Memurubu Hiking Trail
Take the boat to Memurubu for a short hike in the heart of Jotunheimen
- Destination: Jotunheimen National Park
- Season: June-September
- Difficulty: Easy
- Distance: 0.6 kilometers (out‑and‑back)
- Elevation Gain: 20 meters
- Duration: 2 hours
A boat ride across the beautiful Gjende Lake is a highlight for many visitors to Jotunheimen. Traveling from Gjendesheim, a scheduled boat stops at Memurubu, where a mountain lodge welcomes both day and overnight visitors.
Memurubu is a starting point for several hikes, including Besseggen Ridge and the trail to Gjendebu. But with its stunning location at the end of the valley in the heart of Jotunheimen it is itself a worthy destination.
The Gjende area is a popular entry point for adventures on the eastern side of Jotunheimen National Park. Gjende is a short detour along Norwegian Scenic Route Valdresflye.
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.
By the dock there is free parking for up to 2 hours. You still need to collect a ticket from the machine.
For overnight guests at Gjendesheim, free parking is available by the cabin.
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 the dock, follow the signs to Memurubu Lodge for a coffee break, or simply wander around and soak up the nature.
Return to Gjendesheim on the boat.
It is possible to travel to Memurubu and back within the 2-hour free parking limit, but you need to time your arrival at Gjende. The options in the high-season are as follows:
- Depart Gjendesheim at 7:45am. Arrive Memurubu at 8:05am. Depart Memurubu at 8:55am. Arrive Gjendesheim at 9:20am.
- Depart Gjendesheim at 9:30am. Arrive Memurubu at 9:50am. Depart Memurubu at 10:45am. Arrive Gjendesheim at 11:05am.
- Depart Gjendesheim at 3:20pm. Arrive Memurubu at 3:45pm. Depart Memurubu at 4:55pm. Arrive Gjendesheim at 5:15pm.
- Free toilet by Reinsvangen parking lot and by the dock
- Convenience store by the dock where you can buy drinks, food, and basic supplies
- Café and toilets at Memurubu
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