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Bessvatnet to the right. Gjende is the lake to the left.
LocationVågå, Oppland
Coordinates61°31′23″N 8°46′32″E / 61.52306°N 8.77556°E / 61.52306; 8.77556Coordinates: 61°31′23″N 8°46′32″E / 61.52306°N 8.77556°E / 61.52306; 8.77556
Basin countriesNorway
Surface area4.64 km2 (1.79 sq mi)
Shore length113.31 km (8.27 mi)
Surface elevation1,373 m (4,505 ft)
1 Shore length is not a well-defined measure.

Bessvatnet is a lake in Vågå, Oppland, Norway. Bessvatnet is known to everyone that has hiked Besseggen, as one passes its southern end, while looking down on the green lake Gjende.

The name[edit]

Bessvatnet ('Bess water') is named after the river Bessa, the last element is the finite form of vatn 'water, lake'. The name of the river is derived from Old Norse bersi m 'bear' - thus 'Bear river'.