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.

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)

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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 🙂

Mount Skåla summit hike

A fjord to summit hike doesn’t get better than this – here you will hike (or run) the longest uphill in Norway! From a sunny, hot and blue-green fjord landscape up to ice-cold wind, deep snow, fog and spectacular views over peaks and glaciers.

Hiking up to 1 848 meters altitude early in June sure is both varied and a challenge in deep soft snow and wind! Just be well prepared and don’t underestimate this hike – and you will do fine!

And such a lovely reward to stay over in the new and modern Skålabu top cabin spaceship, gathering together with other hikers by that warming wood burning stove, play Yatzy and have a cup of hot chocolate ..or two.. or three.. while the wind howling outside the cabin walls…

This would also be my last bicycle trip into Loen from Oppstryn. After a night in my tiny tent I packet my backpack next morning and left the tent and bicycle at the camp site to hike up to Skåla for an overnight stop in the top hut. This famous mountain hike has been on my really-want-to-do list for a while, so I was now looking forward to a steeper hike this time.

NOTE! I knew it would be a steep and tough hike in snow further up as it was still early in June., but not everyone had checked the weather conditions and summit in sneakers and thin clothing! …soaked, frozen feet and a somehow spoiled hike for somebody that is! So do your self a favour and check the conditions before you go!  

Having a moment. I could see a little glimpse of Lovatnet down there between the mountains, and that very evening I would go fishing trouts for supper in it.skåla summit hike randonne fjelltur skålatårnet

Up to about 1 000 meters the trail was pretty easy to hike along Fosdøla river, it was hot and the bugs was biting.. but after crossing the bridge the snow cover gradually increased. I passed two resting women when I started on the snow part, and from here I looked upwards at the steep snow-covered mountain sides and could sense that ice-cold wind, and I just knew that I if I wanted to get up all the way I had to just continue without any sit-down breaks,  if else I would quickly go from sweating to start freezing as the chilly wind came straight down the mountain sides further up.

The view is super – I have absolutely no complaint! 😀

So, I found some tracks from a big guy’s hiking shoes that I tried to step into and use as “stairs” as I really didn’t want to sink in that deep soft snow, that would make the ascent so much harder.

About half way up in the snow hills I only stopped to eat a cinnamon-lefse while standing, and continued the last part over a couple of “luretopper” (when you think you are almost there, but oh so far away) ..ha..ha.

The old and fashionable Skålatårnet built in 1891 (Kloumanstårnet), still in use, and still surrounded by some snow as you can see … in this two-storey tower hut you will sleep in a semicircular bed system, well protected from mountain blizzards inside a more than 1 meter thick brick wallskålatårnet kloumanstårnet hiking randonee topptur summit hike DNT skålafjellet

Finally I reached the top plateau. The fog was starting to thicken so it was a welcoming sight to finally see the old and beautiful Skålatårnet and DNT’s brand new mountain cabin spaceship Skålabu (see link further down for info). Both the cabins offer self-service, and you can pay later for both lodge and supplies. (As a DNT-member you pay less.)

At the edge outside Skålatårnet cabin tower.. .don’t go to close to the edge here, the hanging snowdrifts are melting and not at all to be trusted. Beneath them there is a vertical rock face faaaaar down.topptur summit hike skala stryn skålatårnet fjord mountain norway travel landscape view on the edge

The new top cabin Skålabu is comfortable and modern with “inhouse toilets” (you don’t have to go outdoor in shitty weather) but still very cosy with large panoramic windows towards magnificent views, but just not this evening when the weather turned in to grey, foggy and windy blur. But guess what, that very next morning the wind was silent and the sun shining!

 

I met som very nice people in the cabin, we fired up the wood burning stove so we could hang up our wet’n sweaty stuff to dry, and the assorted supplies room was visited frequent that cosy evening – more hot chocolate for me please!

We where only 6 people sleeping over that night, so I got that whole upper floor to myself!  Oh how I just looove to just lie there in the dark listening to the whining wind outside. Didn’t want to fall asleep, but sure did.

Skålabu views – like a spaceship has landed on the summit :)We all steamed out the get some sunny picture that morning – just in case the weather gods changed their minds – oh such a beautiful refreshing morning on snow crust! I had a looong cosy breakfast with great views before leaving the cabin, no hurry!

Going down – fun and easy! Bring your randonee skis or sledding board for more speed… but I was happy with a running descend instead…skåla summit hike fjelltur topptur randonee fjord skålabu skålatårnet vandring hiking

The hike downwards again became fun indeed. I discovered that it was easier for me to just run down the mountain side in that deep snow, so I tightened my backpack a bit more and ran from about 1 800 to 1 000 meters in no time ..only interrupted by a quick chat with som happy randonee-guys on their way up for a ride down

I still had the evening disposal before bicycling back to Oppstryn next morning, so I grabbed my  lil’  simple telescope fishing rod and went fishing in the Lovatnet lake. It is free to fish in this lake, with lots of fish in it (lots of small ones too), . so you don’t need to buy any fishing licence at all for this lake. This is possible thank’s to a “Dutch treat” by the local accommodation providers in the are.

I got a little trout for supper, and lost one.. .. but the tenting-guy further away from me didn’t get anything at all with his advanced fishing equipment .. me – veryvery – bad – smiling 😉

Travel info:

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Lillsjön fishing

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Gone fishing – please bite

This weekend the sun finally showed up with a chilly wind, but I still wanted to check out fishing in Lillsjön, a small lake/tarn (362 masl) up in the woods in Myckelgensjö area.

Must say I am really impressed how well my tiny microcar handled the last 7 km of shitty, muddy and icy gravel road, (someone had actually put up a big handwritten sign saying the road was totally crap and driven at your own risk ..ha..ha) but the very last 2 km on stony forest road I found it best to park the car and have a very nice hike up to Lillsjön lake.

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Great view from the cabin, Jenta is running around checking out the area, probable looking for something to chew on.

The simple cabin by the lake have a wood-burning stove and is open for everyone to use, and you can even rent it overnight for a nice price. I think that is a great offer when it is really cold and you want to warm your ass a bit during a hike or fishing trip. Near the cabin there are to good wind sheds (in Norwegian we call it gapahuk) with benches, fire-place and firewood if you insist staying outdoors.

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Nice view from both the wind sheds (gapahuk)

My puppy (I call her Jenta as in Jenta mi (“my girl” in my dialect)) enjoyed running and racing freely around the place, she really loves that and have a bunch of energy to use. Hopefully she didn’t eat any exiting “natural candy” from the woods that will show up as vomit back home.

We did not have too much time left as I wanted to get back to the car before dark – so my 1-hour fishing luck was nothing to brag about this time, but now I have tried it out and know the place for next time, perhaps the tracks around the lake would lead to a better fishing spot? Would be so nice to grill fresh fish by the gapahuk someday…yummy…

Info! You can buy a mandatory 24h fishing licence (30 kr) online and find the latest fishing report for Lillsjön (and other lakes in the Myckelgensjö area) direct from this link: www.ifiske.se