Nordmarka - a biodiversity used year-round!
Between Bæverfjord and Surnadal is a diverse piece of nature called Nordmarka. Highway 65 towards Kristiansund runs through the area and makes outdoor experiences easily accessible. The road passes at 360 (moh). Nordmarka is a kind landscapes that still offers really good views. The highest peaks are Fagerfjellet (538 moh) and Telstadfjellet (580 m)
There are many roads and trails in the area and the terrain is flat and well suited to cycling. Short family friendly rides, or proper long trampling over the hills until Rindal - here there are many possibilities. The area has many traces of earlier ways of life with numerous summer farms.
In Tågdalen has 30 years of botanical studies of slåttemyrvegetasjon and upkeep proven nearly 300 plant species, of which less than 16 species of orchids. The alternating nature of Nordmarka also provides good habitat for an interesting variety of bird and animal species.
Large and small lakes provide good conditions for those who want try fishing. Here is the unique fishing opportunities and there are good stocks of trout and char.
Several of the lakes are large and interconnected enough that they are suitable for paddling a canoe or kayak. Closest accommodation huts is Hermannhytta and Grytbakksetra, both owned by Kristiansund and Nordmøre Tourist Association, but if you bring a tent you can sleep almost everywhere.
Vaulen, one of Nordmøre beautiful mountain pasture farms situated on a ridge a short distance up Vaulvatnet. Farmers lived here until 1717.
"Musterhusa", located in the east of the mountain farm, is now restored. The name comes from the englishman John Patrich Chaworth Muster who bought the property in 1896. He set up new large house on the east side of the old farm and used these as a summerhouse. His son James Lawrence Chaworth Muster, was ornithologist and Vaulen was one of his bases. Here he ran research on birds and small rodents, and much of his work is found today in museums in England. He was also involved in the creation of partnerships Linge during WW2.
In 2004, a commemorative plaque of James Muster was set on Vaulen, and several of the surviving soldiers of Company Linge was present at the ceremony. The property is currently owned by Surnadal Municipality, and can be rented by individuals or groups by contacting the Tourist Informatione. Here there are 20 beds, lounge, kitchen and laundry room with shower. Down by Vaula lake stands a new boathouse with 6 canoes and a boat with outboard motor at your disposal.
In the middle of the Nordmarka, about 6 km from Skei and just off the main road lies Nordmarka Sports Centre. The facility consists of kilometers long, groomed slopes in one of the best skiing terrain in Nordmøre. Nordmarka has also proven to be the most snow-sure resort in Nordmøre. Here you will find a 3.5 km. long groomed floodlit, and play facilities for children. One of the most popular ski destinations in Surnadal is Løålikjølen. The trail, which starts near the Idrettssenteret is about 6 km.
CHECK THE www.skisporet.no for status on the slopes.
Round trip by bicycle:
Start in Surnadal center and follow RV 65 towards Kristiansund about 5 km. Follow the road on the right side of the old "Tjærebrenneriet". Stay on this road east along Orrenlitjønna and further along Svorka and over to Andersvannet. ON the trip you pass Høgmyran Nature Reserve and KNT's fjord route from Grytbakksetra to Hermannhytta. Then on to Erkgarden, an old forest farm where there was settlement until 1720. The road continues to Austergardkvennavatnet and on to the eastern part of Krokvatnet before descent by Dalsegg in Upper Surnadal. Down in the valley follow the county road on the north side of the valley from back to Surnadal center. Length 58 km.