Uranostinden - 2,157m

Name Uranostinden
Search name Uranostinden
Elevation 2,157 meter
Region Luster, Aardal, Vang, Southwest Jotunheimen
Parent regions Europe, Norway, Norway mainland, Jotunheimen, Innlandet, Oppland, Valdres, Vestland, Sogn og Fjordane, Sogn
Vertical separation 705 meter
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Last modification 09.03.2016
Alternative name Urdanostinden
First ascent 19.07.1876, William C. Slingsby, Knut Lykken og Emanuel M. Mohn
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Coordinates 32V 454665 6810616 (UTM)
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For many mountain hikers, Uranostinden is the most esthetic and beatiful mountain in the Jotunheimen National park. Especially when you drive along the east side of lake Tyin, Uranostinden looks amazing! There are many different routes to choose when you`re going to reach this peak. From east, south, west and north.

The approach to Uranostinden is quite long, especially in the winter.

In summer the start lies at 1200 metres above sea level and the summit at 2157 metres.

  • Kartblad 1517 I Tyin 1:50 000
  • Turkart "Jotunheimen Vest" 1:50 000

Getting there

Road E16 to Tyinkrysset. (you can follow E16 from Oslo as well as Bergen – opposite directions).
From Tyinkrysset follow Road 252 (gravel road) from Tyin to Eidsbugarden.
The road is open from mid June to mid October. In the period from middle of February to the end of April there are weasel snow cars driving between Tyin and Eidsbugarden.
From Tyinholmen it is possible to drive on a construction road towards Koldedalen valley. This road has not a good standard, and cars with low profile tyres are not recommended. Park near Raudehaugen (there is a barrier her), but the parking place is not very large.

Route description
(1) Uranosbreen/Uranos glacier:

From Koldedalen, you follow the "T"-marked trail towards lake Urdadalsvatnet and Skogadalsbøen. When you reach the southern part of lake Urdadalsvatnet, you cross the river to the right. There are stones in the river to avoid the water, but in Juny/July it might be difficult not be wet.

Go to the east side of lake 1518 metres. There are typical glacier landscape here. Now, you follow the Uranosbreen/Uranos glacier up to the north of Uranostinden. While walking on glacier, the rope and glacier-knowledge are necessary! The northridge to Uranostind is easy to follow, but the last few metres to the top is a bit airy. Especially can it be dangerous in the winter because of a huge snowdrift.

(2) West face via the north ridge:

From Koldedalen, you follow the "T"-marked trail towards lake Urdadalsvatnet and Skogadalsbøen. Follow the trail until you reach the pass Urdadalsbandet. Now you go 600-700 metres up westwards before you traverse 600 metres to north. Then you go westwards to the pass north of Uranostinden, and reach the top easily. A little bit airy the last metres to the top. Between the pass and Urdadalsbandet there are some snow areas who are quite steep (an ice axe is useful), and the stones are rolling. It is important that you follow the correct route to avoid some dangerous slabs in the west face. It is more difficult to find the right way down to Urdadalsbandet than from Urdadalsbandet.

(3) The south ridge:

This is the most spectacular and airy route to Uranostinden. If you are scared of hights, a rope might be necessary.

From Koldedalen, you follow the "T"-marked trail towards lake Urdadalsvatnet and Skogadalsbøen. When you reach the southern part of lake Urdadalsvatnet, you cross the river to the right. There are stones in the river to avoid the water, but in Juny/July it might be difficult not be wet.

Continue to the summit "1487 metres" and follow the south ridge to the southern top of Uranostinden (2048 metres). The last part to the southern top is quite airy, and you need to use your hands some places. After that, walk easily to the middle top (2020 metres). Now the serious scramble begins. The ridge to Uranostinden is very narrow, and some places there are short, easy and airy climbs (grade UIAA II-III). The ridge is not very long, and suddenly you stand on the top of Uranostinden (2157 metres). The return can follow route 1 or 2.

(4) From Skogadalsbøen:

If you`re hiking from hut to hut and want to arrive Uranostinden from Skogadalsbøen the first step is to reach top "1900 metres" northwest for Uranostinden. (1) Via Skogadalen: Follow the Skogadalen trail until you reach the rivers coming from Uranosi, at the longitude with Skogadalsnosi. Take off the trail and walk up to top "1606 metres" east of Uranosi. Then you go east to the top "1900 metres" and follow the ridge to Uranostinden. You`re passing the northern summit at Uranostinden, called Slingsbytinden. It is some easy scrambling from this to the pass north of Uranostinden. (2) Via Uradalen: Follow the trail from Skogadalsbøen to Koldedalen via Uradalen. Take off the trail when the river from Uranosi crossing the trail. This is northwest of Steinsengene. Then you walk/scramble by the left side of the river to Uranosi. After that, there are an easy walk to top "1900 metres". The last part is described in "(1) Via Skogadalen".


In the winter, Uranostinden is one of the most unapproachable mountains in the Jotunheimen area because the road to Eidsbugarden is closed from middle of October to middle of June. In this period the best choice is to start from rv. 53 near Reikesteinodden and cross the lake Tyin (be sure that the ice is safe, check out this web page: www.nve.no/ismelding) to the northern part two km west of Tyinholmen. Here you may camp some place. Next day, you continue north to lake Kvitevatnet and Uranosbreen (Uranos glacier). You can follow the glacier to the saddle between Uranostinden and Slingsbytinden, then it is just a steeper hill to the top. Remember that the summit ridge is narrow, and with lots of winter snow on this you better be careful while walking. Extreme skiers are skiing down the eastern slope when there are advantageous conditions. Between the middle of February to the end of April, the Fondsbu hut is open. At this time there are snow weasels driving between Fondsbu and the southern part of Tyin, here you can see the timetable http://www.jvb.no/beltebiler/index.htm

Tips and miscellaneous

In Koldedalen there are some places with vegetation you can have your tent. Tyinholmen rents out apartments and huts. Eidsbugarden Hotel and Fondsbu are also places you can spend the night and have a meal.

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Starting points

Koldedalen near Raudehaugen

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Literature and references

Norges Fjelltopper over 2000 meter. ISBN 9788299701358

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