Lake Femunden, day 2
Today, Anne and I headed to the Gutulia national park – Norway’s smallest national park, located only 5km away from Femundsmarka national park and located very close to the Swedish border.
Our main goal was the top Gutulivola (949m). To get there, Anne would kayak (minding an inflammation in her knee) over lake Gutulisjøen, while Karma and I would walk along the shore to Gutulisetra – an old summer farm, nowadays open and manned in summer to welcome tourists and hikers.
The hike along the shore was 2,7km and it took us 35 minutes (in a very nice pine forest) to get to Gutulisetra. Anne had been waiting approx. 15 minutes, and we went together up to the manned cabin. We had a nice chat with the woman manning the hut and said we would come back for coffee and “lapper” later on.
The hike up to Gutulivola was approx. 3km, and we followed a path up from Gutulisetra. We hadn’t even made it to the forest before we had to seek shelter from a rain shower in one of the uppermost buildings. We were grateful that the building was open for visitors…
After the rain shower had passed, we continued into the pine forest, along a narrow, yet very visible path.
The path vanished when we rose above the tree line, but then no path was needed either. We aimed for the highest point in we could see.
It took us almost 1 hour (including the time spent in shelter) to reach the top. Part of the views were obscured by rain showers, but it was still a nice view. And just enough wind to keep the insects away.
Upon descent, we took a short-cut and joined our ascent route somewhere down in the forest and then returned to Gutulisetra. It was now raining more and more often, so we had to enjoy our coffee and “lapper” inside the cabin.
I had one more thing I wanted to do – to hike Jyltingsvola (874moh) – a relatively short hike from Gutulisetra. I said goodbye to Anne, who would stick around for a little longer before she got into the kayak.
After crossing the bridge across river Gutua, we (Karma and I) headed straight up to point 843m. From here, we could see the summit 0,6km to the south.
Approx. 40 minutes after leaving Gutulisetra, we reached the top. I actually thought the high point was where the cairn was – another 150m to the southeast, but it turned out that the high point was where I first thought it was.
From the summit, I took a bearing to the northwest and joined the lake path 0,9km east of the trailhead. The terrain was at time cumbersome and rain showers kept hitting us.
Anne was nowhere to be seen, so I had to sit down and wait. After a little while, I could see her in my 300mm zoom lens. And a little bit later, she cruised in, safe and sound. The lake was a bit rugged, so she decided to follow the shore.
It was fun to have “checked” yet another national park, and not to mention two new tops. And this was the day we got acquainted with the local reindeer (tame). They quickly changed status from “interesting” to “pain in the ass”. More on that later on…
Pictures from the trip: