Torfinnsbu to Eidsbugarden Hiking Trail
Stage 4 of the Jotunheimen Historical Hiking Route
- Destination: Jotunheimen
- Season: June-September
- Difficulty: Demanding
- Distance: 19.3 kilometers (point‑to‑point)
- Elevation Gain: 570 meters
- Duration: 8-10 hours
About Torfinnsbu to Eidsbugarden
The final stage of the Historical Hiking Route in Jotunheimen takes you west from Torfinnsbu, along Bygdin lake, climbing to as high as 1600 meters above sea level, and back down to the final destination at Eidsbugarden, the most visited mountain area north of the Alps.
The famous Norwegian poet and mountaineer, Aasmund Olavsson Vinje, made his mark here by building the cabin at Eidsbugarden in 1868. Since then, Eidsbugarden and its neighboring lodge in Fondsbu, has attracted royals, celebrities, and outdoor enthusiasts from all around the world.
In addition to building one of the most famous mountain retreats in Norway, Aasmund Olavsson Vinje also was a co-founder of The Norwegian Trekking Association (DNT) and gave Jotunheimen its name. He is remembered for his poetry, travel writing, and his love and praise of the mountains of Norway.
The closest stop is the “Bygdin” bus stop, located right near the Bygdin tourist lodge. If you are traveling from Oslo by bus, take the 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. Follow road 51 for another 50 kilometers until you reach Bygdin. Here you will find parking.
From Bygdin, take the M/B Bitihorn across Bygdin lake to Torfinnsbu. Visit the JVB website for schedules and prices. The ferry departs two times per day.
From Torfinnsbu, you will head west along the edge of Bygdin Lake for nearly two kilometers until the trail takes you up a steady 3-kilometer-long climb. At the lake Langedalstjednet at 1500 meters above sea level, you will have wonderful views of the peaks in the area.
The next 8 kilometers will take you due west along the Bygdin lake. Sometimes the trail goes by the shoreline and sometimes further up in the terrain before you reach Eidsbugarden.
- This is the fourth and final stage of the Historical Hiking Route in Jotunheimen. You can choose to hike the entire route or hike individual stages separately.
- Eisbugarden and Fondsbu Lodge have welcomed royalty, celebrities, and hikers from all over the world.
- This region is the most-visited mountain area north of the Alps
Where to stay
Eidsbugarden: The historical hotel is situated right on the shore of Bygdin Lake. Visit their website (only in Norwegian) to book a room for your stay in Jotunheimen National Park. For English, call +47 41386000.
Fondsbu Lodge: A DNT cabin located at Eidsbugarden. Visit their website to learn more and call +47 970 74 218 to reserve a room in the off-season. To learn about DNT and how to become a member to access the cabin during peak season, read about it here.
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