Hallingskarvet National Park hike

Stairway to heaven – or stairway to Hallingskarvet? Both real awesome choices, but the 2000 steps that lead us directly up to the mountain massif Hallingskarvet National Park was this weekend’s winner for sure.

I chose the trail Prestholtrunden , which is a nice hike suitable for dogs and the whole family. This hike includes some very nice views, so me and puppy shot some selfies up there of courseHallingskarvet view point turblogg turjenter

So, once again me and puppy packed our backpack and headed for a sunny Sunday adventure.  From Geilo we continued on a toll road (40 NOK/have some coins ready!) upwards all the way to Prestholtseter, where we parked and started our hike.

My curious little dog Jenta, she really likes working her way uphills. Probable lots of interesting scents to sniff along the trail too, as you never walk alone here on a Sunday like this Hallingskarvet Prestholtrunden sherpa stairs geilo trail view

Jenta is dancing upwards like a ballerina, and not necessarily on the sherpa stepsHallingskarvet Prestholtrunden sherpa stairs geiloWe are soon reaching the “plateau”. We had no plan here, just “let’s see what trail to choose”  Hallingskarvet Prestholtrunden sherpa stairs geilo trapper

Here we are at Skarvsenden – this hike’s highest point 1 705 meters above sea level. Yes, it’s yet another big pile of rocks/steinrøys we are balancing, and we do love it. The word “Skarv” actually means bare mountain or rock.Hallingskarvet national park views Geilo turblogg

A little lunch break at a view point up there. Here me and puppy where alone, most hikers that day just followed the main trail – today we didn’t. If I see a tiny detour trail, I’m usually too curious too curious to ignore it 😀Hallingskarvet mountain massif

Just one of those beautiful fall views on our way down. According to the map we must be passing Perstølen hereHallingskarvet Prestholtrunden mountain massif geilo

On our way down part of the trail was pretty soggy and muddy after a rainy night, thankfully we could walk on these planks, and puppy could wade in the small rivers to clean here paws. Hallingskarvet Prestholtrunden lapphund geilo

The last part, after coming down from the mountain trail, is on the gravel road towards Prestholtseter. Autumn is for sure a favorite hiking season.  Lots of hiking people this day,so me and puppy drove down to a gas station to get a cheap and tasty cafe latte:DHallingskarvet prestholtseter landscape autumn hike Geilo outdoor friluftsliv Norway

Ok, we will for sure be back as there are other hikes to discover in this area, but first thing first, until then – tada dear readers 😉

Map and some further readings about the hike in Hallingskarvet National Park:

 

Autumn Fishing in the Mountains

We probable had our very last summer days last weekend, so me and puppy have been out in the mountains to enjoy the beautiful autumn colors enhanced by the glowing sun. I decided to bring my easy-to-go telescopic fishing rod and try out a couple of lakes in the area (yes, it’s still possible to buy a fishing licence for some mountain areas).

The first lake we tried out was Kovstulvatnet mountain lake in Tuddal area, a very beautiful place indeed. Lots of people where out in the mountains this lovely weekend, but me and puppy managed to find a peaceful spot to fish.fisketur tuddal telemark fishing lake lapphund dog

After a while, with no sign of life, only lots of too curious ants around, we packed our stuff and drove a bit higher up to Heddersvatn on the other side of the mountain pass, to try our fishing luck there instead.fishing fisketur Telemark tuddal hjartdal

I found a very nice place to base by Heddersvatn lake – we have been hiking around here earlier so I knew the trails where good and nicely accessible from the road parkingfishing telemark lapphund fiske

Our autumn views are just marvelous surrounded by a cosy cabin, crystal clear water, endless mountains  ..and Gaustatoppen’s mast sneaking up there in the backgroundHeddersvatn hytte Gaustatoppen cabin mast landscape

It wasn’t that important to get any fish this day, the most important was to just be outdoor with my puppy and let her run freely around in the heather. Think she really enjoyed this day too with short breaks between her curious discoverings.Fishing heddersvatn autumn lapphund telemark fisketur tinn gaustatoppen stavsro friluftsliv norway outdoors

Sure, it would have been nice to at least serve my puppy a little fresh fish, so that hope never actually left my mind… 😀  But I guess I’m just too spoiled with easy-to-get fish on the hook from the sea, I will have to work more on how to increase my chances to get fish in mountain lakes indeed… the Creme Fraiche need company on the plate!

