Årsnesstølen is a hidden treasure that is often forgotten in the eagerness to reach the more famous sights along Gaularfjellet. The small wooden farm houses with grass roofs are situated next to the calm Skardvatnet Lake. Through thousands of years the glaciers have shaped and grinded the steep, black mountain sides that surround the lake and created a green oasis. During the summer the fields surrounding the lake are dotted with white “myrull”, a cotton-like flower.
The trail is easy-going, but uphill. The area around Årsnesstølen and Skardvatnet Lake is a perfect place to pitch your tent for the night.
The lake is a great spot to set up camp for a night.
Near Sande on the the Sunnfjord side of Gaularfjellet, Villa Åmot offers a unique cultural experience. In Jølster and Førde you will find both self-catering apartments and hotels.
Hov Hyttegrend offers cabins and facilities for tents, as well as shuttle services to Fossestien every morning in the high season.
Flatheim Farm is a traditional B&B. They offer comfortable beds and facilities for camping, as well as guided trips and a summer café with local refreshments.
- Mountain farms such as Årsnesstølen and Horsevikstølen are common all over Norway. Farmers would bring their animals up into the mountains in the summer and harvest the grass in the fields back home for winter. Usually the women stayed at the mountain farms, and many older women around the west coast have lovely stories about mountain life during the summers. Some farmers continue the tradition today, such as at Langestølen in Gaularfjellet.
Tips, hints and links
- Free parking
From Sande or Eldalsosen follow Norwegian Scenic Route Gaularfjellet (Road 610) to Foss. Turn onto Road 5675 and follow the southern side of Hestadfjord Lake. Continue for about 4.5 kilometers to Årneset, where you need to carefully find some roadside parking.
Make sure you are out of the way of local traffic, and if there is no room you should choose another hike for the day.