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Hiking Adventure to Vådlandsknuten: Wildlife Encounters and Breathtaking Views Near Stavanger - Premium Private Guided Hikes

Updated: May 17

And so I have been on the nineteenth overnight stay on my challenge for the year: 52 Weeks of Wilderness: A Year of Adventure Camping and Hiking in the Stavanger Area, Norway

Minimum one overnight sleep in nature every week in 2024. 

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Stavanger Adventure - Premium Private Guided Hike - Stavanger Area

Embarking on a challenging hiking adventure characterized by its length, elevation gain, and snowy patches, I found myself immersed in an incredibly beautiful journey, replete with stunning natural vistas and encounters with wild animals. The ascent toward the highest peak of the heath, "Vådlandsknuten at 871m," is a steady climb through wooded areas and rocky trails. Along the way, hikers pass by the new day-trip cabin, an ideal destination for families with children or those looking for a pleasant mountain excursion. To be quite frank, this portion of the hike isn't the most remarkable.

Stavanger Adventure - Premium Private Guided Hike - Stavanger Area

However, reaching the summit makes every strenuous step worthwhile, offering a breathtaking view that spans the entire heath and surrounding regions. Admittedly, I wasn't lucky with the weather at the peak, as evidenced by the photos, but it was nonetheless a rewarding experience.

Stavanger Adventure - Premium Private Guided Hike - Stavanger Area

The journey from the top, further into the heath, was nothing short of spectacular. Opting for a circular route on unmarked paths through an area I hadn't explored before turned out to be a wise decision. It led me into a beautiful valley teeming with wildlife, where I inadvertently startled ptarmigans, black grouse, and a majestic red deer! Such magical encounters, though unexpected and too swift for a photo session, were highlights of the trip.

As dusk settled in, I pitched my tent, prepared a meal, and revealed in the intense birdsong emanating from the forest. Eventually, I nestled into my sleeping bag and quickly fell asleep to the sounds of the wild.

The next morning, I packed up and trekked the final kilometers back to my car before driving off to work. In summary, this was a magical trip through exquisite terrain, just a short drive from Stavanger, and a reminder of the adventures that lie in wait just beyond our doorstep.

See you on the trail!!


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