The Besseggen Ridge in Jotunheimen

Type:Mountain tour

2680, Vågå

Tel: +47 61 21 29 90

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The Bessegen Ridge is one of the most famous mountain hikes in Scandinavia.

It attracts around 60.000 visitors a year. Most people who enjoy the 17 kilometers hike choose to start their trip taking the boat from Gjendesheim to Memurubu from where you start you walk back to Gjendesheim over the Besseggen ridge.

It is also possible follow the well marked trail by the lake Gjende from Gjendesheim to Memurubu and take the boat back, or stay at Memurubu overnight, and hike back the day after. The route follows the old path dating back to the times when Memurubu was a mountain farm. Today Memurubu is a modern, high standard lodge, suitable for longer stays and as a base for daytrips, for instance to Surtningssui (appr. nine hours).

Along the way over the Besseggen ridge, you pass the dark blue lake Bessvatn and the emerald green lake Gjende. The strong green colour appears because small glacier particles are reflected by the sun. Enjoy your lunch with views of the Gjende Alps.

On your way you reach an altitude of 1743 meters above sea level at Veslefjell - marked by a large stone cairn. Hiking this magnificent trail, you spend a total of 7 to 9 hours in the cleanest and crispiest air on the European continent. 

More information about the hike: Hiking the Besseggen Ridge



  • 7 hours


  • challenging

Nature and terrain

  • mountain


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  • Klassifisering Marked trails with red Ts


Gjendesheim Mountain Lodge, VågåGjendesheim mountain lodge is located by the scenic lake Gjende at 1000 metres above sea level, and the starting point for hiking the famous Besseggen Ridge.

Scenic Route Valdresflye (FV 51), VågåNorwegian Scenic Route Valdresflye runs from Garli to Hindsæter, with a detour to Gjende, a total distance of 49 km (Road 51). This is an excellent alternative if you are heading north, or it can be included in a wide variety of round trips. Parts of the route are closed during the winter between…

Memurubu | Mountain Lodge, LomMemurubu is a tourist hut in Norway, at the end or start of the famous Besseggen hiking trail. Memurubu is originally an old mountain pasture dating back to 1872.

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