Historical Route Jotunheimen

Follow the path of the pioneers in Norway’s mountaineering history on the historical route from Gjendesheim to Eidsbugarden, through Jotunheimen National Park.

About the hike

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.


While hiking the Historical Route Jotunheimeimen, you’ll be staying in traditional Norwegian tourist cabins, including some of Norway’s most renowned DNT cabins. All cabins/lodges have shared facilities, but a good level of comfort and kitchens famous for their local foods.