Bitihorn, Beitostolen

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Hiking Trail · Hidden Gem · Nature / Park
Bitihorn is a mountain in the southernmost outskirts of Jotunheimen, Norway. It is situated due west of national route 51, and is therefore a landmark for tourists following that popular route.
The mountain is steep towards south and east, and there is a subtle change in the rock layers between the sparagmite foundation and the summit which consists of the much harder gabbro rock. The summit is one of the southernmost outcrops of gabbro in the vicinity, and Bitihorn is therefore significantly higher than its neighbors to the south and east. Underneath the sparagmite layer, lies a layer of extremely nutritious slate, called phyllite. That layer and its subsequent plant cover is the reason for the many mountain pastures in the area.
It is also quite easy to see how the different rock layers have been pushed upon each other from a north-northwest direction, so that the northern slope is quite easy, whereas the southern (and in this case the eastern) is extremely steep. This can be seen in all the neighboring peaks, like Skyrifjell, Heklefjell and Olefjell.
In 1811 the peak was climbed for the first time in recorded history by the botanist Christen Smith. Except for the expedition by Jens Esmark in 1798 this biological expedition was the first mountaineering effort in Norway. Smith also climbed the much higher Besshø, further north.
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  • The information we read is that this is a moderate walk, I do not think so, we started at 11.30 and finished at 17.00, it is a real climb up to the top, in the end real steep and climbing and holding....  more »
  • Yes it was quite reasonable priced for a 2 bedroom apartment, but the standard is below anything I have experienced in Norway. Completely run down apartment. Everything from the carpet in the hallway....  more »
  • Great hike for one day. It's steep at some places, but it's not to hard. View at the top makes it worth the struggle!
  • Beautiful top just love it. Go there😊👍

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