Mountains Close To Oslo: 7 Mountains You Need To Explore

Mountains Close To Oslo
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Oslo, the vibrant capital of Norway, is filled with innovative architecture, museums, music, and charming neighborhoods. But that’s not all on show, you’ll also notice some pretty impressive mountain regions towering over Norway and it’s these mountains that spark much enthusiasm amongst hikers, adventurers, and of course the locals. It’s been awarded the prestigious title ‘European Green Capital’ in 2019 and it’s not difficult to see why. 

Everywhere you look around Oslo you find lush green forests, parks, and fjords that extend well beyond the city center. In fact, the city is filled with green experiences from swimming to island hopping, from kayaking to walking or hiking. There is plenty to keep you occupied. Another great thing that makes Oslo a favorite for many is that it’s an all-season city, whether you want to visit in the height of summer and enjoy the warm sunshine or you prefer the colder months where you can ski down the mountain and sit drinking hot chocolate by a warm open fire.

At the end of the day, for the adventurous ones in us, there are definitely 7 mountains close to Oslo that are well worth the hike. Not just for the incredible views at the top but also for the climb themselves. We’ve put together a list of the seven best mountains close to Oslo that you need to hike while there, we’ve even included details of the hiking routes to take so that you don’t need to sit planning it all out as the heavy work is all done for you. You’ll just need to make sure you have suitable footwear.

The Pulpit Rock

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Pulpit Rock or Preikestolen, as it’s more widely known by locals, towers 604 meters above Lysefjord. It’s one of Norway’s most famous mountain hikes and it attracts more than 300,000 nature-lovers and hikers every year. The hike itself starts at the mountain lodge Preikestolen Fjellstue, from here the eight-kilometer hike takes you on a moderately demanding road trip up the mountain where you’ll gain an elevation of around 500 meters.

You’ll get to admire the view from the clifftop as you look out over the valley and fjord below. To make the most of this mountain you’ll want to go for a guided tour where many are combined with boat tours to give you the best of everything.

Galdhøpiggen

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The highest mountain in Norway stands proudly at around 2469 meters above sea level. Galdhopiggen is part of the Jotunheimen mountain area and offers a truly rewarding hike for those fit enough and prepared enough to climb it. It’s simply breathtaking and on a clear day, it offers panoramic views of the surrounding Jotunheimen mountains.

The path to the summit requires balance, cooperation, and stamina which is why it’s advised that a guide takes you along this route, plus you should probably hike this mountain with more than one person. Starting at the Juvasshytta Cabin you’ll be taken by your guide along a trail that snakes up through the boulders and over the Styggebreen glacier before reaching the summit.

Glittertind

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Glittertind is Norway’s second-highest mountain and stands 2452 meters above sea level. It’s part of the Jotunheimen mountain area and provides stunning views from the peak. The hike up this rocky mountain takes roughly 6-8 hours and is roughly 16km long. While you are able to conquer this hike alone, there are guided tours that allow for the best experience and some extra motivation when things start to get a little tough.

The summit of Glittertind is more than spectacular, as it’s covered in a magnificent white snow and ice cap. The easiest hiking route goes west via Steinbudalen and follows the summer path east or up the glacier itself. There are plenty of overhanging glaciers and rocks along this mountain trail so caution is required.

The Seven Sister’s Mountain Range

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Standing proudly over the shipping channel plied by the Hurtigruten are the seven peaks of The Seven Sister’s Mountain Range. This majestic chain of peaks forms a dramatic backdrop to the myriad of islands and rich cultural landscape.

While you may be content with seeing these peaks from the deck of the Hurtigruten coastal route from a bike, nothing brings quite as much pleasure as seeing the mountain in close contact. For those fit enough and ready for a very tough challenge, you are able to climb all seven peaks in one day, but most people tend to be happy with just climbing one or two. Each mountain has a fairly manageable trail with a steady climb however, as you reach the peaks you may find that the trail gets a little steeper.

Bessenggen Ridge

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One of Norway’s most popular hikes is the Bessenggen Ridge and many argue that this hike is a must-do even for Norwegians. It’s estimated that around 60,000 people every year hike this mountain and it really isn’t hard to see why. The green waters of the Gjende lake, which is cradled amidst the mountains of the Jotunheimen National Park, create spectacular scenery.

You can start this hike westward Gjendeosen or you can take the Gjende boat to Memurubu and trek eastward all the way back to Gjendeosen. If you’re looking for somewhere that’s not too busy so you can enjoy the tranquility of nature and the stunning surroundings it is advised to come in low season or on weekdays.

Trolltunga

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During the summer season Trolltunga can be experienced with either a guide or if you’re an experienced hiker then you can do this on your own. It is one of the most awe-inspiring cliffs in Norway and is situated around 1,000 meters above sea level. At the western edge of the Hardangervidda mountain plateau, near the town of Odda. Trolltunga and the magnificent valet below were carved out by an icecap that covered most of Scandinavia during the ice ages.

This world-famous cliff now attracts thousands of travelers and hikers every year and provides an incredible photo opportunity with panoramic views. While the hike through high-mountain terrain up to Trolltunga is long and demanding, it always requires you to be properly equipped and in good shape, you will be rewarded with some truly spectacular views when you reach the summit.

Gaustatoppen

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A hike up Gaustatoppen takes roughly 4 hours in total and is claimed to be the most beautiful mountain in Norway. The mountain itself rises majestically over Rjukan and stands 1883 meters above sea level. The top of Gaustatoppen is easily accessible and easy to climb and offers hikers the longest view of Southern Norway. On a clear day, you can easily see around one-sixth of Norway. This is why this mountain close to Oslo is well worth the hike. The tour starts at Stavsro, on the road between Rjukan and Tuddal and you’ll notice the trail is very well marked with red T’s. The other great thing about this mountain is that the trail is very family-friendly, so even your children will enjoy this long walk.

If the view from the top wasn’t enough motivation then the Gaustatoppen Tourist Cabin at the summit will certainly keep you climbing as they serve a variety of food including some delicious waffles as a reward for reaching the top. But this mountain doesn’t just offer a hike, if that’s not really your thing then the combined tramway and funicular that runs through the mountain will carry you up to 1800 meters above sea level. But be sure to check the times as this mode of transport only runs on certain days of the year.

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Justine King is from the UK and has been a full-time traveller and freelance writer since 2020 after a 6-year career in Hospitality. Clients benefit from her love and knowledge of the sector as she creates informative and inspiring articles to help guide readers totheir next travel destination.