Stage 4: Torfinnsbu to Eidsbugarden

The 4th and final stage of the Historical Hiking Route in Jotunheimen

  • Difficulty: Demanding
  • Distance: 19.3 kilometers (point‑to‑point)
  • Elevation Gain: 570 meters
  • Duration: 8–10 hours

The final stage of the Historical Hiking Route in Jotunheimen takes you west from Torfinnsbu. The trail then goes along Bygdin lake, climbing to as high as 1600 meters above sea level, and back down to the final destination at Eidsbugarden. Eidsbugarden is the most visited mountain area north of the Alps.

The famous Norwegian poet and mountaineer, Aasmund Olavsson Vinje, made his mark here by building the cabin at Eidsbugarden in 1868. Since then, Eidsbugarden and its neighboring lodge in Fondsbu, has attracted royals, celebrities, and outdoor enthusiasts from all around the world.

In addition to building one of the most famous mountain retreats in Norway, Aasmund Olavsson Vinje also was a co-founder of The Norwegian Trekking Association (DNT) and gave Jotunheimen its name. He is remembered for his poetry, travel writing, and his love and praise of the mountains of Norway.

  • Historical Route Jotunheimen: Hiking from Torfinnsbu to Eidsbugarden
  • Historical Route Jotunheimen: Hiking from Torfinnsbu to Eidsbugarden. - Photo by Yngve Ask
  • Historical Route Jotunheimen: Signs outside Torfinnsbu
  • Historical Route Jotunheimen: Relaxing outside Torfinnsbu
  • Historical Route Jotunheimen: Svartdalen

Trail description

From Torfinnsbu, you will head west along the edge of Bygdin Lake for nearly two kilometers until the trail takes you up a steady 3-kilometer-long climb. At the lake Langedalstjednet at 1500 meters above sea level, you will have wonderful views of the peaks in the area.

Then the trail descends down to Bygdin Lake again. On the way down you have a beautiful view of the lake with the famous peaks Falketind and Uranostind in the background.

The next 8 kilometers will take you due west along the Bygdin lake. Sometimes the trail goes by the shoreline and sometimes further up in the terrain before you reach Eidsbugarden.

Facts

  • Eisbugarden and Fondsbu Lodge have welcomed royalty, celebrities, and hikers from all over the world.
  • This region is the most-visited mountain area north of the Alps