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With hundreds of lakes, rivers and tarns, Femund Engerdal is one of Norway's prime areas for freshwater fishing - Photo: Femund Naturfoto/Destinasjon
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With hundreds of lakes, rivers and tarns, Femund Engerdal is one of Norway's prime areas for freshwater fishing Photo: Femund Naturfoto/Destinasjon

Summer activities in Femund Engerdal

Femund Engerdal has everything needed for an active holiday, including fishing, walking, kayaking, biking and skiing in magnificent mountain scenery.

Fishing

The Femund Engerdal area is famous for its excellent angling. One fishing permit  entitles you to fish in about 900 lakes, tarns, rivers and streams. Many watercourses have salmonids like trout and char, while others also have perch, pike, grayling and whitefish. The most attractive areas are the Isteren-Galtsjøen lakes, the Femund river, Røa in Femundsmarka National Park, the Elgå area, the Sømåa river and Hognsjøen lake. Private waters requiring separate fishing permits are the Isteren, Svalsjøen, Ormutusjøen and Store Hyllsjøen lakes and the Sylen private area.

The waters in Femund Engerdal are particularly good for handline fishing. The most common types of fish that you can catch with a handline are trout, char, perch and pike. The ice fishing season tends to start in mid-February and lasts until the ice melts.

Fishing permits are sold in most tourist facilities, general stores, petrol stations and shops in Engerdal municipality, and at the tourist information office in Engerdal. You can also buy fishing permits via Destination Femund Engerdal at inatur.no (Norwegian only) or by text message.

Hiking

Femund Engerdal has a large network of paths, summer pasture roads and forest roads. Some routes are gentle and provide varied experiences, while others are more demanding. The highest peak in Engerdal is Elgåhogna at 1,460 metres.

The quiet mountains that surround the valleys mean that walking is a great way to experience the beauty of nature. From Sølenstua, you can climb the mighty Sølenfjellet mountain in Rendal municipality. You can find information about many trails waymarked by the Norwegian Trekking Association (DNT) at Femundsmarka National Park Centre. If you arrive by the Fæmund II ferry, then Revlingen, Haugen, Røa and Sylen are great places to start your walk into the National Park.

Svukuriset is a manned DNT tourist cabin that is open at Easter and throughout the summer. Røvollen is unmanned. There is private accommodation and food to be found at Engå, Sylen, Valdalen and Haugen in Engerdal, Langen at the northern end of the Femund lake, and on the Swedish side of Grøvelsjøen lake.

There are several simple log cabins in the wilderness suitable for a break or an overnight stay. They are extremely simply furnished, with a fireplace and plank beds only, and there are rules governing their use.

The area south of Engerdal-Østfjell is a beautiful area for walking in summer and winter, with quiet plateaus, lakes, tarns and streams, and several summits for more energetic hikers. You can start from Engerdal-Østfjell or from some of the summer pasture farms further south. Hiking maps showing the network of trails are for sale at Engerdal Tourist Office and other outlets.

Canoeing territory

The areas around Istjern, Jyltingsmarka, Rogen and Roasten, as well as many other small lakes in the forest and mountains are also nicknamed 'Femund canoe country'. The combination of the very special natural environment of the mountains and watercourses of varying sizes make the area extremely attractive for canoeing holidays. 'Femund canoe country' is an area of more than 8,000 square kilometres, large parts of which are protected as a national park and a nature reserve. This means that anyone using the area has to abide by certain requirements. A trip in the wilderness requires good planning, so it is a good idea to contact Femund Canoe Camp or Norway Outdoors for a canoeing course. They also organise canoeing trips with a guide.

Cross-country and mountain skiing

Femund Engerdal has a huge range of ski tracks and plenty of snow in winter. There are both prepared and unprepared tracks and floodlit tracks to choose from. The prepared tracks are at Hylleråsen, Engerdal Østfjell, Sølenstua, Elgå and Sømådalen.

There are also tracks made by snowmobiles in places like Gløtberget and Lisetra. The floodlit tracks are at Hylleråsen, Sølenstua, Johnsgård Tourist Centre and Drevsjø.

Horse-riding trips

The stables at Stall Rydland are in Gløtvola, midway between Engerdalssetra summer pasture farm and Sølenstua cabin. There, horse-riding trips of an hour, half day, full day and overnight in the mountains are offered all summer. In winter, Stall Rydland offers sleigh rides with torches and tinkling bells through the wintry forest.

Cycling trips

Femund Engerdal is a perfect starting point for anyone who wants to experience nature from a bike. It is suitable for day trips or trips of several days with accommodation. You can even combine a cycling trip with a boat trip or walk.

Suggested route: Around Femunden lake
You can cycle right around Femunden lake, starting at Røros. Cycle to Langen and on to Synnervika. Then, take the MS Fæmund II ferry to Femundshytten cabin and on to Jonasvollen Camping. Here, you can decide whether to cycle on to Sømådal or take the boat across to Revlingen in Femundsmarka National Park.

From Sømådal, you can cycle down along the west side of Femund lake and around Isteren lake and down to Femundsenden, before continuing along the east side of the lake, past Sorken and towards Elgå. This is a great place to get close-up views of reindeer.

From Elgå, you can cycle to Revlingen, where you can send your bike by boat to Haugen farm and make the most of the opportunity to walk in the Femundsmarka National Park from Revlingen to Haugen. From there, you can take the boat back to Synnervika and cycle back to the starting point at Røros.

You can also start from any of the other places on the circuit, and design your own route. For more information, contact the Tourist Information Office in Engerdal.

Jyltingsmarka
The Jyltingsmarka area is perfect for cycling, with good quality gravel tracks, gentle inclines and nature attractions around every bend. You can combine a cycling trip with fishing and stay overnight in a tent.

You can rent bikes from the Gløtvold Handel shop at Drevsjø and at Femundsmarka National Park Centre at Elgå.

Guided trips

Organised trips in summer and winter are offered by Norway Outdoors, who also rents out several cabins. In summer, there are several canoeing courses on offer in the Femund region with experienced instructors. In winter, there are snowshoe, cross-country skiing and dogsledding trips.

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Last updated:  2014-03-25
Try your luck fishing in the Femund lake, where there is plenty of large fish eager to bite - Photo: Jan Lillestu
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With hundreds of lakes, rivers and tarns, Femund Engerdal is one of Norway's prime areas for freshwater fishing - Photo: Femund Naturfoto/Destinasjon

Summer activities in Femund Engerdal

Femund Engerdal has everything needed for an active holiday, including fishing, walking, kayaking, biking and skiing in magnificent mountain scenery.

Summer activities in Femund Engerdal

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