Rondvassbu to Veslesmeden climb (2015 masl)

After an early wakeup call from the passing baryton sheep at 5 o’clock in the morning, I enjoyed a sunny outdoor breakfast and prepared a daypack for a hike. The day before I had discovered a bicycle that belonged to the mountain pasture, and decided to borrow it since it had tires that was more fitted than my bike for the pebbled gravel road I would follow in to Rondane National Park.

Such a welcoming and promising view…Rondane rondvassbu bike tour trip travel landscape rondvatnet

The goal was Rondvassbu, and from there I would decide where to hike. From Mysusæter the road went upwards (of course) in the beginning, but then it mostly flattens out – and wow what a gorgeous painting  to bike in all the way (10 km) to Rondvassbu. 

During the summer season you can rent a bicycle at Spranget situated 6 km from Rondvassbu (it is not allowed to drive further in) to reach Rondvassbu a bit faster . It’s also possible to choose from several other hiking routes back again. (Open the detailed Rondvassbu-map further below).

Rondvassbu – the starting point for lots of great hikes and 2000-meter-peak climbs. Every morning during the summer season the boat -MS Rondejenta -will transport you to the other end of lake Rondvatnet( 1168 masl).rondvassbu dnt cabin dnt mountain hike

 

First part of the trail leading up to Veslesmeden, here you have a spectacular view towards Rondvassbu and Rondvatnet…Rondvassbu DNT hytte cabin norway rondane nasjonalpark hik trails

The beautiful situated DNT-hut Rondvassbu was yet not open for visitors this day (it opened the day after I was there ..alrighty), but I could borrow the lady’s room and had a lefse-meal by the crystal clear lake Rondvatnet.

Rondvassbu is a great starting point for many of the 2000-meter peaks surrounding the place … so I picked Veslesmeden (2015 masl) as a possible “topptur” target that day, and followed the well-marked trail upwards.

Yes, I DO like the thought that I got myself up here at 2 015 meters above sea level all the way from Otta just by biking and hiking up … no motor driven = no carbon dioxide emissions to get up here. (Most people drive all the way up to Spranget and park there) before hiking.  veslesmeden rondane

No, I didn’t fall asleep alright… I guess I’m just a StoneHugger 😀Veslesmeden topptur hike climb Rondane landscape Najonalpark Park Norge mountains panoramic Norway

It was still early in the season, so I didn’t meet many hikers that day. A nice chat with a german couple returning from another trail.. and a guy far ahead of me with the same peak in mind was all. Higher up it was still soft snow layers here and there to pass, but not a problem really.

I finally reached a “plateau” (1871 masl), and from here I could see the wide “ridge” to follow and the final steeper ascend to the very top.  Just watch your steps the last part, and you will be fine.

Peaceful moment..just sitting there to take it all in.. no sounds..just the wind.. 

Some seconds of peaceful live-view from Veslesmeden

 

 

USEFUL TRAVEL INFO LINKS

 

Trail map from Mysusæter to Rondvassbu (click to se large interactive map with info)map kart rondvassbu veslesmeden topptur

 

Trail map from Rondvassbu to Veslesmeden (click to se large interactive map with info)

map kart rondvassbu Veslesmeden

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.

mysuseter mountain pasture cabin window view furusjoen rondablikk rondane national park seter hyttetur landscape

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:

Via Ferrata Loen

Shortly before the second bicycle tour from Oppstryn to Loen I found my bicycle punctured by a push-pin, and I had no mending-kit available at that time. But the very kind cabin landlord saved my sorry ass by lending me her own bicycle – as she knew I had booked a climb up the famous Loen Via Ferrata route. My panniers fitted nicely, so off I went!

Arriving Loen camp site I first put up my little tent, and decided to include a bike and hike into Bødalsbreen glacier that very same evening…. most probable because I longed for a bicycle ride along that beautiful Lovatnet again. The weather was shifting, and the last part of the road ascending up to Bødalssetra trail was tough so I had to push the bike up.

From Bødasseter it takes about 30-45 minutes to hike into the foot of Bødalsbreen glacier. Expect some snow and slush along the trail early in season, (I was here at the end of May 2017). If you want to see a beautiful photo of how far down this glacier arm once reached (among green grass and flowery meadows) many years ago – then do pay a visit to Loenvatn Feriesenter 

 

 

Via ferrata Loen. Next morning I woke up in a hot sunbathing tent! Luckily in weather again! I biked down to the Loen Active center to join the fully booked groups, as first time on this route I didn’t want to climb it alone. We would actually climb up to Hoven (1011 masl) and take the Loen Skylift down again. Everything is located in central Loen and easily accessible, we just choose to take the long way up ..ha..ha.

A magic bicycling ride along the Lovatnet lake once again – the sun is shining and life is good!Lovatnet bike trip Lodalen bødalen

 

It turned out to be an absolutely spectacular day with fun and awesome people in my climb group, a super hot and sweaty rock face to force… and breathtaking views!  The only bad thing was my GoPro who decided to die right before the climb (battery),  oh so annoying – but in my group we used each other’s phones to still get some photos of a memorable day.

 

 

Gjølmunnebrua suspension bridge (below) wasn’t that scary actually, a bit shaky perhaps… my lil’ group decided to skip the wire bridge further up as it was clogging/queuing with people that day, instead we continued straight to the top and grabbed an ice-cold beer before the bar closed at HovenLoen skylift took us all the way down again in just minutes. 

 

Travel information:

Finally, just personal via ferrata-advice from me: in the peak season it is smart rent the necessary equipment and climb the route without a guide (if you know how to climb via ferrata of course) – to avoid waiting a long time every time a crux is clogging with less experienced climbers.  But I don’t regret joining that guided group first time here as it was extra fun and social, and not so “desolated” as it felt when I later climbed the via ferrata Skuleberget on my own.

