Gilafjellet - Kruk Hiking Trail
- Destination: Vang
- Season: June–November
- Difficulty: Easy
- Distance: 5.9 kilometers (out‑and‑back)
- Elevation Gain: 720 meters
- Duration: 2–3 hours
About Gilafjellet - Kruk
Trip in Helin plant park.
Drive the summer farm road from Vang towards Helin to the sign "Helestrønd" and "Tangadn". Drive approximately 400m and park your car where the mountain farm road to "Øvre Vassendin" takes a turn upwards and to the left. Follow the sign "Gilafjellet" and the labeling for about 700 m along the summer farm way up to the uppermost summer farms. Then we will go on marked old trail over rocks towards Syndin. We walk through lush birch forests. The trail continues in a gentle incline until you're on the bare mountain. A few meters before the highes point (1180 meters above sea level), take the path "leia vår" to the south. We follow the cairns southwards in a steady incline. Approximately 1460 meters above sea level the cairns end. Just before the last cairn, which is placed on top of a large rock, you can in the first part of July see the rare snow buttercup (Ranunculus nivalis). Continue between Skølten and Geiteknappen (1545 meters above sea level). The way goes over nice, almost flat "grasslands" of heather, lichens, sedges, reeds and grasses. The rock phyllite provides lush vegetation in high mountains. If you are lucky, you can also see typical highland birds, like the snow bunting, twite, plover, ring ouzel and ptarmigan. And sometimes one or the other reindeer.
After having passed the rounding where Svørsbotten comes up from Helestrønd, the scenery changes abruptly. Here the "grassy plains" end and you will find a landscape with a lot of talus, which is dominated by granite rocks that are approximately 1700 million years old, while the uppermost meters of Kruk, Nonskampen and other peaks south consist of gabbro with an age of 1250 million years. These are nutrient-poor rock types, and vegetation is influenced by it.
In the narrowing between the precipice towards Svørsbotten and Kruk there is a reindeer capturing plant. You will see that the passage is closed with a leading fence and two pits. On the slope towards Kruk there are 12 bøgahi where hungets lay down with arches its "pick" the deer that got past the pits.
You can't complain about the view from Kruk, but to get views of Syndinområdet, take a detour to the backside of Nonskampen (1510 meters above sea level).
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