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” upwards
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!
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 evening
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… 😀
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.
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?
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 ❤
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 🙂
Klick on the map below for a larger interactive map and hiking trails information at UT.NO
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