2018.01.19: A heavy snowfall on Monday (with traffic jam) transformed the woods into a scenic adventure. The wet snow cling to the trees, and more snow hung on. This made trees bend and some broke off. Trees fell on the electricity cables and caused short circuit. This led to a stop in electricity supply for many families in Sørlandet. However, the snowfall made a wonderful sight for everyone who enjoyed skiing on these days.
19. June 2017: Our summer vacation has started. We have arrived in Sunndalen and are living in the same house at Musgjerd as the previous two years . Yesterday we had a nice trip to Gammelsetra, Lindalen. A bunch of people from the tourist association were already there, looking after the cabin. Lindalen waterfall was impressive as high temperatures had speeded up snow melt. Today we hiked to a mountain I have never been to before. Quite a short trip (3 h), but with an impressive view from the top of Helfjellet. This mountain is special because of it’s location where five valleys meet: Lindalen, Skirådalen, Reppdalen, Grøvudalen, and Grødalen. That is why the view is so great. The streams passing through the valleys all meet at Åmotan, which is located just beneath Helfjellet. Sometimes reindeer can be seen at Helfjellet, Not today, but we saw red grouse trying to lead us away from the chickens. The red admiral, a migrating butterfly, could be seen close to the top cairn, at 1197 m above sea level.
June is a nice month for discovering wild flowers, but it can be too early for hiking in the mountains because of snow cover. However, the lower part of Aurlandsdalen valley is not at high altitude, and June is a fine month to hike there. The number of tourists is still low compared to July and August. The hike is wonderful for photographers and there are new motifs showing up around every corner. For those who love dramatic scenery this is the right place. Noteworthy is also the fact that people have lived until recently at the farm at Sinjarheim. A few cows and sheep were enough to keep the residents alive and probably also happy. Sinjarheim is at an altitude of 600 meters with only a narrow footpath from sea level and a 5 km walk to reach it.
I used my 14 mm Samyang lens for all photos, and it proved to be the correct choice of lens. Even if the valley is narrow there is the need to get a wide view of the landscape. The hike down the valley from Østerbø tourist lodge (18 km) is recommended but be aware that you need hiking boots and you should be in a reasonably good physical condition.