Fjellbjørkeskogen i Vang Plants
- Destination: Vang
- Season: June–November
- Difficulty: Medium
- Distance: 4.2 kilometers (out‑and‑back)
- Elevation Gain: 250 meters
- Duration: 2–3 hours
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About Fjellbjørkeskogen i Vang
Mountain birch stands steadfast in wind and weather. Crooked. Individual. Sculpted. It provides shelter. It's a great experience to go there between birches. Maybe follow an old path?
Mountain birch forests cover large areas of Vang between 600 and 1,000 masl. Mountain birch is gaining territory. Because of climate change and changes in the use of the mountain, the tree line moves further up every year.
Mountain birch forests are almost always in sloping terrain, and nutritious water provides favorable conditions for plant growth and thus for the animals.
In mountain birch forests, there is a large diversity of species. The trees are not as dense and crowns allow light to shine through, so many grasses and herbs can grow here. It provides for good grazing for mammals such as moose, deer and hare. Grouse, black grouse, various thrushes, finches and singers nest in mountain birch forest.
People here have always exploited the mountain birch for firewood. About a hundred years ago most of the mountain birch was chopped down due to intensive exploitation for fuel to farms- and mountain farm husbandry. To simplify the fuel transport it was common to place the mountain farms in mountain birch forest. The plots can be found today along the path.
From all hamlets in Vang you can enjoy long walks through mountain birch forests. Tyinkrysset, Rodallega Skakadalen, Helin, Syndin, Hugakøllen, Måneberg, Høre. Look at the map and find a trail. Here we have chosen to present a nice and varied round trip around Måneberg which offers great views of Hensgardane.
Getting there: From E16 take off in the east end of Vangsmjøsa by Hemsing bridge, and drive left 293 towards Hensåsen. Just before Dalsbru over Rysna, turn left and drive west in Ligardsvegen for 1.8 km, where you park your car. Here follow the marked trail (white wooden blocks) to Måneberg and on to old Remmisstølen. From here, right down to the dirt road that you follow down to Liagardsvegen. Then east on asphalt for about 0.4 km to the car.