Surviving Besseggen Ridge Hike

Surviving Besseggen Ridge Hike
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Writing this post about my Besseggen Ridge hike flooded my memory with a combination of adventure, adrenaline, turmoil and exciting inflated terror.  In my mind, I can recall the winding path while climbing the mountain, a path that was sometimes pleasant, and sometimes formidable.  Knowing that if you step on a wrong rock or go down a wrong trail you could easily fall or get very lost.  Simply put, it was one of the best mountain trips I have ever had.

Besseggen Ridge

Besseggen Ridge Hike

Besseggen Ridge

 




Hiking in Norway is very popular during the summer, so when I was asked to join a group in this Besseggen ridge hike, I just said yes without even knowing what I was getting into.

Besseggen Ridge Hike

Jotunheimen National Park, Norway

Besseggen Ridge has certainly the marvelous mountains and lake views in Jotunheimen National Park, Norway. “Jotunheimen”  means “home of the giants”, as it is the home to the 29 highest mountains in Norway. That is why going on Besseggen ridge hike shouldn’t be underestimated like I did.

Besseggen Ridge

Besseggen Ridge

Besseggen Ridge

Lost in the “Home of the Giants”

The first part of the hike could be summed up in four little words - “a piece of cake”!  Who would feel intimidated with a little stroll on a little mountainside path surrounded by nature?  Well, the same person that had not yet realized we had not even approached the sheer rock face of  Besseggen ridge, which was quite a distance away.

Taking photos of this magnificent nature I told my friends to just go ahead, I wanted to take several photos, I would catch up.  I didn't really 100% mean this, of course, it was more like 60%, and when I turned to join them they were already gone!

I tried to catch up with my two friends, but they had walked too far too fast.  Then I thought I would just wait for my other friends, but they hadn't gotten too far and walked too slow! Now I had friends somewhere in front and somewhere behind me, but the most important “somewhere” was just not here!  I start to feel a little panicked when I realized I was lost and alone in the “home of the giants”.

Besseggen Ridge Hike

Besseggen Ridge

Besseggen Ridge

Besseggen Ridge

 




Surviving Besseggen Ridge Hike

Hiking alone along the rocky fjord side path through Besseggen ridge taught me many things. One is that trolls really do exist (kidding),  and two sometimes things just happen because I am not really kidding about the trolls!!

This winding endless 8-hour one-way path, up to a freaking mountain from the icy pits of hell, makes you realize the immediate reality that one thing is for sure - you’re on your own!

Besseggen Ridge Hike

Besseggen Ridge Hike

Firstly, be not afraid, because you are never alone (I am of course lying, you really are alone and should be afraid).  Secondly, it makes one realize that though the world can sometimes be rude, rough, tough and slightly obnoxious, there is always some miracle person(s) who is awesome, and genuinely nice enough to offer help if they see you struggle.  As was the case, when I was trying to navigate across one of Besseggen Ridges many rock faces.  On several of these difficult occasions, hikers would always offer a supporting hand when needed. Remember that a universal rule when hiking is to stop and help.

Besseggen Ridge Hike

Besseggen Ridge




Enjoying the Besseggen Ridge Hike and sceneries

I was able to hike at my own pace while taking pictures, where I met other like-minded picture taking hikers, who gladly offered to take some photos for me and vice versa.  Meanwhile, the rest of the group were also having so much fun that I actually missed watching them with their costumes on upon reaching the Besseggen ridge.

Besseggen Ridge Hike

Besseggen ridge hike

The glorious view of Besseggen Ridge.

Besseggen ridge hike

Do you know that she wears this fairy costume every time she reaches the peak of every mountain she climbs?

Besseggen ridge hike

Besseggen ridge hike

Besseggen ridge hike

Besseggen ridge hike

How to get to Besseggen Ridge from Oslo?

Before starting your Besseggen ridge hike, your starting point is from Gjendesheim.  My group rented an 8 seater car which cost around 8000 NOK for 3 days (about 1021.32 USD, I know it was quite expensive, this is actually more expensive than my round-trip ticket to the Philippines or USA).  We drove from Oslo to Gjendesheim and sleepover for the night at Gjendesheim DNT.

