Useful tips

Equipment

  • Hiking boots
  • Extra pair of socks
  • Basic first-aid equipment
  • Bandages for blisters
  • Sunglasses
  • Wool underwear
  • Wind- and waterproof jacket and pants
  • Mittens
  • Wool cap
  • Minimum 1 litre of water
  • Map and compass/gps
  • Lunch pack
  • Some sweets to keep you cheery
  • Camera for photographic evidence
  • Money or bank card for the boat and souvenir (or for purchasing photographic evidence…)

Approximate durations

Most people use between 6 and 8 hours, including time for rest stops, when traversing the Besseggen route. With an elevation increase of nearly 1,000 metres (over 3,000 feet), Besseggen is a long hike. The fastest recorded time so far was achieved by Reidar Andreassen in 1963, when the Besseggløpet (Bessegg Run) was arranged for the 3rd time with the official record being 1 hour and 16 minutes. In 2011 the run was held once again and it will now be arranged annually along the classic route from Memurubu to Gjendesheim.

Boat schedules

Look at www.gjende.no. Tag your pics at Instagram: #Besseggen, #utno, #gjendebu og #gjendesheim

Acrophobia

What if you realise that you have acrophobia (fear of heights)? This has happened to many people in the past… One option is to turn back and perhaps have an extra overnight stay at Memurubu. Otherwise, you might find someone who can help you to focus on the trail and not on the elevation. There are no exposed stretches once you have passed the ridge!

The meaning of besseggen

«Bess» is derived from the Norse term «bersi» meaning ‘bear’. Many of the local place names indicate that there were once a large number of bears here. Jo Gjende shot a bear near Bjørnbølet, which they had followed all the way far away from Heidal!