Mountain Peaks – Kvitskardtinden

About Kvitskardtinden

With its 2193 meters above sea level, Kvitskardtinden is Norway’s 59th highest mountain. An impressive cairn is mounted on top of it, which may just be amongst the greatest of cairns in the world of 2000-meter-tops. Even more impressive though, is the view from the top into the majestic Jotunheimen and its mountains and valleys, as well as the many surrounding 2000-meter-peaks, and last but not least over the lush valley of Svartdalen (which is often referred to as Jotunheimen’s most beautiful valley!). The ascent to the majestic summit is also a relatively easy hike, with only a few steep and slightly challenging points just before you reach the summit. This mountaintop trip is therefore suitable for most people, given that they are in good physical shape.

History

In the past, Kvitskardtinden was considered to be the fourth and northernmost of Torfinnstindane, as the mountain is connected with its three peaks – Western, Middle and Eastern Torfinnstind – via the mountain ridge over Torfinnsegge. Eventually, however, Kvitskardtinden got the name it carries to this day from Rolv Ødegaard, whom was the first to climb the mountain in 1911. It is said to have been given the name because the gorge between Kvitskardtinden and the neighboring mountain, Mesmogtinden, was filled with snow and ice at that time. (In Norwegian “kvit” means white, “skar” means gorge or cut, and “tinden” refers to the mountain.)

Kvitskardtinden is part of Gjendealpene in the southeastern part of Jotunheimen, and is located in the two municipalities of Vågå and Vang. The peak marks the border between the municipalities, and also the border to the Jotunheimen National Park.

The summit – which is both an attractive destination in itself, and as a part of the travers across the peaks west of Svartdalen – can be climbed from several different directions. You can get there from Torfinnsbu via Langedalen or Svartdalen, or from Gjendebu via Svartdalen.

M/B Bitihorn

Description

From Torfinnsbu via Langedalen, you follow the DNT path to Langedalsåne, before staying on the east side of the river up towards Langedalstjernet. A little below the lake you turn right up into the pool underneath the top, and up into the gorge on the north side. If you stay to the left of the glacier which is located in the west flank underneath the top, it is safe to walk up the path without glacier equipment. The ice has largely melted away, and what is left is the moraine mass, which can be covered by snow. From the gorge, follow the north-west ridge to the top. On the trip up towards the top, there are some areas that require some moderate scrambling, but it is not too challenging.

Whether you go from Gjendebu or Torfinnsbu via Svartdalen, follow the marked DNT path until you are just below the small glacier between Mesmogtinden and Kvitskardstinden. By following the moraine ridge to the right hand side of the stream from the glacier, one gets along smoothly to the edge of the glacier. You then follow the outer left edge of the glacier further upwards, underneath a distinct steep ridge, and then sloping along the north flank to the north-west ridge, which you follow to the very top.

Agenda (Day-tour)

  • 08:45 Bus from Beitostølen availiable as addon
    (Not included and needs to be added during booking)
  • 09:05: Boat from Bygdin to Eidsbugarden
  • 09:50: Arrival to Torfinnsbu
  • 09:50 – 16:30: Tour to Kvitskardtinden
  • 16:30: Boat from Torfinnsbu to Bygdin
  • 17:15 Arrival at Bygdin
  • 17:50 Bus from Bygdin to Beitostølen 18:03 arrival availiable as addon
    (Not included and needs to be added during booking)

Whom the trip fits for

Kvitskardtinden is among the easier 2000-meter peaks to ascend, and thus suitable for most people. However, although the trip is not very technically challenging, it does consist of steep sections – some of which require moderate scrambling. If one travels from Gjendebu, the ascent to- and descent from Svartdalen is very steep, and can be slippery and and quite challenging in rainy weather. This trip therefore requires hikers to be enduring and in good physical condition.

When to go

As the easiest way to get to both Torfinnsbu and Gjendebu is via boat, the season for this trip is between the end of June and mid-September, which is when M/B Bitihorn and the Gjende boats operate.

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