Historic route Jotunheimen (5 days)

On this 5-day hike self-guided hike you will follow the path of the pioneer´s in Norway’s mountaineering history on this historic route. From Gjendesheim, via Memurubu and Gjendebu to Bygdin you will hike along the most spectacular sights in Jotunheimen National Park and you will stay in comfortable and traditional Norwegian cabins with full board. 


  • Besseggen – Norway’s most popular mountain hike

  • Magnificent nature

  • Cultural-historical landscape

  • Accommodations with a cozy atmosphere and good local food.


  • Bus transport from / to Oslo
  • Luggage transport
  • Accommodation incl. Towels and linen
  • Breakfast, packed lunch and dinner
  • Detailed tour description
  • Map


July – September

Daily departures between: 
26.07. – 23.08. 2023
28. – 30.08.2023
29. – 06.09.2023

Hiking adventure in Jotunheimen

This summer you can join us on a long hike through the beautiful Jotunheimen. Here you get both the history behind the route, while you get to experience the best areas and accommodations.

We will visit some of the most famous DNT cabins, like Gjendesheim, Gjendebu, Torfinnsbu and Fondsbu. As well as the privately owned Memurubu Hotel.

In these mountains, DNT was established about 150 years ago. With the two lakes Gjende and Bygdin as an important entrance to mountain areas in Jotunheimen. After the first DNT cabin was built on Tyin in 1870, it did not a long time before several cabins were opened along the two lakes. Since then, millions of hikers have walked the many trails and climbed the many mountain peaks – from the famous mountain Besseggen, to beautiful valleys like Svartdalen. With its dramatic landscape, thousands of stories that even Henrik Ibsen and Edvard Greig were inspired by, we look forward to opening one of the country’s best hiking trails.

Day to day

Day 1: Oslo - Gjendesheim


Arrival by Valdresekspressen from Oslo 

Different departure times available. 

Enjoy the trip from the big city towards Valdres and Jotunheimen! The express buses take you straight from the capital to the heart of Norway. On the way you will pass mountains, valleys, rivers, and beautiful farms. The buses have free WiFi, power outlets with USB chargers and toilets. 


Accommodation: Gjendesheim DNT 

Gjendesheim Turisthytte has a history dating back to 1878. The hut is run by DNT and is located in the heart of the Norwegian mountains, with Besseggen ridge as a neighbor.  
You will meet your guide in the evening and the rest of the group to plan and organize the next days through Jotunheimen.  



Day 2: Besseggen

Hiking: Besseggen (Memurubu → Gjendesheim)

Difficulty: Difficult
Time: 7-9 hour (s)
Distance: 13 kilometers
Ascent: 1300 meters

The Besseggen hike takes you over the spectacular, steep, and some places very narrow ridge with a spectacular view over the two lakes Bessvatnet and Gjende. This view of this different colored lakes in an absolutely amazing mountain scenery with steeps cliffs and high mountains, attracts every year many thousand visitors.  

Accommodation: Memurubu

Memurubu tourist cabin is located in Jotunheimen, along Gjende, at the foot of Besseggen. From the beginning, Memurubu was a stable, with active stable operation. Today, Memurubu is a modern tourist cabin with good comfort, traditional atmosphere, and local food.

Day 3: Bukkelægret

Hiking: Bukkelægret: Memurubu ↔ Gjendebu

Difficulty: Challenging
Time: 6-8 hours
Distance: 10 kilometers
Ascent: 760 meters

Bukkelægret is an exciting, steep walk with a longer flat section in the middle. The trip takes you through several mountain lakes packed with mountain trout – a perfect area to have a lunch. The high route gives a great view over the water Gjende. In the steepest parts of this route you can hold on to the chain for extra safety.

Accommodation: Gjendebu DNT

At 990 masl at the west end of Gjendevannet you will find Gjendebu. The hotel offers a traditional and historic atmosphere, with good local food – and is the oldest cabin of DNT, built in 1871.



