Day 5: From Gjöra to Nerdal

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Road to Innerdalen
After 4 days and approximately 1,700 km (= 1,070 miles) we were sick about driving. We needed a day off.

In a brochure I read about the "Innerdalen" which is an awsome valley surrounded by the mountain range "Trollheimen". It is Norway's first nature reserve. The brochure says it's Norway's most beautiful valley and I can second that. It was absolutely breathtaking. Even when the weather changed from one second to the other and the sun gave way to the rain which poured hardly down on us. We got soaked within seconds but we had good luck. There was a sheep shelter ahead where we waited until the rain stopped.

The Norwegian Mountain Touring Association has two cabins in the valley, Innerdalshytta (originally built 1889) and Renndølsetra but we didn't stay there since we had the camper to sleep in.
The hike to Innerdalshytta is about 4 km from the parking lot which you'll find at the end of the narrow road. The road goes from the village Alvundeid at the highway 70 in the east, and approximately 25 km to the west to Innerdalsporten.

Alone driving this narrow road made me curious about the valley. Along the road you find moor covered with cotton grass and birch trees, a river here and then, some farm houses and at the right and the left just mountains. Some of them nearly 2,000 m high. For a girl from the lowlands it's incredibly high ;)

The first 2 km of the hiking trail are a bit steep but when you reach the waterfall it's getting flat. We planned to hike one of the other trails which branch off the main trail at Innerdalshytta but after a km or so we gave up. The rain had moistened the trail and after I got lost foodhold several times it was time to return. I wish we've had better weather but we'll give it a chance next time ;)

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Road to Innerdalen
Road to Innerdalen
Cotton grass and birch trees
Cotton grass and birch trees
Hurry up!!!
Hurry up!!!
Lunch at Innerdalshytta
Lunch at Innerdalshytta
Sunset
Sunset
Innerdalen is a valley in Sunndal,…
Innerdalen is a valley in Sunndal…
At Innerdalen summer farm you can …
At Innerdalen summer farm you can…
Innerdalen summer farm
Innerdalen summer farm
Nerdal
photo by: aloneinthecrowd