Historical Route Jotunheimen (7-days)

Follow the path of the pioneers in Norway’s mountaineering history on the historical route from Gjendesheim to Eidsbugarden, through Jotunheimen National Park.

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.

Transfer:

  • Included

Meal plan:

  • Hiking Board: Breakfast, Lunch to go & Dinner

Luggage transportation:

  • From Gjendesheim DNT to Memurubu
  • From Memurubu to Gjendebu DNT
  • From Gjendebu DNT to Torfinnsbu DNT
  • From Torfinnsbu DNT to Fondsbu DNT

Accommodation:

  • Day: 1 - Gjendesheim DNT
  • Day: 2 - Memurubu
  • Day: 3 - Gjendebu DNT
  • Day: 4 - Gjendebu DNT
  • Day: 5 - Torfinnsbu DNT
  • Day: 6 - Fondsbu DNT

Agenda day 1:

  • Bus: Transfer to/from Oslo

    Time: 4 hour(s)

    Ride with Valdresekspressen!

    Enjoy the scenic journey from Oslo to the Valdres Region. After leaving the bustle of the capital you will soon find yourself on countryside roads passing through small towns and surrounded by lakes and fields. As you get further into the country, you will see the mountains in the distance and before you know you’ll find yourself climbing the steep roads that take you straight into the national park. The coach has adjustable seats, free WiFi, outlets with USB charging ports and toilet facilities on board.

  • Accommodation: Gjendesheim DNT

    Gjendesheim has a long history all the way back to 1878. The cabin is run by DNT and located in the heart of the Norwegian mountains, with Besseggen as its neighbour.

  • Gjendesheim
    Gjendesheim
    Gjendesheim
    Gjendesheim
    Gjendesheim
    Gjendesheim
    Gjendesheim
    Gjendesheim
    Gjendesheim DNT
    Gjendesheim DNT
    Gjendesheim DNT
    Gjendesheim DNT

Agenda day 2:

  • Hiking: Besseggen (Memurubu ↔ Gjendesheim)

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

    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.

  • Besseggen ©Visit Norway, Chris Arnesen
    Besseggen ©Visit Norway, Chris Arnesen
    Besseggen ©Visit Norway Chris Arnesen
    Besseggen ©Visit Norway Chris Arnesen
    Besseggen
    Besseggen
    Besseggen – Visit Norway, Chris Arnesen
    Besseggen – Visit Norway, Chris Arnesen
    Besseggen ©Visit Norway Chris Arnesen
    Besseggen ©Visit Norway Chris Arnesen
    Besseggen
    Besseggen
  • Accommodation: Memurubu

    Memurubu can be found at the end or start of the famous Besseggen hiking trail. The lodge is originally an old mountain pasture dating back to 1872. The lodge is accessible by boat from Gjendesheim, or by hiking th famous Besseggen trail.

  • Aerial of Memurubu. Historical Route Jotunheimen.
    Aerial of Memurubu. Historical Route Jotunheimen.
    Memurubu
    Memurubu

Agenda day 3:

  • Hiking: Bukkelægret: Memurubu ↔ Gjendebu

    Difficulty: Challenging
    Time: 6-8 hour(s)
    Distance: 10 kilometers
    Ascent height: 760 meters

    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.

  • Climbing the Bukkel├ªgret Ridge
    Climbing the Bukkelægret Ridge
    Ascending Bukkelægret
    Ascending Bukkelægret
    Bukkelægeret ridge overlooking Memurudalen valley
    Bukkelægeret ridge overlooking Memurudalen valley
    Overview Bukkelægret Ridge. Historical Route, Jotunheimen.
    Overview Bukkelægret Ridge. Historical Route, Jotunheimen.
    Group of friends hiking the Historical Route, Jotunheimen.
    Group of friends hiking the Historical Route, Jotunheimen.
    Hiking Bukkelægret
    Hiking Bukkelægret
  • Accommodation: Gjendebu DNT

    Gjendebu is DNT’s oldest tourist lodge, built in 1871. Its located at the bank on the West of Gjende lake, at 990 m.a.s.l. The lodge has 119 beds, good room standard and shared showers and toilets facilities. Take the boat from Gjendesheim to the end of the lake and enjoy a night or two at Gjendebu!

