Hiking 1.5 - 2 h 29.1 km
A real treat is a ride in the boat "Bitihorn". If you are lucky with the weather and get a quiet, sunny day, you can sit on the deck and soak into the mind and senses the most amazing mountain adventure you could wish for.
The hike starts at Bygdin hotel. The boat glides slowly through the archipelago, past promontories and headlands, and through narrow straits toward Bygdisheim. You are aboard the highest propelled ferry in Northern Europe. "Bitihorn" has gone here every summer since 1912.
Soon Bygdin stretches out in front of us as a giant mirror with Jotunheimens peaks at the head of its mysterious depths. We pass the old Hestevollene which used to serve as a place to rest with the horses, built on grassy plains on the north side of the water.
By Torfinnsbu there is usually a crowd of excited and happy hikers who want to continue with the boat, and some want to get off to make their way into the mountains. Straight up Torfinnsbu loom the impressive Torfinnstindane peaks, and to the right Svartdalen appears as a powerful U-shaped valley down the mountain massif. Throughout the valley the trail goes between the lakes Bygdin and Gjende.
Then the boat glides from the pier and we pass the restored Galdebergbua on the shore and approach Galdeberget which Vinje has "immortalized" with his poem "Lenda fra Land".
The boat rounds Galdebergodden, and after a while you can see the round peak Høystakkene on the northern side of Bygdin. Built on the beach is an old, restored stone hut and the path toward Gjendebu goes uphill along the creek. Then the boat approaches the known and beloved Eidsbugarden with the gray Vinjebua on a mound to the right of the hotel. If you are going to take the boat back, you might have time for a cup of coffee either at Fondsbu or at the hotel. And you have to take your time to look inside Vinjebua before parting with the stone head of Vinje on the wharf, and then find a nice place on the boat again.