I tried with a spinner lure in this lake, but it did not seem to lure the fish enough Fishing heddersvatn lake fisketur telemark tinn gaustatoppen friluftsliv norway outdoors

We sure had a wonderful day just enjoying our surroundings while fishing. Me and puppy finished the day with a detour hiking up to a height before finding back to our car. Yes, the shadows are getting longer and the wind a bit colder, lucky us to have this very last summer day of the year in a warm and colorful autumn glow ❤

From the height we had a very nice evening view. Gaustatoppen far to the left as you can see – in the horizon you can catch a glimpse the beginning of the enormous Hardangervidda mountain plateau.  
HEddersvatn GAustatoppen Telemark   I promise to let you know when I get a freshwater fish on the hook. I actually got a good tip on where to go for more and bigger fish in the Tuddal area, but I will keep that as a little secret until next time ;D

Perhaps my dog knew where the fish was hiding.. Finsk lapphund Telemark fisketur

FISHING INFO

To fish in the lakes around Tuddal area I paid 50 NOK for a fishing license – valid for 1 day. I bought my licence from Tuddal Høyfjellshotell, but it is also easy to purchase online from Inatur.no.

Gaustatoppen hike in Telemark

I stopped the car and looked up towards the peak of Gaustatoppen. The clouds where blowing so fast over the top, windy indeed, but it was now ..or ever? Alrighty! I stepped on the gas pedal upwards the serpentine road towards the hike’s starting point Stavsro.

Yes, we are on our way up and the weather is still looking good

Finally me and puppy would visit this looming beauty (1883 masl) that many claim to be the most beautiful mountain in Norway. And oh my what a wonderful hike me and puppy was heading for this day, for once I really took a darn good decision 😀

Looking back for a moment on our way up, the view is already stunning among all these rocks

And don’t you worry about getting lost, it is a very clear and well signed trail all the way. Here you can see exactly where we are, and how far it is left to the top..or if you feel a bit lazy at this point, hike down to Gaustabanen and take the funicular inside the mountain all the way up to the very topGaustatoppen Gaustabanen sign post trail skilt market

On a clear day you can see one sixth (1/6) of Norway! The circular information plates will show you in which direction to look for other known attractions far away around Southern Norway. Gaustatoppen information plate

Not so warm up here any longer, the winter is just around the corner..Gaustatoppen gaustabanen hike topptur fjelltur frozen freezing scenic views telemark Norway – Kopi

Gaustatoppen hike ridge hike Telemark

Out on the ridge we mostly had sun, but also some rain, wind and rock hard hail that really hurts when hitting the face.. but who cares when the view is so awesome!Gaustatoppen ridge hike rjukan telemark travel blogMe and puppy followed the ridge continued behind the mast for some really awesome views – it leads you to the highest point of Telemark and Southern Norwayvisitnorway rjukan gaustatoppen fjell

From scenic views like this I often spot my next hikes. Just a couple of days later we hiked along the lake puppy is looking towards down thereGaustatoppen dog hike ridgegaustatoppen mast lapphund tur

These lovely views followed us for a while on our way down again. I think my dog loves it tooGaustatoppen topptur hike landscape photo fjelltur lapphund dog scenic views telemark Norway

INFO

Parking: There is a parking area at Stavsro where the main trail starts from. It cost 150 NOK for 24h parking. There is also a free toilet here. During summer season the Stavsrohytta café is open.

Trail: The trail is mostly on a rocky trail, but mostly we walked on rounded rocks so my dogs paws was just fine with it. The trail is easy to follow (clear and sign posts/T-marked). I met some friendly sherpas who was working on the trail to make it more accessible and family friendly.

Time & length: Ca 4,3 km one way from Stavsro. Approximately 90-120 minutes up.