 

Map from Loen to Bødalsseter mountain pasture and Bødalsbreen glacier

Having a break with an awesome view towards Lovatnet.Loen via ferrata norway climb

 

 

Segestad mountain farm of Norway

Segestad (Sigdestad) mountain farm (ca 314 masl) was the first place I really wanted to visit in Oppstryn, wich ended up as a favourite place to go thank’s to it’s close availability. On our national day (May 17) I was dressed as most Norwegians would dress, first at work and then up at the mountain farm in the evening.

On my way biking around Oppstryn lake to visit Segestad – a bit to the left in the picture you see a tiny glimpse of Glomnesfossen and a farm you will pass before hiking up to the mountain farmstrynevatn oppstrynsvatnet segestad nordfjord

For my first visit I asked a work colleague to come along, and we bicycled about 10 km around the lake, passed the little cosy village Hjelle, before hitting the gravel road. There is a parking lot here (parking fee), but just make sure you don’t go up at the very first trail as you could end up hiking upwards on the wrong side of the river and waterfall (then you will have to hike much longer to cross the river). We discovered this far up and had to go down again ony to get up at the correct side, so we sure got a lil’ extra workout right there 🙂

Walk around on the farm outdoor and indoor and just take in all that beauty you will be surrounded bySegestad mountain farm oppstrynsvatnet

So just make sure you have the river on your right hand side going upwards the trail. You can also take a quick detour (signpost) to view the awesome waterfall Glomnesfossen, don’t miss it! It only takes about 30-60 minutes to hike up to the farm, all depending on your speed and fitness… and camera use!

The trail is a bit steep here and there, so just keep to the trail for safety and enjoy the views on your way up. Until 1723 they had to use a stepladder to get up to the farm!

You are welcome to go in and have a look around and eat your packed lunch in the old kitchen if the weather is bad – I have seen lots of photos of Segestad outdoor, but here you have some indoor photos too.. 

segestad window view oppstrynsvatnet

Finally up there you will have a spectacular view over Oppstryn lake, mountains and the areas around. I really loved to go up here just to sit and have a silent moment by myself after work. It is a popular summer place, but not crowded. I rarely met anyone up here, maybe because I was a bit early out that season.

Living room: I absolutely adore old and original furnishing – and yeah, I think my travel mascot adores the chair too! 😀Segestad furnishing cultural treasure indoor old fashion design

You are welcome inside and overnight!  The farm-house is abandoned but open to visitors, so you are welcome to go inside and have a look around, here and there you will also find information text for interesting facts and history about this cultural treasure.

There is a waters tap outdoor, electricity and an outhouse in the barn for your comfort. It is also possible to stay overnight in the farm-house for a very small amount (about 10 EURO per person). remember to contact the foundation/Segestads Vener first (mail me for their phone number).

A room for creation… it would be so cool to learn using this loom, but where the heck would I store something like this in my lil’ home?weave vevstol textile segestad oppstryn cultural treasure stryn

For your information: It is also possible to continue the trail inwards the mountains to get to Glomnessætra, and return along on the other side of the river. Hopefully I will have the chance next time I’m around.

Even if the sun don’t shine and the light is sharp the lake is an amazing sight from this mountain ledge. It’s about 300 meters straight down to a bunch of sheep here … and they will not soften any fall – so watch your steps.. later I will tell you why I always urge about this..segestad oppstrynsvatnet stryn nordfjord

A detailed trail view map from UT.NO

Tips! If you like short, steep and partly unavailable hikes to mountain farms – I would suggest you go for a hike up to Skageflå in Geiranger

Travel highlights and hidden gems of Norway

Are you already planning and ponder where to go this summer in Norway? Oh yes, there is SO MUCH to choose from – I know! So keep on reading and have a look to be inspired!

Talking about hidden gems. If you pay attention (and hopefully don’t just speed hike only to brag “Been there, Done that”) – then you will find small pearls like this.fugleegg i Loen birds nest eggs Nordfjord

Last summer I was going back home to work at my usual job at the Power and Avalanche Center in Norway for the summer, when I unexpectedly was offered a 2. job I really could not resist, so the first month would be at a new place in absolutely awesome surroundings – I’m sooo excited to show you!

I had also brought my laptop to work and be available for my usual clients – so no wonder I cherished every minute I had a couple of hours or a day off, I was out there hiking and bicycling to explore well-known and unknown gems and treasures in the area I was living, including several traditional mountain pastures that I absolutely adore to read the history of and to visit. You can too!

So, after packing my bicycle panniers and traveling to south of Sweden by train to leave my son at his father’s house and my two cats at a friend’s house for the summer (the puppy came to us later) – I finally found myself on the plain from Stockholm on my way home to Norway.

I often miss my family, especially during hard times – and it was a true pleasure, with tearful eyes, to fly over the beautiful mountains surrounding the city of Bergen and the island I grew up on. HOME!Norwegian flight Bergen view Norway travel

I only got 2 hectic days together with my family, we had to get stuff and a reasonable trek bike my mother wanted to give my son in Sweden, so I would use it in Norway to get around and bicycle it back to Sweden after my work season (my own trek bike I had to leave in Lofoten) – so this would be the 3rd summer I would do a solo bicycle tour – wich also would be my vacation and time for peace of mind. 

