Memurubu to Gjendebu over Bukkelægret Hiking Trail
Stage 2 of the Jotunheimen Historical Hiking Route
- Destination: Jotunheimen National Park
- Season: June-October
- Difficulty: Demanding
- Distance: 10 kilometers (point‑to‑point)
- Elevation Gain: 760 meters
- Duration: 4.5-6.5 hours
About Memurubu to Gjendebu over Bukkelægret
The second stage of the Historical Hiking Route in Jotunheimen takes you from Memurubu Lodge up and over the Memurutunga plateau before descending to Gjendebu. You will experience a steady climb up to the plateau and will hike among a variety of beautiful trout-filled lakes - a great place to catch your lunch. The hike down to Gjendebu from Bukkelægret is a steep descent.
Memurubu Lodge has also been written into outdoor literary history thanks to a well-known book, "Three in Norway by two of them", written by a group of English outdoor enthusiasts documenting their excursion during a summer spent in Jotunheimen in 1882. This travelogue was not your average adventure description and its purpose was to entertain the reader rather than detail the steps of climbing Norwegian mountains. Many people during this era were not able to travel and explore different parts of the world, but with this influential literary piece, readers were able to experience the excitement, trials, and tribulations of life in the Norwegian wilderness without actually being there.
A public bus stops at Gjendesheim and connects to Oslo and Bergen. From Oslo, take the NW161 Valdresekspressen. This route runs from Oslo bus terminal to the stop Gjendesheim. Or take the route NW160 Valdresekspressen to Årdalstangen and change to NW161 Valdresekspressen.
From Oslo, head north on E16, towards Bergen, for 185 kilometers. When you reach Fagernes, follow signs to road 51, towards Vågå/Beitostølen. From Beitostølen keep following road 51 towards Bygdin. Drive past Bygdin for another 22 kilometers until you reach the signs for Gjendesheim lodge on your left. Turn here.
From Bergen drive via E16 towards Vossevangen. Then drive to Beitostølen either through Vang or Fagernes. Follow road 51 for another 34 kilometers before you see the sign for Gjendesheim.
Note: Parts of Road 51 (between Garli and Maurvangen) are closed during winter and typically open from April to December.
If you’re visiting for the day or beginning a multi-day trek, park in the long-term parking lot at Reinsvangen. The parking lot is on the right-hand side shortly after turning off Road 51 and on to the road to Gjendesheim. Parking costs 150 NOK for 24 hours and longer stays are available. Pay by card at the machine. A shuttle runs the 1.7 kilometer trip between the parking lot and the dock every 15-30 minutes.
Boat to Memurubu
Take the 20-minute boat ride from Gjendesheim to Memurubu. Check the schedule with Gjendebåtene. If you know which departure you plan to take, it’s a good idea to book online in advance.
From Memurubu, the trail climbs west, straight up to the mountain plateau, Memurutunga. You will hike for about 6 kilometers along the plateau among the lakes until you start the steep descent down to Gjendebu from Bukkelægeret.
In the steepest sections of the climb down from Bukkelægret, you will find chains and wire which help make the journey safer. As you arrive at Gjendebu, you enter the truly romantic areas of the Norwegian mountains: the rustic farmlands where you will see cows roaming the luscious mountain pastures.
- This is the second of four stages of the Historical Hiking Route in Jotunheimen. You can choose to hike the entire route or hike individual stages separately.
- "Three in Norway, by two of them" is the famous travelogue written by Englishmen during their summer spent in Jotunheimen in 1882. You can see remnants of where they camped near the Memurubu Lodge.
- Bring your fishing pole (and be sure to buy a fishing license) if you would like to catch some fresh trout along the route from Memurubu to Gjendebu.
Where to stay
Memurubu Lodge: stay here between stages one and two of the Historical Hiking Route in Jotunheimen.
Gjendebu: The perfect location to rest before heading off for stage three of the Historical Hiking Route in Jotunheimen.
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