Hike Besseggen Ridge

Jotunheimen National Park, Norway

Jotun, the fierce giant in Norse mythology, couldn’t have picked a better home than this famous National Park meaning ‘home of the giants.” It is one of the most popular hikes in Norway, spanning 14 miles one way, and offering stunning views of craggy ridges and the glacial-fed blue-green Gjende and Bessvatnet lakes. The most popular route of the hike begins at the Memurubu hut, followed by a ferry ride to Gjende.

The trail ascends 1,200 feet along narrow rocky ridges with frequent sheer drop-offs until it reaches a height of 5,719 feet, but the climb is not dangerous. It’s not a difficult or technical trek but can take eight hours so hikers should be relatively fit and accustomed to the outdoors.

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