Memurubu is magnificently situated at the mouth of the river Muru, in the middle of Gjende, and has for centuries been a popular starting location for both humans and animals. Today, the old summer dwellings house a modern mountain lodge that is comfortable with local food and sustainable energy from its own hydro station.
The lodge has been expanded and modernised over the course of many years, and is currently one of the most modern lodges in Jotunheimen.
We are a staring/end point for the hike over Besseggen, men many other trips in Jotunheimen also start from or go through here.
The Sveine family have been the hosts of Memurubu since 1884. They first accommodated guests in the summer pastures, and in 1872, the Norwegian Trekking Association built one of their first lodges here, with the Sveine family as hosts.
Today, Kjetil Sveine is the host, and the next generation, Nina and Espen, work at the lodge in school holidays and weekends. You can meet them in the reception and as meal hosts. The dog Murus lives at the lodge all summer, and is favourite treat is? You guessed it: Gjende biscuits …
Even though the same family is still running the lodge, there is little left to remind us of the buildings in the old summer dwelling – but you can actually see one of them on your way up to the lodge. The old stone barn has been restored and is used as a place of gathering for special occasions.
You will pass the old stone barn, which is the oldest building at Memurubu, on your way up from the docks.
It can easily become hectic when many guests need to be housed and fed, and it is nice for Gunnar the chef to be able to relax and enjoy one of Espen’s many jokes.
Nina has become a champion waffle maker. They sell over 200 waffles on a busy summer day.
Finn is one of the permanent employees, and does everything from light the candles on the breakfast table to present dinner, handle goods transportation and stop for a chat and treat the guests to some great stories.
How to get here
Whether you are getting here on foot or with the ferry, the closest parking area is Gjendeosen/Gjendesheim. This means that we are vehicle free, minus a tractor for transporting goods. Does it get any better?
Many people choose to take the Gjende ferry, but you can also walk here on foot. Either from Gjendeosen/Gjendesheim or via the mountain from Gjendebu or Glitterheim. Memurubu is a lovely start or end to many of the hikes in Jotunheimen. The Gjende ferry has several departures a day, and you can find the timetable for the ferry to Memurubu at the bottom of the page. See www.gjende.no for more details and search function.
If you arrive by car, there is a large parking lot at Gjendeosen/Gjendesheim, where your car will be safe while you are trekking in the mountains. See the timetable for the ferry and GPS coordinates for both the parking lot and lodge at the bottom of the page. Welcome!