  • Gjendebu tourist lodge. Historical Route, Jotunheimen.
    Gjendebu tourist lodge. Historical Route, Jotunheimen.
    Inside Gjendines hut at Gjendebu
    Inside Gjendines hut at Gjendebu
    Approaching Gjendebu tourist cabin. Historical Route, Jotunheimen.
    Approaching Gjendebu tourist cabin. Historical Route, Jotunheimen.
    Gjendebu-to.Torfinnsbu – Svartdalen – Yngve Ask (3)
    Gjendebu-to.Torfinnsbu – Svartdalen – Yngve Ask (3)
    Gjendebu-to.Torfinnsbu – Svartdalen – Yngve Ask (9)
    Gjendebu-to.Torfinnsbu – Svartdalen – Yngve Ask (9)
    Gjendebu-to.Torfinnsbu – Svartdalen – Yngve Ask (10)
    Gjendebu-to.Torfinnsbu – Svartdalen – Yngve Ask (10)

Agenda day 4:

  • Hiking: Gjendetunga (From Gjendebu)

    Difficulty: Moderate
    Time: 3-5 hour(s)
    Distance: 10 kilometers
    Ascent height: 520 meters
    Descent height: 520 meters

    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.

  • Gjendetunga ©Jotunheimen Travel
    Gjendetunga ©Jotunheimen Travel
    Gjendetunga ©Jotunheimen Travel
    Gjendetunga ©Jotunheimen Travel
    Gjendetunga ©Jotunheimen Travel
    Gjendetunga ©Jotunheimen Travel
    Gjendetunga ©Jotunheimen Travel
    Gjendetunga ©Jotunheimen Travel
    Gjendetunga ©Jotunheimen Travel
    Gjendetunga ©Jotunheimen Travel
    Gjendetunga ©Jotunheimen Travel
    Gjendetunga ©Jotunheimen Travel
  • Accommodation: Gjendebu DNT

    Gjendebu is DNT’s oldest tourist lodge, built in 1871. Its located at the bank on the West of Gjende lake, at 990 m.a.s.l. The lodge has 119 beds, good room standard and shared showers and toilets facilities. Take the boat from Gjendesheim to the end of the lake and enjoy a night or two at Gjendebu!

  • Gjendebu tourist lodge. Historical Route, Jotunheimen.
    Gjendebu tourist lodge. Historical Route, Jotunheimen.
    Inside Gjendines hut at Gjendebu
    Inside Gjendines hut at Gjendebu
    Approaching Gjendebu tourist cabin. Historical Route, Jotunheimen.
    Approaching Gjendebu tourist cabin. Historical Route, Jotunheimen.
    Gjendebu-to.Torfinnsbu – Svartdalen – Yngve Ask (3)
    Gjendebu-to.Torfinnsbu – Svartdalen – Yngve Ask (3)
    Gjendebu-to.Torfinnsbu – Svartdalen – Yngve Ask (9)
    Gjendebu-to.Torfinnsbu – Svartdalen – Yngve Ask (9)
    Gjendebu-to.Torfinnsbu – Svartdalen – Yngve Ask (10)
    Gjendebu-to.Torfinnsbu – Svartdalen – Yngve Ask (10)

Agenda day 5:

  • Hiking: Svartdalen (The Black Valley)

    Difficulty: Challenging
    Time: 6-8 hour(s)
    Distance: 14 kilometers
    Ascent height: 610 meters

    The popular hiking route from Torfinnsbu to Gjendebu takes you through Svartdalen, meaning “The Black Valley”, which is often referred to as the most beautiful valley in Jotunheimen. As you wander through this lush valley, you'll be surrounded by majestic towering peaks, several of which are over 2000 meters high.

    The Svartdalen track is located in the eastern parts of Jotunheimen, and takes you through the municipalities of Vågå in Gudbrandsdalen, and Vang in Valdres. The route is 14 kilometres long (point-to-point), with an elevation of 610 meters.

