As the flagship among DNT’s lodges, Gjendesheim is beautifully situated at one of the main gateways to the eastern side of Jotunheimen National Park.
As the flagship among DNT’s lodges, Gjendesheim is beautifully situated at one of the main gateways to the eastern side of Jotunheimen National Park. Gjendesheim Lodge is an excellent place to spend the Easter or summer holidays, and is especially popular among families with children. Stays of two nights or longer can be booked directly at the lodge.
Most guests stay at Gjendesheim Lodge to hike the Besseggen ridge, and it’s no wonder; Besseggen is fantastic, with its breathtaking nature and beautiful countryside. Besseggen is easily accessible and very popular. Many visitors walk the Besseggen ridge during high season, but there are plenty of days each year that you can experience its majestic nature in solitude. There are also plenty of other places to explore in the area.
Winter Season: Usually from mid-February until the end of Easter.
Summer Season: Normally from mid-June until the first week in October.
Gjendesheim Lodge has 185 beds, split between 1, 2 and 4-bed rooms. There are also dormitories. The lodge is adapted for disabled visitors, with first-floor access in the main building and a new toilet and bedroom in the accommodation centre.
Good local food is an important part of any trip. The lodge serves local cuisine made from locally-sourced produce, traditional regional dishes and food delivered from local suppliers.
Eco-Lighthouse is a national environmental certification scheme for quality assurance and holistic environmental solutions. The lodge is certified in accordance with the environmental requirements for running of a lodge.
Summer: take highway 51 from Valdres over Beitostølen and Valdresflye. There’s a daily bus from Galleriet bus terminal, Oslo most of the summer. Drive from Otta or Sjoa in Gudbrandsdal valley via Randsverk and Sjodalen. Take the train from Trondheim / Oslo to Otta and a daily bus service runs most of the summer to Gjendesheim.
Winter: the road over Valdresflye is not snow-ploughed during winter.