From a Different Angle

Jeg har naturligvis fotografert Ustaoset tidligere, men – det var fra posisjoner langs veien! Denne gang skulle vi bo på Ustaoset – inne i selve fjellheimen! Og vi hadde til og med litt flaks med været. Iskald vind – men sol! Dertil er det store avstander oppe i fjellheimen og bilder kan derfor ligne litt på hverandre, men – tenk deg at det er du selv som beveger deg gjennom terrenget og nyt opplevelsen!
I have, of course, photographed the settlement named ‘Ustaoset’ before, but then I was shooting my scenes from positions along the main road. This time, however, we were going to stay at a cabin far up into the mountain area. We were even in luck when it came to the weather: Icy cold winds, but sunny and bright most of the day! Furthermore distances are enormous, and it just can’t be helped that a lot of pictures resemble each other, but imagine that you yourself is behind the camera as you are moving across the terrain and  – please enjoy the experience!
Det er utrolig mange hytter som denne her på Ustaoset, men veiene er smale og er dessuten ikke brøytet vinterstid! Eneste mulighet er å bringe mat og klær inn på ski eller få hjelp av en snøscooter, men – dette er en av de siste hyttene før naturen tar over . . .

It’s an incredible number of cabins located here at ‘Ustaoset’, but the roads are narrow and winding. Besides they are not cleared for snow during winter. It’s just not possible in these parts! Your only option is to bring in food and necessary clothes by ski or perhaps rent a snow scooter, but – this one of the last cabins before nature takes over . . .
Fjellmassivet foran dere heter altså ‘Hallingskarvet’ – 35 km langt – og den høyeste toppen – ‘Folarskardnuten’ rager  1933 meter og er det høyeste fjellet på Hardangervidda!
Vindstyrken oppe på fjellet kan bli ganske enorm – oppimot 70 m/sek og man bør være godt kledd før man tar sjansen på en topp-tur!

The mountain massiv e in front of you is named ‘Hallingskarvet’ – 21,6 miles long – and the highest peak – ‘ Mt. Folarskardnuten’ is rising 5858 feet and is the highest peak on the Hardanger Plains! The wind forces may reach  more than 200 feet/sec and it’s advisable to be dressed for tough weather conditions before embarking on a trip to the top.
Den aller siste hytta ligger nesten alene inne på vidda.
The very last cabin is located practically alone on the plains.
‘Hallingskarvet’ ligger nå til høyre utenfor bilderammen . . .
The ‘Hallingskarvet is located to your far right – outside of the frame . . .
Rundt på vidda finner man ofte små vanndammer med friskt regnvann. Man kan utmerket godt drikke dette, men dammene er sjeldent dypere enn 40-50 cm og vil tørke helt ut gjennom en varm sommer dersom det ikke kommer regn regelmessig.

Around the plains you may find small ponds with fresh rainwater. You may safvely drink this, but the ponds are rarely deeper than 15-20 inches and may dry out totally through a hot summer if the rains doesn’t come regularly!
Eller dere kan finne små bekker som renner gjennom vidda; et flott sted for en liten rast –
og noe å bite i –

Or you may come across a small creek running through the plains; – a pleasant place for a short rest and a bite to eat-
Vi har ikke hatt så veldig mye nedbør i fjellet denne sommeren, i det minste ikke på denne siden av vannskillet, og denne lille bekken kunne vært litt finere å se på –

We haven’t had all that much downpour this summer, at least not on this side of the divide, and this little creek could have been a lot nicer to look at –
I horisonten ligger Haugastøl og begynnelsen på Hardangervidda – den største høyfjellssletten i Europa!

On the horizon lies ‘Haugastoel’ and the start of the ‘Hardanger plains’ – the largest mountain plains of Europe!
Den skarpe observatør vil oppdage et par hytter i horisonten. Det er et tegn på at like under den første ryggen ligger Ustaoset med alle sine hytter samt det store Ustevatnet. Over på den andre siden ser vi deler av Hardangervidda!

The sharp observer will have noticed a couple of cabins on the near horizon? That is an indication that below the first ridge lies the settlement of Ustaoset with an enormous number of cabins and the large Lake Ustevatn. On the other side, however’lies parts of the Hardanger Plains –
Dette er utsikten mot sør –

This is the view towards South –
Det er også et lite fossefall her oppe – når det altså er litt mere vann i bekken!
There is also a small waterfall up here – when there is a bit more water in the creek.
Dette er egentlig bare et lite oversiktsbilde som viser hvordan denne bekken slynger seg gjennom vidda og videre ned i dalen til Ustevatnet.

