Historical Route Jotunheimen (5-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 hike the historical route with around 50km of the best hiking tracks in Jotunheimen! The Historical Hiking Route takes you from cabin to cabin through Jotunheimen and for an upgrade your luggage will be transferred separately and arrive at each cabin. This trek is self-guided and intended for adults in good physical shape and condition, with previous hiking experience from alpine mountain areas.

The route goes from the Gjende Lake in the East to Bygdin Lake in the West; starting from Gjendesheim you will hike the popular Besseggen trail over to Memurubu, a classic adventure for Norwegians. Over the years more and more tourists have been drawn to take the journey across this mountain ridge, in the footsteps of great adventurers. In recent years, an estimate of around 60 000 hikers cross this popular ride annually. It’s attraction lies both in its mesmerising scenery, from the turquoise waters of the Gjende lake, to the spectacular view of mountain ridges and peaks into the far distance, as well as in its demanding terrain; steep descents and ascents, and long trails. Its cultural significance and strenuous nature has made it an important point of reference in Norwegian culture and it is a true rite of passage for Norwegian hikers .

From Memurubu you will hike to Gjendebu across Bukkelægret. As you walk along the Ridge of Sjugurdtinden you will have access to the panoramas on all sides of the ridge; overlooking the Gjende lake in the East, the mesmerising valley of Memurudalen going North-West, the mountainous landscape in the West and the steep peaks towering over the Gjende lake in the South. This is arguably one of the best and subsequently one of the more heavily underrated views in the area. This trek offers an exciting blend of mountain and nature hiking as well as it allows you to put your climbing skills to the test.

This itinerary includes a free day for you to get a chance to rest and enjoy a relaxing day at Gjendebu Lodge. Alternatively, you could spend this day exploring an optional hike such as the hike to Gjendetunga. This is perfect for those who want to indulge in a nice, relaxing and shorter trek, but who don’t want to go without a panoramic view experience.

From Gjendebu you will venture through Svartdalen valley to Torfinnsbu. The journey through Svartdalen is one of the most appreciated and respected treks among Norwegian outdoor adventurers. The arduous walk combined with dramatic mountains towering over you from all sides can make you feel like you’re in an old folk tale. On misty days this sentiment is emphasised as the pale light allows for the  “reveal” of indistinct faces in the mountains and mythical mountain creatures hiding behind the cliffs. On clearer days, you can see the magnificent white peaks rising on either side of you, including Knutsholstiden, once believed to be the tallest mountain in Norway.

You will visit some of the most well known DNT cabins and hotels in the area; Gjendesheim, Gjendebu and Bygdin, as well the privatly owned cabins at Memurbu.

Meal plan:

  • Hiking Board: Breakfast, Lunch to go & Dinner

Accommodation:

  • Day: 1 - Gjendesheim DNT
  • Day: 2 - Memurubu
  • Day: 3 - Gjendebu DNT
  • Day: 4 - Gjendebu DNT

Agenda day 1:

  • Bus: (Nor-Way) Oslo Bus Terminal → Fagernes → Gjendesheim: 13:05 → 17:55

    Time: 5 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

    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!

  • 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.

  • Ascending Bukkel├ªgret
    Ascending Bukkelægret
    Bukkelægeret ridge overlooking Memurudalen valley
    Bukkelægeret ridge overlooking Memurudalen valley
    Overview Bukkelægret Ridge. Historical Route, Jotunheimen.
    Overview Bukkelægret Ridge. Historical Route, Jotunheimen.
    Climbing the Bukkelægret Ridge
    Climbing the Bukkelægret Ridge
    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)
  • Cruise: (M/B Bitihorn) Torfinnsbu → Bygdin: 16:30 → 17:15

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

  • 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: (Nor-Way) Bygdin Hotel → Oslo: 17:53 → 22:07

    Time: 4 hour(s)

    Ride with Valdresekspressen!

    Enjoy the scenic journey through the 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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