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Peak 1669

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This peak (1669 m/5476 ft) that unfortunately doesn’t have any name other than a black dot and a number, gives you an excellent view to the mountains around the Leirbreen glacier in east, the Hurrungane mountain range in southwest and the Sognefjellet plateau in west. By looking at the skiers on the glacier (in the southern direction) one gets a feeling of the size of the surrounding mountains.

Read more about the Jotunheimen National Park at Wikipedia or at VisitNorway.com

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