This is actually a panorama shot showing how the creek is winding its way across the plains and down into Lake Ustevatn down into the valley.
Selv om vi faktisk ikke er så veldig langt fra Hallingskarvet her jeg står nå, så er selve fjellet skjult bak terrengformasjoner nær innpå.

Even if we’re pretty close to Mt. Hallingskarvet where I”m now standing, the mountain itself is hidden behind terrain formations close by.
Hallingskarvet er fullstendig gjemt!
‘Hallingskarvet’ is completely hidden!
Når vi kommer litt høyere opp i fjellsiden, kan vi skimte Ustevatnet nede i dalen. Legg merke til at vi nå også ser de øverste hyttene som før var dekket bak fjellkanten.

Enering the mountain slopes we may see Lake Ustevatn down in the valley. Please note that we also may be able to see the upper cabins that before was hidden to us.
Skyer kommer inn!  Det kan bety et lite væromslag . . .
Clouds are coming in. That may indicate a change of weather . . .
Været kan skifte fort her oppe og jeg er ikke kledd for et værskifte. Så jeg velger å sette kursen  hjemover.

The weather my change real fast in these parts and I’m not dressed for bad weather, so – I’m heading for home.
De snødekte toppene i horisonten ligger i området rundt Finse på ca 1300 moh.
The snowy peaks on the horizon belong in the vicinity of Finse approximately at 4300 feet.
.Det er litt mer vann i bekken når man kommer litt lenger ned i terrenget.
It’s a bit more water in the creek further downhill.
Hallingskarvet har blitt synlig igjen i og med at jeg har kommet meg lenger nedover i terrenget.
Mt. Hallingskarvet has become visible again as I have proceeded down towards the valley.
Og dette bildet er antagelig ganske likt det første bildet jeg publiserte igår? Så da er det kanskje på tide å takke for turen? Men jeg håper jo å kunne overraske dere igjen om ikke alt for lenge.

And this picture is probably pretty much alike the one I published yesterday? So perhaps we may conclude this little trip and just say thank you for your company!

(Compliments of SRB )
Please return me to INDEX for a new destination.

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22 Responses to From a Different Angle

  1. Well I have finally arrived at my last recorded comment so my catch up is complete.. I have really enjoyed my afternoon within your blog dear Svein.. So many wonderful photos, and it is so good to see nature close up, as I enjoyed the bees and butterflies and spiders, along with all of the wild flowers.. Trees, berries, mushrooms and More besides.. 😀
    Have a wonderful rest of the week and weekend to come my friend..
    Sending Love and Blessings take care..
    Sue ❤ 🙂

  2. Dina says:

    Lovely impressions! I’d love to do some hiking in this area one day. Looks fabulous, so inviting.

  3. Words can not express the wonderful views you presented here Svein.. Just so loved each and every one.. That Cabin, all alone.. is it a private dwelling there or somewhere for walkers to stay?
    I loved the water ways, the sparkle of light you captured stunning..
    The rocks on the ninth from the bottom, remind me of the limestone out crops of rocks in certain parts of Derbyshire..
    So enjoyed my walk with you this afternoon dear Svein. take care
    Sue 🙂

  4. -Eugenia says:

    Wow, thank you for taking us along with you on your incredible journey. The scenery is awesome and very inviting.

    • Seenorway says:

      Well, thank you, Eugenia. The nature and the air is still totally free 🙂 and my camera is paid for! The rest was pure fun! Nice to hear it was appreciated. Lots of times we hear less than nothing! But when appreciated, it’s much easier to find the will to make yet another trip – somewhere!

  5. My gosh, this is INCREDIBLE!!! Oh how jealous you have made me today to be able to see that level of beauty!!! Just magnificent shots!!!! I would never want to leave there!! The cabins look huge too. I am just in awe looking at these!

    • Seenorway says:

      Hi Elizabeth, –
      Yes it’s nice when the weather is agreeable, but it’s a rather harsh and unforgiving nature when it’s the other way around! We were in luck, indeed!
      As I’ve said somewhere else here: The cabins are all privately owned, but – some are owned by businesses which use them for representation or rentals to their employees.
      The one we shared belonged to the latter category and was probably around 90-100 sq.yards with everything . . .
      But if you really look, you’ll be able to find cabins two or three times as large – and usually far better equipped than your own home! 🙂

  6. What are those cabins for? Vacation? Fishing or hunting?

  7. Seenorway says:

    Nei, ikke så lang. Iskald vind og gamle bein er en dårlig kombinasjon. Bare 4-5 km!

  8. A great summer trip…but even now I suspect you have to be prepared for the worst that the weather can produce…. worth it for the natural beauty and wildness. 🙂

  9. vestlending says:

    Det ser ut for at du har hatt en bra lang rundtur?

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