A peaceful hike up on Svarthamra

Svarthamra is a mountain on the Norwegian side. It takes about 15-20 min drive from Grövelsjön to get to the access where the hike starts. Here you have many alternatives for your route which makes it easy to decide how long distance and time you want to be out hiking. We decided to do an easy day walk with a long fika-break.

”Fika” is a typical swedish word meaning you’re having a nice time together with friends drinking coffee or tea, eating cake, sandwich, nuts and etc. to refill your body with.

On the way to Svarthamra you’ll pass small brooks, fascinating trees and if you decide to do the hike at this time of the year, you will get amazed by all the red and yellow color in the mountains. You’ll also see the large lake called Femunden and get a beautiful view of another fascinating mountain called Båthusberget.

About the track
Total inclination from where the hike starts and up to the top is 300 m. The track is nice – but at some places you’ll find it more rocky and can also be slippery. Estimated time with return is 6 h.

A feeling of freedom with an amazing view over the mountains and colorful environment. Photo: Niclas Bentzer.


Red, yellow, green and many more colors – this time of the years is my favorite to be out hiking. And NO mosquitos. Photo: Niclas Bentzer.


The mountain on the other side is called Båthusberget. I’ve earlier written a post on the blog about a tour I did up there.


More fascinating colors and vegetation.


To be out in the mountains, running and feeling free like a bird should be a privilege for every dog. Also a long fika-break is nice to relax and enjoy the outdoor life.


You’ll see some really awesome cliff formation on this hike.

The top of the Queen

This weekend I’ve been up in the mountains in Grövelsjön and its surroundings. The autumn has shown it self from its most beautiful side, with all the yellow and red colors and also a sun that is still warming. In Rendalens community you can find a dramatical mountain with three tops which together goes under the nickname ”The Queen”. The real name is Rendalssølen and the highest top is called Store Sølen, 1755 m. But it’s not just the top that makes it worth going there. The track all the way to the valley, the crystal clear lakes and the massive mountains give that little extra to get the perfect cinnamon bun. From Grövelsjön it takes about 1 h and 15 minutes drive. And from where the hike starts it took us 4 h and 20 minutes with return, total distance 24,5 kilometers. Note that we did jogging, a bit of walking and also took a 30 min stop on the top for a lunch break. Before continuing the last 500 height meters to the top you should refill your bottle with water (down in the Valley).


Rendalssølen from a distance. The highest point, which looks like a shark fen, called Store Sølen (1755 meters above sea level), is where we went up.


On the ”road” again. High on mountain life.


Taking the opportunity to refill the water tank.


The Valley, up on 1200 m.


My friend is looking out over Norway with its spectacular view.


It’s quite steep on the top. But with an incredible view.


Go, go, go. And in between, remember to slow down, breath and enjoy the mountains.


The track and environment invites to jogging.


Thank you Rendalssølen for my first visit to you.


Halvvasan Plus

Idag genomförde jag och min klasskamrat Ida Lindström  Halvvasan Plus, från Sälen till Evertsberg + 1 km lite feljoggning. Total sträcka blev 48 km och vi tog oss igenom till största delen joggades! Ingen av oss hade tidigare ens sprungit ett marathon, så idag slog vi båda två distansrekord. Stolta och med en kropp som liknar status efter en hel helg med fotbollscup (dvs. mör, sliten och trött, men lycklig) har vi nu försett oss med taco-middag och två godispåsar vardera.

Eftersom sträckan blev längre än halva Vasaloppet diskuterade vi om detta kan kallas kort-ultra eller lång-mara. Same same and no difference 😉

Tack för oss!



Nästintill identisk packning, men olika färg.


Jag och Ida gör oss redo. Vår skjuts Danne (och Samantha) är redan redo!


Checkar av Vasaloppets olika hållplatser. Evertsberg är målet.


Där allting startade.




Vi suktar efter diverse godsaker och smider planer på att köpa godis efter målgången.


Lingon och blåbär fanns det gott om längs leden.


ÄNTLIGEN! 48 km genomförda till fots och största delen joggandes Obeskrivlig känsla av seger när vi dansar oss in över mållinjen i Evertsberg. Halvvasan genomförd tillsammans med grymmaste Ida Lindström! Följ henne på instagram: @1dalindstrom