When nature is at rest we have the time to enjoy its fruits. The mountain is never as beautiful as in the autumn months. September, October and November are fresh and bursting with colour, and the mountain landscape is open and easy to explore on foot.
It is still possible to canyon and walk to the wilderness camp. You can cycle in Fjørå if you like a challenge and tough, high-risk mountain biking. You can fish or hunt grouse or – if you are lucky – take part in a deer hunt on the rocky slopes above Burtigarden.
When autumn darkness falls, it is a good time to take your department to Juvet for a gathering or seminar – not just for social reasons, but also for the professional dividends it brings.
We offer a calm, sheltered and inspirational environment for both individuals and businesses that want to organise their own adventures – whether for a private event, an important management seminar or a productive strategy meeting.
Just outside Juvet
Short day trips and roundtrips – you don’t have to go far. There is plenty to explore, and hidden gems to be found right on your doorstep when you’re staying at Juvet.
You are on historic ground. This is the area where Olav Haraldsson, the king who was canonised as a saint after his death in Stiklestad in 1030, spent a night under an overhanging rock on his flight through Valldal to Sweden in the winter of 1028/29.
At Alstad he miraculously cleared a path through an impenetrable rocky slope, Skjervsura, and today you can walk this route, which is called Olavsvegen – Olav’s road. You can also drink from the Olavskjelda well, which according to legend will ward off disease.
At Juvet we know the area like the back of our hand, and we can help you with everything you need. This includes trip advice, tailor-made just for you and your interests, maps, advice on equipment and local guides. We will also remind you to bring a packed lunch and hot and cold drinks when you are setting off on longer hikes – an element of the Norwegian outdoor culture you might enjoy.
This is a good time of year to visit Geiranger, with opportunities to experience the village without having to queue up with all the cruise tourists. There are only 250 people in Geiranger village in the winter, while the World Heritage village is a place of pilgrimage in the summer, with around 700,000 trippers arriving both by road and ship to experience a living part of the Norwegian fjord landscape.
From Geiranger we can visit one of the mountain farms along the Geiranger fjord, and marvel at the fact that people found a way to make a living here in these magnificent but merciless natural surroundings.
The Fjord Centre tells us why the Geirangerfjord area along with the Nærøyfjord area is inscribed on the UNESCO list of natural areas particularly worth conserving. We also obtain an insight into the nature conservation work being done here and the efforts to encourage industry to think greener.
The ferry between Geiranger and Hellesylt stops on 30 September each year.
Trips to Tafjord
Tafjord is a very historic village with many stories to tell about the local geology and special biological diversity. Discover facts about the development of hydroelectricity and hear all about adventures in the natural surroundings when going from cabin to cabin on Tafjord mountain.
There are traces of people and the struggle to survive throughout the area. At the highest summits, we find hunting equipment left by the hunters who came to the area when the ice retreated 10–11,000 years ago. There are many ancient roads and summer pasture huts bearing witness to the transhumance farming that ended in the 1950s.
To the summit at Fjørå
Fjørå is a sheltered village clinging to the mountain with its toes in the fjord and its head in the airiest places. So it is easy to get to the mountaintops from here.
From Fjørå’s summit we can take in the landscape from all sides. The view is breathtaking and the descent by bicycle even more so! We first drive up to Hauge (400 metres above sea level) and park. From here we can follow a drover’s road on foot up to Nysætra, 800 metres above sea level. The walk takes around an hour and you will be rewarded with the finest fjord view imaginable.
From Nysætra, we can follow the drover’s road that starts behind the highest pasture farmhouse to Mefjellet, 1,100 metres above sea level. From here we can look down towards Tafjorden and into the valley of Valldalen to the north.
We can also follow the drover’s road from Nysætra and head backto Juvet via Trollkyrkjebotn, Sandfjellet, Heisætra and Alstadsætra. This trip over the mountains takes four or five hours altogether, but goes through straightforward terrain.
City life and architecture
Those of us living in Sunnmøre can reap the benefits of town and city life. The charming coastal city of Ålesund – Sunnmøre’s capital – is only a 90-minute drive from Juvet. It is a “must see” destination for those interested in architecture and marine life.
Ålesund has almost 50,000 inhabitants. With its face to the ocean
and its feet in the water, it is washed by sea spray every day as it
takes in the sea view. The city is a gateway between the open ocean and
the fjords behind it. The fishing industry has been important for
Ålesund’s growth since the 19th century.
Today the city has one of the biggest ocean fishing fleets in the country. It is a vital and secure harbour, and a central trading city for the region.
Take the opportunity to climb all 424 steps up to the Fjellstua lodge, and take in the panorama of the city, the ocean and the archipelago around it.
If you travel to Ålesund via Hjørundfjorden and take the 15:10 ferry from Sæbø to Trandal and Standal, you’re in for an unforgettable little mini-cruise.
Art Nouveau City of Ålesund
850 houses were left in ruins after the great fire of Ålesund in January 1904. Only one person died in the fire, but ten thousand people were left homeless. The people of Ålesund received help from the entire country in their efforts to rebuild their city, and crucial aid from Kaiser Wilhelm II of Germany. Within a few years, Ålesund was rebuilt as a modern city in art nouveau-inspired architecture, and the town still features houses from this time.
The Art Nouveau Centre, which is housed in the original apothecary building by the sound that gave the city its name, is one of almost 400 houses rebuilt in art nouveau style after the fire. Visit the Art Nouveau Centre and obtain an insight into the history of the city fire and the great rebuilding of the city.
If you wish to spend the night in Ålesund on the way to or from the Juvet, you should try Brosundet Hotel – an old fish-canning factory that has been developed into a hotel, decorated by the internationally acclaimed Snøhetta architects.
Life at sea
The pulse of the port city of Ålesund is inextricably linked to the sea. The local inhabitants have learned the fine art of walking in the wind and battling with the elements to maintain a steady course when storms are raging – which is not unusual. Traditionally, the city has made a living from life both below and above the surface of the sea, and the city has made its mark in both fishing and shipping in the region.
It is therefore not surprising that the Atlantic Ocean Park is located here, which enables you to stay warm and dry while getting acquainted with some of the rich diversity of marine life.
If you are not averse to some sea spray, you can go ocean fishing with Actin and Stein Magne, some of the most experienced ocean fishing guides on the coast. Stein Magne always guarantees a catch – and you’ll hear some good stories on the trip as well. You can bring your catch back to Juvet, and we’ll cook up something delicious.