Stage 2: Memurubu to Gjendebu over Bukkelægret

The 2nd Stage of the Historical Hiking Route in Jotunheimen

  • Difficulty: Demanding
  • Distance: 10 kilometers (point‑to‑point)
  • Elevation Gain: 760 meters
  • Duration: 4.5–6.5 hours

The second stage of the Historical Hiking Route in Jotunheimen takes you from Memurubu Lodge up and over the Memurutunga plateau before descending to Gjendebu. You will experience a steady climb up to the plateau and will hike among a variety of beautiful trout-filled lakes – a great place to catch your lunch. The hike down to Gjendebu from Bukkelægret is a steep descent.

Memurubu Lodge has also been written into outdoor literary history thanks to a well-known book. “Three in Norway by two of them”, written by a group of English outdoor enthusiasts documenting their excursion during a summer spent in Jotunheimen in 1882. This travelogue was not your average adventure description and its purpose was to entertain the reader rather than detail the steps of climbing Norwegian mountains. Many people during this era were not able to travel and explore different parts of the world, but with this influential literary piece, readers were able to experience the excitement, trials, and tribulations of life in the Norwegian wilderness without actually being there.

  • Historical Route Jotunheimen: Memurubu to Gjendebu over Bukkelægret
  • Historical Route Jotunheimen: Memurubu to Gjendebu over Bukkelægret
  • Historical Route Jotunheimen: Memurubu to Gjendebu over Bukkelægret
  • Historical Route Jotunheimen: Memurubu to Gjendebu over Bukkelægret
  • Historical Route Jotunheimen: Memurubu to Gjendebu over Bukkelægret
  • Historical Route Jotunheimen: Memurubu to Gjendebu over Bukkelægret

Trail description

From Memurubu, the trail climbs west, straight up to the mountain plateau, Memurutunga. You will hike for about 6 kilometers along the plateau among the lakes until you start the steep descent down to Gjendebu from Bukkelægeret.

In the steepest sections of the climb down from Bukkelægret, you will find chains and wire which help make the journey safer. As you arrive at Gjendebu, you enter the truly romantic areas of the Norwegian mountains: the rustic farmlands where you will see cows roaming the luscious mountain pastures.

Facts

  • “Three in Norway, by two of them” is the famous travelogue written by Englishmen during their summer spent in Jotunheimen in 1882. You can see remnants of where they camped near the Memurubu Lodge.
  • Bring your fishing pole (and be sure to buy a fishing license) if you would like to catch some fresh trout along the route from Memurubu to Gjendebu.