Bøstølen: Heaven for hikers, and hiker families :)
Bøstølen is a quiet little mountain area, where the locals relax in their mountain cabins, and a few farmers still have their cattle or sheeps here during the summer. The area offers something for most people, there are free boats in several of the lakes (Littlevatnet, Storvatnet, Taskedalsvatnet and Sjøbolet) be aware though that fishing requires a daily pass which can be bought in a little shead by the road just before arriving at Bøstølen. There are also a few of tourist cabins in the area. Fattig og Rik, is just before Storvatnet, there i another a few hundred meters behind it on the west side of Storvatnet. Taskedalen and Sjøbolet has a cabin each, and if you are looking for a bit more of a hike then there is Fokkhaugstova in the direction of Stordalen.
I will post pictures soon :)
If you want even more challenges, there are the mountain tops. Bøstølen is located at about 500 meters above the ocean, which is a perfectly natural basecamp for daytrips to the more lofty alpine trips. The tops in this area is normally 1500-1800 meters high. But there are a few lower ones, and these tops (even some of the tall ones) are within range for children. There are big information maps showing trip suggestions mounted at some of the parking lots and in the toll both. For a map to bring on the trip visit a local newskiosk, book- or sportstore.
Just about 10 kilometers out of Åndalsnes in the direction of Ålesund is the village where I grew up, Innfjorden. The road to Bøstølen is marked with a sign, when you arrive from Åndalsnes it is on the left side of the road about a kilometer out of the tunnel. There is a toll on the road to Bøstølen, a single trip is about 50 kroner for a car.
For those of you who are using Google Earth I have posted a placemark in Google Earth Community, you can find it here
- Hiking and Walking
- Skiing and Boarding
Looks cold, but it is warm. Take a picnic beside the road when you're up on the highland. The road continues on the plateau and ends in Valldal. at a small fjord. I recommend driving the whole way to Valldal. The road is very beautiful, and you'll have glaciers on your right side.
Lots of snow, the earlier in the season you're here, the more snow. Last time we brought snowboards and walked up on the peaks!
If you have the interest, this is a must!
It's very snowy winters here because of the close location to the sea.
As I said in the beginning, the landscape here is awsome. And you gotta park your car to the left when coming to the top of the road. There is great waterfalls and great wiews over the valley and the surrounding mountains!
Often big trucks get stuck and you'll have to wait 15-30 min or so, this is common and do not worry, it's not an accident. They're often up during the summers and fix some holes in the road.
But be worried about your car, turn of the motor if so. And hopefully you'll not have a caravan connected to your car. It can be hard to get rolling at some parts!
The road got it's name from a old legend that Trolls existed in the area. It opened for the first time in july 1936, after 8 years of building.
How to get here:
Follow the E 6 from Oslo to Dombås, then take the Rv 136 to Åndalsnes. In total approx. 450 km from Oslo.