The list could be so much longer of course, but I have shortened it down to my 5 favourite adventures from last summer while working at the power- and avalanche center. There are still stuff I want to do here, but time will tell. Let’s take a look at some relatively easy/moderate activities – all of them situated along the beautiful Tafjorden.
My very first morning back in Tafjord on my way to work. My visit in Rondane had come to an end – and the return bicycle trip went by Langvatnet, Djupvasshytta, Geiranger, up Ørnevegen Eagle Road, Eidsdal, ferry to Valldal and then the tunnels to Tafjord) …a cold, wet and windy bicycle ride, but so nice to get back to the place I feel is like a second home!
Tafjorden and Valldalen is a great outdoor area where people come to experience climbing, skiing, hiking, rafting, kayaking etc in spectacular fjord and mountain surroundings. Situated between the famous Trollstigen and Geiranger you can be sure this area will give you great adventure memories!
I ex. why not challenge yourself by rappelling down the 95 meter high dam wall Zackariasdammen, enjoy various water sports in the wild river Valldøla or just recharge your batteries with some easier and traditional hiking activities – everything with lots of fresh air and absolutely magnificent views!
SO LET’S GO – I GIVE YOU MY TOP-5 TO-DO OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES FROM LAST SUMMER:
Tafjordsætra and Muldalsfossen waterfall– (2 in 1 hike)
On this hike you will see a lot if you decide to go both places in one day. Shortly after the tunnel Heggurtunnelen you will find a parking and information borders to the left. Hike up the 13 hair pin bends (30 -40 minutes?) on a nice trail from the road.
At the bridge at Muldalen farm you can choose to do a shorter detour to see Muldalsfossen waterfall from its viewpoint – it’s one of the highest single drop waterfalls in Norway. You have to cross the bridge and walk straight through the farm to find the marked path. Note! It has pretty exposed sections, mostly fenced, but just be careful. Last year a second foreign visitor tragic fell to his death at the top area of the waterfall, but if you keep to the trails you will be fine!!
From the bridge (don’t forget to sign your autograph in the visitor book in the box here) you can also continue for about 40 minutes into Tafjordsætra/Muldalsætra. A very peaceful and beautiful mountain pasture I often hike to, climb up on one of the large stone blocks there and just chill! From here it is possible to choose several marked DNT-trails into the mountain world of Tafjordfjella
Drive or bicycle up the serpentine road from the center of Valldalen. From the parking lot there are a short way to walk to get to the mountain pasture. The place is still in use (there is also an outhouse along the short trail from the parking area).
Take a stroll around to enjoy the adorable fjord- and mountain views, or continue on several marked trails further upwards. I took my visiting friends up here, and I think they adore it as much as I do.
Mefjellet and Hegguraksla (2 in 1 hike)
Starting point from Fjøra. Drive up the serpentine road (or bicycle up, I can promise you a calm and cosy road upwards) until you get to a farm and a marked parking area. From here you will first hike up to beautiful Nysætra on a nice forest road.
If you choose the trail to Mefjellet you will have a moderate hike up to the peak (1 088 masl) with really awesome views at the top. It is possible to continue on marked trails further into the mountains if you are looking for a longer hike.
If you choose the trail towards Heggurdalen you will mostly get an easy but interesting hike. Up here you can also hike along the edge with a vertical rock face diving straight into Tafjorden. (it is possible to avoid this exposed part by keeping to the inner trail). You will also see the control equipment monitoring the unstable massif Hegguraksla. I think this is very interesting since it’s also connected to my work place.
Fishing in Tafjorden
My favourite peaceful activity after a day at work, just jump on my bicycle and bike 10 minutes to the bay (Situated below Muldalen). Sitting there on the bare rock in the afternoon sun with these wonderful views are absolutely thrilling. Sometimes the bay is just bubbling with porpoises, mackerel and herring.
I usually get a couple of mackerel, fat healthy fish totally for free! It was a pleasure to invite my visiting friends from Sweden on fresh fish dinner directly from the sea. Several places near the road along Tafjorden are good for fishing, it is also possible to rent a rowing boat (incl outboard motor) from the camping site and float around on the fjord.
A good friend working for an outdoor company invited me on a kayak trip on Tafjorden. I have been kayaking in Sweden and Slovenia earlier, but this was just something special. In a beautiful fjord, surrounded by mountains.. for a raised islander like me I guess nothing really beats the smell of fresh seawater! Why not do a kayak trip across the fjord and visit a mountain pasture or cabin? If this is a bit to peaceful , you can instead join the rafting in Valldøla.
Missing something? Try some of my earlier outdoor activities around this area
- Tafjordfjella hikes
- Rowing workout in Tafjorden
- Rock slides, water power and tsunamis
- Sleeping outdoor under the stars (Herdalssetra)
- Trollstigen cycle climb
- Skageflå hike
- Mountain trail Running in Tafjord area
- Bicycle Geiranger and Norddal
Any questions? You are welcome to ask 🙂