Hiking in Jotunheimen

Enjoy the view from the top of Norway’s highest mountain Galdhøpiggen, walk along the narrow, but popular Besseggen ridge, and try some of the traditional food from the area. This is the perfect tour for a hiking lover!

Jotunheimen is a largely undisturbed mountain area in Eastern Norway, covering an area of roughly 3,500 square kilometres. The mountain range is Norway’s most popular national park and includes the country’s two highest mountains Galdhøpiggen (2,469 metres above sea level) and Glittertind (2,464 metres above sea level), as well as waterfalls, rivers, lakes, glaciers, and valleys.

The area has the largest concentration of mountains higher than 2,000 metres in Northern Europe and offers some of the most scenic hiking on the continent – everything from short strolls to multi day hut to hut epics.

One of the highlights is the path along the narrow Besseggen ridge from Memurubu lodge to Gjendesheim lodge. The view southwards over an emerald coloured Gjendevatnet lake (984 metres above sea level) and northwards over Bessvatnet lake (1,373 metres above sea level) is a real treat.

Jotunheimen is ideal for cross-country and alpine skiers, cyclists and climbers who enjoy the experience of basically undisturbed nature and fresh air. Other popular activities in Jotunheimen include glacier walking, rafting, climbing, caving, canyoning, and horseback riding.

Jotunheimen has a long culinary tradition and some popular local produce include herbs, cured meat, sausages, cheese, jam, and bread.

SEASON
15.june - 01.september

NUMBER OF PARTICIPANTS              
Minimum: 4 people; Maximum: 16 people.
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ACCOMMODATION
We stay at mountain cabins with served food and reasonably good standards with 3 persons in each room depending on availability. All meals are included as described in the day to day program. 

CHANGES MAY OCCUR
We reserve the right to make changes to the program, and the price. The day to day program is indicative, and changes may occur. Please have a look at our terms and conditions.

INSURANCE 
You need a travel and health insurance, that also includes transportation back to your country. Remember to bring your insurance card/information. 

Day by day

DAY 1: FROM OSLO TO GJENDESEHEIM

We meet at Oslo Bus Terminal, and take the bus to Gjendesheim together in the early afternoon. We eat a good dinner at Gjendesheim, and those who wish can have a taste of the local beer. After a good meal we will have a breafing about the program for the next days. 

INCLUDING

Dinner included

Dinner included

DAY 2: BESSEGGEN

We eat an early breakfast, send our luggage with the boat and start the day's hike, which normally takes 7–8 hours. It is no coincidence that Besseggen is one of Norway's most popular hikes, and each year around 30,000 tourists enjoy the breathtaking view from the top of the ridge. The fantastic view across the wild Jotunheimen mountains and the steep sections that give hikers a great sense of mastery, combined with the fact that it is not a particularly difficult hike, are part of what makes it so popular. Standing on top of the ridge that we descend, you can see the green glacial lake Gjende on one side and the deep-blue Bessvatnet lake on the other – this a landscape full of contrasts! We come down to Memurubu cabin, which is set in an idyllic location by the lake.

INCLUDING

Breakfast, packed lunch and dinner included

Breakfast, packed lunch and dinner included

DAY 3: BUKKELÆGRET

Bukkelægret is the route between Gjendebu and Memurubu lodge. We eat a good breakfast, make a packed lunch and send our luggage with the boat to the next cabin. The day's hike takes 5–6 hours. Many people think the hike over Bukkelægret is every bit as lovely as Besseggen. There are some very steep sections on this hike, but there is a chains to hold on to. Bukkelægret is known for its rich fauna, so this is a lovely hike in lush landscape. Overnight at Gjendebu Cabin.

INCLUDING

Breakfast, packed lunch and dinner included

Breakfast, packed lunch and dinner included

DAY 4: HIKE FROM MEMURUBU TO GLITTERHEIM

We take the boat back to Memurubu and head into the mountains towards Glitterheim. This hike takes us into the heart of Jotunheimen National Park, where we are surrounded by snow-capped mountains of 2,000 metres. From here we carry our own luggage now, so it's important to pack light. The hike gets off to a steep start and the route is fairly hilly. The hike takes about 8 hours. Overnight at charming Glitterheim cabin.

INCLUDING

Breakfast, packed lunch and dinner included

Breakfast, packed lunch and dinner included

DAY 5: GLITTERHEIM TO SPITERSTULEN

Today we hike around 6 hours before we reach our next cabin, Spiterstulen. We pass Glittertind, Norway's second highest mountain and the surroundings is amazing. When we arrive at the cabin we will relax and prepare for climbing Galdhøpiggen the following day. 

INCLUDING

Breakfast, packed lunch and dinner included

Breakfast, packed lunch and dinner included

DAY 6: HIKE TO GALDHØPIGGEN – NORWAY'S HIGHEST MOUNTAIN

We start the day by taking a bus up to Juvasshytta cabin. Here, we meet our glacier guide who will guide us across the Juvassbreen glacier. We hike for an hour to get to the glacier, where we put on the glacier equipment we all borrow. It takes around an hour to cross the glacier. After that, it takes an hour or two to hike to the summit (2,469 metres). From here, we can see 2/3 of Norway! There is a cabin on the summit, where we can buy snacks and drinks. The overall trip takes 6–7 hours. When we get back down to Juvasshytta cabin, a bus will be waiting to take us down to Elveseter.

INCLUDING

Breakfast, packed lunch and dinner included

Breakfast, packed lunch and dinner included

DAY 7: SCHEDULED BUS SERVICE TO OSLO

After breakfast we board the bus back to Oslo. The trip concludes when we arrive in Oslo in the early evening. Want to explore more? We can tailor-made a tour perfect for your group!

INCLUDING

Breakfast included

Breakfast included

What is included in the trip?

Included in the trip

  • Professional nature guide 
  • Accommodation for 6 nights
  • Breakfast, packed lunch and dinner (as described in the day to day program)
  • All local transport

Not included in the trip

  • Transportation to the meeting point in Oslo
  • Drinks and snacks

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