Discover Jotunheimen – Black Route

The Black Route itinerary is intended for adults in a good physical shape and condition, with previous hiking experience from alpine mountain areas. You’ll be accompanied by experienced local guides for the two most strenuous hikes, but sure-footedness is required to enjoy it. The reward will be wonderful hikes with views you’ll never forget.

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

Accommodation, food and drinks:

  • All accommodations 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.


  • 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.


  • Day 1: Bus from Oslo Busterminal to Bygdin Hotel
  • Day 2: Østre Torfinnstind
  • Day 3: Svartdalen
  • Day 4: Bukkelægret
  • Day 5: Bessegen
  • Day 6: Hiking from Gjendebu to Eidsbugarden
  • Day 7: Glacier hike to peak Uranostind
  • Day 8: Departure from Eidsbugarden to Bygdin by boat and to Oslo Busterminal by bus


  • 2x nights Bygdin Hotel
  • 1x night Gjendebu
  • 1x night Memurubu
  • 1x night Gjendesheim
  • 2x nights Fondsbu DNT

Østre Torfinnstind

  • Difficulty: Demanding
  • Distance: 6 kilometers (Out and back)
  • Elevation Gain: 1060 meters
  • Duration: 5-6 hours
  • Østre Torfinnstind - Hiking
  • Østre Torfinnstind

Østre Torfinnstind or “Eastern Torfinnstind” is the highest one of the mountain Torfinnstindane’s three peaks. At 2119 meters above sea level, it rises majestically in the sky behind Torfinnsbu, and can be seen from most mountains in the southern area of Jotunheimen. The hike is of the more challenging sort, and requires you to be in good physical health. But once you reach the top, the trip is well worth the challenge. In addition to magnificent views of the spectacular surroundings; one can – on a clear day – see almost all the way to Oslo. Do not forget to bring your camera!

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”.


  • 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.


  • Difficulty: Demanding
  • Distance: 10 kilometers (point‑to‑point)
  • Elevation Gain: 760 meters
  • Duration: 6-8 hours
  • Climbing the Bukkelægret Ridge
  • Bukkelægeret ridge overlooking Memurudalen valley
  • Bukkelægeret ridge near Gjendebu
  • Looking back over Bukkelægeret and lake Gjende
  • Memurubu lodge
  • Bukkelægeret ridge overlooking lake gjende

Bukkelægret has a steady steep climb/descent on both sides of the route, with a longer flat plateau in the middle. The hike will take you through a variety of beautiful trout-filled lakes – a great place to catch your lunch. The high mountain offer great views of Gjende.

In the steepest areas the route is secured with chains and wires to hold on to.


  • “Three in Norway, by two of them” is the famous travelogue written by Englishmen during their summer spent in Jotunheimen in 1882. You can see remnants of where they camped near the Memurubu Lodge.
  • Bring your fishing pole (and be sure to buy a fishing license) if you would like to catch some fresh trout along the route from Memurubu to Gjendebu.

Besseggen ridge

  • Difficulty: Demanding
  • Distance: 13.1 kilometers (point-to-point)
  • Elevation Gain: 1,140 meters
  • Duration: 7–9 hours
  • Besseggen climb
  • From Besseggen hike
  • From Besseggen hike
  • From Besseggen hike
  • From Besseggen hike
  • Besseggen
  • Besseggen hike
  • From Besseggen hike

The popular Besseggen ridge is a route route of about 6-8 hours hike (breaks included). The Besseggen hike takes you over the spectacular, steep, and some places very narrow which plunges four hundred meters straight down into the lake below.

For the complete information on Besseggen see our designated page for the stage here.

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.


  • 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

Glacier hike to Uranostind

  • Difficulty: Challenging
  • Distance: 17 kilometers (Out and back)
  • Elevation Gain: 1050 meters
  • Duration: 10-11 hours
  • Uranostind peak
  • Uranostind route
  • Uranostind peak
  • Uranostind route

This is a long 10-11 hours hike great for experienced hikers. The hike will take you past Urdadalsvannet on the way to Koldedalen. Once you reach the Glacier there will be a short change of equipment before the hike continues to Uraknatten and the climb to Uranostind.

The hike is long, but the spectacular view at the summit is well worth the trip.

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