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- Our favourite
8 days - Group Hike - Hike from cabin to cabin across Jotunheimen NP
This is one of our most traditional hikes and you will visit the heart of Jotunheimen National Park and experience one of Norway's highest summits Glittertind. The scenic walk across the Besseggen ridge, is also a part of the program. This will be a fantastic experience if you are in good physical shape! Accommodation in staffed lodges.
- Hike from cabin to cabin for 8 days
- Hike the famous ridge of Besseggen
- Local food in the charming lodge Glitterheim
- Climbing the second highest peak of Norway
- Day 1
- Bus Oslo to Gjendesheim
- Day 2
- Gjendesheim - Glitterheim
- Day 3
- Day 4
- Glitterheim - Spiterstulen
- Day 5
- Spiterstulen - Leirvassbu
- Day 6
- Leirvassbu - Gjendebu
- Day 7
- Gjendebu - Memurubu
- Day 8
- Memurubu - Gjendesheim, return to Oslo
- Start/End Place
- Oslo, Scandinavia
- Countries Visited
- 8 Days
- Group Size
- 6 - 18
Travel on foot through the magnificent Norwegian mountains. Bus from Oslo return.
Transport from/to Oslo by public bus, accommodation, two tour leaders, all meals (breakfast, sandwich/thermos, normally three-courses dinner) as per itinerary.
International flights, travel insurance, gratitudes and items of a personal nature.
Day 1 - Bus Oslo to Gjendesheim
Meet at Oslo Bus Terminal at the platform 20 minutes before departure. The platform number is shown on the monitors in the departure hall. Departure 10.25 with Valdresekspressen to the lodge Gjendesheim, arrival 15.05.
Gjendesheim is a staffed lodge with 170 bunks in one-, two- and four-bunk rooms. It has a drying room, showers and saunas. It also has dormitories in a separate building.
Day 2 - Gjendesheim - Glitterheim
Hike from Gjendesheim (984 m.a.s.l.), up towards Gjendehalsen and further north to Russvatn (1175 m.a.s.l.), through the pass "Hestlægerskaret" to the lodge Glitterheim (1374 m.a.s.l.).
Glitterheim is a staffed lodge and has 137 bunks, in two-bunk and four-bunk rooms, a larger room and a dormitory. All bunks have duvets and pillows with covers. Please use your own hut sack. You can also put the duvet aside and sleep in your own sleeping bag. Hut sacks and bedclothes also are available for rent at the reception desk.
Day 3 - Glitterheim
Extra night at Glitterheim. Climb Norway's second highest peak, Glittertind (2464 m.a.s.l.) if the weather conditions are ok. Elevation of +1100, -1100.
Day 4 - Glitterheim - Spiterstulen
Hike across Skautflya (1550 m.a.s.l.) and down to the lodge Spiterstulen (1104 m.a.s.l.), 5 hrs. Spiterstulen has a indoor pool and sauna.
Spiterstulen is a staffed lodge with 150 beds available, most of them in rooms with 2 or 3 beds, hot and cold water and showers/lavatories in the corridor.
Day 5 - Spiterstulen - Leirvassbu
Hike up the valley, Visdalen, through Kyrkjeglupen (1460 m) and on to the lodge Leirvassbu (1401 m). Duration: 5 hrs.
Leirvassbu is staffed and was built with ramblers and climbers in mind, the lodge should be large enough to accommodate up to 190 guests in a friendly atmosphere without seeming cramped.
Day 6 - Leirvassbu - Gjendebu
Hike across Hagvaglen (1445 m). Down the valley Storadalen to the lodge Gjendebu (984 m), which is situated by the beautiful lake, Gjende. Duration: 6 hrs.
Gjendebu is staffed with 120 beds and is beautifully situated by the west end of the lake Gjende.
