Gjendesheim Turisthytte

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Gjendesheim, Norway
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Gjendesheim Turisthytte Reviews

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A slightly bizarre start of our journey Sep 05, 2013
We got there early enough to set everything up, at the end of the day putting a tent up doesn’t take a lot of time. With Gjendesheim lodge the problem laid somewhere else – there was nowhere to pitch the tent. First things first though. We registered at the reception and asked all the important questions (meals, showers, etc.), paid the charge for sleeping in a tent and then asked where we could pitch it. The answer was ‘you need to go to the other side of the road’. So we did. And our search for a place to put up a tent began. We tried hard, but as ‘the other side of the road’ is on the hill, covered with bushes of all sizes and rocks, we couldn’t see how it was possible to pitch the tent there. So we got back to the reception. Maybe it was the receptionist’s poor English or maybe it was our tiredness but the communication was poor. We managed to establish that we needed to be about 300 metres away from the lodge if we don’t want to pay the charge. Good news money wise but the day was coming to an end and there was less and less daylight. For a moment, we thought we would have to put the tent up in complete darkness. So, we continued our search of a suitable place. We decided to look in a different place though, just by the lake. We found a few places that could have been potentially tent spots but, in all honesty, there wasn’t that many and was stroke me was that, if there was more than 5-8 tents, there wouldn’t be enough space for everybody. The Norwegians are very much about preserving the nature, which we totally agree with as the scenery is beautiful, but, for the love of God, if you charge for pitching a tent, he expectation is, there will be a suitable place to do that, not a lot, but at least a few.

The lodge itself was ok, standards of a typical mountain hostel with long queues to showers and people everywhere, and no competition around. Showers worked on tokens, fair price to pay if you don’t sleep at the lodge. Basic standards. Food lovely (buffet tyoe) but expensive, nevertheless, with a possibility of taking some food with you for the day. Staff generally friendly, but it took us some time to understand.
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