Natursti langs Gjende Vandring
Take a quick hike from the dock for views across Gjende Lake
- Destinasjon: Jotunheimen
- Sesong: juni-oktober
- Vanskelighetsgrad: Enkel
- Lengde: 4.2 kilometer (tur/retur)
- Stigning: 20 meter
- Varighet: 1.5-2 timer
Om Natursti langs Gjende
Gjende Lake is one of the popular places to visit in Jotunheimen National Park. The picturesque lake is surrounded by towering peaks and a large selection of hiking trails. The hike along the edge of Gjende lake follows an easy, family-friendly trail and takes you to a perfect place to enjoy a picnic along the water's edge.
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 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. Keep on driving past Bygdin for another 22 kilometers until you reach the signs for Gjendesheim lodge on your left. Follow the road to the very end.
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: Road 51, “Valdresflya”, is typically open from the end of April through December. Check the road status.
If you’re visiting for the day or beginning a multi-day trek, park at Reinsvangen long-term parking. 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 quay every 15 minutes.
For overnight guests at Gjendesheim, free parking is available.
At Gjendeosen, the area by the quay, there is free parking for up to 2 hours. You still need to collect a ticket from the machine.
From the Gjendesheim pier, head north along the edge of Gjende lake. The trail, which is an old livestock trail from Gjendesheim to Memurubu follows the lake's edge and takes you to a nice picnic and beach area at Hamnsanden.
- Free toilet by Reinsvangen parking lot and by the quay
- Convenience store by the quay where you can buy drinks, something to eat and a few grocery items
Gjendesheim Turisthytte is a great place to stay in this area and is located at the start of the trail.
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