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Hiking one of the world’s most spectacular routes

In collaboration with Visit Norway.

In a country synonymous with extreme weather conditions, wild beauty and ultimate adventure it is perhaps unsurprising that Norway hosts one of the world’s most spectacular hiking routes.

The Besseggen ridge in Jotunheimen National Park encapsulates everything you’d expect from such a title; geological wonders, the highest peak in Northern Europe and legends of trolls and giants.

For much of the majestic (and sometimes challenging) journey you will be rewarded with breathtaking views over glaciers, lakes and snow-capped peaks, providing an excellent excuse to stop and catch your breath.

One of the most impressive sights has to be where the rock ridge separates the mirrored green waters of Lake Gjende and the blue waters of Lake Bessvatnet, elevated 400m higher.

For botanists, the track is home to Northern Europe’s highest blooming plant (the Glacier buttercup), while animal lovers may catch a glimpse of a curious reindeer or two.

And for those who are in no desire to embark on the 4-5 hour journey back to Oslo, the area also has a selection of cabins where groups can stay, as well as the Memurubu hut where most hikers start their journey.

While you’ll need a good head for heights to absorb the stunning surroundings and clothing for the varying weather conditions, the route itself is not technical and can be completed in 7-8 hours.

From crossing the perilous Knife Ridge, a 4m narrow ridge, to tackling a 900m elevation gain and loss, the route is a staple for adventure seekers from all over the world.

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