Close encounter with a Reindeer

Reindeer close to Fyljomstaul

So i was running a trial towards the mountain of Brattefjell, the highest point in the municipality of Seljord. I went over a little pass just south-west of the top ‘Fylijomsnuten’ which had a large cliff-side with a rock field in the bottom. The trial i followed went just along the edge of the rock field. I took a picture of a little cairn someone put up to mark the trial. Just a few meters ahead there was a reindeer lying on the ground behind a large boulder totally unaware of me.

Cliffs of Fyljomsnuten
Cliffs of Fyljomsnuten, Fyljomsstaultjønni in the background
Cliffs of Fyljomsnuten
Cliffs of Fyljomsnuten
Reindeer close to Fyljomstaul
Reindeer close to Fyljomstaul

I didn’t recognize it at first, it just looked like a stone and suddenly the reindeer jumped up. He most have been no more the 2 or 3 meters away from me and he came straight at me! lifting it legs high and stomping, flying towards me! ha ha i screamed! I made a large leap forward and fell on the ground, It ran past me at a hands reach. The reindeer also made a awkward tumble in the high bushed before it ran off in the distance. Another hiker on the other side of the valley had seen it all so we had a little chat about the ordeal. I got some scratches from when i threw myself on the ground, luckily that was all 🙂

In total there are about 500 reindeer roaming this area. Later that day, just after i ran down from the top of Brattefjell, i saw another small group of four!

Check out the whole trail up to Brattefjell on its report: Click here

Reindeer in the valley east of Brattfjell
Reindeer in the valley east of Brattfjell

Trails are opening-up in Telemark

Top of Bjørgefjell

The snow is melting quickly now and trails start to dry. It is was a delight to run on the trails again after a long winter on gravel roads!

I’ve ran two short but steep trails on sun facing slopes in the center of Telemark these days, in Seljord and a little evening round in Lunde. A description of both trails ‘Bjørgefjellet & Vestre Nuke’ have been published in the trails section.

There was a little less snow in Seljord then Lunde (my hometown) this year so i suspected that the trail up ‘Bjørgefjellet‘ would be the first to dry this year.or The first 600++ meters up from the lake ‘Seljordsvannet‘ was dry as a crisp after that the the trail flattens and there was snow on the ground as the sun doesn’t melt it so quickly on the flat terrain. Luckily for me it was compact enough to bear my weight completely and made it to the top without to much plowing.

Thoughts about running on snow

Sometimes its a bid scary when running over snowy terrain. There is always a risk that you sink right trough the layer of snow while still having a good forward motion from the running. This has happens to me a couple of times, hollow pockets under the snow & in between branches that lay just under the snow, and it has so far always gone well without any serious injury. Some sore muscles form time to time but that has been al for me so far. (Except that time i almost slid of a cliff at ‘Bryggefjell‘ but that was the fault of ice under the snow cover )

It is a bids of a wake-up call when you get that that could have gone pretty wrong feeling, you tread a lot more carefully afterwards. I dread getting my leg pined & twisted in the snow so i adjust my speed as soon as i get a notion that its too soft.

Viewpoint at Vestre Nuke
View down on Seljord
View down on Seljord

Vestre Nuke

The trail ‘Vestre Nuke‘ in Lunde is close to home. I’ve ran that round several times and its always a delight to start the season by making my way up its slopes. It’s the first one that opens up that can be ran all the way right from of my front door, plus that it’s a open forest and sunny on the top if the weather is good. It’s only a short round on the trails, about 5km but a sweet progression on the climb because it has these small breaks after each incline. Somehow these slightly fatter parts, the corners of the zig-zag trail up the hill are just at a perfect timing for me to recover a little before the next incline PS: i tried my new trail shoes for the season the Arc’teryx Norvan SL on this run and they where pretty neat!

Some other trails in the are that dry up quickly are ‘Husefjell’ , ‘Hestefjell’, ‘Bryggefjell’ & the slopes up to ‘Maskat’ from ‘Hørte’. These are not all on the site yet but i will publish them when I’ve taken a go at it.

Norwegian runners wanted

For all you runners in Norway you can publish your own trails & blog post from your own blog-sites on this web page. I would love to see some trails and posts from other areas in Norway!

I’ve made some forms that can be used to send inn your trail review or post a blog. I’ve you make a user you can also post blog articles trough your profile and your name & link to your profile & the original article on your own blog site will show on the posts. My idea is that every runner can make or publish its own articles so it becomes a multi author blog where people can read/share info about trial-running throughout Norway.

During the year i will make a effort on the site to improve it’s functionality & make it easier to use. It’s a free time project so I’ll do some work when I’m able.


Top Røysdalsnuten

I can’t believe it! it’s still possible to run high up in the mountains! I’ve never been able to run this high up so late in the year. Its all frozen stiff but yet there is no snow on the ground.

This weekend the question where to run had been an easy choose. i had an endeavor to do in Seljord and it was still possible to run up high. so the choice was the west of Lifjell or the Skovre mountains. Lifjell it was. I knew there where some trails up ‘Røysdalsnuten’, Lifjells highest peak but the weren’t on my maps. I drove up to the closest parking-lot at GrimÃ¥s (up a windy toll-road) and started running up the marked trail to Tjorbu too look for a way to get to to Røysdalsnuten. Sure enough a signpost appeared giving the direction to the top, a marked trail that wasn’t on my maps! lucky me!

It was a delightful run and this frozen turf made running soo easy and fast. Usually a large portion of the energy of each stroke goes into the ground, especially in the more moist parts of the route. Now it was all frozen solid and i could fly over it without using any energy on squashing down the ground below. My spiked running shoes even went straight over slabs of ice without a problem. I made one big tumble on the ice when i wasn’t paying attention. haha i even slid 5 meters or so down the ice, those technical clothes are slippery! Except a sore knee i escaped that ice slide quite well 🙂

I knew about some small caves with Quartz crystals in the slopes of Røysdalsnuten so i looked form them a while and found some pretty glassy crystals in one of them. While i grew up i loved looking for minerals while on holiday in Scandinavia. i guess that childhood avocation is still there.

Even though the run wasn’t that long about 14,5km and 750 meters up & down i was just as sore as a longer run. the hard underground made it go fast but it also gave my knees and muscles a harder beating. Sunday became quite a lazy day as my knees where pretty sore, some good memories of the frozen landscape. Maybe another weekend up in the local mountains if it won’t snow?

Trail route GrimÃ¥s – Røydalsnuten Here

Quartz from Lifjell