Fresh water pearl mussels close to Skankefoss Animals

Come and see the fascinating freshwater pearl mussel in its home environment

  • Rampe ut i elva for å gjøre det mulig å se elvemuslinger i sitt livsmiljø.
The platform over the river makes it possible to see freshwater pearl mussels in their home environment.

    Rampe ut i elva for å gjøre det mulig å se elvemuslinger i sitt livsmiljø. The platform over the river makes it possible to see freshwater pearl mussels in their home environment. Photo: Thor Østbye

  • Elvemusling i Fallselva ved Skrankefoss.
Freshwater pearl mussels in the Fallselva river by Skrankefoss.

    Elvemusling i Fallselva ved Skrankefoss. Freshwater pearl mussels in the Fallselva river by Skrankefoss. Photo: Thor Østbye

  • Rampe ut i elva for å gjøre det mulig å se elvemuslinger i sitt livsmiljø.
The platform over the river makes it possible to see freshwater pearl mussels in their home environment.

    Rampe ut i elva for å gjøre det mulig å se elvemuslinger i sitt livsmiljø. The platform over the river makes it possible to see freshwater pearl mussels in their home environment. Photo: Thor Østbye

Essential info

  • Destination: Land
  • Season: April-November
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Distance: 0.2 kilometers (out‑and‑back)
  • Elevation Gain: 10 meters
  • Duration: 0.5-1 hours

About Fresh water pearl mussels close to Skankefoss

There is a population of freshwater pearl mussels, a threatened species, in the Fallselva river by Skrankefoss. 

The freshwater pearl mussel is listed as vulnerable (VU) on the Norwegian redlist for species, it is listed as a priority species in the Nature Diversity Act and it is a totally protected species in Norway. Norway has a high percentage of Europe’s population of freshwater pearl mussels, and therefore has a large responsibility to protect this species. Even in Norway there are lots of populations that are declining and many populations have been lost due to pollution, modifications to water courses and historical over-harvesting. 

Close to Skankefoss the The Dokkadelta National Wetland Centre has erected an information sign and constructed a platform over the river to make it possible to view freshwater pearl mussels in their natural home.

Skrankefoss is a brick building from 1920 that is part of the history of the water courses in Land from pulp production, log driving, hydropower development, outdoor activity area and as a millennium site.

Getting there

Follow fv33 from Dokka to Gjøvik for 13km before taking the exit on the right (Randsfjordveien/fv 34 towards Hov and Fall). Follow this road for 14.4 km before taking the exit on the left towards Stenersgata. At the junction take the road to the left north along Stenersgata. Follow this road for a further 1.3 km towards Tressvassvegen to arrive at the carpark for Skankefoss on the right-hand side. 

Trail description

From the car park it is 100m to the Fallsevla river, where it has been made accessible to view the mussels in the home environment. 

If you would like a nice walk it is possible to follow the cultural trail from Skankefoss up to Trevatna. The route is signposted and provides information about the nature and cultural qualities of the landscape. 

Facts

It is a good idea to bring swimwear.

Amenities

  • Free parking at Skankefoss.
  • Free toilets.
  • Accessible bathing site for people with reduced mobility.
  • BBQ site.

Where to stay

Closest to Dokka centre you will find accommodation at Dokka Camping, Dokka motell og Ankalterud Gård. Further away from Dokka you will find accommodation at Lyngstrand Camping.

Map

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