The country here is quiet, long and diversified. On the north side of Surnadal valley, one can experience nature in countless ways. The country is flat and well-suited for bicycling for the entire family. If one has difficulty walking, it is possible to drive a car. Possibilities for walking tours are many. The road over Nordmarka is 360 meters above sea level, and from here, it is possible to take trips to mountain tops such as Kammen and Fagerfjellet. The highest peak is 550 meters above sea level.
Test your fishing skills in the many lakes strung over Nordmarka. There is a good stock of trout and char. Take along a canoe or kajakk and paddle from lake to lake. As the day comes to an end, find the perfect place to pitch a tent for the night.
The special nature in Nordmarka makes it an exciting area for all nature enthusiasts. Numerous mountain farm meadows offer proof of a valuable landscape used by mankind over a long time. Limestone veins in the rock formations are the foundation for a rich and rare plant life. In the east is the limestone grotta “Limåskyrkja” and the nature preserves Tågdalen and Høgmyran. Thirty years of botanical studies in Tågdalen have established nearly 300 plant species, of which 16 are orchids. The varying nature of Nordmarka makes for good living conditons for an interesting spectrum of bird and animal species.
Vaulen is one of the areas most beautiful mountain farms. It is located on a hill over Vaulenvatnet. The farm was occupied until 1717, after which it was used as a temporary pasture and farm. The Muster House on the east edge of the farm is newly restored. The name comes from the Englishman, James Patrich Chaworth Musters, who bought the property in 1896. He built a new, big house on the eastern edge and used it as a summer home. His son, James Chaworth Musters, was an ornithologist who used Vaulen as his base. He did research on birds and rodents and much of his work can be found to this day in museums in England. He was also active in setting up Company Linge during WWII. In 2004, a memorial for James Musters was set up at Vaulen and many of the survivors of Company Linge were present at the ceremony.
The present owner of the property is Surnadal Kommune and it can be rented out to individuals or groups by contacting the local government’s building and environment department (bygg og miljø). There are 20 beds, living room, kitchen, and washroom with shower. Down at the lake is a boathouse with six canoes and a boat with outboard motor.
Roundtrip on bicycle:
Begin at Surnadal center and follow RV 65 in the direction of Kristiansund approx. 5 km. The toll station is located on the right side. Beautiful landscapes await you on the heights.
Follow the gravel road east along the Orrenlitjønna and continue along the Svorka over to Andersvatnet. Continue to Erkgarden, a old farm occupied until 1720.
You will pass Høgmyran nature preserve and cross the tourist association’s (KNT) marked hiking trail (Fjord Route) between Grytbakksetra and Hermannhytta.
Continue to Austergardkvennavatnet and along the easterlig part of Krokvatnet.
The road goes through luscious farm landscape before you begin the decent along the road bordered with wild flowers through Dalsegglia with the eyes of døla horses and fjording horses watching you. Down in the valley, follow the county road on the northside of the valley from one cluster of farms to the next all the way back to Surnadal center. Length 58 km.
Possibility for side trips to Gjetervatnet, Solåsvatnet and Lille Bævervatnet.
Tollroad. Fishing license sold at the toll station. For more information or guiding, contact Øyvind Holte, tel. 91164329.