Besseggen, Vagamo

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Besseggen, or Besseggi, is a mountain ridge in Vågå kommune in Oppland county, Norway. Besseggen lies east in Jotunheimen, between the lakes Gjende and Bessvatnet.The walk over Besseggen is one of the most popular mountain hikes in Norway. About 30,000 people walk this trip each year. The route over Besseggen starts at Gjendesheim, up to the trails highest point, Veslfjellet (1,743 m), down Besseggen, further over the relatively flat area Bandet (at the foot of Besshø), and ends at Memurubu, where one may take the regularly scheduled ferry route back to Gjendesheim. Many choose to do the hike in the other direction by starting at Memurubu after first taking the ferry there from Gjendesheim. The trip is estimated to take about 5–7 hours to walk without rest stops.From Besseggen there is a great view over Gjende and Bessvatnet. One of the unique aspects of the view is that Gjende lies almost 400 m lower than Bessvatnet, and while Bessvatnet has a blue color typical of other lakes, Gjende has a distinct green color. The green color is the result from glacier runoff containing clay (rock flour). Looking down towards Memurubu one can see the nearby river Muru coloring the water with a light colored runoff.Impact of tourismThe large number of hikers has led to serious erosion on the trails leading to Besseggen, both from Gjendesheim and Memurubu. In 2005 the Norwegian government authorized spending of 1.2 million Norwegian kroner towards the restoration of the trails. The project involves placing stone plates on the trail to limit additional damage and prevent further erosion. The stone plates were flown in by helicopter from Vågå since mass harvesting of stone from Jotunheimen is illegal. The technique used to pave the trail is modeled on the methods developed for the Snowdonia National Park in Wales.
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  • Over Besseggen in the Sun and no wind ...-well, mountain tours will not be so much better than that! Was a little worried about in advance queue-walking and crowds, may have less tolerance for it than most people! And certain it was people, but genes or devastating, it was never. View all the way to world class! And even my little King Charles Cavalier popping up the Ridge without more help than one and other poke in the butt! Wonderful!
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  • To climb the Besseggen was a great experience. We were admittedly a bit unlucky with the weather, and had fog large parts of the road, but it was still beautiful. The trip is long and fit fit demanding. It can feel a bit creepy in the steepest sections of the egg, but the view that meet you at the top is worth it.
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  • Besseggen - along with Prekestolen and Trolltunga - is extremely popular and can get crowded at times. Still, it's a spectacular hike and you should not let the crowds stop you. It's popular for a rea...  more »

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