– The little brother of Besseggen

Next to his bigger brother Besseggen on the other side of Gjende lake, you will find the 1517 high peak of Knutshøe. Knutshøe offers outstanding views towards the peaks towering all around and the surrounding lakes, amongst which the wonderful Gjende lake. The hike is demanding and you need to scramble at some parts in the hike. This hike is not recommended if you are afraid of heights. As there are parts of the hike where you need to cross exposed sections. The trail is not marked, but not too difficult to follow. Yet if you stray to far from the path you will find several exposed sections and dangerous areas. Make sure you follow the trails and do not hike alone. This hike is also not recommended in bad weather!

The Knutshøe hike

Drive or take the bus to Vargbakken parking (1100m) located about 4 km south of Gjendesheim exit. From here you can start your hike to Knutshøe. The hike starts by crossing the bridge across the small river Varga. There is only one trail to follow, taking you on a scenic tour with several places to stop and enjoy your lunch. From the ridge you can admire the fantastic view of the delta landscape down to Leirugsdalen.

The first part of the hike has the most demanding parts with some steep areas. But through out the ascent you will find both steep sections and some parts with more easy hiking terrain. The last part before the peak will also require some light scrambling.

Knutshøe is so fascinating that many people believe it was the ground for the Peer Gynt deer ride!

Knutshøe tour information:

  • Difficulty: Demanding
  • distance: 12.6 kilometers
  • Elevation Gain: 690 meters
  • Duration: 4-6 hours
  • Season: Summer – Fall
  • Peak: 1517m

Map of the area