10th, Oslo C, 14:04 – Otta, 17:38

VY April 16th, Otta, 11:30 – Oslo C, 15:08
SJ April 16th, Oslo C, 16:10 – Stockholm C, 22:23

Accommodation & Travel
Knowledge &
Equipment

Long, demanding hut-to-hut tour. We’ll cover a lot of distance both as the crow flies and vertically. It can make for days that are long, cold and absolutely wonderful. Not technically difficult, although we may encounter steep or exposed passages. Ratio: max 6 guests per guide.

  • Very good fitness is required, capable of sustaining an ascent rate of 450m/h
  • Off-piste skiing in all conditions, on slopes up to 35 -40 degrees
  • Experience with ski touring technique and equipment, how to walk and kick-turn with climbing skins
  • Experience in using axes, crampons and ropework a plus.
  • Age limit 18 years old (16 years old if accompanied by legal guardian)

Mandatory equipment.

  • Skis with touring bindings
  • Climbing skins, contour-cut to your skis
  • Ski boots
  • Ski poles with baskets of a diameter of at least 6cm
  • Avalanche transceiver (not analog), shovel, probe. Check batteries.
  • Helmet
  • Avalanche backpack with inflatable airbag, 30-45l capacity
  • Shell jacket and trousers. Wind-, and waterproof.
  • Mid-layer in wool or fleece
  • Insulated jacket. Synthetic or down. Alternatively an extra fleece.
  • Base layer, top and long-johns. Wool or synthetic
  • Ski socks, wool
  • Underwear, wool or synthetic
  • Gloves or mittens, one pair of thick, one pair of thin
  • Hat and balaclava or Buff to cover your face
  • Sunglasses and goggles
  • Sun cream
  • Water bottle
  • Head torch
  • Passport and money
  • Travel insurance
  • Hand sanitiser
  • Personal snacks (chocolate, nuts etc) for touring

Jotunheimen specific


  • Crampons
  • Ice axe
  • Harness
  • 1 screw gate karabiner
  • Ski crampons (Harscheisen)
  • Travel sheet or sleeping bag liner

Good to have Jotunheimen

  • Thin windproof/soft shell jacket
  • Soft shell trousers
  • Extra base layers
  • Extra underwear (wool/synthetics)
  • Extra ski socks (wool)
  • Day wear/civvies (to be left in the bus)
  • Normal shoes (to be left in the bus)
  • Thermos
  • Camera
  • Mobile phone and charger
  • Toiletries bag
  • Ear plugs
  • Blister tape

Always aim to minimise weight when packing.
If you’re missing some of the equipment listed above, we’ll be happy to help arrange equipment hire or purchase. Contact us on info@pureskitouring.se for details.

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Price &
Itinerary
  • New for 2023
    – We follow the Norske Tindevelegadare’s (NORTIND) recommendation of 6 participants per mountain guide –

     

    Package, including rail travel

    • Bed in multi-occupancy room
    • 2200€
    • Part in double room
    • 2300€
    • Single room
    • 2500€

Included

  • 5 days’ ski touring with certified IFMGA mountain guide
  • Avalanche safety training with certified IFMGA mountain guide
  • Ski touring technique skills with certified IFMGA mountain guide
  • Equipment orientation with certified IFMGA mountain guide
  • Personal account access to Pure Ski Touring’s website
  • Accommodation, Norwegian huts, 4 nights
  • Breakfast, lunch and evening meal, 4 days
  • Accommodation, Thon Hotel, 2 nights
  • Breakfast and dinner, Thon Hotel, 2 hights
  • Bedding, towel and final clean, Thon Hotel
  • Sandwich and beverage during train journey (arrival day)
  • Packed lunch during train journey (departure day)
  • Train, Stockholm C – Oslo, return
  • Train, Oslo – Otta Station, return
  • Transfer to & from – Thon Hotel, Ottta
  • Luggage storage during the trip

  • Wednesday, Apr 10th

    • 06:30 Train leaves Stockholm C bound for Otta Station, via Oslo
    • 12:55 Arrival Oslo C
    • 14:02 Train leaves Oslo C bound for Otta Station
    • 17:38 Arrival, Otta. We walk to our hotel in Otta
    • 22:30 Check-in, Thon Hotel in Otta
    • Shower and sauna before dinner
    • 20:00 Dinner served in the restaurant
    • 20:00 Middag serveras i restaurangen
  • Thursday, Apr 11th

    • 06:30 Breakfast served, and we prepare our packed lunch
    • Check-out (we can store each other's luggage at the Thon Hotel when we get there again on the last day)
    • Transfer to our starting point for the trip
    • Our route today is to Glitterheim, 18km and 1,400 meters of ascent
    • Arrive Glitterheim Mountain Hut late afternoon.
    • Check-in, shower, sauna
    • 19:00 The host couple serve up dinner
  • Friday, Apr 12th

    • 07:00 Breakfast in the Hut, and we prepare our packed lunch
    • Check-out and get ready for our second day
    • As we set out from Glitterheim, today’s destination is Spiterstulen Hut, 14km and 1,100 meters of ascent.
    • Arrive Spiterstulen Mountain Hut late afternoon
    • Check-in, shower, sauna, free time to relax
    • 19:00 Dinner served in the restaurant
  • Saturday, Apr 13th

    • 07:00 Breakfast in the Hut, and we prepare our packed lunch
    • We get ready for our third day of ski touring
    • After Ski in the sun at the Hut after ski touring the whole day
    • Check-in, shower, sauna
    • 19:00 Dinner served in the restaurant
  • Sunday, Apr 14th

    • 07:00 Breakfast in the Hut, and we prepare our packed lunch
    • Checkout from the Hut
    • Today we go from Spiterstulen to Leirvassbu Mountain Hut, 17 km and 1,800 meters of ascent
    • This is potentially our most physically demanding day of the trip. We follow the path up to the summit of Galdhøpiggen. From the summit we descend the southernmost couloir westwards via the summit of Keilhaus, down onto the Svellnosbrean. From here we ascend the lesser summit, Tverråtinden, and descend the southern couloir to Tverråbreen. We ascend Bukkeholstinden and descend south-westwards on Södra Illåbrean, and summit Tverrbottinden. From the summit, westwards down Leirholet and onwards to Leifdagen and the final climb up to Leirvassbu Hut.
    • Arrive Leirvassbu Mountain Hut late afternoon
    • 19:00 Check-in, shower, sauna
    • 19:00 Well-deserved dinner served in the restaurant
  • Monday, Apr 15th

    • 07:00 Breakfast in the Hut, and we prepare our packed lunch
    • Check-out, and we get ready for our last ski touring day
    • We set out before sunrise to ensure we make it to Björnpasset and get to enjoy the last cruisy turns down to the grand glacier.
    • Our taxi transfer will pick us up from the side of the road
    • Check-in at Thon Hotel, Otta
    • Shower and sauna
    • 19:00 Dinner served in the hotel restaurant
  • Tuesday, Apr 16th

    • 08:00 Breakfast served in the hotel restaurant
    • 11:10 We walk from Thon Hotel to Otta Station
    • 11:30 Departure from Otta Station bound for Olso
    • 15:08 Arrival, Oslo Station
    • Own time in Oslo
    • 16:10 Departure, Oslo Station for Stockholm C
    • 22:23 Arrival, Stockholm C
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