Day 7 - Gjendebu - Memurubu
Hike steep up Bukkelægeret, crossing the peak Sjugurdtinden (1450 ma.s.l.) and down to the lodge Memurubu (984 m.a.s.l.). Some steep parts.
Memurubu Turisthytte is an old mountain lodge with a lot of history written in the walls. It is staffed. After the extension was set up in 1993 it's now one of the most modern in Jotunheimen. We can offer almost anything you need for a successful stay up in the mountains. The new building contains nice rooms for families, with bathroom and wc, as well as great living areas, a dining room and a cafeteria. There are a total of 150 beds in rooms for 2 and 4 persons.
Day 8 - Memurubu - Gjendesheim, return to Oslo
Hike steep up from Memurubu, across the famous Besseggen Ridge and over Veslfjellet (1743 m.a.sl.) to the lodge Gjendesheim. Scree and some steep parts.
Boat to Gjendesheim. Departure by bus from Gjendesheim 17.30, to Oslo Bus Terminal, arrival 22.10.
Price per person. Dates and prices are released in Spring 2019. Waitlist with us and we will let you know when it is available to book.
31 Jul 2018
In order to participate on tours with the Norwegian Trekking Association you need a membership. Membership is NOK 700 or individual membership, and is not included in the trip price. Reduced rates for family membership is available. We can help arrange this for you.
Most of the terrain in Jotunheimen is shaped by glaciers thousands of years ago. This means that most of the terrain consist of valleys where the elevation is between 800 - 1400 meters, steep hillsides and peaks where the elevation is 2000 - 2500 meters above sea level. The area is recommended for shure-footed and strong hikers, because of long distances between the cabins and hilly terrain. Boulders and scree make the access difficult at the high mountain passes/peaks.
Note: The duration given in the program is estimated walking time without breaks. There is a shorter version of this trek available if time if this is an issue.
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Packing List - Summer Trekking in Norway
Proper equipment is essential for hiking in the mountains. The weather can be unstable and may change quickly, so it is important to bring warm clothes, raingear as well as shorts. Mountain boots are recommended, and they should be well broken in. Bedding, dishes and cutlery are available at all lodges. A sleeping sack and towel are necessary for all tours. Correct packing requires good planning. Your backpack should not weigh more than 8-10 kilos. We suggest you bring the following clothes and hiking gear during your summer hiking in Norway.
wool, part wool or synthetic underwear
wind jacket/anorak or all-weather jacket
shirt or light sweater of wool or fleece
In pack or pockets
rain jacket (if your jacket isn't all-weather)
rain trousers (if your trousers isn't all-weather)
sweater/jacket, wool or fleece
wool, part wool or synthetic long underwear
sleeping bag/sleeping liner
first aid kit
extra underwear (trousers, shirt, socks)
extra indoor trousers (optional)
map and compass
map case (with pencil and paper)
thermos or water bottle
Total weight: 7 - 12 kg.
For tent camping you also need
cook set and fuel
plate and cutlery
you can leave out a thermos
Total weight can easily be 15 - 20 kg for tenting
Other useful gear
"Til fots i Norge" guidebook
In forests you can get along with less gear and need not have the quality needed for mountain tours. The same applies to sheltered areas along the coast.
Spring and autumn can have winter weather in the mountains, so extra warm clothing is essential.
Pack light and don't take too much!
Summer Trekking with the Norwegian Trekking Association
The hikes have different degrees of difficulty and duration. Some areas are wilder and more challenging than others, and it is important that you choose a tour suitable to your physical abilities. You should be able to hike in different types of terrain, from relatively flat and soft to more hilly and rocky, carrying a backpack (weighing 8-12 kg), even in bad weather. We highly recommend that you do a couple of test hikes with the backpack you are going to use on the hike before you leave home.
