Besseggen Ridge | Norway, 2009

Distance :  9.3 miles (15 km)img_8372

Avg.Time :  5 to 6 hours

Start / Finish :

  • Gjendesheim – Memurubu
  • Gjendesheim is accessible by regular public transport. See 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.
  • 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.


Sleeping :

  • 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.

Overview :

  • 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.



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