2 days off duty and I was on my bike that very morning on my way up to spend a night in the mountains. Let me show you more of this beautiful gem and where to stay ..soon to follow…

Now, if you would like my personal advice, photos and experiences of where to go for both well-known and hidden gems in spectacular Stryn, Loen, Rondane National park, Valldalen, Åndalsnes, Dovre bikeway, Røros .. etc ..(and only God knows where else I was at certain moments) – including where to bicycle, hike, go fishing, climb Via Ferrata or stay for a night in cabin or tent – then don’t miss out my upcoming post’s!

Here I am exactly where I wanted to be for a “reset” in between two jobs. On this panoramic and peaceful evening hike I’m looking towards Rondane mountain massif where I would bike and climb up the very next day… Rondane National Park mountains

Now, only a small delightful problem awaits, the decision agony when choosing among all the awesome photos I want to show you… can’t post them all can I ..ha..ha … but I have added some samples preview here for you – I hope you will stay tuned for more!

Looking towards my first place of work for the summer on the other side of the lake. I discovered some awesome gems to visit in this area, and here I am up at one of them. I will tell you guys more soon..Norway nature lake hiking mountain pastures Nordfjord panorama mountains

Warning! Now and then the Norway-posts will probable be interrupted with my newbie crochet creations (just cant’ resist) – and of course our every day life up here in Northern Sweden – but I’m pretty sure you can handle that too 😀

Norway Highlights – Hiking and Biking Lofoten

I invite you to have a quick glimpse and perhaps find travel inspiration from these awesome moments extracted from hiking and bicycling in Lofoten this summer (including the Norddal area where I worked).  Later I will post more information for everyone that are interested in visiting these godsmacking areascuz, who the heck aren’t???

Norway solo travel hiking biking nature landscape quote photography liss myraas

 

As you can see…it’s not nature alone that create moments and memories when I travel – it is also in meeting people for short or longer moments during a journey…. especially when I travel solo and without any expectations whatsoever – yeah, that’s when magic moments are created! 

Have a look my dear readers:

 

Lofoten

Sitting here in Narvik this evening with stars in my eyes looking back at the last weeks adventure along Lofoten. I almost can’t believe how wonderful these days have been stuffed with lovely people, hard work, relax, wild camping and biking/hiking in absolutely godsmacking scenarios.

Selfie: From yesterday’s wild camping spot with a view    Lofoten svolvaer wild camping landscape bicycle tour visit norway photo liss myras

 

The only down thing was the damn time limit – again – but reality is waiting impatient around the corner.

Next time I would need to spend at least several more weeks to really explore this landscape treasure the way it deserve. I will absolutely love to show you why with more photos and info as soon as I can…

Seen from my bicycle – you may recognize this magic scenery?Lofoten visit Norway hiking bicycling roadtrip landscape nature photo liss myraas

Norway bike hike (Part 4): Sognefjord

Finally my last post from last summer’s bicycle tour in Norway. I guess it’s about time since my next coming bike hike adventure tour is just round the corner.

In the last bike-hike post I left Krossbu and was biking over Sognefjellet, and now the lovely downhill roads was waiting after the ascend upwards all the way from Lom.

 

On the way down from Sognefjellet mountain road soon to reach Turtagrø further below – here with a view towards Tindeveien.sognefjellet grotli bike tour landscape photo liss myras

 

I stopped for a substantial lunch at Turtagrø hotel, and continued downwards the narrow mountain road 55 towards Skjolden. It actually felt a bit sad to leave the mountains, but the sight of the deep blue-green fjords kind’ of made up for it 😉

After a  somewhat risky experience on an old side road that was blocked by rocks and partly collapsed (I think it was out side Ottatunnelen I had to return and went through the tunnel instead) I finally reached Luster and decided to camp here for a night by the sea.

Somewhere along Lustrafjorden (an arm of Sognefjorden) – stopping now and then to shoot photos of one of the many eyeballing-worthy views along this fjordSognefjord Norwegian fjords visit norway bicycle tour photo liss myraas

 

Alternative way: In Skjolden you can choose to follow a less trafficked road FV331 for a while, just keep in mind you will have to take the ferry from Ornes to Solvorn and join the main road again. Hopefully the main road traffic is back to normal again.

Luster: Sunny morning-glory fjord view from my lil’ tent – heading for a good breakfast & coffee at the local bakery LustrabuiLuster fjord tent camping bicycle tour visit Norway photography liss myraas

 

Traffic: Bicycling the road from Marifjøra to Sogndal was the worst part during my whole trip, and my hands was shaking when finally arriving Sogndal city. After a serious fire in the Gudvangatunellen much of the traffic was redirected my way, wich created som nervous situation due to increased heavy traffic.

A lovely morning breakfast at the local Lustrabui bakery shop in Luster – good coffee, fresh pastries and a very promising sun sognefjorden norwegen luster lustrabui bakery breakfast bicycle tour photo liss myraas

 

Boating home to mama: I spent a couple of days in Sogndal considering if I should continue and which way to choose of so. I finally decided, also due to time running out, to jump on the Sognebåten to Bergen, a 4,5 hours magnificent boat trip along Norway’s deepest and longest fjord (204 km) Sognefjorden. Recommended!

Sogndal by night – view from my camp placesogndal city by night view bicycle trip visitnorway photo liss myraas

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The kind captain of Sognebåten also invited me up to the wheelhouse for coffee and told me a lot about the nature and surroundings along this awesome fjord. Great memories indeed and a spectacular finish of last summer’s bicycle tour.

