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Gjendesheim, Norway

Besseggen Gjendesheim Reviews

Nory Nory
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Amazing View Feb 15, 2011
Norway has a lot to offer on the nature attractions front, but this is one of my favorites.

You can enjoy it in a few different ways, based on your time, personal preferences and fitness.

You can do the entire track by parking at one end and taking a boat to the other end, or just park somewhere and climb until you have reached high enough for an amazing view, or until you got tired :-)

Either way, it's a good climb and the scenery is spectacular.

It takes a few good hours to complete the route, so I recommend planing it ahead, and make sure to check the weather forecast beforehand: a rainy day would ruin the experience both from the comfort and the view aspect.
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dieforu says:
thanks lot for the advices!!;-)
Posted on: Feb 16, 2011
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Hiking Besseggen mountain ridge (Jotunheimen) Jul 14, 2008
There are many beautiful viewpoints in the Jotunheimen mountain area. I like this particular one best!

The Besseggen (aka "Besseggi") mountain rige is located between the 18 kilometer long lake Gjende and the smaller lake Bessvatnet. Hike up the ridge and proceed to the western end of the ridge. There you will have a fantastic view over the two lakes and the Jotunheimen mountain area.

There are two unique aspects about the lakes. Gjende lake has an emerald green color whereas Bessvatnet is colored dark blue. Furthermore there is a 400 meter "drop" between the lakes. The ridge is only 50 meters wide!

It is not a coincidence that Norways most frequently executed mountain hike includes the Besseggen ridge. You start at Gjendesheim, hike up the ridge and proceed to the western end passing the highest point (1743 meter). Then hike down to the "strip" between the two lakes and walk on to Memurubu hut. There you can take a ferry back to Gjendesheim - or walk along the lakeshore. It is also popular to do this hike the other way round (starting with the ferry to Memurubu).

When you like hiking this is a must-do on sunny days!

Please note: The path is steep in some areas but in very good condition.

Besseggen mountain ridge with lake…
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Besseggen Map
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