Thomas Krumenacker, a German journalist and photographer spent two weeks in July 2016 on Brekkeseter to discover the potential in the region for nature photography and bird spotting.
Here is his report:
“When I searched on the map over Mid-Norway after a good base for photography and walking expeditions in the area, then I stumbled upon a small village which seemed to be ideally placed:
Høvringen, the place lies right next to the entrance to Rondane Nationalpark and within reasonable driving distance to other interesting places, like for example Dovre NationalPark, Fokstumyra or Orkelsjøen.
It seems ideally placed for me to combine my foot rips, photographing and bird spotting interest. I do not regret a second on the choice.
To live on Brekkeseter was a unforgettable experience, excellent on all aspects: Food, hospitality, quality of accommodation, and the geographical placing. Brekkeseter is the natural choice for birdspotters and photographers that like to spend their holiday in comfortable, warm and positive informal surroundings, with good homemade food, good wine. surrounded by many birds.
One of the greatest advantages of living at Brekkeseter is the immediate access to clean and untouched nature that guarantees high quality of bird spotting and photography.
Høvringen is also the entrance to Rondane National park, Norway’s oldest national park. It stretches over more than 900 quad kilometers, Rondane Nationalpark is also known for being home to the last wild reindeer (Rangifer tarandus)
descendants of the original mountain reindeer that was existing through big parts of Europe after the last ice age. Other interesting mammals is moose (Alces alces), Otter(Lutra lutra), Mountain/arctic hare (Lepus timidus)
and Wolverine (Gulo gulo) which I don’t expect to see.
Brekkeseter and the surrounding areas – in a radius on trips that lasts two hours or a whole day was among the best places I visited for bird spotting during my stay.
If you take the areas around Brekkeseter and include Grimsdalen, there is very little that makes it necessary to travel great distances, so lost time is kept to a minimum.
I found almost all quality of species I searched for in the area.
Bluethroat (Luscinia svecica): At least two couples was nesting on Brekkeseter the area are rich in species in general, surprisingly tame
and almost ubiquitous. The possibility to photograph this spectacular small bird deserves a stay in itself is my opinion.
Short eared owl (Asio flammeus): Registered hunting several times close to Brekkeseter in the mountains and close to our cabin.
Ring-Ouzel (Turdus torquatus): Observed close to Brekkeseter and on walking trips in the surroundings.”
A bird called “Lappspurv”
Photo: Thomas Krumenacker