Nature Experience Chair 'Birdhouse' Point of Interest

Art in nature

  • Erfaringsstol Fuglehus ved Synnhallia/ Vestfjellveien.
Nature experience chair Fuglehus on Synnhallia/Vestfjellveien

    Erfaringsstol Fuglehus ved Synnhallia/ Vestfjellveien. Nature experience chair Fuglehus on Synnhallia/Vestfjellveien Photo: Thor Østbye

  • Photo: Thor Østbye

  • Utsyn over Synnfjorden
View over Synnfjorden

    Utsyn over Synnfjorden View over Synnfjorden Photo: Thor Østbye

Essential info

  • Destination: Land
  • Season: January-November
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Distance: 13.7 kilometers (out‑and‑back)
  • Elevation Gain: 120 meters
  • Duration: 2.5-4.5 hours

About Nature Experience Chair 'Birdhouse'

The nature experience chair ‘Birdhouse’ can be found on Synnhallia, close to Vestfjellveien and Langsua National Park. This is a year-round nature experience chair and can be accessed by foot or bicycle in spring, summer and autumn and with skies in winter. This nature experience chair was created by Lars and Ingela Agger in 2012.

We wish to invite people to come and visit the diverse and species-rich nature that exists along Land’s and Etnedal’s watercourses with our exhibition ‘Nature Experience Chairs in the Dokka Delta Ecosystem’. The nature experience chairs can be found in diverse ‘nature spaces’ from Synnfjell in the north to Randsfjorden in the south. Art installations can act as trip destinations to encourage people to spend more time outdoors and develop a different perspective of nature. The diverse nature spaces tell a story of the landscape through the seasons and the relationships that exist between people and nature. We welcome the rain and the wind, the smell of mires and blossom, bubbling becks and ephemeral views, ancient creatures and the flapping of wings.

Are in nature can be used to encourage people away from vulnerable conservation areas to designated ‘nature spaces’, offering the same experience without damaging the balance of nature.

Take a walk to the artwork, enjoy being surrounded by nature.

There are 13 different nature experience chairs to be found placed in different environments in Etnedal, Nordre Land and Søndre Land:

Huldreputten

Bird

Soaring Feeling

• Birds Nest

Windblown

Bench

Ant

Boulder

Lundebru

• Tricky

Fish

Birdhouse

Huginn and Muninn

More information here: https://www.dokkadeltaet.no/en/living-wetland/erfaringsstoler

Getting there

Nature experience chair ‘Birdhouse’ can be found on Synnhallia, close to Vestfjellveien (fv204) and Langsua National Park. Fv204. Fv204 is closed for cars in winter and is used for cross-country skiing.

Spåtind Sport Hotel is a great place to start your trip. There are roads from Torpa to the hotel that are open all year, or roads from Gaudsal and Fagernes (Lenningen) that are open in summer. Follow fv250 to Torpa from either Vingrom/Lillehammer or Dokka. Torpa lies along fv250 between Vingrom (E6) and Dokka (rv33). From Vingrom to Torpa it is approximately 28km and from Dokka to Torpa it is approximately 17km. When you reach Torpa take the exit towards Synnfjell/Spåtind, drive to Fagerlund and then take the exit on the right up towards Synnfjellvegen. It is approximately 24km from the exit in Torpa to the Spåtind Sport Hotel.

Trail description

Spåtind Sport Hotel is a great place to start your trip. From here follow fv196 north for roughly 4km (this road is closed for cars in winter). After 4km turn left onto Vestfjellveien and follow this road for 2,5km until you reach your destination. The trip is approximately 13,2 km out and back (circa 3 hours, 135m climb).

Spring, Summer and Autumn

This is an excellent route for walking and cycling during spring, summer and autumn.

Winter

During winter you can access this nature experience chair on prepared ski trials. The ski trail between Spåtind Sport Hotel and Lenningen goes directly past the chair offers an exciting way to experience this area. There are over 300 kilometres of prepared trails in Synnfjell.

Facts

  • Take plenty of water as there are no possibilities to refill on route.
  • Good footwear is recommended as the route can be wet. 
  • You can pay to park at Spåtind Sport Hotel.

Amenities

Bikes can be hired from Spåtind Sport Hotel (mtb and fatbikes).

You can purchase fishing licences from inatur.no.

Where to stay

Accommodation can be found at Spåtind Sport Hotel. Here you will find apartments and hotel rooms, and cafe, restaurant and bar. There is also the possibility to stay at Haugtun (Aust-Torpa) or Ullsaker Øvre Gjestegård (Vest-Torpa). 

Map

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