A favourite hike for all ages in a beautiful landscape.
How to get there from Bergen: The starting point for the hike to Nedstavatnet is found 82 km northeast of Bergen. Drive E39 northbound to Romarheim, turn to the right onto FV 569 towards Mo in Modalen. Continue 14 km on 569, and park on the left shoulder by the starting point. The drive from Bergen takes approx. 1,5 hours.
Starting point / end point: Grønhaug–Otterstadstølen. Round trip.
Parking: Parking space for a couple of cars by the main road 20 meters past the information board.
Marking: Information board by the starting point. Information arrows and blue marks on the way.
Grading: Blue. Moderate.
Difference in altitude: 5–230 m
Estimated time: 1,5 hour roundtrip
Good advice: Solid and waterproof shoes is recommended as there are some marshy areas to cross.
Otterstadstølen is a very picturesque mountain farm situated in a nature reserve. The forest surrounding the farm is the most western growing natural spruce forest in Norway and has been dated 400 years back. There are 8 houses in total, some of them with two floors, which is unique in our area. One of the farm houses is available for rental through Aktiv i Modalen.
This hike up to Otterstadstølen takes about 45 minutes. The trail is clearly visible and has blue markings and signs.
The route starts at the information board. The first 500 meters are a bit steep. Then you come to a crossroads where you can choose to follow the shorter or the longer route up to the farm. The shorter has some steeper parts, and the longer is not so steep since it was used to take the cows up in the mountains. The latter one is marshier, and you should wear waterproof shoes.
The hike is graded as moderate, and is suitable for children from 4–5 years of age.
Be aware of slippery stones and roots in wet weather.