Avg.Time : 5 to 6 hours
Start / Finish :
- Gjendesheim – Memurubu
- Gjendesheim is accessible by regular public transport. See VisitNorway.com for details.
- From Memurubu you can catch a ferry boat back to Gjendesheim.
Season : June to September
Maps / Info :
- The walk takes place in Jotunheimen, one of Norway’s most beautiful national parks.
- The excellent 1:100,000 Jotunheimen published by Ugland IT is all you need for navigation. It is widely available in bookshops and outdoor stores throughout Norway.
- Click here to see a map of the trail.
- Fill up your bottles before leaving Gjendesheim; there is no water to be found until about half way through the walk.
- Outside of the hiking world, Besseggen is perhaps best known for being referenced in Henrik Ibsen’s classic play, Peer Gynt.
Route / Conditions :
- The route is well marked by intermittent cairns. The hike is not technically difficult, although care must be taken on the steep and rocky descent to Memurubu.
- The walk is completely exposed. In fine weather this makes for incredible views. When conditions are not so great, you will definitely want to have a good rain jacket, an insulating layer and a sense of humour.
- If you have the time and energy, I recommend making your hike a round trip by returning to Gjendesheim by way of the trail along the northern shore of Lake Gjende.
- Accommodation is available at Gjendesheim Lodge. See the Scandinavian Mountains website for details. Alternatively, start late afternoon and camp up on the ridge. Sunset views are incredible. Note: It can be windy. Be sure to pitch your shelter as tautly as possible.
- Justifiably Norway’s most popular day hike. Gorgeous vistas from start to finish.
- Avoid the crowds by overnighting at or near Gjendesheim and making an early start the following day.