Gaustatoppen tourist cabin:  Warm and cosy stone cabin. It is possible to book a stay over night, or buy something to eat and drink in here. I could also leave my dog in the hall while I was eating a thick tasty waffle and hot chocolate. The fresh and clean toilet cost 20 NOK.

Click on the MAP for further information and alternative trailsgaustatoppen kart map info utno

 

Tent Camping at Unstad Beach in Lofoten

The little village Unstad quickly became a favorite place to visit this season, and I have done 4 nice hikes (incoming) from this adorable and peaceful place by the sea. Longing to spend a night here, me and puppy one day I was off work packed our tent and headed for Unstad Beach to hike and spend a night there.

Our little paradise at Unstad beachUnstad beach Lofoten telttur outdoor norsk natur lapphund tent camping sunset

After hiking 2 peaks that day we went down to the sea and found a nice grass spot among the pebbles and pitched the tent. The light rain drops we sensed up in the mountains gradually dissolved and the evening turned in to warm and beautiful sunset.

It’s getting late, but we will stay up a bit longer to just enjoy the lovely surroundingsUnstad beach camping Lofoten

Most of all I just wanted me and puppy to be here together, with no time to keep, to do nothing and just enjoy the absolutely lovely sound of the waves hitting the shore. There really is no better lullaby than that.

Our tent view: My lovely Jenta is first out to enjoying the morning sunrise, the sky promise a warm and sunny dayUnstad beach Lofoten tent view nature sky travel Norway

Early breakfast and hot coffee at 5 o’clock in the morning while the sun is warming up the mountainsUnstad beach Lofoten telttur lapphund breakfast tent camping sunrise

What I like about Unstad is that it is very peaceful and usually not so crowded in high season as other well known beach villages in Lofoten. The little white sand beach and village are also surrounded by several good hikes. It’s also a place for surfers, so you can rent equipment for surfing at Unstad Arctic Surf.

Someone is sleeping….Unstad beach Lofoten telttur lapphund cosy tent camping sunrise

We did a very easy and relaxed hike/stroll into Norddalen vally and lake Norddalsvatnet which we discovered from the peak hikes the day before.Unstad Lofoten best hiking friend moments Norddalen Norddalsvatnet-2

It is so beautiful in Norddalen valley. In here we could see about 6 or 7 white-taled eagles flying around, where one of them “smacked” another eagle in the air so it dropped a dead captured crow to the grown – nature drama IRL!Unstad Lofoten dog hike Norddalen Norddalsvatnet

On our trip back to the “civilization” next evening we first stopped and took an afternoon stroll by this beautiful little beach to play with a dog frisbeeLofoten beach sandnessanden Myrland dog play landscape

Tell me, is she by any chance laughing at my bad tent pitching style? 😀Unstad tent camping dog

Unstad map & driving distances

  • Unstad – Leknes: 25 min. (21,2 km)
  • Unstad – Svolvær: 68 min. (66,4 km)
  • Unstad – Reine:  85 min. (73,6 km)

Click on the map to open it in Google Maps to find your distanceUnstad kart map beach surfing hiking Lofoten Norge camp

 

Værøy hiking in Lofoten

Finally me and puppy was on on our way with the ferry to wonderful Værøy island again. I did the longer hike to Måstad and Måhornet last year in a not so nice weather (yes, it happens to us all) and wanted to do it again … but both Håen, Hornet and Nupen hikes was very tempting today, so me and puppy went for them all – with no regrets!I

HÅEN & HÅHEIA

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On our way out to the view point at Håen – with a spectacular view towards Måstad and Måhornet at Sørland.
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Below us is one of Norway’s most beautiful beaches named Pundsanden
View from Håheia Lofoten Håheia lapphund
View from Håen – No my dear, we will not follow the trail that continues downwards over there
My dog Jenta like views like this too – wondering if those tiny moving spots down there is huntable

I usually have some kind of plan, but keeps it open for changes depending on circumstances. This day it was the sun, it’s position and the heat. I need to take care about my furry dog’s health in the heat, so I chose to first hike up to Håen, hike along Håheia and the scenic ridge with the sun in our back, and then ascend Hornet before a descent to the parking place. All with that lovely breeze in our fur.

