A short but lovely vacation – part five: From the Peer Gynt hut to Smuksjøseter

Not far from the Peer Gynt hut we have a magnificent view of the north side of the mountain range “Smiubelgjen”. The name means “the blacksmith’s bellows”. I am filled with gratitude towards the people who worked hard in the 1950’s and -60’s to make this area a national park.

The path between the Peer Gynt hut and Smuksjøseter is well-used, and it follows the valley floor and is easy to walk. The name Smuksjøseter can be translated to something like “a mountain dairy farm situated by a beautiful lake”. It is not used as a dairy farm anymore, it has like many of the old mountain farms been transformed to a place where tourists can stay while enjoying hiking in this beautiful area. (I should also add that they make the most wonderful waffles here, crisp and warm with strawberry jam and sour cream. I should have taken a picture of it, but then it was already gone..)

Smiubelgjen (photo: Jan Nergård)
Smiubelgjen (photo: Jan Nergård)
Hiking from the Peer Gynt hut to Smuksjøseter (photo: Jan Nergård)
Hiking from the Peer Gynt hut to Smuksjøseter (photo: Jan Nergård)
Smuksjøseter by the lake Høvringvatnet (photo: Jan Nergård)
Smuksjøseter by the lake Høvringvatnet (photo: Jan Nergård)
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Author: Jan's bulletin board

I live in a part of the world called Norway with my wife and two daughters. I worked as a telecom engineer for 20 years. Nowadays I am attending a helpdesk supporting colleagues with computer problems. I am also a hobby photographer who believe we ought to pay more attention to how we treat our planet and each other. I trust the reports from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, and I am disappointed that leading politicians in my own and other countries more or less have been ignoring warnings from the scientists for 20 years.

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