Top 5 outdoor activities along Tafjorden, Norway

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! Tafjord Tafjordfjella Tafjorden

 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)

Trail to Muldalsfossen viewpointmuldalen trail sti steep bratt utsikt viewpoint muldalsfossen

 

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!!

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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

 

Klovsetsætra

Picturesque views indeed….tafjordfjella fjords utsikt paniramic view mountain pasture seter klovset valldalen landscape

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)

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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.

Hiking over Hegguraksla

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

Fishing dinner – such a calming way to get some fresh food… love ittafjord fishing mackarel

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.

 

Sea kayaking along Tafjorden

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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 

Any questions? You are welcome to ask 🙂

Rondane National Park area

When Plan A is down, Plan B is on. A very good Plan B I may say indeed.

Plan A was to bike from Stryn over the old and famous mountain road Gamle Strynefjellsvegen to my next job in Tafjord – but, as many travellers also wondered about early that summer; when would the old mountain road open for summer?? (Actually – not before the day after I had to leave ..ha..ha)

So, aware of this I made a Plan B: to take the bus through the mountain tunnels, continue to Otta and from there “bicycle” up to Mysusæter (a cabin and mountain farm cluster area) at the foot of Rondane National Park. And that is what I did. I only had 3 whole days for disposal before next job startup, so there was really no time to lose…

From Otta and up the serpentine road towards Mysusæter and Rondane mountain range – the weather is great and the view is getting better and better for every “tornante” upwardsotta uphill serpentine road bicycle trip travel rondane national park

Otta. I remember standing in front of that mountain wall looking up on its serpentine roads that was waiting for me and my fully packet bicycle. Oh my … I could just feel the sweat and pain already… but the weather was nice, so good to go!

My lil “carrot” was an old saeter cottage I had rented at a mountain pasture for a very nice price, so I knew I would arrive to a very cosy place to relax.. eh..did I say relax? well..yay and nay.

The road up was a sweat alrighty, I bicycled whenever I could, and pushed when needed. I met curious people to talk to and get some information about the area. After xx?? hours (who cares) upwards (and some downhills I finally reached the gravel road leading to the mountain pasture…whohaa, absolutely lovely to arrive!

My little saeter cottage to the left – how about these beautiful surroundings? Some sheep and lambs was lurching around here and made the whole area just magnificent… just watch out for sheep cake droppings, as I didn’t! rondane national park mountain pasture tradition

Oh, what a lovely place to arrive in the afternoon. When the cottage owners heard I was arriving on a bicycle, they had made the fireplace ready, filled up several water cans and made up the bed for me. That is just how wonderful people can be ❤ I parked the bike on the newly renovated porch, packed up my stuff and made a warm meal and coffee on the propane burner.

Lake Furusjøen in the eveningRondane National Park Norway mountains lake Mysusaeter Furusjoen sunset landscape fjelltur

View from my bedroom window… but the old window glass and thick lumber walls could not protect my ears against the bleating baryton sheep passing at 5 o’clock in the morning… 😀window view rondane rondablikk mysusæter rondane

I kept the dairy products chilled in the old cellar hatch in the floor. Right across the gravel road there was a big old sheep barn with an outhouse privy, and if I wanted a shower I could go down to the lake for a refreshing bath. PC and phone was recharged by a small solar cell panel.

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The evening was still young, so I decided to explore the trails in the area around my cabin… always curious where all the trail signs would take me… and oh what an amazing evening hike that was! It is fully possible to hike from this place all the way into Rondvassbu and the national park as the trails seems to be well-connected to each other (take a closer look at the map below).

