Trekking in Norway, Jotunheimen National Park – 8 days Private Guided Tour

Trekking around the Jotunheimen National Park to discover its rivers, deep valleys, glacial lakes and mountains

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About the Trip

Trekking around the Jotunheimen National Park to discover its rivers, deep valleys, glacial lakes and mountains. Sometimes we will arrive at the beginning of the routes by boat, crossing mountain lakes or by minibus and we will enjoy the comfort of having our luggage transported to our next accommodation. We have carefully selected the routes with a medium level of difficulty so that you can get to know the Park in depth. And to finish our trip, we will sail through one of the arms of the Dreamfjord, the Nærøyfjord, declared a World Heritage Site by Unesco, thus arriving in Bergen, where we will spend the last night of our tour.

Available

July to August

Groups

For guided groups in English, Spanish, Italian and German

Duration

8 days

Minimum age

12 years

Travel category

Adventure

Highlights

  • Hiking trail with medium level routes
  • Small groups so you can fully enjoy your experience
  • Professional and experienced guides in Norway
  • Mountain accommodation with double rooms
  • Route through the Besseggen Ridge

The trip includes

Included

No included

Map

Itinerary

Arrival in Oslo and transfer to Bygdin, where our first accommodation is located. We will get there by the panoramic road of Valdres, crossing the region of the same name.

Dinner and overnight in Bygdin.

Route: Bygdin-Bitihorn-Bygdin
Duration: 5 hrs
Distance: 7km
Elevation gain: ↑550 meters ↓550 meters

 

The Bygdin to Bitihorn route is a classic route near Beitostølen, on the border of Vang and Øystre Slidre. The panoramic view from the top of Bitihorn, with a height of 1607 m. above sea level, makes it one of the most visited viewpoints in Valdres.

We will take the north route to reach the top.

Dinner and overnight in Bygdin.

Route: Torfinnsbu – Gjendebu
Duration: 7 hours
Distance: 14km
Elevation difference: ↑ 446 meters ↓ 610 meters

After breakfast at our hotel, we will cross the Bygdin lake on the historic ship M/B Bitihorn, to reach Torfinnsbu, where we will begin our route through the eastern part of the Park. We will arrive at Gjendebu, and after the initial climb, we will walk on flat and easy terrain through the Svartdalen, which means

“The Black Valley”, which is said to be the most beautiful valley in Jotunheimen. In the last section, the majestic Knutsholstind mountain with 2342 meters high known as the King of the Gjende Alps will accompany us, and as we get closer to the end of the route, we will find slopes of birch trees and green meadows.

Dinner and overnight in Gjendebu.

Route: Memurubu – Gjendesheim.
Duration: 8 hrs
Distance: 14 km
Elevation gain: ↑ 1080 mts. ↓1108m.

Besseggen is undoubtedly one of Norway’s most famous hikes and mountain ridges. The spectacular panorama with the Gjende and Bessvatnet lakes separated by this small mountain ridge and 400 meters from each other, is impressive. The first of them, long and narrow, emerald green in color, we will cross with the boat to reach the beginning of the route.

We will start the route with an initial climb from Memurubu, after which the path flattens out to reach the path called La Franja and the ridge. To get to Gjendesheim, we also cross the Veslefjell mountain or Besseggen Roof, the highest part of the route at 1,743 meters.

Dinner and overnight in Gjendesheim.

Route: Gjendebu – Fondsbu
Duration: 5 hours
Distance: 16km
Elevation gain: ↑ 500 meters ↓ 330 meters

We take the boat back to Gjendebu, where we started the route, following the path through the Vesleådalen valley and along the Vesleåi river. Upon reaching the top of the valley we can admire the views of the Gjende Alps, Gjende Lake, Besseggen and Besshøe. The descent of this route will take us to Eidsbugarden, where there are several historic mountain hotels. There we will take our transport to move to our next accommodation.

Dinner and overnight in Tyinkrysset.

Route: Hjelleb – Vettisfossen – Hjelle
Duration: 5 hours
Distance: 13km
Elevation gain: ↑ 371 meters ↓ 371 meters

Vettisfossen is listed as one of the highest waterfalls in Norway, with a fall of 275 meters almost vertically; It receives its water from two glaciers, the Stølsnosbreen and the Koldedalsbreen. The route to reach it from Hjelle is through the Utladalen valley, which is located within the landscape protection area of the same name, in the municipality of Ardal. On the trail we will see other waterfalls such as Hjellefossen, Avdalsfossen and Høljafossen, the latter with emerald green colors.

Dinner and overnight in Tyinkrysset.

Route: Filefjellstuene – Skørsnøse – Filefjellstuene
Duration: 4.5 hours
Distance: 6.5km
Elevation gain: ↑ 560 meters ↓ 560 meters

To close, we will climb this last peak, Skørsnøse, whose route starts from our same accommodation and takes the famous Road of the Kings, cultural heritage and the first road that linked the east and west of Norway. We will learn about its history, nature and culture. From the top of this mountain, we will see the Jotunheimen National Park to the north, Lake Otrøvatnet and Filefjell to the south, and the Vang valley to the east. Lunch and departure by bus to Flåm, going through the largest road tunnel in the world with 24.5 km in length, the L ærdal tunnel. Arriving in this picturesque town, we will embark to sail through the Næroy Fjord to Bergen. This narrow and spectacular fjord, declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, is surrounded by steep slopes, valleys and snow-capped peaks that rise 1,800 meters above sea level, with impressive waterfalls and picturesque villages along its entire length.

Accommodation in Bergen.

Breakfast at the hotel. Depending on the schedule of our flight, we will still have some time to finalize our purchases or say goodbye to paradise. Transfer to the airport and return flight.

Note: The itinerary can be done in one direction or another without distinction. For logistics reasons in the country, some location or accommodation may change without prior notice. This does not usually happen, but Norway is one of the world destinations with the greatest increase in travelers in recent years and on certain occasions we have had to make small changes on the fly for external reasons. This does not affect the visits to be made and the guides always try to include as much as possible.

Excursions included

Walking tour to the Storsteinen viewpoint with entrance included in the cable car.

Walking tour to the Storsteinen viewpoint with entrance included in the cable car.

Included
Navigation through the Andfjorden in Expressboat

Navigation through the Andfjorden in Expressboat

Included
Visit to the salmon farm with tasting

Visit to the salmon farm with tasting

Included
Sea eagle safari on the Trollfjord

Sea eagle safari on the Trollfjord

Included
Visit to the reindeer farm of the Sami family

Visit to the reindeer farm of the Sami family

Included
Borg Viking Museum

Borg Viking Museum

Included
Trekking to the hidden beach of Kvalvika

Trekking to the hidden beach of Kvalvika

Included
Visit to Polar Park

Visit to Polar Park

Included
Northern Lights Cruise

Northern Lights Cruise

Included

Frequently Asked Questions about Trekking in Norway, Jotunheimen National Park – 8 days Private Guided Tour

Wear comfortable and waterproof clothing, it does not matter if it is summer or winter. Include comfortable footwear such as boots with good grip and travel with several changes of socks. It is convenient to take an umbrella if you go in the rainy season, and if you travel in winter, take warm clothes and a windbreaker.

It is not always possible to see the puffins, but if you travel in the summer or in the closer months it is very likely that we will see some.

Yes, it is an excursion suitable for children, although you must bear in mind that it lasts 10 hours.

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