Discover Jotunheimen – Green Route

Our Jotunheimen Green Route itinerary is suitable for hikers of average fitness, with basic hiking and outdoor skills. The tour takes you to some of the most historical accommodations in the Jotunheimen area, and to viewpoints and hikes that have inspired mountaineers and artists for centuries.

On this self-guided tour we also support you with luggage transportation and with transportation to and from Oslo or Bergen.

For a longer and more challenging route, we also have the red route.

 Keep reading to learn more about this route. Or scroll down to make a reservation.

Accommodation, food and drinks:

  • All accommodation included
  • Food and drinks are served at accommodations
  • “Hiking-Board” meal plan with 3 meals a day included in the price! For more information read more here.

Transportation:

  • Bus transportation round-trip from Oslo to start and end of tour 
    included
  • Transportation from end of route to start included

Luggage transportation:

  • Luggage transportation for all the stages are included.

Agenda:

  • Day 1: Bus from Oslo Busterminal to Bygdin Hotel
  • Day 2: Hiking Bitihorn
  • Day 3: Hiking from Bygdin Hotel to Gjendebu DNT Cabin (Svartdalen hike)
  • Day 4: Free day at Gjendebu
  • Day 5: Hiking from Gjendebu to Eidsbugarden
  • Day 6: Departure from Eidsbugarden to Oslo Busterminal



Hike agenda / Stage information:

Bitihorn

  • Difficulty: Medium
  • Distance: 10 kilometers (Out and back)
  • Elevation Gain: 600 meters
  • Duration: 5-8 hours from Bygdin (4-6 hours from the parking)
  • Jotunheimen
  • Bitihorn
  • Hike to Bitihorn ©Jotunheimen Travel
  • Bitihorn peak ©Jotunheimen Travel
  • Bitihorn ©Jotunheimen Travel

Bitihorn at 1607 meters above sea level is one of the classical and easier hikes suited well for beginners in the area. The route start at the doorstep of Bygdin hotel and takes you up to a fantastic panoramic view over Valdres.




Svartdalen valley (Torfinnsbu to Gjendebu)

  • Difficulty: Demanding
  • Distance: 14 kilometers (point‑to‑point)
  • Elevation Gain: 610 meters
  • Duration: 6–8 hours
  • Historical Route Jotunheimen
  • Descending towards Torfinnsbu and lake Bygdin
  • Hiking through Svartdalen valley
  • Signage at Torfinnsbu
  • The Svartdalen valley
  • Bridge near Gjendebu - Historical Route Jotunheimen
  • Overlooking Gjendebu tourist cabin
  • Approaching Svartdalen valley

The hike from Torfinnsbu to Gjendebu takes you through Svartdalen (Black Valley) where you are surrounded by towering peaks, many of which have been the root of arguments between mountaineers back in the days. Knutsholstinden (2341 meters above sea level) was originally thought to be the most demanding peak in the region, but William Cecil Slingsby, who was the first person to climb Store Skagastølstinden (2405 meters above sea level), brought a local milkmaid on his ascent on Knutsholstinden, to prove that it was “a ladies peak”.

Facts

  • Knutsholstind (2342 meters above sea level) was thought to be Norway’s highest mountain in earlier times.
  • Torfinnsbu boasts the easiest entry to the most 2000 meter peaks of all DNT cabins.



Gjendebu to Eidsbugarden

  • Difficulty: Medium
  • Distance: 15.8 kilometers (point-to-point)
  • Elevation Gain: 500 meters
  • Duration: 5–7 hours
  • Approaching Gjendebu - Historical Route Jotunheimen
  • Walking towards Eidsbugarden
  • Historical Route Jotunheimen
  • Gjendebu
  • Inside Gjendines hut at Gjendebu

The hiking route between the Gjendebu and Eidsbugard takes you from Lake Gjende to Lake Bygdin through Jotunheimen National Park. Starting off from the birch forest by Gjendebu you follow the Veslådalen valley before heading down to Lake Bygdin and Eidsbugard.

The hike is long but moderate with no steep ascents. Most of the trail is on soft soil and along the way are views of many of Jotunheimen’s highest peaks.

Facts

  • Eisbugarden and Fondsbu Lodge have welcomed royalty, celebrities, and hikers from all over the world
  • This region is the most-visited mountain area north of the Alps



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