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Carwalk Ramnanuten - Tysnes

Carwalk Ramnanuten - Tysnes Photo: Jan Morten Nesse
Carwalk Ramnanuten - Tysnes Photo: Jan Morten Nesse

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  • 2 hours

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Terrain: Paved and gravel roads, forest roads and trail. Some steep parts.

Time: Approximately 1 + hours (3.5 km).

 

Turn off Rv49 and park in front of the Tysnes School (1) at Gjerstad. Intermittently along the trail there are information boards with details on the local flora and fauna, wildlife management and forestry. The Forestry Division of the Tysnes Municipality put up these boards in order to increase public awareness of the forest and its uses. The walk starts in a typical agricultural setting among cultivated hay fields and pastures on both sides of the road. After the first 300-400 metres on paved or gravel road you find a house with a nearby sign for the nature walk (2). The trail then enters a forested area dominated by birch and pine. After a short distance there is a fence with a gate, beyond which you turn left off the road and proceed along the stone fence (3). After a while you can see the remains of a small, private powerstation (4) that once produced electricity for the immediate area. It was the largest of several small private generators on the island before the Tysnes Utility was established in 1950. Along the trail you can see the supports for the pipeline that brought water to the turbine. Past the power station you enter an area dominated by native juniper. This is a clear sign that the hills here were grazed by cows and sheep not long ago, and that the forest is in early stages of recovery (5). At Kleiva (6) the trail steepens, but is always manageable. Finally you arrive at the lake and the dam where still can be seen the valve that once regulated the flow of water to the turbines. Past the dam you find an information board (7) giving details about the Norwegian Pine. Turn left here. The mountain is now near and the trees are fewer and visibly shorter. Between rocks and trees you can catch glimpses of the lookout point. Around Ramnanuten you find the typically barren landscape of higher elevations: broken terrain with exposed solid ground rock interspersed with shallow, rocky soil and mountain bogs. The panoramic view from Ramnanuten (8) is truly magnificent. To the north you see the Tysnes village and Bjørnefjorden (Bear Fjord). The Folgefonna glacier is in the east and in the west you see the North Sea. From this vantagepoint it seems even more obvious why the lowlands here were among the first to be settled; there are extensive, level fields near good harbours and ocean resources, and in the east there is the Heggland Lake with freshwater fishing surrounded by forests with timber and hunting opportunities. On the very top of Ramnanuten there is a small plain with a picnic area and benches. Although there is a fence below the edge, do not go too close; there is a nearly vertical drop there. In front of you is the Tysnes peninsula, which has lent its name to the entire island and to the present municipality. The name is of very ancient origin and indicates that Ty’s Ness was dedicated to the god Ty of Nordic Mythology. To the left of the village of Våge is a place called Ve, also a name originating in ancient religious practices. To the north and a bit east of the Tysnes peninsula are the two islands Store Godøy and Lille Godøy. In Nordic Mythology the priest was called a ”gode”, and it is tempting to believe that the islands were named after the priest there. These names together with mounting archaeological evidence, support the theory that some 2000-3000 years ago the island of Tysnes was a sacred place and the centre of worship in the region. The truth will probably never be known, but it is nevertheless exiting to imagine what might have been going on here in ancient times. The path from the top is quite steep in places, but it is not rated as difficult. After the steep part there is an information board with details about the Norwegian red deer. Past this board you enter a forest road (9) that takes you down to a cleared area with picnic tables and a lookout point (10). A short distance further down, the forest road starts turning northeast. In the middle of this bend you turn left and proceed straight through the forest (11) to yet another forest road. After a while you see a cabin (12). Turning down past this cabin you encounter the road you used initially, and you are soon back in the parking area by the school.

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Carwalk Ramnanuten - Tysnes - Photo: Jan Morten Nesse

Carwalk Ramnanuten - Tysnes

Terrain: Paved and gravel roads, forest roads and trail. Some steep parts. Time: Approximately 1 + hours (3.5 km).   Turn off Rv49 and park in...

Carwalk Ramnanuten - Tysnes

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