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Bordvassvegen - cultural walk

Bordvassvegen - cultural walk Photo: Anne Mette Kolden
Bordvassvegen - cultural walk Photo: Anne Mette Kolden

Hike facts

Effort level
  • Easy
Duration
  • 2 hours
Landscape
  • Forest
Season:
May - October

Contact information

Description

The Ottadalen valley is very dry. Only thanks to an old and very complicated field watering system, agriculture has been and still is possible in the district. On a tour along the Bordvassvegen canal you will learn a lot about the irrigation system. The marked trail starts and ends outside Norsk Fjellmuseum / Lom turistinformasjon. Easy family tour, with moderate rise.
Total length 8,3 kms/ 5 miles, allow 3 hours.

”Givest thou sunshine, o
Lord, and we ourselves
shall provide the water” is
an old saying in the Ottadalen district.
Annual precipitation in Lom and Skjåk is at
many places less than 300 mm.
Subsistence agriculture is impossible without
the artificial irrigation system, unique
in Europe. When seasonal snow melting is
over, there is little water in the brooks and
rivers.
By constructing irrigation channels from
the mountains – from the edge of a glacier
or a manmade dam where the water from
the melting ice could be stored – it was
possible to supply the acres and fields in
the bottom of the valley with life-giving
water. In the community of Lom 68 channels
and dams are registered; the shortest
is 300 m, the longest 20 kms. The total
length of the channels in Lom is 230 kms,
in the neighbouring community Skjåk 300
kms are registered. Most of the channels
supply hamlets, just a few only a single
farm.

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  • Hiking Hiking

Facilities

  • Season

    • may
    • august
    • july
    • june
    • september
    • october
  • Nature and terrain

    • forest
  • Grading

    • easy
  • Duration

    • 2 hours
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Bordvassvegen - cultural walk - Photo: Anne Mette Kolden

Bordvassvegen - cultural walk

The Ottadalen valley is very dry. Only thanks to an old and very complicated field watering system, agriculture has been and still is possible in the...

Bordvassvegen - cultural walk

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