Falketind to Pionerruta Hiking

Guided adventure climbing the pioneer route

  • Pionerruta kommer opp fra høyre.

    Pionerruta kommer opp fra høyre. Photo: Henning Gladheim

  • Falketind sett fra platået hvor pionerruta kommer opp.

    Falketind sett fra platået hvor pionerruta kommer opp. Photo: Jostedalen Breførarlag

  • Falketind fra Falkbreen.

    Falketind fra Falkbreen. Photo: Dag Nordsveen

  • Falketind og Hjelledalstind frå Stølsnostind.

    Falketind og Hjelledalstind frå Stølsnostind. Photo: Dag Nordsveen

Essential info

  • Destination: Jotunheimen
  • Season: June–October
  • Difficulty: Expert
  • Distance: 5 kilometers (out‑and‑back)
  • Elevation Gain: 930 meters
  • Duration: 8–10 hours

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About Falketind to Pionerruta

Falketind is today among the more popular peaks in Jotunheimen, and during pleasant weather in the summer you are rarely alone on top.

Already in 1820 Chr. Boeck, B. M. Keilhau and Ole Urden did a dramatic first ascent of Falketind.

Falketind is today among the more popular peaks in Jotunheimen

and on fine weather in August one is rarely alone on the top. 

The top is relatively far southwest in Jotunheimen, outside the national park, but within the Utladalen landscape area.

Getting there

Drive on E16 take off and follow the smaller gravel road to Tyinholmen, where you turn into Koldedalen.

The closest bus stop is in front of Tyinholmen Mountain Lodge: 

The distance from Oslo is 279 km and Bergen 280 km. Estimated driving time from the two cities is approximately 3,5 hours along E16. During the summer season, bus service 2 x goes to Tyinholmen daily, which corresponds to buses from Oslo and Bergen.

Trail description

From the east Falketind towers against the sky like a bird of prey, and has had a magnetic effect on mountaineers for hundreds of years. The Pioneer Route has received increased attention in recent years, and many seek to guide companies in order to take the varied and great trench across Falkbreen to the vertical northeast wall and follow the pioneers' route to the top.

Where to stay

  • Tyinholmen Mountain Lodge is located on the northern shores of Tyin Lake, at 1,100 meters above sea level. From the lodge, you can view the beautiful nearby mountains and glaciers. 
  • The Right to Roam law enables you to camp anywhere for free as long as you follow some basic guidelines. Read more.


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