A mountaineers paradise Historical Route Jotunheimen
Bridge near Gjendebu.jpg
Multi-day trekking with luggage transport
A mountaineers paradise

Hike your way through the magical Jotunheimen National Park along this historical route, and learn about some of the pioneers in Norwegian mountaineering history. Enjoy the flexibility of a boat-ride if your feet get sore, or stay a few extra days at the different cabins to explore more of what this mountain area has to offer. Hike from cabin to cabin while we transport the luggage for you, so the only thing you need to worry about is finding the best lunch spot. From breathtaking views to remote locations, this tour offers some of the best hiking in Norway, with all of the time-consuming logistics taken care of – allowing you to make the most of you Norwegian mountain adventure.

Program Map
Specially recommended for

Perfect for those seeking an active vacation. 

Group of friends

This is the perfect journey for a group of friends. 

Bukkelægeret ridge.jpg
Extend your stay There are plenty of opportunities for both easy and challenging daytours from the different cabins. Perfect if you wish to stay an extra day or two to explore the area.
Inside Gjendines hut at Gjendebu.jpg
Cosy accommodation You'll be staying in traditional Norwegian tourist cabins, including some of Norway’s most renowned DNT (The Norwegian Trekking Association) cabins.
Bridge near Gjendebu.jpg
Flexibility Enjoy the flexibility and make use of the historical ferries if your feet get sore, or stay another couple of days at one of the cabins to explore what the area has to offer.
Five day trek through Norway's cradle of mountaineering

Along this Historical Hiking Route, you'll travel from Gjendesheim to Fondsbu, via the famous tourist cabins: Memurubu, Gjendebu and Torfinnsbu. Every stage allows you to follow in the footsteps of some of the most historic pioneers and artists in the Norwegian mountain history.

It was in these mountain areas that the Norwegian Trekking Association (DNT) was formed 150 years ago, with the two lakes Gjende and Bygdin as important gateways into the remote parts of Jotunheimen. After DNT’s first cabin was built at Tyin in 1870, it didn’t take long before new cabins opened along the shores of these lakes, reachable by several boat routes and different trekking paths. Since then, millions of hikers have enjoyed the trails and peaks in this area for receration and adventures – varying from the infamous Besseggen, to remote fairylands as the Svartdalen valley.

On the occasion of DNT’s 150 year anniversary, this hiking route reopens as one of Norway’s great historical hikes – seasoned with the stories about the true pioneers of Norwegian mountaineering, and the dramatic landscapes that inspired famous writers and composers like Henrik Ibsen and Edvard Grieg.

× This trek can be done in both directions, with either Gjendesheim or Fondsbu as the starting point.
Let's go
Bridge near Gjendebu.jpg


Want to hike the Historical Route? Book your next mountain holiday with one of these tour operators.

Are you a tour operator? Sign in or request access to see packages and rates. Sign in Request access