Bøgahi Skræmetindane Cultural Heritage

  • Bøgahi.

    Bøgahi. Photo: Dag Nordsveen

  • Nørdre Herredals støl (turstart)

    Nørdre Herredals støl (turstart) Photo: Dag Nordsveen

  • Oppstigning langs elva Tvørra

    Oppstigning langs elva Tvørra Photo: Dag Nordsveen

  • Rik flora opp langs bekken Tvørra

    Rik flora opp langs bekken Tvørra Photo: Dag Nordsveen

  • Over kanten mot Skræmebøtten møter et goldt landskap oss, men lettgått.

    Over kanten mot Skræmebøtten møter et goldt landskap oss, men lettgått. Photo: Dag Nordsveen

Essential info

  • Destination: Valdres
  • Season: June–November
  • Difficulty: Demanding
  • Distance: 2.9 kilometers (out‑and‑back)
  • Elevation Gain: 550 meters
  • Duration: 2.5–3 hours

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About Bøgahi Skræmetindane

On the flat ridge close against Skræmetindane in the southeast on 1600 meters altitude, you find an impressive trapping plant for reindeer with about 40 traps (bøgahi). The number informs us about planning and organization also in earlier hunting. It was in the Iron Age which began a few hundred years before Christ's birth that such facilities often were established. In many places they were used until firearms took over for bow and arrow in the 16-1800's. Such a large plant shows that a lot of reindeer have been passing through the area. Reindeer are still here and if you're lucky you will meet some on your trip. The trip up from the hamlet in Nørdre Herredalen is great and full of contrasts. You follow the west side of the creek up the steep, grassy hillside in a northeastern direction. The vegetation is rich in species and lush with alpine plants of all colors. The view inward and out of the valley is magnificent. The hamlet houses get smaller and smaller as you win height. The contrast gets intense when you reach about 1500 meters and "climb over" the edge of the hillside and look inward toward Skræmetindane. At once all the green is gone and you stand in a stone desert. Fascinating. The trip continues and is easily passed first along the east bank of the river and a few ponds, before proceeding straight to the flat portion of 1600 meters above sea level below the east side of Skræmetindane. Getting there: From E16 take off at Hemsing bridge to take Slettefjellvegen. About 1 km after the boom barrier turn left towards Herredalen and drive about 5 km to the mountain farm Nørdre Herredal. Park where the road is wide enough, but not too close to the hamlets.

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