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Deciduous forest in the mountain village Vang. Exotic that trees that thrive along the coast have found a foothold in Vang. So where in Vang are the growing conditions so good? Hazel trees with nuts are among the trees you can see in Tøso nature reserve. Exciting.
Deciduous forest of elm and linden are very rare in the interior of eastern Norway.
The nature reserve is facing south and sheltered and has a good local climate. The soil is very fertile with the easily weathered phyllite in it. This provides particularly good growth conditions for a variety of rare and nutrient demanding plants and trees in the reserve.
In the tree layer we find elm, birch, aspen, willow, rowan, cherry and hazel.
The area has not been subject to human intervention, only a few sheep graze here. Constant landslides, occasionally large ones. Stones, blocks and ice from mountains above helps shape the upper parts of the reserve where much forest is brought down by an avalanche. The reserve is in places very steep with some rough, loose scree. Parts of the older forest is dense and steep, making the area difficult to access.
The reserve can be risky to travel in.
Getting there: From E16 in Øye in Vang in Valdres, take the fv 293 on the north side of Vangsmjøsa. It is about 4.5 km until Tøso nature reserve, which is about 70 meters higher up than the road. Tøso is located between 540 and 650 meters above sea level.