Going to eastern NorwayTops and places visited
Thursday: Today, I would drive Anne to Årnes in eastern Norway, where she would spend the weekend with a friend before traveling to Lofoten on a work trip.
When we passed Hemsedal, it was time to walk the dog and we found a convenient forest top with superb views that none of us had been to before – Storhovda. Or – Storhøvda, as the signpost stated.
We parked at Gravset and followed Gravsetvegen forest road upwards.
We followed this road until we reached some buildings, and according to the map, the road continued on the other side, but we couldn’t see any road there.
Not that it mattered, as we were heading up the nice forest path.
We had a nice walk up the birch forest until we got some grand views just before the top.
Right then and there I got a huge inspiration to visit more of the Hemsedal mountains. Little did I know that that would happen only two days later!
On the way down, we stopped by Stakkestøhovda – a small top just east of Storhovda.
We chose to get to Årnes via Hønefoss, which meant that we would pass through Flå in Hallingdal. There, we stopped to stretch our legs and grab a bite. And perhaps a quick toilet visit? But the toilet by the church was only open on ecclesiastical happenings. Folding hands simply didn’t cut it…
Trip statistics: 4,2km, 300 vertical meters, 1h:20m
Pictures (Canon EOS RP / Iphone8) from the hike:
Still Thursday: As we were approaching Årnes, I noticed that Tandbergfjellet had a couple of interesting features: 1) It had a primary factor > 100m and as such – of interest and 2) it would be a 2-minute walk. A perfect “bonus top”.
We followed the road to the very top of Aulifeltet near Rånåsfoss. It took us actually 3 whole minutes to reach the top.
But when we arrived at our friends’ place in Årnes some minutes later, I was more happy than usual just because of this bonus top. And yes, I know how weird that sounds. But, we are who we are…
Trip statistics: 0,3km, 20 vertical meters, 8 minutes