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.
Visit to Helfjellet on June 19, 2017. View towards Grødalen. My wife Cissy and my daughter Ellen enjoy arriving at the top.
A view from Helfjellet toward Grøvudalen and Geitådalen.
Me and my wife were driving across the Dovre mountain plateau along the E6 road on June 14th as I suddenly realized that it might not be too late for the sight of flowering spring pasqueflower (Anemone vernalis, Norwegian: mogop). The spring was cold this year and the snow would not melt in the alpine areas of Norway. I remembered a location for the “mogop” from back in the 1980’s that was very close to the road. We stopped the car and went looking for it. Normally the best time to see it flowering would be end of May. But sure enough, there it was, and in even larger numbers than I could remember from the visit almost thirty years ago. What a pleasure to see it again.
The spring pasqueflower in all its wonder. The Dovre area is normally a low precipitation area, which are the conditions this flower likes.
This spring pasqueflower has still not unfolded its petals.