Jotunheimen is located in the middle of Southern Norway and is accessible from either Oslo or Bergen. Daily buses run to key entry points and connect with boats in the summer and a snowcoach in the winter. Two Norwegian scenic routes are key access roads to the national park. Note that the roads are closed in part in winter due to snow. To check if they are open, visit Norwegian Scenic Routes.
Oslo to Jotunheimen National Park
The NW161 Valdresekspressen bus runs from Oslo and stops at several different points in Jotunheimen. For most of the year the bus runs only as far as Beitostølen. From the end of June into September there are two extended departures, one to Lom and another continues further to Leirvassbu. Gjendesheim is also a popular stop along the route.
The NW160 Valdresekspressen bus from Oslo stops at two points commonly used to access the western parts of Jotunheimen, Tyin and Årdalstangen.
Check times and buy tickets on nor-way.no.
When driving from Oslo, whether in a car or on the bus, the 49 km scenic route Valdresflye makes for a stunning arrival into Jotunhuemen. Beginning in Garli, just north of Beitostølen, and continuing to Hindsæter, the route takes in mountain farms and exposes the traditions of the high mountains.
Bergen to Jotunheimen National Park
The NW162 Øst-VestXpressen bus runs between Bergen and Lillehammer. It stops in Fagernes, corresponding with the NW161 Valdresekspressen for travel into Jotunheimen.
For those driving from the fjords in the west, the 108 km scenic route Sognefjellet between Gaupne and Lom travels from the innermost part of the Sognefjord across the highest mountain pass in Norway.
Boats within Jotunheimen National Park
In the summer months there are two boats that run deeper into the national park.
- The Gjende ferry runs on the Gjende lake from Gjendesheim via Memurubu to Gjendebu. This boat trip is commonly taken as part of the Besseggen ridge hike and can be very busy. Buy tickets in advance to skip the lines and avoid any stress.
- M/B Bitihorn runs on the Bygdin lake from Bygdin via Torfinnsbu to Eidsbugarden. The timetable corresponds with the Valdresekspressen bus route.
Snowcoach within Jotunheimen National Park
From February to early May a snowcoach connects Tyin to Tyinholmen and Eidsbugarden. The timetable corresponds with the Valdresekspressen bus route. It is mandatory to reserve a seat. Check times and buy tickets on jvb.no.