More than 30 thousand hikers traverse Besseggen each year, making it Norway’s most trekked route and the most famous hike in Scandinavia with good reason. The splendid view of the wild Jotunheimen and steep trails imbue a feeling of having mastered the mountain. The hike isn’t particularly difficult or exposed, but it’s airy, with lake Gjende 400 metres below on the south side and Bessvatn a few metres below on the north side.
Start the hike at Gjendesheim and hike the Besseggen ridge towards Memurubu Tourist Lodge which offers good standard accomodation. You can also take the boat from Gjendesheim in the morning to Memurubu. From there fairly steep uphill to some 1400 m.a.s.l. Continue in easterly direction, here it is more flat. You pass the lakes Bjørnbøltjønne and Bessvatnet (both lefthand side) and cross Bandet before starting climbing the famous Besseggen ridge. From here you have wonderful views towards the green-coloured lake Gjende and the blue lake Bessvatnet. Furher you pass Veslefjell, with 1.743 m.a.s.l. with its highest point on the route, before descending to Gjendesheim. Estimated time for the hike is 7 to 9 hours.
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