Norway shares the same latitude as Alaska, Greenland and Siberia, but compared to these areas Norway has a pleasant climate. However the weather in the mountains is quite changeable, so it is important to be prepared for all kind of weather. The temperatures in the mountains can be from around 5-20°C in the summer. Exceptional is frost or more than 20°C. The Norwegian mountain terrain differs from green areas to places with less vegetation. The high mountain passes and peaks are often covered with rocks and the trails are therefore less comfortable than in other mountain areas in Europe. The great variations make the mountains in Norway so fascinating.
All the tour leaders for the Norwegian Trekking Association are volunteers with extensive mountain experience, and have completed either the Norwegian Trekking Association (DNT) special course for summer tour leaders or similar training. The tour leaders are highly valued members of the DNT family.
The DNT-cabins are known for their cozy and intimate atmosphere and good comfort. Three meals are included each day: Breakfast-buffet, lunch pack with a filling of thermos flask and 3-courses dinner. The first meal is normally dinner at the first lodge. The last day breakfast and lunch pack only. Accommodation will be in rooms with four beds or more.
The lodges are open to everybody, so at busy times you need to be prepared to share rooms with people you do not know. If the cabins are very crowded, it may even be necessary to sleep on mattresses on the floor.
Travel insurance is compulsory for all tours with 50 Degrees North. Please ensure that you have this organised as we will need to see proof of this upon issuing your tour documentation. Please contact us for a quote or visit http://www.suresave.net.au/
On Arrival in Oslo - Norwegian Trekking Association
The tour leader will meet the group 20 minutes before departure. Time of departure and means of transport are specified for each tour. When departing by train: Meeting point is at Oslo Central Railway Station below the train indicator board at the exit to the platform.
When departing by bus: Meeting point is in the departure hall at the exit to the platform at the Central Bus Terminal, Schweigaardsgate 8-10. Check the monitor for the correct platform.
The Scandinavian Art of 'Hygge’
The Scandinavian Art of 'Hygge’ by Ivy Thompson
The Scandinavian term ‘Hygge’ is a word that’s hard to translate - in short ‘hygge’ means coziness. But it’s so much more. Some define ‘hygge’ as enjoying life’s simple pleasures, or the joy of creating a cozy environment.
As a born and bred Norwegian, my personal definition of hygge is the art of enjoying quality time by yourself or with family and friends. Hygge is as simple as the act of curling up under a blanket with a good book on a rainy Sunday. It’s peeling (and eating!) fresh prawns on a pier during bright summer-evenings by the coast with your relatives. Hygge is just as much the shared laughs, coffee and home baked cinnamon scrolls at your friend’s house.
‘Hygge’ brings back a concept we are losing touch with: to live in, and enjoy, the present. This is a balancing-act that Scandinavians are particularly good at: they value their ‘hygge’. Hygge allows us to take time out and create a setting that encourages either quiet reflection or shared conversation. Both are good for the soul. Could ‘hygge’ be part of the reason why Scandinavian countries keep topping the UN’s world-wide ‘Happiness Report’?
Hygge happens in all our very defined Nordic seasons, but is even more special in the cold, dark winter-months of November through to February. Hygge creates the perfect balance with the sometimes harsh environment outside, and the comfortable feeling of being snug and cosy inside after a day spent in the snow.
In my mind (and experience!), hygge often goes hand in hand with a nice bite to eat. Nordic cuisine is simple, tasty and honours local produce and seasonal availability. Make sure you try waffles with sour cream and fresh strawberries, a variety open top sandwiches or smoked and pickled fish as part of your Scandinavian experience- I have no doubt you’ll find it both enjoyable and ‘hyggelig’!
We can’t talk about hygge without mentioning Christmas- the possibly most ‘hyggelig’ (cosiest) time of year in Scandinavia! This is where the epitome of hygge really shines: Christmas is about family, catching up with friends, celebrating the end of another year, food, festivities, candles, open fires and spending time in the countryside (it's common to own a family cabin in the forest or the mountains).