It felt luxuriously to just sit back, relax, enjoy and take in all the amazing landscapes Sognebåten are passing along Sognefjorden during 4,5 hours. Absolutely a decent ending of this trip. Don’t forget your sun lotion!sognefjord sognebåten norwegian fjords photo liss myraas

More Info, Tips & Links:

 

Now a new bike hike tour is about to begin in another part of Norway – so stay tuned for more adventures my dear readers 🙂

Trollstigen cycle climb

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Almost can’t believe that I yesterday bicycled up Trollstigen with my cheap and heavy trek bike including luggage and a backpack. After a hiking day in Åndalsnes I headed back to work in Tafjord on my bicycle, and when people asked I said I most probably would walk up Trollstigen like I did last year, but a nice and calm bicycling climb up the serpentine road including some quick “photo pauses” made it absolutely bearable to actually bike up without a need of a lighter racer/mtb-bicycle – after all it wasn’t a race.

Bispen (Bishop) is flashing itsel’f  a bit but Kongen and Dronningen (the King and the Queen) is a bit shy and hiding in the mist for the momentbispen kongen rauma isterdalen andalsnes trollstigen photo liss myraas

Thank’s to all you lovely bypassing people that was cheering me upwards from your cars and MC’s – it helped! And so cool to meet some you again at the top indeed. I think the notorious Trollstigen and it’s mighty surrondings touches us all in one way or another – this really became a real scenic cardio day to remember 🙂

The peaks of Bispen (the Bishop) and Kongen (the King) to the left – with  an amazing view of the famous Trollstigen and Isterdalentrollstigen road rauma andalsnes photo liss myraas

 

I`l be back 😉

Hurtigruten MS Polarlys

Hurtigruten ms polarlys bergen geiranger norwegian photography liss myraas

Yeah! Finally back in Norway again! After just 2 days at home I again packed my bags and headed for Norway. When asked to work at the power and avalanche center in Tafjord again I did not hesitate – of course I would!

First I had to fly over for a short visit/stopover at my  family’s place on the Norwegian west coast to get my bicycle along, as I would need it where I work for transport through the tunnels.  To bring the bicycle and luggage with my as smoothly as possible (without having to fly again) I this time choose to travel with Hurtigruten from Bergen as my family lives just a couple of hours from this city.

Every single soul with a camera on the ship was out shooting this beautiful sunset in the Norwegian skerrieshurtigruten sunset landscape photo liss myraas

 

So, with a student discount the price from Bergen to Geiranger (1 night w/bicycle) was actually reasonable. I also got the last (and very nice) cabin available for a good price too for a place to crash and store my stuff (thank’s mom!).

MS Polarlys is one of the more modern ships and very comfortable to sail with – and after stressful days it was absolutely lovely to just relax on deck in the most beautiful sunset, knowing my bicycle was safely secured with ropes down at the car deck where the  serviceminded crew looked after it very well.

Childish or not… pretty cool to enjoy passing landscapes even if it’s way past bed time ..ha..ha.. hurtigruten cabin view selfie

 

I guess it’s difficult to describe the beauty of gliding into Geirangerfjorden on the ship among the massive mountains, waterfalls and old mountain pastures, but you can just imagine. Disembarking the ship was done with an smaller pick-up boat that brought us to the pier.

From Geiranger I started the sweaty ascent upwards Ørnevegen (where I euphoric wheeled downwards last year) before xx hours later arriving Tafjord …and my cosy room for this summer.

Leaving the ship MS Polarlys in this pick-upboat – with a nice view to the serpentine road Ørnevegen (Eagle Road) with its 11 hairpin bends  that I soon would start ascending together with the bicycle and luggage.. sweaty…DCIM100GOPROG0300051.

Well…it’s kind of obligatory to stop at Ørnesvingen to enjoy and shoot this scenic view alrightDCIM100GOPROG0450075.

 

On the road again.. for the day.. passing this mountain ridge Skorene once again – a very impressive sight indeed…feels really good to be back!DCIM100GOPROG0700109.

 

During this summer I will certainly serve you some outdoor activities I’m planning to do this summer in this blog and my Instagram account – so don’t you go too far away 😉

Norway Bike Hike (Part 3): Sognefjellsvegen and Krossbu

Bicycling along Sognefjellsvegen Route 55 was nothing less but spectacular! If I had stopped for everything I considered “picturesk” – I would still be up there!

Norway jotunheimen hike bike tour adventure landscape photoliss myraas

 

So, after a couple of days in wonderful Lom I packed up my tent, saddled my bicycle and continued towards Sognefjellet. In glittering sunshine I started on the famous Sognefjellsvegen road ((National Tourist Route)) wich eventually would lead me up the highest mountain pass road in Norway and Northern Europe.

 

View of the mighty peak of Store Smørstabbtinden ((7,244 ft)) from the glacier pond – I was up there somewhere having lunch while enjoying a spectacular mountain scenery

Store smorstabbtinden krossbu glacier sand jotunheimen photo liss myras

 

Needless to say that most of the road up to Krossbu was mostly ascending. My key was to take short breaks whenever I found a beautiful view spot (happened a lot), drink lots of water in the heat and take pics. And of course this road through Jotunheimen mountain world  was stuffed with awesome landscapes – all the time – exhausting..ha..ha..

About 1700 m.a.s.l on an “plateu” near Leirvatnet – just look at this fabulous view towards the famous Hurrungane (incl Skagastølstindane, Styggedalstindane, Dyrhaugstindane, Maradalstindane, Austanbottstindane, Soleibotntindane)Smorstabbreen Krossbu Sognefjellet Jotunheimen Norway landscape photo liss myras

 

Arriving Krossbu (1267 masl) I realized I was in paradise – and quickly decided to stay a couple of nights, because here you will have direct access to great hiking trails, clacier courses and climb a bunch of mountain peaks above 2000 masl. 

