Kyrkja Hiking

Take a trip to the iconic spike shaped mountain

  • På veg mot Kyrkja. Gravdalen bak.

    Foto: Live Andrea Sulheim

  • Kyrkja - rett under bratthamaren.

    Foto: Live Andrea Sulheim

  • Nedstigning frå Kyrkja.

    Foto: Live Andrea Sulheim

  • Den raude toppbergarten på Kyrkja. Tverrbytthornet rett bak.

    Foto: Live Andrea Sulheim

  • Foto: Jan Miko

Viktig informasjon

  • Destinasjon: Jotunheimen
  • Sesong: mai–october
  • Vanskelighetsgrad: Krevende
  • Lengde: 4 kilometer (tur/retur)
  • Stigning: 620 meter
  • Varighet: 3.5–5.5 timer

Om Kyrkja

The Kyrkja summit is an iconic church spike shaped mountain looming over the Leirdalen valley and is a stark contrast to neighboring mountains. Its central location in Jotunheimen near Leirvassbu Mountain Lodge and Lake Leirvatnet, make it very easy to access. Kyrkja is one of the 291 peaks in Norway that are located 2,000 masl, which makes the view from the top truly magnificent.

The mountain may look very intimidating to hike from below. The trip is challenging, but surprisingly not as tough as it looks. It’s even suitable for children who enjoy heights.

In the 19th century, it was believed that no one would ever manage to reach the top of such a dramatic and steep mountain. What was considered impossible for people 200 years ago can now be hiked by 6 and 7-year-olds. 

Veibeskrivelse

Car

Travel from Lom center on Road 55 towards Sogndal, and take a left turn after onto “Leirdalsvegen”. Leirdalsvegen is a private road and requires a small toll.

Bus

It is possible to travel by bus, however, routes are not frequent. The closest bus stop is "Leirvassbukrysset", and is located at the intersection of Road 55 and Leirdalsvegen. Contact Leirvassbu Mountain Lodge for specific details regarding this mode of transportation. 

Stibeskrivelse

The hike begins at Leirvassbu Mountain Lodge. From there you will head in the direction of Høgvaglen, before you see signs for Kyrkja. It is important to remember to take one step at a time, especially while hiking on the ridge, as it can be rather steep. The majority of hikers take the same return route.

An alternative return route is hiking on the western side of Kyrkja and directly down to Leirvatnet, where you are led onto the eastern side of the water back to Leirvassbu.

Parts of the trip can be skied in the winter. 

Fasiliteter

  • Leirvassbu Mountain Lodge offers meals three times a day, including a 3-course dinner. 

Overnattingsmuligheter

Leirvassbu Mountain Lodge is located at the base of Kyrkja and next to Lake Leirvatnet. It has a variety of accommodation options ranging from dorms to double rooms. It is centrally located in Jotunheimen and gives you access to various exciting hikes to explore in the area. 

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