Pålebrygga på Våten Birdwatching
A bird tower with a difference in Dokka delta nature reserve
- Destination: Land
- Season: April-November
- Difficulty: Easy
- Distance: 0.3 kilometers (out‑and‑back)
- Elevation Gain: 10 meters
- Duration: 0.5-1 hours
About Pålebrygga på Våten
Våten is within Dokkadeltaet naturreservat . The nature reserve is protected chiefly due to its importance as a nesting and rest area for birds. A long list of rare, threatened and vulnerable birds can be found within the conservation area, and 52 species from the Norwegian redlist have been observed. Large numbers of certain specific species can be observed in the delta during the spring migration. Species observed include great crested grebe, pink-footed goose, Eurasian teal, tufted duck, crane, European golden plover and common greenshank.
The stilt building is one of Dokka Delta Wetland Centre’s bird viewing towers and is universally designed (accessible to all people, regardless of age, disability or other factors). From the stilt building you can view the delta’s varied wetland habitat that results in a species rich bird fauna in the conservation area. Wetland birds, raptors, owls and passerine birds as well as several rare and less commonly observed species, such as great crested grebe, northern shoveler, garganey, short-eared owl, tawny owl, lesser spotted woodpecker, Eurasian wryneck and common rosefinch all find suitable nesting sites in the delta area. If you bring along a pair of binoculars, then you are bound to see one of the 219 observed bird species in the conservation area.
You will find good fishing and bathing possibilities, a barbeque site and benches at Våten, in addition to the rich bird life. You can fish from the shore here or hire a canoe from the visitor centre in Odnes that can be used to paddle to Våten to try your luck at fishing. You might find a pike, whitefish, trout or a perch at the end of your line. If you want to try and catch a pike then try a floating lure amongst the reeds on a warm day or using bait in deeper water when the weather is colder. The largest pike that was ever caught in Norway weighed nearly 20kg. The meat tastes excellent fried, smoked or as fish cakes. The trout (Salmo trutta) is a predatory fish that feeds on insects amongst the reeds during the day. At night you can try worms and sinkers to catch the larger trout. Randsfjorden, Tyrifjorden and Mjøsa are known for having the largest trout in Norway. The world record is over 22kg. Just as trout can be caught using different techniques, it can be prepared using many different methods, from sushi to fermentation.
You do not need a fishing licence to fish in the Randsfjorden, but you are not allowed to use motorboats in the nature reserve. It is forbidden to walk on the mud banks from 15th of March to the 15th of October to avoid disturbing the bird life.
Våten can be found along rv245 along the west side of Randsfjorden. From fv33 towards Dokka take fv34 and follow rv245. From fv33 towards Gjøvik take the exit to rv245 and follow this to Våten.
Våten is a great hiking destination and can be reached both across the water and from the land. If you are starting from Dokka then it is preferable to cycle. You can then choose to start on fv33 or the shorter and less busy, but hillier, rv245. If you choose the first alternative you follow the fv33 towards Odnes and turn right at the sign for Hov near Svingvoll. After this you follow fv34 and turn again to the right when you see the sign for Fluberg bridge. Follow the road over the bridge and turn right at the junction, following rv245 towards Dokka all the way to Våten. You will see a sign for Våten to the right, but this can appear quite suddenly and is easily missed.
If you choose the shorter alternative from Dokka then follow rv245 towards Jevnaker. This route is a lot shorter but is hillier and the traffic has reduced visibility. You need to be aware that the motorists have a reduced line of sight and you should wear reflective vests. This route is not recommended for children. Follow the road until you reach the sign for Våten on the left-hand side.
- Bring water as there are very few places to top-up along the way.
- Use reflective vests as rv245 has lots of bends and motorists have poor visibility.
- Feel free to bring along wood/coal – a BBQ pit is available at Våten.
- Free parking at Våten near Fjordheim assembly house.
- Free composting toilets
Where to stay
Close to Dokka centre you will find accommodation at Dokka Camping.
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