They also have a nice camper place both for tenting and caravan’s, but I wanted to dry my tent again and got a very simple “on budget” private room in the old “side annex”. I really appreciated the cosy old-fashioned style and nice mood at this mountain station, good nourishing breakfast, the helpful and friendly staff and visitors.

One of my highlights on this bike tour for sure!

On my way down again I took the path along the glacier pond, much easier.  So make sure you actually follow the river upwards if you are heading for Store Smørstabbtinden – I took the hard way up.. ouch!   

Smorstabbreen glacier Krossbu Sognefjellet Jotunheimen Norway landscape photo liss myras selfie

 

I had a “lonesome wolf” day where I hiked up to about 1800 meters on Store Smørstabbtinden. Up there I decided not to go all the way (2203 m.a.s.l) to the top because of strong gust of winds.. not alone… and then walked along the arm lake of Leirbrean (a glacier arm of Smørstabbreen which the largest glacier in Jotunheimen) on my way down. It is one of the most peaceful days I ever had, only interrupted/bombed with awesome views.

Having a nice view towards the road I would continue bicycle on to cross the highest mountain pass in Northern Europe. Imaging sitting here again just listening to the flowing river again. (Krossbu mountain station is placed right below that serpentine road here.)  

visit norway Krossbu Sognefjellet Sonefjellsvegen hiking national bicycle tour landscape photo liss myras

 

After a decent brandy with my new mountain fellows I next morning had to say good-bye and saddle up to cross Sognefjellet. I knew some light rain and hard gust of winds was waiting that day, but the sun can’t shine every day!

The narrow road combined with hard unexpected gust of winds from the sides was a bit too exciting when cars where passing, but a moderate biking tempo and well-balanced packing got me through the day up there! I think I like a bit rough weather now and then – after all, I am a Norwegian viking ..moaha..ha! 😉

Crossing Sognefjellet mountain – a bit grey and wind-blown weather that day for sure…but not at all boring! Recognize this view?

Norway bike trip travel adventure sognefjellet mountain photo liss myraas

 

 

And as always … the good thing you always keep in mind when you’re up there tramping the pedals upwards…. soon enough you will get the chance to roll downwards again – big time! Now I just have 1 more post to go about this bike tour for you – cuz new adventures are already on – so stay tuned my dear readers!  🙂 

Norway Bike Hike (Part 2): Galdhøpiggen and Jotunheimen

So the bike tour continued to roll. I fully enjoyed this feeling of freedom with no obligations, no time to keep and no strict plan. I made a lot of stops, mostly because I was not able to shut down my always observing “photoeye” – everything is interesting! Just like during my warmup bikehike-tour to Åndalsnes and Romsdalseggen 

The hospitality I met most places was really a joy.. so welcoming and helpful people, but still not pushing. Most of the time I didn’t at all feel alone as most people are very curious about what you’re up to, especially when you are “solotripp’n” I believe, and as a solo traveller you will pretty soon connect with other solo travellers from all over the world – awesome!

Billingen in Skjåk: Did a morning stopover here and was served a supertasty local produced breakfast by the lovely owner – afterwards I went out to do a spontaneous “poem-track” upwards the frothing river Tora before I continued my bike ride – such a cool experience and some wise words richer! This is also a gateway into beautiful Breheimen Nationalpark and Reinheimen NationalparkNorway Billingen Tora foss Breheimen Nasjonalpark diktarstig Jan Magnus Bruheim skjak photo liss myrås

 

Along RV15 you will have a 360 degrees of magnificent landscape views … but by the time I passed Grotli Høyfjellshotell the traffic had increased with more heavy traffic, however, as long as the road could offer me a shoulder it worked very well (see tip below). And fortunately (with a few exceptions) most drivers DO make allowance for cyclists. After bargaining a night in a cosy cabin along the way to dry up my equipment, a lil’ morning trek and tasty breakfast stopover at Billingen, I continued towards Lom national park village in Bøverdalen and Jotunheimen

Reaching Lom I decided to stay a couple of nights. so I set up my tent pretty near the always roaring river Bøvra at a camp site – of course with a beautiful view to the surrounding mountains, but please bear in mind that you may need ear plugs if you want to sleep near this river  😉

After a massive burger & fries dinner together with a chilled cider I decided to take an evening walk to check out the famous Lom Stave Church for some historical inspiration and design admiration – dated back to the 12th century! Lom stavkirke stave church Norwegian attraction history oppland photo liss myrås

 

The very next day I actually had a lil’ plan – to climb Galdhøpiggen – the roof of Norway also the highest mountain in Scandinavia and Northern Europe at a hight of 2,469 m (8,100 ft) – we just call it Piggen in Norwegian.

The rising sun was promising and the morning bus brought a nice bunch of mountain hikers & climbers up the serpentine road and into the Jotunheimen National Park. Since we had to cross the glacier Styggebreen we needed harness and safety ropes, but otherwise this is a not a hard climb and suites most healthy people,families .. and dogs.

