a short hike to Rondvassbu, Norway

Sunday the 3rd of July we went on a short hike into Rondvassbu in Rondane national park, Norway. This was just a hike to walk the dog on a return trip from a dog show. Our hike was about 12km long and went from Spranget to Rondvassbu.

Rondane is Norway oldest national park and was established in 1962. It was extended in 2003 and now covers 963 sq km. The reason to establish this national park was to preserve the mostly untouched high altitude area, the alpine ecosystem and the wild reindeer population that lives here.  Most of Rondane national park is situated above the tree line and as such has very few trees, none at all in big parts of the park. Instead you’ll find mosses, lichens, heather and shrubs.  Thre are 10 peaks with an altitude above 2000 metres  in Rondane national park. The highest being Rondslottet (the Rondande castle) at 2 178 m (7 146 ft).

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Fresh snow in July on one of the mountain peaks

Rondvassbu is one of many “huts” owned by the Norwegian Trekking Assosiaton (DNT – Den Norske Turistforening) and the biggest of their huts in Rondane. It’s altitude is at 1 173 m (3 848 ft) The same assosiation that marks paths all around Norway with a red T that makes it both easier and safer to hike in the vast nature of Norway.  Rondvassbu is placed at the southern end of Rondvatnet (Rond lake) . Rondvassbu was built in 1903 and bought by DNT in 1929.

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Rondvassbu

Although our hike on this day was short, it gave us a glimpse of a beautiful high mountains area, and we wish to come back at a later date and explore some more. Goining on smaller paths and up some of the mountain peaks.

A trip to the worlds’ end, Tjøme in Vestfold Norway

Unfortunatly travling is taking a back seat in our lives right now. My studies and the upcomming wedding are taking pretty much all our time and money. But will come back stronger later in the year.

Today we went to Tjøme, Vestfold, to walk some of the dogs in a different route than our regular one. It’s about a 2 hour drive from our home. It was a nice walk in the spring weather with just about the right temperature for both dogs still in winter coats and humans still in winter mode. About 10C.

There is a resturant at the site with a wonderful view (similar to the featured image of this post). There is a guest harbour for hobby boats and a bathing are for guests as well. Being in April bathing is not an option and most boats are still not on the sea after winter storage. The resturant is off limits for dogs.

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The puppy Beringia at 8 months old felt it was a good time to give me a facial wash.

Nature hikes in lower Telemark, Norway

2015 wasn’t a very exciting year travelwise. Sometimes other things get in the way of getting anywere new. However we did go on several daylong or at the least hours long hikes in the nearby area. Hiking up a mountain or hill, usually through a forest, has given us many good memories. And not the least some good exercise too!

I love the fact that nature is everywhere in Norway. Woodlands,  forests, lakes, ponds, streams, small rivers, waterfalls, hills, peaks and mountains.  There is no excuse for not getting out and just wander about.  Whether you like the forest were your chances of meeting other people is slim,  or you would rather enjoy a popular path to treck,  the experience isn’t far away.  Not even if your starting point is one of the bigger cities or towns.

Last year we went on several of the routes suggested på Titoppern Grenland (which means ten peaks Grenland) which list 15 peaks in the Grenland area.  Unfortunately we had to stop at 7 peaks (ten is the goal) as Truls’ knee didn’t like going downhill anymore that season.  We’ll try again this year.

 

In addition to these peaks we had several nice walks in the forest that literally starts at our doorstep.  We may walk a round through that forest, and up a steep hill around a small lake and ending up back home. It is about 9km and takes us a few hours. I like the treck, others might find it a bit overgrown for their taste.

 

We look forward to the nice hikes we’ll have in 2016!

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Sunset at the end of one of our hikes