Våttåberget, Falstadsenteret, Finnvola, July 18 2023

In the Levanger/Verdal region

Mixed weather today…


Date Peak Height PF Location MAP
18.07.23 Våttåberget 249m 140m Levanger, Norway MAP
18.07.23 Falstadsenteret Levanger, Norway MAP
18.07.23 Finnvola 692m 140m Verdal, Norway/ Åre, Sweden MAP

Våttåberget (249m), July 18 2023

The route

Tuesday: On day 4 of our summer vacation, we woke up after a good night’s sleep at Falstadsenteret at Ekne by Trondheimsfjorden.

The museum didn’t open until 10am, and so we decided to go for a morning hike before breakfast. “As it happened”, there was a nearby pf100 top – Våttåberget – and this looked like a perfect morning walk.


We drove to Øvre Kjølen where we found parking and a path that was going in the right direction…

At Øvre Kjølen, heading for Våttåberget

It was nice to see blue sky again, after the heavy rain we had on our car drive the day before.

Ah, nice view…

Eventually we got on the forest path.

On a well worn path

The path forked after a while, and we kept to the right, assuming this was a loop via the top. And it was.

Going to the right

I wouldn’t call the path up to the top steep, but there were fixed ropes for those who see it differently…

I suppose it could get icy here…

And then we were up!

Literally on top of Våttåberget

This was obviously a fire lookout tower. And while Karma couldn’t join us on top, she could pose by this miniature version…


This was indeed a good way to start a day! We took the other (ref. the loop) path on the way down. It didn’t take long before we joined our ascent route.

View from the lookout tower

Trip statistics: 2,8km, 150 vertical meters, 0h:47m
Pictures (Canon EOS RP/Iphone 13 Pro Max) from the hike:

Falstadsenteret, July 18 2023

At Falstadsenteret

Tuesday: After the hike to Våttåberget and breakfast, we went to the Falstadsenteret Museum – located in the same building as the hotel.

Falstad – anno WW2

According to their website, this was a SS prison camp in the period 1941 – 1945m for political prisoners. Falstad functioned as a labour camp, a transit camp and a death camp.

Walking through the museum

While the museum had put up a good exhibition, it felt really bad to walk through it. For obvious reasons. We must never, ever take our freedom for granted.

The names of those who were imprisoned here

After the museum tour, we checked out of the hotel. We had a good and quiet stay there.

Finnvola (692m), July 18 2023

The route

Tuesday: During our 2022 summer vacation, we visited some tops on the Norway-Sweden border and enjoyed that. Now that we had the opportunity to do it again, we grabbed the chance.

Just before Verdal, we left E6 and took road 72 towards the Swedish border. It was a bit of a detour, but hopefully worth it. At Sandvika, we were very close to the border and drove up north to a parking near Bellingstua.

At the trailhead

From here, we followed a gravel road (Midtre Finnvola) through a cabin area.

Along the gravel road

The cabin owners here are not different from other cabin owners…

Keep the f$$$ out!!

At the end of the road, we found the path that took us through the forest and up the mountain.

The path begins here

The path climbed gently and was easy to follow.

Up the forest

When we topped out on the mountain plateau, we met a woman walking her dog, and she could tell us that it was QUITE FAR to the top. It was approx. 500 meters to the top. Only goes to show that most things in life are relative

Heading for the summit…

And the had yet another border topin the bag”.

On top of Finnvola

It was a good thing the cairn was so large, because it provided good shelter from the incoming rain shower. Fortunately, the shower passed quickly.

From my quick research, I had learned that there was a cave, grotto or something up that alley nearby. So, we went looking for it. After completing a circle, we didn’t find anything. But just before we were to head back down, I discovered something…

Hey – isn’t that…

I’m not really sure what Finnvolagrotta really is. It looked like a result of rocks collapsed. But whatever it is, it was cool to find it!

In Finnvolagrotta

But now it was time to get back to the car and continue our journey to the north…

Trip statistics: 7,1km, 240 vertical meters, 2h:12m
Pictures (Canon EOS RP/Iphone 13 Pro Max) from the hike:

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