Memurubu to Gjendebu over Bukkelægret Hiking Trail

The 2nd Stage of the Historical Hiking Route in Jotunheimen

  • Bukkelægeret ridge overlooking Memurudalen valley

    Bukkelægeret ridge overlooking Memurudalen valley Photo: Mountains of Norway

  • View east towards Memurubu

    View east towards Memurubu Photo: Mountains of Norway

  • Bukkelægeret ridge overlooking lake Gjende

    Bukkelægeret ridge overlooking lake Gjende Photo: Mountains of Norway

  • Approaching Gjendebu

    Approaching Gjendebu

Essential info

  • Destination: Jotunheimen
  • 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. 

Getting there

Bus

The closest stop is the “Gjendesheim” bus stop, located right in front of the Gjendesheim Tourist Lodge. If you are traveling from Oslo via bus, it’s easiest to take the NOR-WAY 161 Valdresekspressen.

Car

From Oslo, head north on E16, towards Bergen, for 185 kilometers. When you reach Fagernes, follow signs to road 51, towards Vågå/Beitostølen. Follow road 51 for another 70 kilometers until you reach the signs for Gjendesheim lodge on your left. Follow the road to the very end where you will find parking next to the lake.

Note: road 51, "Valdresflya", is typically open from the end of April through December. You can see the road status at Vegvesen.no or you can call for road updates (in English): +47 815 48 991. 

Ferry

From Gjendesheim Tourist Lodge, take the ferry to Memurubu. View the departure times here


Trail description

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.

Facts

  • 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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