Besseggen hike is one of Norway´s most famous hikes and well worth the effort. The hike over the ridge is partly narrow and nerve thrilling and gives incredible views of the fjord Gjende.
How to get to Besseggen?
Gjendesheim is in Jotunheimen National Park, 4 hours north of Oslo. The start of Bessegen is right in Gjendesheim by the fjord Gjende.
Arriving in Gjendesheim you can park your car outside Gjendesheim Turisthytte which also provides simple rooms and food if you want to stay overnight (about 500 – 1 000 NOK per person depending on type of room). Be sure to be there at the latest around 6 p.m. if you want to have dinner which is served once in the evening.
There are also options for camping. In that case you have to park the car at the larger parking in Reinsvangen and then take the shuttle bus 2 km to Gjendesheim. The parking includes the shuttle bus.
The Besseggen hike
You can hike the Besseggen ridge in both directions, either from Gjendesheim to Memurubu or take the Gjende boat across the fjord Gjende to Memurubu and then trek the ridge back.
An advantage with starting at Memurubu is that you walk the steep part upwards which probably feels a little more safe especially if you are afraid of heights than walking it downwards.
There are several boats in the morning starting around 7:30 a.m. until 10 a.m. You buy tickets in advance (recommended in high season) or on the boat for about 160 NOK.
We had read that all young Norwegians do this hike so we thought it would be the perfect first hike in Norway for our family with kids 13 and 11 years old. We did this hike as part of a 3-day hike through Jotunheimen carrying camping equipment.
We we´re shocked when we arrived at the beginning of the ridge. "One can´t go there! It is impossible!" But we did and it was great! Next Summer we are going to do this hike again, but without carrying any camping equipment!
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