Hiking Sunndalen mountain valley

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

Travel info:

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

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

Any questions about this hike? Just ask 🙂

 

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

Visit Stryn of Norway

So, there I was once again for the 3. summer, lashing my heavy packed bicycle in the car cargo room on Hurtigruten from Bergen. This time I spent only 1 night at MS NordNorge, and early next morning (devastated to miss that delicious breakfast-buffè onboard though) I disembarked at Måløy with my packed bicyckle and continued to Stryn and Oppstryn where I would live and work for about a month.

Oppstryn: The awesome view from the cosy cabin I shared with a colleague for a month. Pretty close to work, and only about 10 km to nearest grocery shop around the lake. Yez, it was always a panoramic pleasure to grab the bicycle and go shopping some food 😉Oppstrynsvatnet Oppstryn Stryn

It was very exciting to start at my new job at Jostedalsbreen National Park Center. Let me tell you, it was a very hectic month with so much new stuff to learn about the national park itself (fauna, flora, glaciers, history etc), work routines and other tasks at the center. But oh so interesting and varied, never a dull moment!

The center was undergoing a massive revamp, and one of the new things I really like is that they wanted to focus more on and offer local produced products to visitors –  like apple jelly made of apples from Flo village right across the lake, beer from the microbrewery Olden Bryggeri, locally hunted venison and cured meat from Stryn, delicious chocolate from Geiranger and Norwegian-made knit wear, and no more “made in Taiwan” – I fully believe this is the right way to go and a huge step up in travel business.

Back down at the lake again after an afternoon hiking up to a mountain pasture after work. This lovely view is only about 200 meters from my work place Jostedalsbreen National Park Center by the lake Oppstrynsvatnet 

And again I discovered how I really loved to meet and talk with the visitors, and to help and inform them about more or less hidden treasures to visit in the area, especially when I had been there myself and therefore able to give them good advice and details about the place.

Oppstrynsvatnet – just another glorious morning on my way to work – who wouldn’t like to go for a little rowboating right there? Oppstrynsvatnet Oppstryn Stryn

Stryn and Oppstryn do have a very central location – with famous attractions like Geiranger, Gamle Strynefjellsvegen, summer ski center, Loen, Lom, Jostedalsbreen and Olden as some of the super hot neighbours “just around the corner.”

NB! If you stay in Stryn area you will have access to a lot, but please check IF the mountain roads to Geiranger and Gamle Strynefjellsvegen are open at vegvesen.no – see the map or call them just to avoid the long way around or any disappointments as sometimes certain mountain pass will have to open late, and it is not done on purpose I can assure you 😉

So the sun don’t always shine – and we all know that. But unless it is pouring rain, I’m out there on my way to adventures, here somewhere along Oppstrynsvatnet on my bicycle heading for a weekend in Loen..magic..

I’m sure you understand why I was very determined to explore the area every second I was “off duty”. With no car and rear/no bus connections I instead trusted my bicycle to get around as I usually do in summer, it makes the hikes a bit heavier alright, but it was so much worth it! I think about everything I see and meet that most people just drive by!

And.. I still can’t believe how I managed to visit and experience all those places I did in this area despite the sorry weather sometimes, all the work for my clients in the evenings and of course my job at the center… that’s pure will and a huge bunch of curiosity right there!  😀

Passing by a boat house before I arrive the center of Stryn – I don’t think an ordinary mirror is necessary in Stryn, just go down to the lake and do your hair or make-up    Boat house lake naust Norway

Just you stay tuned, and I will show you a lot more of what I saw, did and hearted! ❤