Packet with mountain lovers at the end of Styggebreen clacier: After an exceptionally grey summer the sun finally glitters and illicit hordes of people to enjoy this fun and beautiful day – not exactly a day for those who seeks silence and tranquility – but for a change I actually loved to be among all these smiling faces    Norway mountaineering Galdhøpiggen styggebreen juvasshytta jotunheimen photo Liss Myras

 

NOTE! On our way down we met two tourists not wearing any equipment crossing the glacier Styggebreen, and they did not care at all that a guide warned them. This annoys me a lot, as I see it as lack of respect for nature and to use common sense in the mountains. And what kind of signals does this send out to others? It is really cheap to join a guided tour with necessary equipment at Juvasshytta! (It will only cost you 175 NOK)

 

In our “rope lane” we were accompanied by this absolutely charming and adorable samoyed dog – very energetic and also very photogenic …and of course posing like a king on the roof of Norway! 🙂Galdhopiggen jotunheimen Norway mountain lom samoyed mountaineering photo liss myaas

 

This day was 1 of only 5 sunny days on Piggen during the whole summer a guy told us – so we where lucky! The Norwegian army paid us a flyby-visit at the top of Galdhøpiggen with one of their hercules ..to celebrate an awesome day. Many of us screamed when the air plane passed, it sure did look like it would crash right into the top hut ..ha…ha whohaaa!piggen herkules mountains

A flying view 

 

Back at the Juvasshytta we where a little bunch of very pleased people just sitting outside relaxing in the wonderful weather with some hot chocolate and candy, waiting for the experienced and kind bus driver to take us back down. I only have one important reminder/advice for days like this..to save you a lot of pain: PLEASE …bring your highest sun protection!

 

Morning glory trek somewhere in Skjåk before hitting the road ….Norway Oppland Skjak Nysætervattnet water landscape photo liss myrås

 

To be continued…..

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Some trip advice for travellers in Norway:

Travelling solo? Ask for a discount:

Now and then (especially if you’re bike touring) you want to rent a cabin to rearrange, fix and dry all your stuff (clothes, tent, sleeping bag, shoes etc) – mention that you travel alone and you may get a discount, very appreciated since renting cabins in Norway usually isn`t a cheap experience.

 

Local produced food, poems and national parks:

Billingen Seterpensjonat in Skjåk will serve you local produced products, breakfast and room. Also a gate to Breheimen Nasjonalpark, Reinheimen Nasjonalpark and the “Diktarstigen” where you can trek along the Tora river and read poems by Jan Magne Bruheim.  View their Facebook-page. 

 

Plenty of outdoor activities and adventures to do in Lom:

Make sure you spend enough time in the Lom (preferably at a decent price at one of the camping sites or Bøverdalen hostel if you’re on budget like me). There is so much to do in this area both for sports and mountain lovers or nature seekers that 2 days are far from enough…try out zip-lining across Prestefossen, climb a bunch of 2000-meter mountains, go into the ice world at the Climate Park (Klimaparken) or visit Norsk Fjellmusem.

 

Along road 63 and RV15 from Djupvasshytta to Lom you have 3 great national parks around (Right before you enter the RV15 from63 you can choose to take off and bike most of this stretch on a parallel road with much less traffic! – unfortunately I am not sure about conditions for this “cabins road”)

Jotunheimen Nasjonalpark

Reinheimen Nationalpark

Breheimen Nationalpark

 

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Map of Part 2 from Djupvasshytta to Lom + the 3 surrounding national parks

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Norway Bike Hike (Part 1): Geiranger and Norddal

The goal was neither to go highest, deepest, fastest, furthest or toughest – I would bike, hike and rest whenever and wherever I wanted – no stress – just be!  Finally the time had come for my very own “10-day-moment” and my trek bike was packed and ready to roll on a roadtrip. The Norwegian highway was waiting with its amazing mountains, fjords and solid people – once again I would curiously explore my own country.

Selfie: My very last mountain trek in Trafjordfjella before hitting the road, where I discovered this beautiful panoramic pearl that very day. Well, what a view to be leaving, but new one’s where waitingnorwegian mountain tafjordfjella fjelltur natur panorama liss myrås 

The bike trip plan had been yeasting somewhere in the back of my head all summer when I worked at the  power and avalance center in Tafjord, but it was not before I got my hands on a very cheap but solid Polish trek bike that I knew I would be biking home to visit my momma before heading back to Sweden where I live now.

A panoramic break at Eidsvatnet (Norddal) to enjoy this awesome mountain ridge named Skorene – it’s hhest point is Søre Skora wich is 1829 meters a.s.l Norway Skorene Norddal mountain ridge foto Liss Myrås

 

I collected the most essential bicycle equipment a little bit from here and there, something new, old and borrowed, and briefly planned possible bicycle routes and tent camps online … the rest would probably solve itself gradually on-the-road. I would say: Plan your trip to death = stress and disappointments! But one thing is important to plan when you bike in Norway – know where your tunnels are! (see link below)

So, what could be seen, done or enjoyd these 10 days I had for my very own disposal before going back to daily routines, duties and tasks piling in the horizon? Nature, nature and nature… and awesome wonderful people!! ♥

Looking back to Geiranger somewhere between those mountains – you will never get tired of the view!Norway bicycle ride Geiranger road landscape photo liss myrås

I did’t have a clue that my total bike luggage weighed well over 25 kilos! I had two filled waterproof sidebags, a handlebar bag and my tent roped on the handlebars, a waterproof stuff sack containing my sleeping bag on the luggage carrier, and finally a backpack containing my laptop and camera etc Not to forget new led lights, reflections in many forms… and of course my nice cool reflex pennant! 😉 It’s so goddamn important to be seen on the roads and in tunnels!

First aimed stopover was the famous Geiranger, so that day in August I finally rolled on my bike down the first hill away from my hired summer residence – a bit worried that the bike would violently puncture or collapse after a few meters, but it worked like a charm – all the way actually!

First through the scary Heggurdtunnelen for the very last time that summer …. passing Valldal and then taking the ferry across the fjord to Eidsdal and started the mild ascent up to Eagle Road (Ørnevegen).

From Ørnevegen everything went downwards the awesome serpentine roads only interrupted by a short obligatory photo shoot break at the famous Ørnesvingen. The nice thing about biking is that you also can stop on tricky places where cars can’t to get a great shot!

