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Hiking around Gjende

The Gjende area is a popular entry point for adventures on the eastern side of Jotunheimen National Park. Gjende is a small detour along Norwegian Scenic Route Valdresflye.

There are several short hikes available to and from the dock at Gjendesheim, all with views of Gjende Lake. You can even take a boat trip on the lake for a visit to Memurubu in the heart of Jotunheimen.

Besseggen Ridge is easily the most famous hike in the area. Besseggen is a demanding, full-day hike and requires some preparation and advance planning. Due to its popularity with Norwegians and tourists alike, it can often be a busy trail throughout the summer.

To avoid the crowds, or to find your next challenge, consider one of the other longer hikes in the area.

Practical information

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Memurubu to Gjendebu over Bukkelægret

Jotunheimen National Park

Hiking Trail
Demanding
10 km · 4.5 – 6.5 hr

Besseggen Ridge

Jotunheimen National Park

Hiking Trail
Demanding
14 km · 7 – 9 hr

Memurubu

Jotunheimen National Park

Hiking Trail
Easy
0.6 km · 2 hr

Gjendehøe

Jotunheimen National Park

Hiking Trail
Easy
6.2 km · 2.5 – 3.5 hr

Besshøe

Jotunheimen National Park

Hiking Trail
Demanding
21.5 km · 10 – 12 hr

Gjende Lake

Jotunheimen National Park

Hiking Trail
Easy
4.2 km · 1.5 – 2 hr

Gjende Viewpoint

Jotunheimen National Park

Hiking Trail
Easy
1.1 km · 0.5 – 1 hr

Reinsvangen to Gjendeosen

Jotunheimen National Park

Hiking Trail
Medium
2.1 km · 1 – 1.5 hr

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