 

HORNET

It was necessary to be up in the height to get some comfortable breeze from the ocean, to rest whenever we found a shadow and drink a lot of water.
Scenic views alright… it was a true pleasure to hike along this ridge from Håen to Hornet (in the middle)
The peak of Hornet is waiting…we will hike up along the trail that follows the edge
Holding my dog, some times she is just too curious for my faint of heart for hights, but I have to deal with it
Looking down on the trail and Nato-veien road up towards Håen and Håheia
Awesome views from Hornet towards Gjerdheia and Hamrane.
And a steep view down to Nordlandshagen and the old air port

Once again we met lovely hiking fellows that make our day just a bit brighter than expected, I am always thankful for those meetings, to continue hiking with a big smile in our face.

 

BREIVIKNUPEN

Back in the car me and puppy had lunch, rested in the shadows and drove to Breivika to hike up to Nupen in the comfortable afternoon shadow. The fog came in while we ascended along the ridge, but fortunately it was just temporary, so we continued up to Breiviknuten, the last narrow meters to Nordlandsnupen was not so tempting to do with my dog, but I was more than satisfied with the amazing views from Breiviknupen.

Nupen MNordlandsnupenosken Værøy Lofoten
Don’t forget to actually relax and enjoy the moment with whoever you are together with
Down there is Nordlandshagen, we would visit the area again after this last hike
Værøy nupen hike
On our way down from Breiviknupen
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Yeeees, life is good…
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Best of all… my dear dog reminded me once again of why I actually love hiking,.. to relax, enjoy and take in the moment you are in.

NORDLANDSHAGEN

After the last hike we had some extra time for disposal (before we had to queue up for the evening ferry back). We drove along the absolutely adorable Nordlandshagen just to take in the idyllically and peaceful surroundings here in the afternoon sun.. a little peaceful paradise at the end of Lofoten indeed.

Mosken Nordlandshagen Lofoten Værøya
That peaceful and tranquil atmosphere along the Nordlandsveien in the afternoon sun was good for the mind… I really didn’t wanna leave this place…
Nordlandsnupen
Breviknupen and Nordlandsnupen up there in the afternoon sun
Værøy light house fishing boat
Fishing boat and Værøy light house in the last beams of the sunset
Værøy light housenight fyr
And of course I got a shot of the light house when the ferry passed it …ho..ho.. I never stop seeing pictures 😀

This amazing and magic day on Værøy together with my dog will always be safely stored in my very best of memories

 

I have made you a rough map of where me and puppy hiked, click on it to open the IRL map with more details at http://www.Norgeskart.no

GOD TUR!

 

Justadtinden hike in Lofoten

If you crave for a longer and solid day hike in Lofoten with amazing views, very nice (and mtb-bike friendly) trails, than I can recommend Justadtinden (738 masl) in Vestevågøya.

One of several smaller lakes along the trail Justadtinden hike topptur scenic views mountain landscape lakes Vestvågoy Justadheia Lofoten Norway

This day the weather forecast promised gale at some peaks on the outer (north) side, so instead I chose to go to Justadtinden located on the inner (south) side hoping for some less strong winds. It turned out to be a good choice

No much wind at certain places.. longing for a slight breeze further ahead.Justadtinden hike scenic views mountain landscape lakes Vestvågoy Justadheia Lofoten Norway

The trail has several “up- and downhills” until the final ascend where you probable will use your hands to light scramble the last few meters – not so airy or exposed – until you go near the edges on the top area of course.

I can see the highest peak Himmeltinden over there.. such good memories from last week’s awesome hike there

Some open places during ascend the wind really was working it, but reaching the peak, where you kind of expect the wind to howl, it was close to total calm, almost to hot for my dear furry friend.

I met a local guy there that told me he sometimes experienced this, that the wind blows much harder around the mountain “passes” here, but barely on the top .. our lucky day!