Shot on my way down Eagle Road (Ørnevegen) towards GeirangerNorway Geiranger Ørnevegen bike trip photo liss myrås

 

I did not feel for stopping when I passed the little town in Geiranger because it was just packed with lots of tourists, noicy aggressive buses and cars – this is not how I remember Geiranger from my younger days. I talked to a local that was pretty tired of this circus, tourists come into thei’r private garden and stare at them through the windows while they are having breakfast…  ha..ha ..so visitors, please behave! 😀

Geiranger tent camping bike tour sunset photo liss myrås

 

So, I continued up the narrow and steeper sperpentine road that eventually would lead me to Djupvasshytta the day after. Halfway ascending I decided to spend the night at a cosy and peaceful camping. After a beautifulsunsetit rained all night, but my very cheap and light tent actually did not leak! Greatful for that indeed I am! The sun finally showed up at noon next day so I could dry my tent in the wind at no-time and continue up the panoramic road ascent up to Djupvasshytta where gale wind was waiting.

Welcomed by gale wind and rain when I finally reached the plateau close to Djupvasshytta (where I enjoyed a massive waffle-dinner.) From now the roads would slightly incline downwards – very nice after two ascents.  

Oppe på fjellet mot Djupvasshytta

 

The tunnel map for bikers below was indeed very helpful – in this way I could see when, where and how to prepare for every tunnel and readabout other bikers experiences. Especially useful when you bicycle along the Norwegian coast (I will find time to contribute the map with my own experience since one of the byroads was a bit dangeours):

Norwegian tunnel map

 

To be continued… 😉

Naturen i sockervadd

Fanns inte en chans att låta bli morgonens cykeltur på mtb:n – vädret bjöd ju på glittriga ispartiklar i luften och ett frostad landskap efter nattens dimfrost. Ett riktigt favoritläge för mig som gillar naturfotografering – dimfrosten har ändrat landskapet till läckerbitar där naturen ser utt att vara innhyllad i sockervadd! Mums!

sweden frosty winter landscape experiment photo liss myrås

Dagens bild ovan blev jag riktigt nöjd med – och jag tycker inte om att editera ihjal en bild too much, men mest bara göra naturliga förbättringar. Fast ikväll har jag testat en “mirroring effect” och fick med ett enda klick denna dubberade spegelbilden – ja man skall då ha det lite kul med foto också. Och tack till bonden som lät mig traska runt på hans mark imorse 🙂

Visste du att:

Dimfrost (inte helt det samma som rimfrost) bildas vid tätt fuktdis eller dimma och minusgrader. Den uppstår på vindsidan av upprättstående föremål och dylikt när antingen underkylda dimdroppar fryser till is eller när vattenånga direkt övergår i iskristaller.

Källa och mer info på: SMHI

Romsdalseggen

Provcyklings-tour!

I den rätt så isolerade fjordbygden jag arbetade i blev man nestan tvungen att skaffa sig något att rulla på – valet föll på en skitbillig trek-cykel som levererades på dörren. Med lite hjälp från den goa hjälpsamma lokalbefolkningen fick vi mekat ihop cykeln som jag kliade efter att få prova på “långtur”.

Innan dess hade jag “bara” cyklat enstaka turar uppåt fjällvägarna för att vandra i fjällen. Lite mindre lyxigt var det att vänja sig till en tung 26-tums trekbike när man e van med en lätt 29-tums mtb  – ungefär som att glida på en go gammal Apache-cykel annon 197-talet! – ja ja, jag har då alldrig varit fisfiin på det, man fick helt enkelt använda lite mer av sin egen styrka och uthållighet 😉

Under hela sommaren har jag cyklat upp till början på fjällstigarna och fortsatt uppstigningarna till fots – kort sagt bike-hike’s. Man har ju heller inget val när man inte har bil. Den här turen var inget undantag, bara lite längre cykelsträcka. Vad som lockar är inget att undra på – det är kombinationen av något man älskar att få göra – och den här vyn förstås… 😉 Romsdalseggen Trollveggen telt utsikt Romsdal Foto Liss Myrås

 

Let’s roll!

Morgonen för avfärd kom och jag hade packat min dagsäck med mitt älskade kamera etc, en vattentät packsäck (till 50 spänn!) rymde mina nödvandigaste grejer och spändes fast till pakethållaren. Kameraväskan surrades fast som frontkorg på cykeln med några lätt-till-hands-prylar i … och att cykla i trekkingskorna sparade ju plats också. Cykelväskorna och andra “måste-ha” var inte kommit i posten än, men det gick då att lösa förvaringen på andra sätt.

Mitt första “hinder” var att ta mig igenom värstingen Heggurdtunnelen som jag var lite skrajsen för – såå låång (5,3 km), mörk, smal, kall, tom, våt ..och utan ventilation – och med den rasövervakade Hegguraksla väntande på andra sidan. Jag svalde den stora klumpen i halsen, slog på alla lyktor, drog upp buffen över näsan och trampade ensam in i mörkret….. vågade inte ens byta växel ifall det skulle strula där inne… småchattde även lite med min döda katt ifall han kunde skicka mig några tröstande tankar där inne, småknäppt jorå ..hi..hi.. Men igenom kom man då till slut…

Väl igenom värstingen Heggurdtunnelen kunde jag lättad stoppa upp och blicka tillbacka på morgonens strålande vy – och äntligen sol! Vilken jävla tur man har ibland! 🙂

Tafjorden Heggurdtunellen sykkeltur norwegian fjords foto liss myrås

 

Uppåt mot fjällpasset

Vid Valldal tog jag till höger och in på den den nationella turistvägen som går mellan Geiranger till Åndalsnes…. gradvis börjar nu vägen stiga i lagom takt, och jag kunde njuta de maffiga turkosiga floderna Valldøla och Rauma som glider, forsar eller bullrar längs hela vägen upp mot fjällpasset… man har friskt kallt vatten tillgängligt – all the time!

