“This is a bucket list hike with a view of two huge adjacent bodies of water one 1000 feet above the other.”
— Jack Miller
Lake · Spring · Views · Wildlife
With lakes on both sides of the ridge (one a few hundred meters higher than the other), this hike offers some spectacular views. Besseggen Ridge is said to be molded by Thor.
Need to Know
On the trail be sure you are seeing the "T" trail markers, especially near trail junctions. Missing one will require you to double-back.
This can be done as part of a multi-day journey through Jotunheimen National Park, however at only 8.6 miles long, this can be done in a day by most. If done all in one go, it is best to hike from Memurubu to Gjendesheim. You can take a boat
from Gjendesheim to Memurubu and hike back. If done in the other direction, simply start at Gjendesheim and follow the trail up the hill.
Generally, this is the preferred direction is considered a bit safer since you'll be ascending Besseggen Ridge (the mid-way ridge which separates the two bodies of water) instead of coming down it. Though the ridge does not require any special equipment or training, it is pretty steep, so keep that in mind. A tumble on the way down could result in significant injury or worse.
Other than the ridge, there is nothing particularly unusual about this hike. When we did it in June, we were against a wind which I think was 40-50 knots, but it was worth it; the views are unlike any I have ever seen.
Flora & Fauna
Reindeer are commonly seen in this area.