Snøhetta is the highest mountain in the Dovrefjell range, and the highest mountain in Norway outside the Jotunheimen range, making it the 24th highest peak in Norway, based on a 30-metre topographic prominence cutoff. Its topographic prominence is the third highest in Norway.
The mountain is inside Dovrefjell-Sunndalsfjella National Park.
The mountain has several peaks:
Stortoppen, the highest summit, 2,286 meters.
Midttoppen, 2,278 meters, prominence 40 m
Hettpiggen, 2,261 meters, prominence 50 m
Vesttoppen, 2,253 meters, prominence 70 m
Vesttoppen and Stortoppen are easily available by hiking or skiing, and from Stortoppen Midttoppen is easily accessible. Traversing Midttoppen, via Hettpiggen and to Vesttoppen requires climbing with a rope.
On Stortoppen there is a radio link station, originally installed by the Norwegian Army, and now serving primarily civilian purposes. The station and its emergency diesel generator, as well as a nearby helipad, detract somewhat from the aesthetics of the summit. For this reason, many recommend Vesttoppen as a better destination.
A small monument for the Norwegian philosopher, humourist, author and mountaineer Peter Wessel Zapffe is located near the summit of Vesttoppen.
Under good conditions in both summer and winter, the ascent is relatively easy. Common starting points are the DNT-cabins Reinheim, Snøheim, or Åmotdalshytta.
There's a trail leading to the summit.
By elevation Snøhetta is
# 27 out of 12661 in Innlandet # 1 out of 283 in Dovrefjell-Sunndalsfjella nasjonalpark # 33 out of 152052 in Norway # 33 out of 135828 in the Scandinavian Mountains
By prominence Snøhetta is
# 2 out of 12661 in Innlandet # 1 out of 283 in Dovrefjell-Sunndalsfjella nasjonalpark # 5 out of 152052 in Norway # 4 out of 135828 in the Scandinavian Mountains
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