Plantetur i Helin plantepark Plants
- Destination: Vang
- Season: April–November
- Difficulty: Medium
- Distance: 5.9 kilometers (out‑and‑back)
- Elevation Gain: 720 meters
- Duration: 2–5 hours
About Plantetur i Helin plantepark
The conservation area is located between 869 -1582 meters above sea level with Helin as the lowest point and Kruk as the highest. The plant park offers a big range of different landscapes, and both bedrock and terrain formations are important for the particular plant life, and the varied bird and animal life. It has lush mountain birch, idyllic mountain farm areas, marshes, water, heath, species-rich mountain plateau, boulders and the peculiar scree slopes down towards Helin, which have a very good local climate.
The bedrock consists of phyllite and granite. The hard and barely soluble granitic rocks are found in the southeast and provide for a species-poor vegetation. Phyllite dominates in the middle, northern and northeastern areas. The rock crumbles easily and provides good nutritional conditions for plants. Especially in scree slopes to the southwest, between Skolten and Kruk, the phyllite is porous, providing special habitats for talus poppies and breeding ground for a variety of nutrient-demanding species. 285 plant species are registered in the area. Besides regular mountain plants, a number of rare nutrient demanding species and thermophilic lowland is also found. Some of these are talus poppies, mountain moonwort, alpina var, whorled solomon's-seal, three-flowered rush, coeloglossum viride, orchid, buttercup, dwarf buttercup, snow buttercup, viola biflora, rosea, snow gentian, oxytropis lapponica, dryas, rock speedwell and 10 different species of saxifrage.
Scree slopes are steep, unstable and a very vulnerable habitat where plants almost grow straight up from the scree. Humans scrambling in the rockslide will in most cases destroy some of the fragile plant occurrences there. Therefore one must show great caution and follow the few footprints after sheep that go through the area.
The large variation in different habitats and the height difference makes the bird life particular and interesting with 70 registered species, most of them nesting.