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Galdhöpiggen (1)

October 4, 2009

The story behind the following photos is found here:
Conquering a Mountain

This is the first part of the climb toward the top of Galdhöpiggen, Norway’s (and northern Europe’s) highest mountain, 2469 meters.

We drove up to Juvashytta where we started the four hour ascend to the top. This place is actually a summer ski center, as you see in the background, next to a beautiful glacier lake.

First steps on the glacier snow.

But we had to be careful. There were these “Danger” signs everywhere warning us for holes underneath the snow.

That’s why we had to walk over the largest glacier tied up, in case one of us would drop down. Mattias, Jehoshua, and Johannes.

And up we go…

… toward the top. We could see it now.

On a short pause I took this shot. One of my favorites. 🙂

Here you get a feel for how big this glacier was. You see that little black line at the bottom right. That’s a group of 50 people walking over the snow.

Coming to the first ridge after the glacier. Time for a break…

… and taking off the ropes before starting the last steep climb.

Tomorrow: Reaching the top.

Here are all the photos from this part:

4 Comments leave one →
  1. Sara permalink
    November 4, 2009 16:45

    Hi.. 🙂
    It looks awesome!
    I was wondering what does it cost to climb the mountain?
    And are there any caves on the way?
    I was plannning to go there in 2012. 😀

    Sara, Denmark.

  2. Jan Burnett-McKeown permalink
    October 11, 2009 05:56

    Looks like it was a fantastic outing/excursion. I haven’t really done anything like that before – though I did once walk across the Tasman Glacier in New Zealand, when our family went there for the Christmas holidays, when I was 6 years old.

    I don’t remember much about it, except that they had trouble finding a pair of boots to fit me, for the walk. I do remember it was very slippery, and I was always afraid I was going to fall. My mother always reminds me that our guide on the glacier, who happened to be an Austrian man, took good care of me – and she seemed to think he was very handsome as well. Sadly for me, I cannot remember what he looked like!

  3. lorrie permalink
    October 9, 2009 00:56

    I believe that being in nature with our children is a great gift. We visit the ocean and remote islands in Canada for this reason. Seems that you and your family are on a wonderful journey. Thanks for sharing it with the rest of us.
    Peace, from British Columbia, Canada!

    • October 9, 2009 10:49

      Mmm… I feel jealous. Can we come too? 🙂
      Thanks, Lorrie.
      Peace, from Stockholm

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