The Besseggen Ridge

Making postcard memories 

The Besseggen Ridge in Jotunheimen National Park is one of Norway’s most popular mountain hikes with over 30.000 visitors every year. I had the pleasure to do the hike in September with my friends.

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There are different routes you can climb the ridge. We took the ferry from Gjendesheim to Memurubu, and then the return trip by foot. This route has the benefit of not having to stress to make it to the ferry schedule for the return, and you can go as fast or slow as you want. This hiking route is also said to be the best way if you have a fear of heights; climbing up the ridge in stead of down. Be sure to meet up early in the morning to catch the ferry, as it is crowded during the entire season.

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As we hiked the first hour from Memurubu the terrain was inclining. It gradually levels off between the lakes of Bessvatn and Gjende, on a rocky plateau. The weather can quickly change, so be prepared to bring enough clothes and a hat for the wind.

A roughly 400 meters drop down to Lake Gjende makes your legs shake, but you soon forget your fear of heights when you capture the surroundings and the view towards the Gjende Alps.IMG_8008_2

Climbing the ridge takes your breathe away. Be sure to add this to your bucket list,  the Besseggen Ridge is deffinitly worth a visit!

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