Tip: If you’re not traveling in a big group, the cheapest way to get to Gjendesheim is taking the Nor-way bus, which only cost about 405 NOK - 415 NOK per adult one-way.

Besseggen Ridge Hike

Stopover for food after a long long drive.

Hiking in Norway

Besseggen Ridge

Magnificent view from Gjendesheim DNT.

Besseggen Ridge

Besseggen ridge

Besseggen Ridge

What to expect when hiking in Besseggen ridge?

A very long 8-mile hike, that is approx 6-8 hours one-way, plus breaks.

Besseggen ridge hike

Besseggen ridge hike

Hiking on steep cliffs and giant rocks.

Besseggen ridge hike

Besseggen ridge hike

Besseggen ridge hike

When I climbed on this rocky mountain, I really thought I was gonna die! 😉

Unending mountains to climb.

Besseggen ridge hike

Besseggen ridge hike

Walking trails with snow or ice.

Besseggen ridge hike

Besseggen ridge hike

And of course, the reward for all risks and challenges is lots and lots of spectacular sceneries of both mountains and lakes.

Besseggen ridge hike

Besseggen ridge hike

Besseggen ridge hike

Thank you for reading! What do you think about my Besseggen ridge hike?  Would you dare to climb?  If you´d been to Besseggen ridge or the Jotunheimen National Park in Norway, I would be excited to hear about your experience in the comment section below.  Read more about summer in Norway in my previous post "A beautiful Norwegian summer in Sandsøya".




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  • Oh my goodness what an absolutely beautiful looking place to hike, these sound like some really good tips to try and get yourself through hiking the area as well.

    • Crizzy Kiss

      It was breathtaking! If you´re into hiking, you should consider Besseggen Ridge. 😉

  • Lavanda Michelle

    These sound like some really good tips to try and get yourself through hiking the area. What a beautiful place to hike.

    • Crizzy Kiss

      Thanks! I hope it´ll help when you have your Besseggen Ridge hike soon. 😉

  • Ann Bacciaglia

    This looks like it was an amazing trip. I would love to go hiking at Besseggen Ridge. These are great photos.

    • Crizzy Kiss

      Thank you, Ann! You absolutely should go, maybe next summer. 😉

  • You are much braver than I! Besseggen Ridge looks like an amazing hike, but I am not sure that I could ever accomplish such a sporty feat!

    • Crizzy Kiss

      I didn´t have any idea it was that tough hike. But thank God I made it! I seriously thought I would die when I saw those cliffs and mountains, haha 😉

  • Victoria Moore

    Wow, this looks like such an awesome trip! And you take great photos 🙂 Thanks for letting me live vicariously though you <3

    • Crizzy Kiss

      Thanks Victoria, my pleasure! 😉

  • Hannah Vu

    OMG you are so brave cuz I really don’t know what to do when I were lost in such strange place. Anw, the mountains are so spendid! Love seeing those amazing moments. Thanks for sharing your experience, it makes me feel like climbing mountains right now!

    • Crizzy Kiss

      Haha, I didn´t have a choice, but to survive! Lol. 😉 It was one of those hikes that you only want to do it at least once in your life. 😉

  • Cindy Nicoletti

    Such a beautiful place not only to visit but explore. Looks amazing. Love all your fabulous photos.

  • Nicole Lee

    I haven’t gone hiking in so long. It’s been to hot in LA. This looks like a great trail!

  • Kelly Hutchinson

    I cannot imagine taking a hike with such a gorgeous backdrop. If I could, I would hike this in a second!

  • Lynnette Joselly

    looks like that hike was worth it, that view tho!

  • Nicole

    Those pictures are gorgeous! It looks like you had a really great time! I have never been hiking before, but the views from it are incredible. Looks like I’m going to have to start! Thanks for sharing!

  • ohmummymia

    Would love to explore that place! lovely pictures 🙂