After a rainy Norwegian summer, the autumn is here. I prefer the autumn. The summer often disappoints me as I desire warm, sunny days. Two days of rain pr week would be ok, but not seven. I’ve heard refugees from Africa refer to the Norwegian summer as the “green winter”. I feel sorry for them! My expectations for the autumn is cold weather, a lot of rain and wind. If the sun is shining, then it’s a great surprise. Today was a surprise 🙂
We went hiking to Hårskallen, translated to English that is “The Hairy Skull” and I guess the mountain looks a bit like a head, not very hairy though.
The parking is at Skallstugu (large cabin you can hire), by Vulusjøen, the Vulu lake. The road going there is private and it cost 50 NOK to pass the turnpike. It is 17 km (10,5 mi) by car from E6.
This is Hundkjerka, The Dog Church, which is a really funny name. There are several theories of the name. One theory is that a troll threw the rock (kjerke can mean a rock) there, he was angry when they built Munkeby abbey, but missed – perhaps less plausible.
The other theory is that this was where the Catholics held their services during the reformation, they had to go far to be safe. The third theory is that “hund” sometimes is used to describe something large and “kjerke” means rock, so it simply means “the large rock” and not a dog church…
This is a crossroad and they both lead to the summit, there is no sign however, so it’s good to know what you chose. If you take the left path, it goes straight up over this hill and down to where you start your next climb. It is quite steep and can be quite windy. We went to the right, around this hill and up a small valley. It was very beautiful and no wind.
According to my GPS it was 1,9 km (1,2 mi) going to the right and 1,7 km (1,05 mi) going to the left, as we came back down that way. The sign says 1,8 km (1,1 mi)…
The warm colors of the cold autumn are here and some signs of love in the nature. Actually the weather forecast was 15℃/59℉ and cloudy, but we got 19℃/66℉ and sun. That is amazing weather in September. 20℃/68℉ is considered a summer day in Norway…
At the summit! We are 735 moh or 2411 ft above sea level. Many have been there before us, no place to sign in this well used book.
Sheep plays an important part in this landscape: By grazing, the sheep help to maintain the cultural landscape, cultural history, biodiversity, open trails and farm meadows, as well as rural community life.