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Staffed DNT lodge Gjendesheim (994 AMSL)

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Gjendesheim, the flagship of DNT lodges, lies beautifully nestled at the east end of Lake Gjende, one of the principal gateways to this part of the Jotunheimen. Families with small children particularly appreciate Gjendesheim as an ideal place for Easter and summer holidays.

Hike choices: Most hikers come to Gjendesheim to hike over the Besseggen ridge. That's not odd, as Besseggen is a unique hiking experience, an exposed though safely hiked knife ridge between two mountain lakes. It's easily accessible and one of the more popular hikes in Jotunheimen in the summer high season. But there also are days that you can hike it in solitude. Moreover, the area around Gjendesheim offers many other attractive choices of summer hikes and winter ski tours.


Facilities: Gjendeshieim has 170 bunks in one-, two- and four-bunk rooms. It has a drying room, showers and saunas. It also has dormitories in a separate building.

Winter season: Normally from mid February until end of April.
Summer season: Normally from around mid June through the first week of October.

Extended stays of two days or more may be booked directly at the lodge in season

NB: DNT members have priority on bunks. So, in periods when guests fill the lodge, only DNT members may advance book rooms.

Summer access: Gjendesheim is on National Road 51, open in summer. Daily Nor-Way bus 161 from Oslo via Fagernes. By car, you can drive to Gjendesheim, either via Otta or Sjoa to Randsverk and onward, or via Fagerness and Beitostølen, via National Road 51 over the Valdresflya plateau to Gjendesheim. There are direct train services to Otta from Trondheim and from Oslo, and a daily bus service from Otta to Gjendesheim.
Winter access: DNT charter bus from Oslo to Gjendesheim at Easter. By car, you may drive from the north on National Road 51 via Randsverk, though from the south, via Beitostolen and the Valdresflya plateau, the road is closed in winter.



Fra Valdres på fv. 51 forbi Beitostølen og over Valdresflye. Daglig buss fra Bussterminalen Galleriet, Oslo det meste av sommeren. Helårsvei fra Vågå/Otta og Sjoa i Gudbrandsdalen. Tog fra Trondheim/ Oslo til Otta og daglig bussrute det meste av sommeren videre til Gjendesheim.



Veien over Valdresflye brøytes ikke, men åpner vanligvis før 1. mai. Veien fra Vågå/Otta og Sjoa i Gudbrandsdalen er helårsåpen. Men i påsken 2014 går det buss fra Beitostølen fordi Valdresflyvegen er åpen fra april.

Mer info om adkomst finner du på www.

Tider for beltebil vinteren 2014  


Opening times and service levels

From To Service level Key type Comment
13.06.14 03.10.14 Staffed Unlocked
04.10.14 26.02.15 Closed
27.02.15 06.04.15 Staffed Unlocked
07.04.15 09.04.15 Closed Grupper kan ta kontakt for bestilling utenom åpningstiden.
10.04.15 12.04.15 Staffed Unlocked
13.04.15 16.04.15 Closed Grupper kan ta kontakt for bestilling utenom åpningstiden.
17.04.15 19.04.15 Staffed Unlocked
20.04.15 23.04.15 Closed Grupper kan ta kontakt for bestilling utenom åpningstiden.
24.04.15 26.04.15 Staffed Unlocked
27.04.15 11.06.15 Closed
12.06.15 04.10.15 Staffed Unlocked
05.10.15 31.12.15 Closed

Routes connected to this cabin

Summer - Winter
There are no summer trails connected to this cabin.

Suggested trips

Summer - Winter
Name Trip type Length


Weekend hike over Bukkelægret and Besseggen

Weather forecast for Gjendesheim

More forecasts from Hour by hour (meteogram) - Overview - Next weekend

Friday 22. May

Rain showers
Rain showers. Moderate breeze, 6.7 m/s from west-southwest. 0.3 mm nedbør.

Saturday 23. May

Fair. Fresh breeze, 8.7 m/s from west.

Sunday 24. May

Rain. Gentle breeze, 3.8 m/s from west. 0.7 mm nedbør.

Monday 25. May

Partly cloudy
Partly cloudy. Light breeze, 2.6 m/s from west-northwest.

Tuesday 26. May

Partly cloudy
Partly cloudy. Gentle breeze, 3.2 m/s from west.

Wednesday 27. May

Partly cloudy
Partly cloudy. Light breeze, 2.9 m/s from west.

Thursday 28. May

Partly cloudy
Partly cloudy. Light breeze, 2.7 m/s from west-southwest.

Friday 29. May

Rain. Gentle breeze, 3.1 m/s from south-southwest. 2.4 mm nedbør.

Saturday 30. May

Partly cloudy
Partly cloudy. Light breeze, 2.7 m/s from west-northwest.

Sunday 31. May

Partly cloudy
Partly cloudy. Light breeze, 2.9 m/s from west.

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