I could see the trail actually continued along a ridge, I might want to find out more about that later 😉

From Justadtinden it is also possible to get a glimpse of Henningsvær. The Kartfjorden is faar down there

Absolutely magnificent views from the top of Justadtinden. There are several nice places her to enjoy a packed lunch or just to sit and enjoy the scenic views.  Justadtinden Lofoten hike

Out on a limb..Justadtinden Lofoten hiking topptur scenic views finsk lapphund steep mountain landscape Norway

On our way back again…Justadtinden turjenter

Lenght: Approximately 12 km round trip

Route marking: Cairns

Parking: Hagskaret

Bus: Leknes – Stamsund

Map: Click to open a detailed map with some further infoMiniatyrkart

 

Himmeltindan hike in Lofoten

A late evening hike to Himmeltindan is well worth it in nice weather. If you are normal fit and healthy you will have a very pleasant hike.

Himmeltindan

Our opinion is that this hike is not as strenuous and steep as written on the Internet (that must probable be from another side than from Haukland beach parking where we started from).

I actually left my dog back home because of that info, but my puppy would have loved to hike this mountain too without any problems. We met several smaller dogs, and it is only airy if you actively seek it along the edges. But the other hike we did the day before is another story alright, but more about that later 😉

Can you see the rainbow?Himmeltindan hike Lofoten

We look over the fjord towards a ridge we hiked the day before, but more about that later dear hiking readers.Lofoten landscape photography

So, this time I was in good company with a dear colleague from work, and we really had a fun and happy hike together when Himmeltindan finally loomed towards the sky without being totally covered in fog. Just some cotton fluff here and there, which makes the views more interesting.

Life is good…Himmeltindan scenic landscape Lofoten climb

Himmeltindan is the tallest peak on Vestvågøy, so the ascent took us about 2 hours upwards on a nice and clear trail. We first reached the south peak, and then decided to visit the north peak used by the military with radars and stuff, but oh sooo very nice views from here, and hopefully worth the risk of not being able to reproduce our self any longer.

View from the north peak Himmeltinden view utsik turjenter

It’s on your own risk entering the north peak according to a warning sign, but we could just not help our self of curiosityHimmeltindan north peak

We had our late evening meal above the cotton fluff between the two peaks. And had a magnificent view towards Uttakleiv, Veggen and Mannen bathing in the warm and beautiful sunset on our way down againHimmeltindan sunset hike visit Norway

Mannen Uttakleiv Veggen Lofoten

 

Hight: 962 masl. (north peak)

Hiking time: Approximately 2 hours (one way)

Car parking: Haukland beach

By bus: Visit Hauklandsbeach.no

 

I made a rough map – klick on it to see an enlarged interactive mapHimmeltindan map kart

More to come soon dear readers 😀

Himmeltindan peak hike Lofoten Vestvaagoy scenic landscape lunch with a view Lofoten

Hornneset seaside hike in Lofoten

From the peak Møntinden I got a nice view over the seashore below us. I got a glimpse of a tempting trail along the shore far down there and decided to pay it a visit at the very next opportunity. So we did. And as usual I shot some photos along the hike for you to view.

When you want an easy hike without crowded “Mount Everest queues” – chose this hikeHornneset beach fnsk lapphund Vikten sandstrand Lofoten

The trail starts (sign post) at the end of the road in the little village Vikten (see map) where I parked the car. Approximately 3 km one way hike. We chose to start the trail that goes along the beautiful sand beach (it is also possible to start the hike right behind the very last farm).

The local fog gives the mountains a slight touch of mystiqueHornneset beach fnsk lapphund Vikten sandstrand Lofoten hiking

The beach trail eventually turns into rocks and boulders, then it joins the nice and clear trail that will lead you all the way to the solar driven light house at the very tip of Hornneset headland. Bear in mind that sheeps will pop up here and there along the trail.

