Time to reflect.
In these times where our daily lives are on hold and our plans postponed, it can be important to reflect on adventurous times from the past while staying safe with our loved ones at home.
A small reminder to you: the outdoors will be there waiting for you.
That’s why we would like to give you some inspiration from our archives.
Today’s theme is our shoot from the falketind collection.
The Anniversary Crossing
Text: Elisa Røtterud Photo: Chris Holter, Vegard Breie, Nikolai Schirmer
To celebrate our 90th anniversary, we invited some of our Loyalty Members to an epic adventure in Jotunheimen.
The route went from Turtagrø up to Store Skagastølstindnd down in the fairytale Midtmaradalen, up to Stølsmaradalsbu and then to Vetti Gard. A beautiful and demanding route with dramatic mountains surrounded by fairy tale landscape in the land of the trolls.
There is something about this area. The fjords, glaciers, the forests. The mountains towering above us. There is something about the Norwegian wilderness that brings out the adventurer in us.
Turtagrø and Hurrungane have traditions dating back to the 1880s, and are known as the place of birth for mountain sports in Norway.
In the 1870-80’s Ole Berge was a farmer and reindeer hunter on Turtagrø. He and his wife Anna also became known for giving the travellers who went over Sogn meals and a place to stay at the farm. William C Slingsby’s climbing of Store Skagastølstind in 1876 created an increased interest in the Hurrungane as a climbing area. Englishmen and pioneers in Nordic mountain sports sought the area, and overnighted at the farm. Emanuel Mohn, Thomas Heftye, Therese Bertheau, Johannes Vigdal, Torgeir Sulheim, Carl Hall , C.V. Patchell and Erik Ullèn were among a few of the first pioneers.
Turtagrø became the meeting place for mountaineers in Norway. It was also during this time that Norway was on the verge of becoming an independent nation; the mountains and nature were to a large extent used to define what is Norwegian.
Today, Turtagrø continues to be a center for climbing, mountaineering and backcountry skiing.
Better known as the “Hytta på Bandet”, Skagastølsbu has been providing shelter for mountaineers in Hurrungane since 1894. Pioneers, climbers, dare devils and hikers. Most Norwegian climbers have a powerful memory from this place. From Skagastølsbu shelter, Storen looks dramatic and gripping.
The most used route to Store Skagastølstind runs from ” Hytta på Bandet»- the pass that divides Skagadalen and Midtmaradalen valleys.
The normal descent from the summit is a 40-45m long rappel. A “feature” that is not easily forgotten.
Ever since William Cecil Slingsby, who would later be described as the father of Norwegian mountain sports, became the first man to conquer Store Skagastølstind in 1876, this area has been one of the most important gateways to mountain sports in Norway.
Until the early 1870s, Store Skagastølstind had been considered unclimbable, and no one even attempted it. Then in 1872, the English climber William Cecil Slingsby learned about the mountain while he was traveling in Norway. It was not until 1876 that he was able to stand on the summit. Mountaineers still describe Storen as a test of strength.
The Trekking Team goes through a fairytale landscape, and finds their base at the cabin Stølsmaradalsbø.
They make a simple and nutritious dinner on our stoves, and enjoy the view of the magnificent 2000-meter peaks.
There’s no spot more perfect for a beautiful evening and night out in the wilderness. To top it all,
the mighty Stølsmaradalstind (2026 MASL) and Midtre Ringstind (2025 MASL) loom majestically up from the horizon!
Vetti Gard- Final Stop
Our final stop is Vetti Gard Tourist Station. This place has been an important meeting point for mountaineers since the mountain pioneers found their way into the valley of Utladalen in the 19th century.
Vetti is a farm with a long history. The meaning of the name Vetti supposedly means something along the lines of “fairy tale meadow”, and the fairy tale landscape connection makes sense when experiencing the contrasts between the mowing fields, the roar of the waterfalls and the close vicinity to wild nature. The entire valley of Utladalen as outlying fields has belonged to the farm of Vetti for centuries. Old sources tell us that there were arable land and the cultivation of grains going as far back as 1120.
At present day Vetti Farm Tourist Station is a farm open during the summer months, found at the heart of Jotunheimen.
The mighty Vettisfossen
Finally, we arrive at the mighty Vettisfossen, the Queen of Waterfalls, Norway’s biggest unregulated waterfall with a single drop height of 275 meters!
This world-famous waterfall plunges down into the deep Utladalen valley from Vettismorki Farm, before the water goes out into the Utla river.