A guide to berries of Scandinavia
Take a Hike: The Berries of Scandinavia by Ivy Thompson
Scandinavian summers are magic. With their long, bright days and midnight sun you have the amazing opportunity to experience Nordic nature at it’s best. What would it taste like if you could bottle some of that magic?
To me, the taste of Scandinavian summer is found in the abundant wild, seasonal berries. They ripen throughout early summer till late autumn and are an important part of Nordic cuisine. Best eaten fresh straight off the bush- but also lovely as jams, jellies, cordial, juice, pies and cakes- or my favourite: sprinkled on top of freshly made waffles.
One of the greatest joys of hiking in Nordic forest and bush-land during the summer-months is without doubt the berry-picking. Like most Scandinavians I’ve enjoyed it since I could barely walk. It's a wonderful way of fuelling long hikes whether you’re going at it hard and fast, or slow and leisurely. Here’s everything you need to know about the delicious berries of Scandinavia:
Season: early June till July
Wild strawberries are tiny but incredibly sweet and flavourful. You’ll be lucky if they last till the end of your hike - these are like nature’s own lollies! In Norway we serve them crushed/ stirred as a sugar-free alternative to traditional jam. It’s amazing topped on anything from buttered toast to pancakes and waffles. Another summer dessert-favourite is simply wild strawberries topped with a dash of cream.
Season: Mid-July till August
Unlike the oversized store-bought, pale-fleshed blueberries we get at the supermarket; Scandinavian blueberries are small and deep purple all the way through. Their low-growing bushes cover entire forest floors during summer. Eager locals get in early to fill their buckets with fresh berries, ready to freeze them for later in the year. Wild Nordic blueberries are tart but more flavourful; they taste absolutely amazing topped with cream and a sprinkle of sugar. They’re also beautiful in a pie or a berry-crumble. Wild blueberries pack a serious antioxidant-punch too; eat till your heart's content.
Season: Mid-July till August
It’s not unusual for us to find wild raspberry-bushes next to a bus-stop or on the side of a quiet residential street. It’s always a pleasant surprise; wild raspberries are tasty although slightly less sweet and smaller than their farmed, store-bought relatives. My kids all love them and eat them up on the spot. These are commonly found growing on the edges of forests and fields.
Season: Late July till September
If you’ve been to IKEA you’re probably familiar with their meatballs and side of lingonberry-jam. Lingonberries are quite sour and the jam is made with large amounts of sugar to make it more palatable. In Scandinavia you’ll find the homemade jam-varieties are less sweet. Lingonberry-jam offers an amazing balance to rich red-meat dishes such as meatballs, venison-roasts and meatloaf. Don’t knock it till you try!
Season: Late July till September
Gooseberries tastes similar to kiwi-fruit and look like a small, somewhat hairy grape. They commonly grow in Scandinavian gardens as the bush does well in cooler climates. They might not grow abundantly in the wild but if you see them at a local grocer or on a cafe-menu, give them a go. Gooseberries have a grape-y, floral-like flavour, and taste best when ripe.
Black/ Red currants
Season: Late July till September
Black- and red currants can be quite sour but really makes a dessert, pie, cake or jelly “pop” with their refreshing fruitiness and flavour. Commonly used as a base in both home-made and store-bought cordial-mixes In Scandinavia, currants remind me of the picnics, warm toddies and long summer-nights of childhood. They commonly grow in gardens but you can also find them in the wild in and around residential areas.
Season: August till September
Cloudberries look like small orange raspberries, and are often called “Mountain Gold” due to their golden skin and expensive price-tag. They grow in mountainous areas spanning from from mid-Norway/ Sweden/ Finland all the way up north towards the Arctic. They are notoriously fussy and a good cloudberry season depends on many, many factors. A typical Norwegian Christmas-dessert is cloudberry whipped cream piped into “krumkaker”; a light, crisp waffle shaped into a cone. Cloudberries are considered a Norwegian delicacy, and if you are lucky enough to come across them during a hike or trek, make sure you try them for yourself.