We can see the first headland Mjåneset to pass…Hornneset headland hiking seaside seashore vandring turglad outdoor easy Lofoten

 

The peak Hornet is appearing… our goal is the headland below it embraced by the fog.
Hornneset beach fnsk lapphund Vikten sandstrand Lofoten strandhugg

Once again I regret leaving my zoom lens in the car – of pure laziness. This white tailed eagle was just sitting there posing gracious on a rock, totally ignoring the mocking sea gull. Nice bird area for bird lovers.havørn birds fugler beach Lofoten seaside shore hike

Hornneset is enveloped in fog and we will go straight into it eventually You can see Hornet above the fog and Møntinden peak with it’s telemast far up to the rightHornet Hornneset Montinden seaside seashore hike vandring tur easy turjenter Lofoten

Reaching the light house in the fog – so now scenic views out here here today. Jenta is beautifully matching the rock colors

The solar driven light house at Hornneset. The cold wind is howling and the waves are smashing into the rocks… so let’s go back to the warming sunshine while it’s still there..Hornneset lighthouse fyrlykt headland finsk lapphund dog hike Lofoten Norway

On our way back..the view is wonderful all the way

A weathered wind shed with a view – if you want a place to rest

Daisy flowers likes it here too

My map – you can klick on it to open a detailed and interactive view

 

Møntinden hike in Lofoten

I discovered this beautiful area while me and puppy went for a evening stroll along the landslide-exposed gravel road by the sea. At the end of this road you will find the very peaceful, authentic tiny little village Myrland surrounded by mountains, heathland and a little white beach overlooking the open sea.

You will see and hear lots of cool birds while you go though the first part of the trail in Myrland..great place for bird watchers…

I quickly found out that there was several hiking trails in the area among the heaths and towering spears, so at the very next visit here me and puppy went for the peak of Møntinden (the one with a telemast on top). I will post more from this area soon.

First we went straight forward from the car…

And then we turned right to nicely round the small lakes (Hornvatnet and Litlvatnet) and headed through the heaths up to the edge to the left in picture…

It is possible to hike straight upwards too the peak of Møntinden (if that is your only goal), but me and puppy did a little “detour”, yes, why go directly up if you will miss the best part of this hike…a walk along the edge!

When you reach the edge from Krykkjedalen you will see a trail along the edge towards and up to Møntinden – some places the “outer” trail looked a bit insecure, but it will always be possible to choose the safe inner trail where necessary.Montinden Lofoten hike scenic landscape nature beach mountains fjords Norwegen

The trail: After parking the car (blue spot on my map) I followed the trail(s) that seemed to take us towards my eyeballed goal, the trails are mostly of nice quality, not at all muddy after a rainy night, but perhaps a bit soaked here and there.

Lots of sheep poo here too, so If you have a dog that like munching on that (unfortunately my dog think this is M&Ms) this is probable like walking in chocolate-wondertrail for them) puh…

You can follow the trail both on the inside or outside of the tiny lake Krykkjevatnet – we did a little round-trip to do them both in each direction..(picture from our way back)

Here and there the trail turn into a sheep trail that will dissolve here and there. Just keep your direction through Krykkjedalen towards the beginning of the edge below Bjørntinden – eventually you will find the trail again.

Along the edge we could look faaaar down at the pebble beach down there, with views towards Fredheim and out towards the open ocean while following the nice trail along the edge towards Møntinden. Absolutely awesome!

After Krykkjevatnet me and puppy followed a trail along the mountain side that eventually dissolved in the middle of the mountains side – we just went back a bit and found a tiny trail that took us the last part up to Møntinden.

Fab views from Møntinden towards Ramberg, Fredheim and YttersandheiaMøntinden Lofoten hiking

Looking down at Hornet peak, Myrland village and towards Vestvågøya

On our way back along the edge Lofoten Myrlandsheia edge ocean view scenic hike lapphund landscape Fredheim Ramberg

Take a look at Møntinden seen from below in my post:

 

I made you a rough map of my and puppy’s hiking trail to Møntindennother 

I will soon be back with our second hike in this area.. from another view 😉

Volandstinden hike in Lofoten

From a far distance I could see that the peak was covered with fog, and the risk was to see absolutely nothing when reaching the top. But still me and puppy decided to chance it. And we where rewarded plentiful.

The last ascend up to the peak of Volandstind is waiting, and is the most beautiful and scenic too

 

Depending on your fitness it is a relatively easy hike up, approximately an hour one way, at the upper ridge there will be steep edges here and there, but the trail is very nice quality and safe to follow.

