Autumn in Øvre Årdal

I have long had the desire to make the trip to Øvre Årdal to experience autumn. The fresh air and the beautiful colors make autumn my favorite season. The area Øvre Årdal in Norway offers some fantastic hiking opportunities, and in this post I will take you to Vettisfossen, Stølsmaradalen and Bøttejuv.

Square 1:1 photos are taken with Hasselblad 501cm + Carl Zeiss Planar T* 2.8/80 and photos in 3:2 aspect ratio are taken with Leica M2 + Leica Summicron-M 50mm f/2. Films are Kodak Portra 160 and Kodak Tri-X 400. Developed & scanned by Richard Photo Lab in California.


I took the trip with my friend Joakim. Friday morning we left early from Oslo, so we could spend the day in Utladalen and head to Vettisfossen waterfall. The first time I was in Utladalen was in 2013 and I went back in March this year. Vettisfossen is located far in the valley and you have to walk a steep slope to get to the top and see the waterfall from above. Try to imagine the rumbling sound of water and the feeling of freedom. The waterfall is really beautiful and I am already looking forward to get back there.


Next day we had a challenging trip ahead of us. The goal was to go Avdalsskåri to Avdalen mountain farm and from there to Stølsmaradalen. I've heard that Stølsmaradalen is a gem, and now having been there myself, I can confirm it. It was like going into a Disney movie. From Stølsmaradalen you got nice views to Stølsnostind, Falketind and the other peaks towering on the eastern side of the valley.


The third day we were tired. The long trip the day before had tapped us for strength and our legs were sore and our shoes were wet. Joakim also had had an accident and struggled with his knee. Anyway we found inner strength and motivation to get us off to Bøttejuv.

The hike starts in Seimsdalen about 600 m.a.s.l. and from there uphill to around 1.322 m.a.s.l. When we got up on the mountain an incredible view waited and we could see Hurrungane with the majestic 2k peaks. Eventually we came to Bøttejuv and we both agreed that day three was really worth it.