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Safety tips for summer hiking to Besseggen.
Photo: Kristian Paulsen (selvestepaulsen.no) / Espen Kristiansen / Field Productions / Bleed / visitnorway.com

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Safe summer hike over Besseggen

Besseggen is one of Norway’s most famous mountain hikes, and each year around 30,000 tourists enjoy the breathtaking view from the top of the ridge. Here you’ll find important information and advice to prepare you for the hike.

6–8 hour hike

The hike over Besseggen takes six to eight hours including breaks and is recommended for experienced hikers. The ridge is both windy and steep, so this is the first time you are hiking in the mountains, it might be a good idea to choose an easier alternative. To ensure that your mountain hike will be a good experience, it is important to prepare yourself before you start. We recommend that you have at least two days at your disposal to increase the chances of nice weather.

Proper hiking equipment

Pack a 30-litre backpack to be sure that you have enough room for everything you need in the Norwegian mountains. A map and compass, first-aid equipment, a fully charged mobile phone, and a headlamp are just some of the things we recommend you keep in your backpack. Scroll down the page for a complete packing list.

Warm, suitable clothing

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How to get there

There are two options for getting to Besseggen. You can either start hiking from the Gjendesheim tourist lodge or take the boat from Gjendesheim to Memurubu and start your hike from there. The latter is the easiest route, as you’re going uphill. To ensure you’ll get on the boat, you should reserve tickets in advance. You can stay overnight at both Gjendesheim and Memurubu and start the day fresh and fit the next morning.

Food and drink

Always bring enough food and drink when you set out on a trip. It is important to have enough refills to make sure your energy reserves last all the way.

Guided hikes

If you are inexperienced or feel unsure about doing the trip, we recommend that you join a guided hike. A good guide can turn a bad day into a fantastic experience.

Other hiking routes in the area

There are many other hikes around Besseggen and in the nearby areas, including easier options. Check out other hiking alternatives in the Besseggen area.

Weather conditions in the mountains

Even if sunshine and fair weather are predicted, the weather conditions can change quickly. Always check the weather forecast before you start your trip, and talk to the locals about what kind of weather to expect. They will often know if there is a risk of rain and windy conditions even if the weather forecast is promising.

Weather forecast from Yr, delivered by the Norwegian Meteorological Institute and the Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation (NRK). Download Yr’s free weather app for iOS or Android.

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Summer hiking packing list.
Photo: Kristian Paulsen (selvestepaulsen.no) / Bleed / visitnorway.com
Summer packing list – What to prepare for your hike
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Packing list for your summer hike

With a good backpack filled with the right equipment, you have a great base for a wonderful experience in the mountains. Choose a backpack with a volume of 30 litres to be sure to have enough space for everything.

Clothing

  • hiking boots
  • wind and waterproof jacket and trousers
  • wool underwear and a wool sweater
  • an extra set of clothes and socks
  • cap, scarf and gloves or mittens

Equipment

  • enough food and drinks for the whole trip
  • a fully charged mobile phone in a plastic bag to avoid water damage
  • a small headlamp and extra batteries
  • sunglasses and sunscreen
  • plastic bags for garbage and other things
  • first-aid kit and extra blister plasters
  • map and compass
  • pocket knife
  • Nordic walking poles for maintaining your balance in rough terrain
  • reflexive vest in case you need rescuing
Tourists hiking in the mountains with umbrellas
Top mistakes tourists make.
Photo: Film production: Kristian Paulsen (selvestepaulsen.no) / Bleed / visitnorway.com
Top mistakes – Experiences from hikes during summer in Norway
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