Day 4: Gjendetunga/rest day

We planned this day as a rest day after two long hiking days. But the guide can guide you to a beautiful viewpoint close to the accommodation. 

Hiking: Gjendetunga (From Gjendebu)

Difficulty: Medium
Time: 3-5 hours
Distance: 10 kilometers
Ascent: 520 meters
Descent: 520 meters

Gjendetunga is the trip where we enjoy a shorter distance, but without missing majestic views. Gjendetunga towers over the cabin Gjendebu and is a trip you will not want to miss if you are in this area. On a clear day, we enjoy lunch at the top with a 360 degree beautiful view of green Gjende, and the mountain massifs to the east and west.

Accommodation: Gjendebu DNT

At 990 masl at the west end of Gjendevannet you will find Gjendebu. The hotel offers a traditional and historic atmosphere, with good local food – and is the oldest cabin of DNT, built in 1871.

Day 5: Svartdalen

Svartdalen & boat/bus to Oslo 

Hiking: Svartdalen

Difficulty: Challenging
Time: 6-8 hours
Distance: 14 kilometers
Ascent: 610 meters 

The first kilometers are an easy hike through the forest at lake Gjende, before the trail suddenly climbs up into the Svartdalen valley. This part is very steep and can be slippery under wet conditions.  Svartdalen is not an easy hike since you need to cross some streams and the trail is quite rocky and good surefootedness is an advantage. 

Cruise: M/B Bitihorn 

When you arrive at Torfinnsbu, you need to take the boat M/B Bitihorn (departure at 16:30) over Bygdin lake to Bygdin from where the bus to Oslo leaves. 

Bus: Bygdin Høifjellshotel → Oslo 
Enjoy the trip home. The express buses take you straight from Jotunheimen and Valdres back to the city. On the way you will pass mountains, valleys, rivers and beautiful farms. The buses have free WiFi, power outlets with USB chargers and toilets.



Practical information

Below you will find practical information about this trip. Not finding what you are looking for? See our frequently asked questions page, or send us an email – we will help you!


The trip includes bus transport with our express buses to and from Oslo and Bergen, and boat transport from cabin to cabin in Jotunheimen.

The buses have free WiFi, power outlets with USB chargers and toilets.

Luggage transport

We will send your luggage (1x luggage per person) from cabin to cabin, so that you can hike just with a light day bag.

From Gjendesheim DNT to Memurubu
From Memurubu to Gjendebu DNT


All accommodations focus on local food. At the breakfast table you will make yourself the lunch package. On request you can get as well warm tea with you on the hike. The dinner is a two to three course dinner.  


All accommodations you will stay at, are DNT cabins with shared bathrooms (DNT = Norwegian Trekking Association) breakfast, packed lunch and dinner. Bedlinen and towels are included. 

  • Day: 1 – Gjendesheim DNT
  • Day: 2 – Memurubu
  • Day: 3 – Gjendebu DNT
  • Day: 4 – Gjendebu DNT

Our selected daily hikes are well marked, and you will meet other hikers. The trails are narrow, often rocky and sometimes you need to cross rivers and streams.  

For orientation, you will receive a physical map from us and a detailed tour description. On request we can supply with gpx files for all trails. 

    Packing list

    You will need a backpack for the day trips, preferably between 20 and 30 liters. A waterproof “duffel bag” for the rest of the luggage is recommended. The luggage is moved from place to place and may be exposed to rain and other elements during transport.

    Wool socks, thin
    Wool underwear
    Rain, and windproof jacket and trousers
    Shirt, or sweater of wool or fleece
    Rain, and windproof jacket and trousers
    Buff / scarf
    Gloves / gloves
    Indoor footwear
    Extra underwear
    Extra indoor pants

    Headlamp / flashlight
    Toilet paper and clogged paper bags
    Garbage bags
    Gnawing plasters
    Seat pads

    Thermos and water bottles
    Seat pads
    Charging bank

    For self-guided tours:
    Map, compass and map folder
    Map app on mobile – eg Norway map
    First aid equipment
    Knife / multitool


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