Gott om skräckhistorier och varningar fick man höra innan nerturen på Trollstigen, men för mig blev det förstås en upptur neråt….  det var inte så mycket trafik just då tycker jag, så med solens strålar och vind i håret susade jag falskt sjungande neråt den slingrande stigen …som bara avbröts av små förtjusta skrik när man passerade de då välfyllda vattenfallen som stänkte iskallt vatten över mig och cykeln…

Väl uppe vid fjällpasset kunde jag äntligen skåda stågliga Kongen och Bispen till vänster (ja Dronningen finns ju där bakom – precis som en kvinna bak varje successrika man) – och där börjar också Trollstigen slingra sig neråt – man såg förstås fram till en rejäl  “opptur” neråt!!   Bike hike cykeltur Åndalsnes Rauma Romsdal foto Liss Myrås

 

Framme i Åndalsnes

Jag anlände till slut Åndalsnes Vandrerhjem där jag skulle bo i 3 nätter. Det är nog det absolut trevligaste vandrarhemmet jag någonsin bodd på, både de som jobbar där och boende som jag träffade där skapade en underbar atsmosfär den helgen… sånt ger ju extra goda minnen!

Inte att undra på att jag känner mig hemma i Åndalsnes – jag bodde här tills jag var 2 år då min far (som inte längre lever) kom från denna lilla mysiga by. Så lite kännsloladdad blev det ju ibland, särskilt när jag ena dagen cyklade runt Isfjorden och bl a besökte stenkyrkan jag döptes i. Träffade också en rad trevliga folk som känt mina släktingar här, så man fick lite mer info. bikehike cykeltur Åndalsnes Isfjord foto liss myrås

 

Nu var man ju inte enbart ute och cyklade här – man skulle ju upp och härja i fjällheimen också. Ja äntligen skulle jag få kliva och vandra längs den berömda Romsdalseggen. Och med det strålande vädret som äntligen infunnit sig hade man en fantastisk dag framför sig!

Efter cykelturen runt Isfjorden gick jag en sväng ner till sjön precic nedanför vandrarhemmet och bara njöt av den vackra solnedgången just där floden Rauma rinner ut i Romsdalsfjorden – tillsammans med lite musik i hörlurarna och en svalkande iskall cider… life’s good…  Åndalsnes Rauma Romsdalsfjorden landskap foto Liss Myrås

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Upp på Romsdalseggen 

Morgonen startade med en tjock dimmig uppstigning från Venjesdalssetra upp till första “platået”. Därifrån började man att kliva brantare uppåt i tjock snö – och med en fabbulous vy mot Venjetindan som skar sig stolta igenom morgondimman.

Väl uppe fick jag sansa mig något och gradvis vänja mig till de stupbranta panoramavyerna (ja ni vet, min höjdrädslan spökar ju fortfarande) … man får totalt haksläpp av de galet vackra och varierade synen där uppe, en mix av den turkosa fjorden, de snötackta fjälltopparna, den mörka taggiga trollveggen och den slingrande glittrande floden där nere – toppad av lätta små molnfluff som gled runt lite här och där  – godsmacked once again!

Bergstoppar i all ära – jag stortrivs lika bra med att få gå längs långa bergsryggar – då e man ju på topp så mycket längre också …hi..hi 😉Romsdalseggen Åndalsnes Romsdalsfjorden liss myrås

 

Här och där låg det fortfarande snö längs ryggen, men inte värre än att man kunde gå över eller små omvägar – dock liite läskigt med “snötrappan“, men man tog sig då upp. Halsaskaret är välkänt med sina branta och “luftiga” partier,  så ibland fick man kliva och hålla sig i wires eller kedjor – men de flesta fixar det! (Annars finns det en mer familjvänlig stig att svänga av på tidigare vid 840 m höjd)

 

Alla tidspuckon – shut up!

Något obegripligt är väl den typiska frågan om hur många timmar man klarade att göra hela turen längs Romsdalseggen på  –  altså, var det något jag verkligen sket i denna dag så var det väl att följa klockan! Vad hände med att verkligen njuta av ögonblicken , sitta och slänga på en knaus här och där, ta en bra bild eller to eller tre, käka och prata med människor man träffar??? Det MÅSTE väl för f… inte vara prestige i varje steg man tar! I såfall får man väl anmäla sig till Romsdalseggen-løpet då huh! 😉

Vy mot trollveggen och trollska tindar – inga fagra ord gör väl egentligen den här vyen någon rättvisa, man måste nog vara där och uppleva själv….  Romsdalseggen Trollveggen Åndalsnes Romsdal Foto Liss Myrås

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Trollstigen upp i 30 värmegrader

Efter en alldeles fantastisk weekend i Åndalsnes var det dags att cykla sig tillbaka till Tafjord igen för att jobba vidare. I närmare 30 värmegrader skulle man nu upp Trollstigen igen med cykel och bagage … tack alla godingar som hejdade och peppade mig på väg upp serpentinvägarna – de där belgiska våfflorna med sylt och grädde smakade förträffligt väl uppe på toppen! 😀

Trollstigen biking norway cykeltur foto liss myrås

Upp dit igen i värmen, fast lite skugga fick man då ibland från ena bergssidan beroende på sidan man passerade svängarna på – jag roade mig mest med de spektakulära vyarna.. och med att betrakta en och annan lätt panikslagen bobilchaffis.