Adventure to the cabin on the northeastern point of the Hardanger Glacier
- Destination: Finse
- Season: January–May
- Difficulty: Medium
- Distance: 14.2 kilometers (out‑and‑back)
- Elevation Gain: 580 meters
- Duration: 4–6 hours
Enjoy the climb up to the cabin perched on the glacier, Hardangerjøkul, above Finse. This 12.5-kilometer route to Jøkulhytta and returning you back to Finse, takes you south across a frozen lake and up about 500 meters to an incredible viewpoint on one of Norway’s largest glaciers. After the tough uphill climb to the cabin, you will be eager to enjoy the thrilling ride back down to Finse.
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From Finse 1222, head south from the hotel following the signs towards “Jøkulhytta”. The first 4 kilometers will take you across the frozen lake, Finsevatnet, and up a very gradual incline until you reach the first cabin, Appelsinhytta. This cabin is a great place to take a break before starting the next portion of the adventure.
The final 2 kilometers between Appelsinhytta and your destination, Jøkulhytta, will take you up a steep incline as you enter the glacier.
Once at Jøkulhytta, enjoy a snack, or your packed lunch, at the cabin and soak up the impressive view before returning to Finse along the same route.
- Always bring a compass and an additional map for safety precaution.
- It is recommended to use “fjellski” (mountain skis) on this adventure. These skis have steel edges which make it easer to get a good grip on the snow and cross the snow and glacier safely.
- The route across the glacier will be marked with poles. Be aware of the weather forecast and do not cross the glacier in bad weather or windy days as it will be difficult to follow the route and see snow bridges and cracks in the glacier. The wind is very often stronger at the top of the glacier than at the beginning of the route near Finse 1222.
- It is recommended to wear the appropriate clothing as well as bring additional gear in case of sudden weather changes, which can happen in the mountains. Read about What to Pack for a One-Day Ski Trip to be well prepared.
- Hardangerjøkul is the 6th largest glacier in Norway. The highest point is 1863 meters above sea level.
- Public toilets are found at Finse 1222. Neither Appelsinhytta nor Jøkulhytta have public toilets.
- You are able to purchase food for your ski trip at Finse 1222’s restaurant or grocery store. It is only possible to purchase food at the cabins, Appelsinhytta and Jøkulhytta, on certain days during the Easter holiday and on the 17th of May. To be certain, ask the front desk at Finse 1222 about the cabin service times.
- Outdoor adventure equipment can be rented at Finse 1222. You can learn more about pricing and availability here.
Where to stay
Finse 1222 - Located in the midst of the Hardanger mountain range and easily accessible via train from both Bergen and Oslo. Finse 1222 is the perfect place to stay for all of your summer and winter adventures.
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