Besseggen - one of Norway's Top 10 Hikes

We recommend hiking Besseggen in the beginning of the season. From the middle of June to middle of July you can enjoy nature, flowers and the view in silence. Another great time is during autumn, the fall colors can already appear in the end of august!

"Have you ever chanced to see the Gendin-Edge? Nigh on four miles long it stretches sharp before you like a scythe. Down o'er glaciers, landslips, scaurs, down the toppling grey moraines, you can see, both right and left, straight into the tarns that slumber, black and sluggish, more than seven hundred fathoms deep below you."

This is how Henrik Ibsen described Peer Gynt's reindeer ride over Gjendineggen Ridge, which is known as Besseggen today. Drive 15 min by car from Hindsæter to Lake Gjende, where you take the boat to Memurubu. From there you will start hiking up a steep trail. After a while you get to the place called Bandet - a small plateau between Gjende and Bessvatnet. You will walk along the edge of Lake Bessvatnet, while Gjende is 400 meters below on the opposite side. Lake Bessvatnet is crystal clear and blue in color, while Lake Gjende shines in the characteristic emerald-green glacial color. Now the Besseggen ridge is right in front of you. To pass this part you might have to use your hands as much as your feet, and you should not suffer from vertigo. After enjoying the views on top of the ridge, you will pass Veslfjell (1743 masl, and the highest point on the trip) on your way back to the start at Lake Gjende, where you took the boat in the morning. The walk takes between 7 and 8 hours. Hikers in average shape describe the tour as challenging. 

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