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Besseggen or Besseggi is a mountain ridge in Vågå Municipality in Innlandet county, Norway. The 1,634-metre tall mountain ridge is located in the Jotunheimen mountains within Jotunheimen National Park.

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Besseggen is a rocky ridge located in the Jotunheimen massif, Norway, with the lakes Gjende and Bessvatnet on both sides of the ridge giving a beautiful view of the lakes. Besseggen is the most famous mountain hikes in Norway, and every year, more than 30,000 hiking enthusiasts challenge themselves by climbing to the top of the ridge. ​​This legendary trail is not to be taken lightly with a distance of nearly 9 miles (16 km). High season is in summer, but in winter, ski facilities, snow activities and excursions are offered to snow enthusiasts. The hike on the Besseggen takes between six and eight hours, and is recommended for experienced hikers. If you are inexperienced, it is highly recommended having a tour guide with you. Don't be afraid to venture out, many signs and markings are available to guide you. There are two routes to reach the summit, you can start by foot from Gjendesheim, or take a boat from Gjendesheim towards Memurubu and start your hike from there. But it is highly recommended reserving a place on board to make sure there is enough room. Weather conditions in the mountains are always uncertain and can change from one minute to the next, so be prepared before you go. ​The physical efforts are worth it, as you hike, you will be able to observe the magnificent landscapes taking shape before your eyes​. ​​As the miles go by and the elevation decreases, the lunar and rocky landscape gives way to vegetation. To rest nearby, Jotunheimen National Park has many hotels, so you can enjoy the spectacular view while relaxing. This trip is a way to enjoy the abundant wildlife in the area. Discover the peace and freedom that these Norwegian mountains offer.

Frequently Asked Questions by Travelers planning a trip to Besseggen

How long does the Besseggen hike take ?

Hiking in Besseggen takes about 6 to 8 hours with breaks, it is a hike recommended for experienced people.

In winter, the ridge is filled with ice and snow, which can make it dangerous. The snow stays until the beginning of June, and the ideal season to hike Besseggen is between June and October.
In the high season, during July and August, the trail can be crowded, and the boats fill up quickly. So we recommend you to go in the off-season to enjoy it better.

You must have all the necessary equipment to climb to the top, enough water and food, clothes and shoes adapted to the weather and the hike. You can rent all the necessary equipment before the ascent!

There is a short-term parking lot in Gjendeosen, where you can park for free for 2 hours. If you need to park for more than two hours, go to Reinsvangen. During the high season, there is a continuous bus to the boat.
Most people who go to Besseggen take the boat from Gjendeosen. It is advisable to book tickets in advance or the boat will be full.

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