  • Svartdalen ©Yngve Ask
    Svartdalen ©Yngve Ask
    Hiking through Svartdalen towards Torfinnsbu
    Hiking through Svartdalen towards Torfinnsbu
    Historical Route, Jotunheimen.
    Historical Route, Jotunheimen.
    Hiking through the Svartdalen valley. Historical Route, Jotunheimen.
    Hiking through the Svartdalen valley. Historical Route, Jotunheimen.
    Gjendebu-to.Torfinnsbu – Svartdalen – Yngve Ask (8)
    Gjendebu-to.Torfinnsbu – Svartdalen – Yngve Ask (8)
    Gjendebu-to.Torfinnsbu – Svartdalen – Yngve Ask (6)
    Gjendebu-to.Torfinnsbu – Svartdalen – Yngve Ask (6)
  • Accommodation: Torfinnsbu DNT

    Torfinnsbu is a small self service DNT cabin. There are 30 beds and extra space for camping. The cabin is located at Bygdin lake at the entrance of Svartdalen (the black valley) and connected with daily scheduled transfer with M/B Bitihorn.

  • Torfinnsbu
    Torfinnsbu
    Torfinnsbu
    Torfinnsbu
    Torfinnsbu, skilt
    Torfinnsbu, skilt
    Torfinnsbu
    Torfinnsbu
    Torfinnsbu
    Torfinnsbu
    Torfinnsbu
    Torfinnsbu

Agenda day 6:

  • Hiking: Torfinnsbu ↔ Eidsbugarden

    Difficulty: Challenging
    Time: 8-10 hour(s)
    Distance: 20 kilometers
    Ascent height: 570 meters

    The Torfinnsbu to Eidsbugarden route is also the last stage of the Historical Hiking Route in Jotunheimen. The route takes you west from Torfinnsbu to Eidsbugarden. The trail goes along Bygdin lake, climbing to as high as 1600 meters above sea level, and back down to the final destination at Eidsbugarden. Eidsbugarden is the most visited mountain area north of the Alps.

  • Accommodation: Fondsbu DNT

    Fondsbu DNT is run by Solbjørg and is located at Eidsbugarden on the bank of lake Bygdin. Here you have access to many popular hikes, inculidng glaciers hikes.

  • Eidsbugarden – Fondsbu DNT Cabin
    Eidsbugarden – Fondsbu DNT Cabin
    Solbjørg the host at Fondsbu
    Solbjørg the host at Fondsbu
    Eidsbugarden – Fondsbu DNT Cabin
    Eidsbugarden – Fondsbu DNT Cabin
    Eidsbugarden
    Eidsbugarden
    Burgers at Fondsbu ©Hallgrim Rogn
    Burgers at Fondsbu ©Hallgrim Rogn
    Fondsbu and Eidsbugarden
    Fondsbu and Eidsbugarden

Agenda day 7:

  • Cruise: (M/B Bitihorn) Eidsbugarden → Bygdin: 11:30 → 13:15

    Cruise on the lake Bygdin with M/B Bitihorn. Between Eidsbugarden and Bygdin.

  • The ferry Bitihorn on the lake Bygdin taken from Eidsbugarden and Fondsbu
    The ferry Bitihorn on the lake Bygdin taken from Eidsbugarden and Fondsbu
    The ferry Bitihorn on the lake Bygdin taken from Eidsbugarden and Fondsbu
    The ferry Bitihorn on the lake Bygdin taken from Eidsbugarden and Fondsbu
    The ferry Bitihorn on the lake Bygdin taken from Eidsbugarden and Fondsbu
    The ferry Bitihorn on the lake Bygdin taken from Eidsbugarden and Fondsbu
    The ferry Bitihorn on the lake Bygdin taken from Eidsbugarden and Fondsbu
    The ferry Bitihorn on the lake Bygdin taken from Eidsbugarden and Fondsbu
    The ferry Bitihorn on the lake Bygdin taken from Eidsbugarden and Fondsbu
    The ferry Bitihorn on the lake Bygdin taken from Eidsbugarden and Fondsbu
    The ferry Bitihorn on the lake Bygdin taken from Eidsbugarden and Fondsbu
    The ferry Bitihorn on the lake Bygdin taken from Eidsbugarden and Fondsbu
  • Bus: Transfer to/from Oslo

    Time: 4 hour(s)

    Ride with Valdresekspressen!

    Enjoy the scenic journey from Oslo to the Valdres Region. After leaving the bustle of the capital you will soon find yourself on countryside roads passing through small towns and surrounded by lakes and fields. As you get further into the country, you will see the mountains in the distance and before you know you’ll find yourself climbing the steep roads that take you straight into the national park. The coach has adjustable seats, free WiFi, outlets with USB charging ports and toilet facilities on board.

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