This was worth every bead of sweat that day…no-one around.. only peaceful nature at it’s best with panoramic view towards Rondane National Park and it’s 10 peaks rising above 2000 meters. So which one to choose? rondane nasjonalpark national park landscape photography selfie fjelltur nysysæter

Cosy evening in the mountain pasture cottage by the open fireplace – loading for a longer and higher hike next morning. I absolutely adore this old and peaceful place ❤ hyttetur rondane koselig cosy open fireplace mountain pasture seter mysysæter

The very next day was going to be even more amazing (was that possible?)… entering the national park and hiking a bit higher up… so just stay calm and tuned my dear readers 🙂

 

TRAVEL INFORMATION

Klick on the map below for a larger interactive map and hiking trails information at UT.NO

Map kart Rondane National Park Mysusaeter Veslesmeden Rondablikk Furusjoen Rondvassbu Rondvatnet

Some useful travel links for you:

Hiking Sunndalen mountain valley

At first I thought this mountain valley hike would become the most dull and grey one, but it turned out absolutely magnificent! It would also be my very last hike in the spectacular Jostedalsbreen National Park and Stryn area before I leaving for next work and new outdoor adventures . I only met 2 hikers on this trail, so it’s a perfect hike for those who want to feel nearness to nature in peaceful, beautiful environments.

The weather started out grey with some rain drops now and then, and I admit – it was bit tempting to stay in the cosy cabin to do some extra work on my laptop, but it was a day off so I wanted to just get out..and up!

It started as usual with a bicycle trip from the farm cabin in Oppstryn and around the end of Oppstrynsvatnet lake towards Hjelledalen, where I at Folva took off to Sunndalen mountain valley on a gravel road leading through a goat farm..

 

After a couple of km I parked my bicycle by a tree to hike the rest of the road and then on the marked trail. The goal was the mountain pasture Sunndalssætra, and all the way up I would be accompanied by the beautiful river Sunndøla all the way up to the magnificent waterfall Tverrelvfossen.

Tverrelvfossen it a very photogenic waterfall, especially during the melting period – looks like a bridal veil fluttering in the wind. Tverrelvfossen waterfall foss stryn sunndalssetra sunndalen landscape turjenter hike

It is mostly an easy trail, so this is a nice hike for families too. You will pass a bit of history (PineGuri-steinen), beautiful lush nature, the magnificent waterfall Tverrelvfossen …and of course enjoy your packed lunch at the old mountain pasture Sunndalssetra (depopulated due to frequent rock slides in the older days). There is an available outhouse there too, and also an abandoned lodge house.

Travel info:

  • If you are up to longer and tougher hikes for days this old (but restored) trail continues and will take you over the mountain passing Kamperhamrane, Skridulaupbu to Skjåk or Grotli on the other side, old routes often used by drovers, shepherdess and traders back in the old days. (See this link for more information).
  • I found this informative pdf-file online at Turbok.no including guiding trail photos: Map, info and trail photos for hiking Sunndalen and Sunndalssætra (pdf-file)

Map ( Opens up in http://www.ut.no)map kart sunndalen sunndalssetra hike trail tur stryn

Any questions about this hike? Just ask 🙂

 

Östalbodarna

I have been visiting Östalbodarna (close by Myckelgensjö lake) several times after getting back to Sweden from my stay in Norway. And I think I know why I searched and found this place (except from my natural curiosity for new interesting places to see).

Still summer…

 

I think this place attract me probably because I miss the old mountain pastures I regularly visit in Norway, my mother tought me to love places like this. Östalbodarna (fäbodvall) are based only about 70 km roundtrip by bicycle from my own little farm, so I bike there to enjoy the silence and gather my thoughts, walk around to see and feel the old memories and building details – and of course I get a great cardio workout as well with my MTB-bike 😉

A cosy welcome to Östalbodarna – Indian summer time

 

Awesome views towards Myckelgensjö lake

The last time I was here the autumn colours where glowing as you can see, and I can’t decide if this place are most beautiful in its summer or autumn robe – both are beautiful in their own ways.

It is a petty this pasture are not in use anymore – but soo cool to discover the old cream separator (Alfa Laval)  in on of the windows.. can you see it? It must have been in use up to 1951 when this pasture closed down. And look at those old and solid timber walls, absolutely beautiful!  

I rearly dress up or posh up myself to create a picture, I want my pics to be as be natural and real as possible – so during my latest autumn bike trip here I had an old skirt with me just to keep my ass warm when not biking – so that’s is why I had a skirt on here while eating my lunch, I’m not biking in it! 😀

 

Stau tuned to also see more of the Norwegian mountain pasture I visited this year