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Gjendebu i eit nøtteskall
Only 10 months after its founding DNT decided to build its first hut Gjendebu, in November 1868. The first hut was finished in 1871, offering shelter to maximum 12 tourists

Since that the hostel has been rebuilt and extended several times, and the present Gjendebu is one of DNT`s largest huts with 120 beds and up to 10.000 guests through the annual 4 months season. The hut also offers a site for camping, and in the no-season months there is a self- service accomodation for DNT members.

Gjendebu is beautifully situated by the west end of the lake Gjende. The origin of the word “Gjende” comes from “gandr” which means walkingstick. The lake is 20 km long and has the shape of a stick. .

The world`s highest situated Beachvolley is waiting for you.
Gjendebu from lake Gjende Our most important neighbourhuts are Gjendesheim, Memurubu, Fondsbu, Olavsbu, Leirvassbu and Spiterstulen. In the summer there is a ferry from Gjendesheim to Gjendebu twice a day. To the other huts you find well signposted foothpaths.

The area around Gjendebu offers possibilities for many activities, whether you peacefully want to enjoy the nature or study flowers in the nearby surroundings or go fishing in mountain lakes (licence can be bought at the hut) to daytrips to one of the many 2000m peaks in the area. Svartdalpiggen, Knutsholstind and Semmeltind are some examples of peaks that can be reached from Gjendebu in one day.
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