ROOM WITH A VIEW: Lake Gjende seen from Gjendesheim. Besseggen ridge to the right.
ROOM WITH A VIEW: Lake Gjende seen from Gjendesheim. Besseggen ridge to the right. Foto: Kristoffer Mæle Thuestad

Gjendesheim is widely known for it's focus on local food, excellent service, welcoming atmosphere, epic terrain and wide variety of activities for all levels year round.

In the reception you can buy basic outdoor equipment and it is possible to rent high quality equipment for activities both summer and winter. The lodge is easily accessible by car, and is situated in a region known for it's beautiful mountains, small scale farms, rich history and active lifestyle. Gjendesheim lodge is open almost all year round and is the main gate to Jotunheimen highlands - home of the Norwegian giants. In the summer, a scenic boatride brings you from Gjendesheim to access the world famous hike back across the narrow Besseggen ridge. Check out our activities, courses and events – and look forward to delicious local food with a spectacular view!

Gjendesheim is the most visited mountain lodge in mountain-Norway, with 20.000 guests. We strive to always find a bed to everyone who wants to stay with us. We have 185 beds in 1-, 2- or 4- bed rooms. We also have dormitories in a separate house.

The demand is highest in the weekends. During Norsk Fjellfilmfestival, the second weekend of September, it is not possible to stay at Gjendesheim at all. Please contact us if you are unsure if we have vacancy.



Phone: +47 612 38 910

Mail: gjendesheim@dnt.no

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If you prefer your own room, you can reserve this in advance. To reserve, book your stay here


  • We only accept reservations for full board stays with breakfast and dinner.

Accessible rooms

    Good accessibility to 1st floor in main building.



Gjendesheim is certified in accordance to the requirements of environmental friendly cabins. Miljøfyrtårn is a national eco-certificatiom for quality control and verall eco-solutions.

Opening hours 2020

Gjendesheim opens June 5th and stay open until October 4th. We are also open from February 15 th to May 3rd.