Bessvatnet Lake

Oopland (County), Norway
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About Bessvatnet Lake

Bessvatnet is a lake located in the Jotunheimen National Park in Vågå, Oppland county in Norway and lies on one side of the Besseggen Ridge. It is coloured a striking blue and it is named after the Bessvatnet River. It has a surface area of 4.6 km2 (1.7 mi2) and is 1,375 m (4,511 ft) above sea level.

Flora and Fauna

Animals that can be spotted in the area include elk, reindeer, deer, fox, roe, marten, mink, wolverines and lynx. In the lake are trout. Grouse, golden eagle and gerfalcon can be seen. Rare plants of the area are glacier crowfoot, purplr saxifrage and rose-root, and trees that grow are mountain pine, mountain birch, black alder, elm and hazel.


The Jotunheimen National Park, in which the lake sits, is regarded as one of Norway’s best hiking and fishing regions. In the area there are more than 250 peaks at elevations of over 1,900 m (~6,233 feet).

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Oopland (County), Norway
Latitude: 61.520321, Longitude: 8.74921