Roundtrip in Jotunheimen
Among Norway's highest mountains, fascinating glaciers, deep valleys and roaring rivers, is a network of T-marked trails that lead you from lodge to lodge.
This is a classic tour and takes in six of Jotunheimen's most popular staffed lodges. The route takes us over the mountains Glittertind, Bukkelægeret, and the Besseggen ridge.
The trip begins and ends at Gjendesheim lodge.
You can book a place on our trips through our online booking(only norwegian).
Maximum number of participants: 12 (plus two tour leaders)
Welcome letters are sent to participants 1-2 weeks before the start of the tour, with information such as the name and contact information of the main tour leader.
14 to 21. july
NOK 11.100,- from/to Gjendesheim
Non-membership supplement: NOK 1.500,-
The package includes: Accommodation, tour guides, all meals (breakfast, packed lunch/thermos, normally three-course dinner) except: First day only dinner and last day only breakfast plus packed lunch/thermos.
Tour grading: red
Norway’s mountains are beautiful in the summer, but even the easiest hike can be challenging if the weather turns; winds, rain and snow are possible. With proper equipment it is often these trips you remember best with their comradeship and memorable stories. Pack your backpack wisely.
Day 1 Meet at Gjendesheim lodge (989m)
Participants and tour guides meet at Gjendesheim no later than 17:00.
Day 2–Gjendesheim – Glitterheim lodge (1,386m), about 21 km/7 hours
After breakfast, we pack our rucksacks and get ready for today’s hike to Glitterheim lodge. The varied route takes us past pretty lakes and rivers, with constant views of mountain peaks before descending to the Glitterheim lodge.
Day 3 Stay at Glitterheim lodge
Day trip to Glittertind (2,454m), about a 12 km round trip
We can relax a little longer at breakfast today. Today's destination is Glittertind, Norway's second highest mountain. On the way up, we look across Steinbuvatnet lake – an excellent place to take a dip on the way back down. We hope for a clear view from the top and an enjoyable trip down the snowy slope back to the lake.
A summer evening spent outdoors around Glitterheim lodge is a wonderful end to a great day's hiking.
Day 4 Glitterheim – Spiterstulen lodge (1,100m), about 16 km/5 hours
We enjoy breakfast and make a good packed lunch before heading over Skautflya mountain. We’ll ascend Vesleglupen mountain, about 1,660 metres above sea level, then hike over Skautflya, before descending down to Spiterstulen lodge. The lodge is situated in Visdalen valley between the two highest peaks in Norway – Galdhøpiggen and Glittertind.
Day 5 Spiterstulen – Leirvassbu lodge (1,400m), about 14 km/5 hours
Visdalen valley is long, beautiful and surrounded by 2,000-metre-high mountains and glaciers. If there’s time before dinner, or the evening is long and light, and your legs are up to it, you can hike up Kyrkja mountain (2,032m) – an 8-km round trip from Leirvassbu lodge.
Day 6 Leirvassbu – Gjendebu lodge (990m), about 18 km/6 hours
Today’s trip is along the Langvatnet lake, down Storådalen valley to the blue-green Gjende lake. If it's hot, there are plenty of places to cool down along the way. We can relax and do as we please before dinner is served sometime after six o’clock.
Day 7 Gjendebu – Memurubu lodge (1,000m) via Bukkelægeret, about 13 km/5-6 hours
We start the day hiking along Gjende lake before climbing straight up Bukkelægeret mountain after about 4 km. This is a steep and lofty section of the trip, and we follow the T-marked trail with ropes to assist us in some sections. The lush, steep mountainside from Gjende lake, at 990 metres, and up to 1,460 metres, is widely known for its rich flora – with a multitude of colourful plants and flowers. Once at the top, we follow the Memurutunga plateau in beautiful terrain, with spectacular views in all directions, towards the ridge down to Memurubu lodge. This may well be one of the finest T-marked trails in Jotunheimen. We spend another evening beside Gjende lake and the beautiful pastures around Memurubu lodge.
Day 8 Memurubu – Gjendesheim lodge (990m) via Besseggen ridge, about 14 km/6 hours
The final day of our tour has arrived and we’re ready to hike over Besseggen ridge, an epic ridge with spectacular views. After hiking over Veslefjell mountain, the descent to our destination lies ahead of us.
Today there are 2 alternatives to walking the Besseggen ridge: hike along Gjende lake or take the boat.
Once back at Gjendesheim lodge at about 17.00, the round trip is complete and we wish each other a safe journey home.
- Participants who wish to take the boat to Gjendesheim lodge, pay for it themselves.
- The program is subject to alteration.
All time calculations are made from an average speed of approximately 3 km/h. Please note that breaks, weather and trail conditions, etc. are not included in estimated hike times.
We recommend: Spending an extra night at Gjendesheim lodge to reflect on the journey, before heading home or continuing your journey.
How to get to/from the meeting place?
As a participant you are responsible for arriving in good time at the meeting place for the trip. Neither the tour guide, nor DNT administration, can - for various reasons - organize carpooling with private cars. It is important that you secure a transport solution before you sign up for the trip.
By public transport from Oslo:
Bus via Fagernes to Gjendesheim. See timetables on entur.no or vy.no
DNT Oslo og Omegn is not responsible for changes/errors in the timetable. Participants are responsible for checking whether the timetable is correct before registering for the trip.
To Gjendesheim. Parking at the longterm-parking. Shuttle-bus to Gjendesheim (free, about 3 minutes travel)
Map and route descriptions:
Jotunheimen 1:50 000 (Calazo maps; www.calazo.no) Please see ut.no (in Norwegian, use Google translate) for updated map and route descriptions. You can purchase maps from our web shop or get map information by contacting our DNT Tour Information Centre.
What to bring:
For the safety of yourself and other participants, you need to bring appropriate clothing and equipment in your backpack. Please see our recommended
Summer Hiking gear list.
Important information about DNT tours
When you sign up for this tour, you confirm that you have read and accept the terms and conditions set out in the ‘Terms and conditions for participating in organised tours with DNT in Norway’.