Besseggen, (or Besseggi as it is also called) is a mountain ridge between the lakes of Gjende and Bessvatnet. This hike is a classic among Norwegians, and around 60,000 people make the trip across the green water of Gjende each year.
You can choose whether to start the hike from Memurubu on one end or Gjendeosen on the other. The hike takes approx. 6-8 hours. Winds can be strong up on the mountain, so bring warm clothing. Remember to bring a map and compass, a fully charged mobile phone, a first-aid kit and a headlamp.
Memurubu Mountain Lodge is one of Jotunheimen’s finest. Memurubu was originally a mountain farm in operation for more than a century. Tourists have been visiting Memurubu for just as long. There is a lot of history and tradition associated with the place.
In the newer building from 1993, there are several family-friendly rooms with showers and WCs, as well as large, bright lounges, dining halls, a bar and a café. In addition to the family rooms, there are about 150 beds in 2-person and 4-person rooms.
The Mountain Lodge is located in the lower part of the Memuru Valley, nearly all the way down by Gjende Lake, halfway between Gjendesheim and Gjendebu with Besseggen and Bukkelægret on either side. The mountain lodge is the perfect starting point for many of Jotunheimen’s magnificent treks.
Memurubu Mountain Lodge has many regular guests and is open for overnight stays for visitors passing through. There are also camping spots for tents. The summer season lasts from June to September. In winter, it is open during the Easter holidays. There are opportunities for fishing, boat rentals and various types of recreation activities.
There area daily departures from Gjendesheim wharf to Memurubu and Gjendebu in season. In addition to daily departures, extra departures are often set up. Starting from Gjendesheim, Memurubu or Gjendebu, you have numerous options for hikes in Jotunheimen. You can hike from Gjendesheim to Memurubu across Besseggen and then take the boat back. You can take the boat to Memurubu and hike back to Gjendesheim or continue to Gjendebu, Glitterheim or Spiterstulen. From Gjendebu there are marked trails to Leirvassbu, Spiterstulen, Torfinnsbu, Eidsbugarden, Olavsbu and Skogadalsbøen. The season lasts from mid-June to mid-August.
Gjendebu is beautifully situated in the innermost part of the emerald green Gjendevatnet Lake, in the
heart of Jotunheimen. This is the Norwegian Trekking Association’s oldest tourist cabin, built in 1871. Today, Gjendebu has 119 beds. Gjendebu is easily accessible by ferry and has a child-friendly and varied landscape. Recreational activities, in addition to peak tours and hikes, include mountain fishing, studies of flora or beach activities such as swimming and beach volleyball.