Gjendebu is a cabin of the Norwegian hiking association DNT, which lies at the western end of the Gjendesee in the Jotunheimen National Park at an altitude of 990 m. It was built in 1871, making it the oldest hut of the DNT. It is one of the larger huts in Norway.Gjendesheim is accessible via the trails of the DNT and a boat connection over the Gjende. Neighboring huts are Gjendesheim, Memurubu, Olavsbu, Fondsbu, Leirvassbu, Spiterstulen and Torfinnsbu.From the local mountain Gjendetunga (1516 m) you have a good view of almost the entire Gjende, the Besseggengrat and many lying in the western Jotunheim mountain summit.History:
The hut was built in 1871 with a size of 45 m² and 12 beds. Anna and Erik Slålien were the first hosts of the hut.Her daughter Kaia Gjendine Slålien (1871-1972) is the most famous person who lived in Gjendebu. It is part of the history of Jotunheimen and especially of Gjendebu. Gjendine spent most of her life in Gjendebu, but also on Skogadalsbøen and Spiterstulen. Edvard Grieg, who visited Gjendebu, got to know her songs, which inspired him to numerous compositions. Grieg's Opus 66 contains numerous motifs from Gjendine's songs. The last piece of this opus therefore bears the name Gjendines vuggesang. Gjendine died shortly before her 101st birthday on May 13, 1972. The small hut she occupied in Gjendebu (Gjendinebu) has been restored and can be visited. It gives a good impression of the then simple living conditions.In the meantime (2008) the DNT-Hütte has 119 beds and more than 10,000 overnight stays a year. There are regular cultural events (eg exhibitions).
August 15, 2019
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