At first we could see absolutely zip nada nothing in the fog reaching the top, but when the curtains went up it was absolutely magic. I truly think that photos also becomes more interesting when some fog or clouds appears on a blue sky, makes it more “alive-ish”.

Map and information about the trail if you start from Skjelfjorden

Tinn in Telemark

A lot has happened since last blog post, it sure is time for a quick update. Me and puppy are currently living a nomad-ish life alternating between Norway and Sweden. I also have access to a cosy mountain cabin (about 750 m.a.s.l) in Telemark, Norway based at the very foot of Hardangervidda, so me and puppy naturally tries to be here as often as possible.

Tinnsjå lake view

Hopefully I will be able to show you more of these wonderful landscapes, interesting places and exciting war history and heroes a bit later, but before all ice has melted and revealed the myriad of hikes and nature’s beauty, me and puppy will soon be travelling far north in Norway for the summer’s seasonal work.

The closest city is Rjukan, about 50 km drive from the cabin. I sure admire the beautiful building of Såheim water power station near the Måna river  ..yes, we do like the power of water ..remember?

Gjuvhovd quickly became a favorite hike, it’s a short and easy accessible trail to get a superb view over the big lake Tinnsjå and towards the beautiful Gaustatoppen on the other side.

Ryes vei is a very nice serpentine trail hike with 21 “tornanti’s” and reveals some great views – starting from Rjukan city, you will end up at Gvepseborg at the very foot of Hardangervidda. Alternative you can take Krossobanen sky tram up and mountain bike down. (More about these places later my friends).

Happy winter days indeed we had – this awesome cross country skiing track starts just down the road from our cabin.. kind of ski in-/out-ish…makes it so easy to just go for a cardio, no car transport needed to get on track

Up here we admire deer, foxes, badges, hares,  weasels and birds right outside our cabin windows, think we both adore the silence up here too, only “interrupted” by a sweet lullaby from the two melting mountain streams near the cabin, and of course, the wind in the high treetops – this is so good for the soul!

At the cabin me and puppy are waiting for the snow to melt so we can show you some of the best hikes and interesting places in the area – grab a hot cup of tea and have some patience please… it will take some time to melt and dry up… in meantime puppy loves to sit out in the snow for a frozen ass …

Looking forward to show you more beautiful landscapes and exiting places and activities from this area ..so drink that cup of hot tea and don’t go to far away dear readers 😀

In the mountain area above Tessungdalen vally, the wild reindeers occurres from time to time. Would love to see them one day. What I do see is that the mountain grouse population here are really boiling.. they pop up from everywhere!

Storronden hike in Rondane National Park of Norway

Last summer visit in Rondane I biked and hiked up to this awesome National Park and to the very peak of Veslesmeden (2015 masl).. some truly gobsmacked days to remember.

Now, this summer me and puppy woke up early in our little mountain cottage with a new challenge, to hike up yet another 2000-peaks in the area – we where aiming for Storronden (2138 masl), the second highest peak in Rondane National Park.

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My hiking buddy Jenta was still a puppy, so I would carefully keep an eye on her in case this hike/climb would become too much for her. She had been hiking around Lofoten with me all summer without any problem, but this hike would be different, much looonger, hiiiigher and full of scree – and yes, yet another super-hot hike under the sun!

If you are really lucky you might spot wild reindeer in Rondane, but if not, just bear in mind to respect their fragile environments and food source – so beautiful isn’t it?

So, we did not know it yet, but sensed we where heading for a really wonderful day, starting with a sunny 2 km walk to the mountain bus departing from Mysusæter. 

The bus took us to Spranget where we walked/hiked 6 beautiful km into Rondvassbu mountain lodge – where the trail up to Storronden starts.

My curious, cheerful and outdoor loving puppy is the best hiking buddy I could ever wish for

Spranget is the stopping point where the mountain bus arrives/departs a couple of times per day. From here you will have to walk/hike 6 km one way to Rondvassbu.

