The Historical Route Jotunheimen (7-Days)

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This summer you can join us for a full week, and around 50km of the best hiking tracks in Jotunheimen! Our historical guide will not only make sure you get a exciting and safe journey. The guide will also take you through the history behind the route, the peaks and accommodations.

We will visit some of the most well known DNT cabins in the area. Like Gjendesheim, Gjendebu, Torfinnsbu and Fundsbu. As well the privatly owned cabins at Memurbu.

For all the details, information and pictures, take a look below. Make sure you book your experience now! Limited places sold on first come, first service basis.

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.

Guide service:

  • English and Norwegian speaking guide is included.

Agenda:

  • Day 1: Arrival Gjendesheim
  • Day 2: Hiking Besseggen
  • Day 3: Hiking from Memurubu to Gjendebu
  • Day 4: Free time
  • Day 5: Hiking Svartdalen valley
  • Day 6: Hiking from Torfinnsbu to Eidsbugarden
  • Day 7: Departure from Eidsbugarden

Lodging:

  • 1x night Gjendesheim
  • 1x night Memurubu
  • 2x nights Gjendebu
  • 1x night Torfinnsbu
  • 1x night Fondsbu

Hike Agenda / Stage Information:

Besseggen Ridge

  • Difficulty: Demanding
  • Distance: 13.1 kilometers (point-to-point)
  • Elevation Gain: 1,300 meters
  • Duration: 7–9 hours
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The popular Besseggen ridge is a route route of about 6-8 hours (breaks included). The Besseggen hike takes you over the spectacular, steep, and some places very narrow trails which plunge four hundred meters straight down into the lake below.

Bukkelægret

  • Difficulty: Demanding
  • Distance: 10 kilometers (point‑to‑point)
  • Elevation Gain: 760 meters
  • Duration: 6-8 hours
Yngve Ask
Yngve Ask
Yngve Ask
Yngve Ask

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.

Facts

  • “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.

Svartdalen valley (Gjendebu to Torfinnsbu)

  • Difficulty: Demanding
  • Distance: 14 kilometers (point‑to‑point)
  • Elevation Gain: 610 meters
  • Duration: 6–8 hours
Yngve Ask
Yngve Ask
Yngve Ask
Yngve Ask

The hike from Gjendebu to Torfinnsbu 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 to be the easiest entry to the most 2000 meter peaks of all DNT cabins.

Optional Add-on hikes:

Gjendetunga

  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Distance: 10 kilometers (out-and-back)
  • Elevation Gain: 520 meters
  • Duration: 3,5-4,5 hours
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©Jotunheimen Travel
©Jotunheimen Travel
©Jotunheimen Travel

Gjendetunga is the perfect hike for those who want to indulge in a nice, relaxing and shorter trek, but who doesn’t want to go without a panoramic view experience. Towering over Gjendebu, Gjendetunga lies at 1516 MASL (4973, 7 feet) and is “a not to miss” hike if you’re in this area. On clear days you can enjoy your lunch at the top of the mountain overlooking Gjende and its surrounding mountains in the East and the mountains ranges in the West. This is a road less travelled, but the Gjendetunga hike has earned its rightful place as one of the best ways to experience Gjende.       

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