M/B Bitihorn (Bygdin lake)


– a breathtaking journey along Lake Bygdin

The boat has been in regular service on the lake Bygdin since 1912. The boat route is often referred to as the highest elevated boat route in Northern Europe. The boat leaves 2 times daily between Eidsbugarden and Bygdin, with a stop at Torfinnsbu. The trip is a beautiful journey where passengers can experience many of the 2000-meter peaks in Jotunheimen.

If you wish to combine the trip with a hike, we recommend taking M/B Bitihorn from Eidsbugarden to Torfinnsbu and then walk the 7-hour hike on the east side of lake Bygdin and Galdebergtind via Eidsbugarden and back to Tyinholmen.

Another opportunity from Eidsbugarden is to take the M/B Bitihorn to Bygdin, continue by bus to Gjendesheim and walk the exciting trail across the famous mountain of Besseggen.

M/B Bitihorn celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2012 and have spent all its years on the Bygdin lake. Built at Glommens Mekaniske Verksted in Fredrikstad, this was build number 19. Originally powered by a 40hp Bolinder diesel engine. Today it’s powered by a 330h Scania engine, the fourth engine in M/B Bitihorn since 1912. The vessel was originally 55 foot long but added 10 foot in 1977 making it a total length of 65 foot. M/B Bitihorn has a passenger capacity of 98 and 2 crew members, one captain and one deckhand.

During this journey over the Bygdin lake you can see more than 10 of Jotunheimen peaks over 2000masl, among they are also the most southern 2000m peak in Norway, Nordre Kalvhølotind. If you are lucky it is possible to see reindeer, occasionally large herds of several hundred animals. Along the route there is also two small old stone cabins that reindeer hunters used for shelter in the 19th century.

Torfinnsbu is a great location for hiking to the mountain peaks in the area. The DNT cabin Torfinnsbu is a self service cabin, open for its members. There are also several day tours arranged by Jotunheimen Travel starting from Bygdin with the M/B Bitihorn tour. Together with Gjendebåten this is one of the two boat trips required to hike through Svartdalen (The Black Valley).

Here you will find M/B Bitihorns timetable and ticket prices:

Preliminary timetable valid from 25.06.2021 – 29.08.2021 and weekends 03.–05.09., 10.–12.09.2021.

Bygdin – Torfinnsbu – Eidsbugarden Fri. SatDailyDaily
Departure: Bygdin07:20a09:0513:30
Departure: Torfinnsbu08:05a09:5014:15
Arrival: Eidsbugarden10:5015:15
Eidsbugarden – Torfinnsbu – Bygdin Fri. SatDailyDaily
Departure: Eidsbugarden11:3015:30
Departure: Torfinnsbu08:05a12:3016:30
Arrival: Bygdin08:50a13:1517:15

a) Only when tickets are bought online min. >10h prior to departure.
    Only from July 9th to July 31st.

M/B Bitihorn Ticket rates 2020

 Adult / children170 / 85 280 / 140
 Return ticket *280 / 140380 / 190
 Bicycle **100100
Canoe **200200

* Return ticket bought on board must be used the same day.
** Limited capacity.
Children: 4-15 years. No senior, student or other discounts.

Join M/B Bitihorn on the scenic journey over the Bygdin lake in Jotunheimen. Starting at Eidsbugarden in the west end or Bygdin in the east end, with a quick stop at Torfinnsbu in the middle. The season starts the last weekend in June and the last sailing is in September. Each day has two departures from Eidsbugarden and Bygdin, with some extra tours between Bygdin and Torfinnsbu in high season.

For more information check the timetable and tickets at their website.
You can also buy tickets online at the same location.