Besseggen

With some of Europe's most spectacular viewpoints, Norway is undoubtedly a gem for adventure seekers. Besseggen, is a mountain ridge in Vågå kommune in Oppland county, Norway. Besseggen lies east in Jotunheimen, between the lakes Gjende and Bessvatnet. The name The mountain ridge is named after Bessvatnet. The walk over Besseggen is one of the most popular mountain hikes in Norway. About 30,000 people walk this trek each year. The route over Besseggen starts at Gjendesheim - up to the trail's highest point, Veslfjellet, then down Besseggen - across relatively flat Bandet, ending at Memurubu. Many choose to do the hike in the other direction by starting at Memurubu - after first taking the ferry from Gjendesheim. The trip is estimated to take about 5–7 hours without rest stops. From Besseggen there is a great view over Gjende and Bessvatnet. One of the unique aspects of the view is that Gjende lies almost 400 meters lower than Bessvatnet. And while Bessvatnet has a blue color typical of other lakes, Gjende has a uniquely distinct green coloration. The green coloring is the result of glacier runoff containing clay or rock flour. Looking down towards Memurubu one can see the nearby river Muru coloring the water with a light-colored runoff. 

Hiking preparation

You need to be fit for this hike. The complete trek is estimated to be approximately 6-7 hours walking time (excluding rests, which can add as much as two additional hours to the hike), over 900 meters in elevation. The trail is mainly good, but very stony throughout. Hiking boots with solid soles that offer good friction are necessary. There are shorter versions and alternate routes for less trained walkers, that still offer breathtaking views. Unless you're an experienced winter hiker, you'll want to visit Jotunheimen National Park and Besseggen in peak season - which runs from mid-June to mid-September. Weekdays are generally quieter than weekends, while starting early will also help you avoid the crowds. Weather conditions in mountainous areas are notorious for changing quickly and that's certainly the case here. Even if balmy temperatures and bright sunshine is forecast, be sure to take plenty of layers and waterproof clothing for any eventualities. Sturdy boots with grippy soles are essential for rocky sections and you'll also want to carry plenty of water and food to keep you going all day. Hiking competitions In 1961, 1962 and 1963 a race across Besseggen was held during the summer. The record time of 1 hour 16 minutes and 48 seconds, dating back to 1963 still stands today.

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Radisson Blu Mountain Resort, Beitostolen - Exterior
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