You can also rent a bicycle from Spranget (also trailers) to shorten down some time, and leave the bike at Rondvassbu and walk back, or rent a bike from Rondvassbu back to Spranget again. Take a look at the photo below for prices and alternatives.

bicycle rent Spranget Rondane

After a short break above Rondvassbu we started our ascent … the trail up to Storronden sure looks easy from a distance ..but I can tell you right now – it ain’t!

Getting closer to Rondvassbu and trail start, Storronden is the big long “bump” to the right rondane mountain landscape storronden rondvatnet rondvassbu topptur turjenter natur hiking trail norway

 

The first person we met was on our way up was a man that had decided to quit and turn back, it was too hot, he was exhausted from his Per Gynt-hike the day before, and this trail just didn’t seem to end.

But me and puppy continued and finally got over the first big “bump”.… if you ask me the second big bump is the very worst, but know that if you manage that one – you will probable be rewarded by chilling stream water (if you can listen & locate it), and will only have the steepest bump left to force, then you are practically up! 😀

Finally we reached the frozen cairn! And we are here alone with this awesome view!

Most of the trail is on scree and rocks, it is red-marked ok, but allows for some creative “short cuts”. On our way up we only met a couple of others descending, and finally up at the very top peak we where totally alone – for an hour!

It was probable due to the exceptionally hot/dry summer the snake was up here to “chill” that very day.

Somewhere on the trail looking down on Rondvatnet, Jutulhogget and Fremre IllmantjønneStorronden Rondvassbu hike climb lapphund Rondane

We enjoyed our lunch with a spectacular 360 degrees view, jumped curiously around on the very plateau, just remember be careful near the vertical drop area, there are cracks and loose slabs of rock here. We also did a tiny detour to the right wing of the top to see a bit more of Langbotn far down there somewhere.

Looking down on Langbotn near the vertical drop area- be careful when you move among the slabs here, it sure is far down….storronden topptur varde cairn 2000m peak panoramic rondane nasjonalpark norway

So far so god with Jenta, she is really a true mountain dog, walking and jumping elegantly on the rocks like a prima ballerina, and she looked a lil’ bit proud too, sitting there at here very first 2000m-peak gazing over that magnificent landscape... ❤

View towards the vertical drop area and Langbotn down there from the “right wing”storronden topptur varde cairn 2000m peak panoramic rondane nasjonalpark norway

The descend was a little bit easier, I did not know before the day after from the newspapers, but the very same day someone encountered a huggorm (vipera berus) snake not farm from the frozen cairn up on Storronden..

The newspaper wrote this was a national record for how high a snake like this has been observed in Norway ever... me and puppy probable passed it totally unaware of it’s existense (well, at least I was, I’m sure puppy knew more)…

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After descending Storronden mountain we dropped by Rondvassbu lodge to enjoy an outdoor meal in the sun… we rested for a while (puppy in the shadows) since I knew we had to walk all the way back to our mountain pasture – so, additional 13 km walk was waiting us in the beautiful sunset!

Not so far from the glittering Rondvatnet ..and a chilled Pepsi outside Rondvassbu lodge is waitingnorway rondane hiking dog rondane dnt rondvassbu travel

It was so beautiful to walk back on the parallel side trail, but oh so exhausting… in total me and puppy hiked 27 km that day (including Storronden hike)… well back in the cabin I made up the fire, cooked some food, anointing puppy’s paws (they where fine actually)… then we just snuggled through the evening still with stars in our eyes from that very awesome hike.

Heading for a nice break at Rondvassbu before we start our 13-km walk/hike back to our cottagerondvassbu rondane rondvatnet lake dnt cabin landscape beauty norwegian landscape

I am really grateful to have this dog by my side, she loves to be out and hike with me, she is full of love, affection, curiosity and beauty, so fun to be with, playful…and at times tough as a nail… If you are looking for a dog like this, I can warmly recommend the breed Finnish Lapphund.

A fairy tale view when the sun is setting on our return ..the colours are really stunning… don’t you want to hike here one day?storronden topptur varde cairn 2000m peak panoramic rondane nasjonalpark norway

Now.. wich peak should we choose for next year? 😀

Click on my map photo to view more facts for a hike to Storronden at UT.NO